One of the things a full moon is not good for is capturing stars. The full moon is like the sun and blows out the sky around it. I was in Arches National Park last year with the SWSX Photographers tour group back in April and it was a few days prior to a full moon. We only had a few hours of night-time sky to capture the stars before the big moon came out.
Once the moon came out the stars began to dissipate, but I decided to shoot directly into the moon rise just over the arches and capture it like similar to a sunrise just as it peaked over a opening in the formations. The stars were still somewhat visible but it the bright moon created a silhouette affect for the formations and haloed over the rock formations like a sunrise.
This image kind of reminds me of the Christmas Star over the baby’s manger. I hope you are all having a wonderful Holiday season! I’m rather enjoying some time off and spending time with my family and I hope you get to do the same. Have a great week everyone!
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera
- Lens: <Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Autofocus Lens/li>
- ISO: 1600
- Focal Length: 35 mm
- Aperture: f/4
- Shutter Speed: 3.2 sec.
- Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 Software for Mac and Windows (Boxed Version)