Moonrise Over Pine Trees

Mike Jensen Photography In Winter

The moon rise this morning (Jan. 25, 2014) came at the perfect time.  I was up early and as usual, walked out to get the paper.  My wife and I noticed a bunch of the planets (Star & Planet identification class in my future) and I noticed the moon was rising at such an angle that it might lend itself to a cool photo of the moon nestled in the pine branches.

I’d tried this just by chance on my out from Benham Falls a few weeks ago.  It turned out pretty good with a crescent moon.  This morning it took 38 shots to get something I was happy with from both an exposure and DOF (Depth of Field) perspective.

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Now, unless the tonal values of the sky and the moon are absolute perfect it’s hard to get everything in focus.  The light wasn’t just perfe

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ct, and oh by the way, it was 10 degrees while I was working this scene.    As you can see, I’ve worked up the images above in Photoshop.  The one on the left is as it was shot, then with a red tonal tint.  The one on the right is a deep black & white with a bit of vignette.

The image on the right was taken at just the perfect time.  It’s a blend of two images.  One with the branches in focus, and the other with the moon in focus which caused the branches to blur out.  I blended in the blurred branches with the focused branches to give it a bit more eery effect.

Enjoy!