Moon Rise Over Nubble Light

MoonRiseOverNubbleLight

I promised my friend Preston that I would get him a picture of Nubble Light (a.k.a. Cape Neddick Light) without christmas lights. I arrived in York Maine just at sunset, and quickly headed out to a spot on the rock where the buildings don’t merge into each other. I like the composition where the lighthouse, the red barn and the white barn have plenty of space between them. Unfortunately at that location, the moon looked like it was off on its own and not part of the composition. So I repositioned myself back toward the main parking area so that the moon was rising over the lighthouse complex.

The rocks and lighthouse where mostly lit by the headlights of the cars in the parking lot. It was cold and windy so everyone coming to see the full moon stayed in their cars. It was so windy, that I had to collapse all of the legs on my tripod and sit on the ground as the wind almost knocked my camera over.

I particularly like the shadow of the lighthouse in the foreground ocean caused by the moon.

Although this is not an HDR photograph, there were two elements pulled from an underexposed image. I wanted to bring back some detail in the moon, and with a thirty second exposure with winds at 40 miles an hour, the the flag was just a blur in the main image photo.

Time: October 6, 2014 @ 6:45pm
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens:  Nikkor 24-70mm @ 32mm
Exposure: ISO 100; f/8 @ 30 sec.

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