Rich James  

Above the City Lights by Rich James

May 2022 - Above the City Lights

May 2022 - Rich James


About the Image(s)

I live up above in he the hills of San Jose, California and have of great view of the city skyline. On waking one morning I noticed a great orange crescent moon hanging over the valley, got my camera and tripod and set it up in the backyard. The moon was sinking fast and was able to capture a few good images. Shot with a Sony A7rm3 at 300 mm, f7, .25 sec. ISO 400. Cropped, brought the whites up and the blacks down to get the best of the city lights, cloned some distracting lights out and added the stars with an adjustment layer - all in Luminar 4.

3 comments posted

Trey Foerster   Trey Foerster
I think you got an image that you can play with for various outcomes here. My question is why you didn't lighten more of the cityline by perhaps focus stacking this image? I love the crescent moon and its color and you haved it at the top third vertical and horizontal. I think with a crop from the right, the yellow outlined building would then fall within the right third of the image and balance the moon out nicely. I think you have a great start to what could be a fantastic image!   Posted: 05/13/2022 19:09:07

Charles Walker   Charles Walker
Rich, I too like dark space and heavy shadows, which are required for nightsky shots; however, I agree with Trey, that the image is too dark. If you can use a selection tool to capture only the cityscape, perhaps you can lighten just this part of the image?   Posted: 05/18/2022 11:42:44

Quang Phan   Quang Phan
Hi Rich, I agree with Trey's comments. I intent to say so. I think this image has potential of showing more light. I like the composition of this image. I cause me most focus on sky and the empty space with stars. I give some good feeling response about peaceful time at night. Your image has some kind of artistic that what I like. Thanks   Posted: 05/22/2022 00:37:05


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