Cape Hatteras Blood Moon
I wanted to share to process of getting the Cape Hatteras Blood Moon image.
I have read comments about the image being Photoshopped.
To be honest, I wouldn’t even know where to start to create The Cape Hatteras Blood Moon in Photoshop….
My wife does most of the Photoshop work for our business and it usually consists of cleaning up skin and swapping heads in family portraits.
That being said, here are some of my settings that I used for the photos.
Nikon 70-200 mm 2.8
$7.00 Shutter Release Cord
ISO 1250 (for the most part, one image was ISO 1000)
Camera set to Manual (Bulb Setting)
The exposures were anywhere from 1 second to 8 or 9 seconds.
The Cape Hatteras Blood Moon photo was 6.3 seconds.
The reason you see a break in the light is because it takes about 7-8 seconds for the beam of Light from the Lighthouse to go around.
So at a long exposure of 6.3 seconds you will see a break in the light or in any exposure time under 8 seconds a break in the light.
What added to affect of the break of light was all of the Salt Air/Mist from the Ocean.
We are in the midst of a Nor’ Easter, which translate into a kind of fog.
These photos will hopefully show the process of getting to the final image.
The images were edited it Adobe Lightroom.
I had to pull up the exposure some and color correct for white balance and noise reduction.
I also had to straighten the image because my tripod wasn’t even close to level.
If I knew how to make these images in Photoshop I would be pretty Psyched.
Photoshop is Hard…
PS. Again, Thanks to my wife, Kate for making me go shoot..!