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Crescent and Lone Pine Peak, Alabama Hills, Calif.

Posted by
Gary Hart (California, United States) on 14 October 2011 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

The camera and the eye see the world differently. Many photographers take great pains to overcome the camera's limited dynamic range to make their captures more like their own experience of the scene. But the camera's "limitation" can be your advantage. Photographing a crescent moon setting behind Lone Pine Peak at sunset, I was able to completely eliminate features that would have detracted from the scene. Read my thoughts about using the camera's vision to simplify your image.

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Florence from Paris, France

Nice vertical crop Gary, such a beautiful night sky.
Love the smiling moon. :-)

14 Oct 2011 12:17pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Hi Gary - I do so completely agree with you, as always! This is such a perfect scene! There still is no one that I know of who can capture, convey, and inspire like you do with your images and writing. Sometimes we try to do so much with a scene and we wind up taking away from the real meaning of that scene. Like when we are baking bread from grandma's recipe and we try to make it better by adding this or embellishing that ans the bread winds up tasting like dirt! Nature gives us the beauty. God gives us the brain, heart, and imagination to see, feel and share. Many times, the camera only needs to be the tool we use to convey that feeling. This is magnificent! I hope all is well with you and yours...DJ

14 Oct 2011 1:03pm

@Denny Jump Photo: Well said, Denny--thanks!

Craig McCord from Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Gary, you sure love the crescent moons. You should be nick-named "MoonMan". Great job as usual. I'll be in Depoe Bay, Oregon in couple of weeks. Hope to get lighthouse and coastals. Hope all is well.

14 Oct 2011 6:09pm

@Craig McCord: Thanks, Craig. Yes, I do love photographing moons, don't I? It's gotten to the point where I try to plan every trip around the moon--that way, even if I get blank blue skies, I'll always have something to look forward to.

Gérard Beullac from Paris, France

Interesting and inspiring topic.
I love this sky with a ghosty cloud.

14 Oct 2011 9:06pm

Loukas from Ilioupolis, Greece

Really beautiful composition

15 Oct 2011 4:58am

Stefan from Thiersee, Austria

Nice photo, fine composed!

18 Oct 2011 2:56pm

DarkElf from Perth, Australia

excellent composition and great example of two to use the available light and elements to the maximum effect!

20 Oct 2011 5:29am