Bob Legg  

Moonshine by Bob Legg

December 2019 - Moonshine

December 2019 - Bob Legg

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December 2019 - Bob Legg

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About the Image(s)

The original color was shot in the smokies at iso 400, 1/2000sec, @62mm. I processed the Raw image in Luminar to bring out the fall foliage. I then processed that image making a Monochrome in Luminar to hi light the yellow leaves. Then I used the Luminar sky replacement tool and slid in my Full Moon shot in Virginia with iso500, f10, 1/250 sec using spot metering and 300mm. I used curves to darken the foreground and bright leaves hopefully making a natural looking landscape.

5 comments posted

LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hello Bob,

I like your landscape image this month. You have a nice minimal scene with the 3 basic elements of foreground, midground, background. I like your tree it has a nice size and shape. I also like how you enhanced the light on it giving it depth and dimension. I sense restful autumn feel to this image as well.

What caught my eye when I first looked at the image was the brightness of the moon; my eyes zoomed directly to the moon. I don't think the brightness is in balance with the light on the tree and ground. The light on the ground is also in front of the tree yet the moon is in the back of the tree and the ground there is in shade. Something is not right with that. There is a tonality difference of the moon compared to the light on the ground. The moon looks more cool white, and the ground and tree more warm white.

The other concern I have is there are clouds in the sky but none on the moon. I see this as giving the image the impression the moon was added after the fact. I am all for composites but not when they are obvious to the eye; for me that detracts from the quality of the photo. The quantity of light on the ground tells me also that the sky is too dark. If the sky is dark then where is the light coming from; hence an added moon.

Bob, this is my subjective and humble opinion. I hope my thoughts are helpful. I love this image and think it is just a few adjustments away from an even better photo.

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend.

LuAnn   Posted: 12/01/2019 15:33:40

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Thanks for you comments LuAnn. They are very helpful and since I do not have a lot of experience with moon replacement. I will work of some improvements.
We had a great Thanksgiving And I hope that you did also. About time that you will be shooting snow covered scenes?
Catch you later.
Bob   Posted: 12/01/2019 15:49:56
LuAnn Thatcher   LuAnn Thatcher
Hi Bob,

Yes, I will give a try at shooting snow-covered scenes real soon. I just bought a film camera to shoot black and white so I am very excited. I got the Olympus OM 1n, do you shoot film?

LuAnn   Posted: 12/03/2019 10:07:53

Bob Legg   Bob Legg
Film? Sorry, No more BW, last used in 2003 when I got it free from small town newspaper and they processed and scanned. 100% digital since my Nikon D100. I believe as many do, that digital has surpassed what can be accomplished with film. Shoot up a storm and enjoy.
I'm not having much luck fixing my moonshine image. I won't be trying to add clouds to the sky as that is our little secret. I needed to basically start over as I'm not using photoshop. I have a darker moon ready to go.
Bob   Posted: 12/03/2019 10:24:17

Oliver Morton   Oliver Morton
Bob, I really like your idea! And, I think your composite is very well done. I agree with LuAnn's observations about the moon's brightness and, for me, it would be pretty challenging to do a good job adding clouds to the sky.

Since I recently acquired Luminar 4 and am playing with the Sky Replacement feature, I used your image to see what it might look like. Then I used one of Luminar's stock skies which I don't think would be allowed in a photo competition... at least not in my local camera club. Note that I did a quick job, so it's FAR from perfect! Nonetheless, it allowed for some interesting images. Your thoughts?

  Posted: 12/03/2019 11:25:58
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