Tom Pickering  

Stairway to the Moon by Tom Pickering

March 2020 - Stairway to the Moon

March 2020 - Tom Pickering

Original 1

March 2020 - Tom Pickering

Original 2

About the Image(s)

Specs: Nikon D50, Sigma 18-200mm, F13, 1/750s, ISO 1600, Monopod, Natural Light

This stairway was captured in 2010. The sky was lousy, so I needed to do something different. I cut out the sky and the tree. I replaced those with a starfield I created with a custom action I put together when I was doing space scenes. I found a semi-decent shot of the moon and added that. I also added some window glow to the visible windows. Suggestions?

12 comments posted

Dan DeVries   Dan DeVries
Nice. I didn't notice the window glow until you mentioned it. Good added touch.
I find the strong halo around the moon a bit distracting. (I know it's in the original.) I would tone it down. Others might disagree.
I was trying to think about something to put on the stairs. Maybe a fairy princess walking up the stairs towards the moon? Maybe Brenda will lend you her rabbit.   Posted: 03/07/2020 16:48:47
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
You don't ask for much, do you! d;¬{D   Posted: 03/07/2020 23:06:50
Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Reduced the glow around the moon. No fairy or bunny, but I did add an owl and a pussycat. Better?   Posted: 03/08/2020 05:23:15
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MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan   MD Tanveer Hassan Rohan
This one is so fantastic . You can try only with Owl. That might be better with this image :)   Posted: 03/08/2020 14:52:45

Brenda Frezeman   Brenda Frezeman
A great stairway, you did it justice with the changes. I didn't mind the moon glow but I like the additions of the owl and pussycat. No rabbit needed! The star field is very believable. Great job.   Posted: 03/09/2020 09:27:00

Stuart Caine   Stuart Caine
(Group 42)

hi Tom, I like your correction with the Owl and the Pussycat.   Posted: 03/13/2020 22:14:09

Beverly Caine   Beverly Caine
(Groups 48 & 80)
I love the image, but better yet, I love your sense of humor   Posted: 03/14/2020 08:54:17

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
Man, What a hoot! Such creativity...   Posted: 03/15/2020 17:27:52

Rusty Pinckney   Rusty Pinckney
Tom, the mystery is fascinating. Love the version with the owl and the pussycat theme along with the reduction of the moon glow. Your creativity and sense of humor are a treasure indeed.   Posted: 03/15/2020 18:14:56

Stephen Levitas   Stephen Levitas
(Group 32)
Good job placing the owl and pussycat. They look like they are solidly touching the surfaces they are on. Great overall scene, and a good discussion with your colleagues to refine this composition.   Posted: 03/16/2020 14:39:00

Arabella Dane   Arabella Dane
I cant do it correctly, but how about the cat being in the moon   Posted: 03/26/2020 06:42:24
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Tom Pickering   Tom Pickering
Now that's a lovely idea - no surprise there! d;¬{D   Posted: 03/26/2020 08:47:49


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