I don’t what the optical illusion is called but have you noticed how you can look at the moon and it seems gigantic and then you take a photo of it with your camera and expect it to be giant in the photo too. Yet it comes out as the tiny little spec in the vast expanse of the sky. Our eyes have this amazing ability to take things that are so far off and distinguish the smallest of details in them. As photographer becomes more intimate with his or her equipment they start to notice the strengths of the camera and lens versus the human eye, which is a truly remarkable machine.

For many many months now I’ve followed the path of the moon almost like a surfer follows the tides and wind direction hunting the perfect wave. For those of you who aren’t aware the most beautiful images of cities are taken in the blue hour, like this one. It is that time in between a gorgeous coloured sunset and the starry black nights sky. For this shot to come about I needed the full moon to rise during blue hour and also for their to be clear skies in the direction of the rising moon. These settings come about every few months and the last couple had been shrouded in glum weather so it was with great joy that I finally got this shot. In a way it represents setting a goal and achieving it ūüôā

Aesthetically I didn’t crop out the night’s sky above the city and turn it into more of a panorama as I think having it there reminds me that I should look up more than I do. I was really happy with the cute set of clouds catching the moon’s light and casting a nice warm tone on them, thought that looked really magical. The ferris wheel also, right under the moon, also gives the image a kind of whimsical playful feel to it. Almost like a magical world coming out during the night.

Software Used:

Photomatix PRO РIs a MAC and PC HDR software for creating stunning HDR images. They have a free trial, but if you end up buying a copy of Photomatix you can get a 15% Discount with the coupon code LukeZemePhotography

–¬†On1 Photo suite¬†the complete collection of photo editing software from OnOne

 On1 Perfect Effects An amazing Filter program to stylise the image. a standalone Filter program which can also be launched from Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture

–¬†Adobe Lightroom 5¬†catalog and adjustment program

–¬†Adobe Photoshop CS6¬†¬†used to layer and mask, plus much much more

Image Location:


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Editing info:

I used a Nikon D800 and this was shot at 135mm on f/10. It is a 5 bracket HDR and was made using Photomatix, HDR Efex Pro 2 and OnOne’s Perfect Effects 4 from Perfect Photo Suite 7.

Thanks, Luke

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