Cape Hatteras Blood Moon

September 29, 2015
Kate Pullen

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 D4s

Nikon 70-200 mm 2.8

Tripod

$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…

 

-Daniel

PS. Again, Thanks to my wife, Kate for making me go shoot..!

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38 Comments. Leave new

I have followed your work and it’s fabulous. Another thing that make a great picture is timing and that was certainly the case here. I shoot vacation rentals for Bluewater so I’m always looking at all kinds of work and I truly appreciate yours.
Liz

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Thanks for this Daniel. Really sorry you have to deal with people stealing your art. Sadly, for the most part, our society is no longer a civil one. I’ve found that focusing on the people that steal from us is a soul stealing endeavor. Not that it’s been easy, but I try to focus on the ones that appreciate me…

Awesome shot as always.

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Your work is always awesome. Nothing but respect for you

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Awesome doesn’t even come close Daniel! This is just amazing stuff. I’ve been following you on Facebook for some time now and just love your work. Keep it up (and keep using the water mark 😉

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These photos are amazing. I appreciate that you explained how you got these shots. For something like this, did you use a high aperture or a low one? When you say manual in bulb setting, I assume you mean using a flash, was it a bright flash? I struggle with this in night photos and am still learning as much as I can. Thank you for sharing.

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This. Is. Awesome, Daniel!

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this is beautiful… i dont know how to photo shop either pay no attention to people .. there was one lady she sent a pic to a news paper said it was hers they printed it gace her credit and it wasnt hers the owner saw it ..took the camera to paper ,, now has an invisible name thing when you try to print it her name appears ..

i LOVE YOUR PIC .. ITS ALL ABOUT BEING IN THE RIGHT PLACE AT RIGHT TIME AND HAVE A GOOD AUTO BUTTON TO GET THOSE PIX THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL !! THANK YOU FOR SHARING

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Good for you Daniel. I never thought for a moment it was Photoshop. I know photography and Photoshop. Skilled photographers can figure how this is possible and make it a reality without Photoshop. Great image with an interesting perspective and use of light.

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Your shot is amazing. I always love following your work! Thank you for sharing your process. I hope I can capture something half as amazing while in Hatteras next week!

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I’m in awe of the shot of yours with the moon perfectly centered in between the sweep of the light. I knew it had to take patience, perseverance…and many other shots, just to get that perfect one. I am still in awe of it. The possibility of PhotoShop never crossed my mind – your work solidly speaks for itself. Will you make that shot available for purchase, in a larger size? I’d love to see it in my home. Thanks for sharing your work!

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Your photos are amazing! Thanks for sharing!!

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yes…very nice. Those comments were from photographers who don’t know their craft.

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Thanks for the explanation – figured it was more than pixel manipulation! Love the shot!!

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Carol Desnoyers
September 29, 2015 2:55 pm

Thank you for the photography lesson. Much appreciated. There are always nay sayers and negative people who like to doubt good works.

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Thanks For sharing. We just returned home to Ohio after a week in Corolla. Got some good shots, but nothing even close to yours. I was interested in all the different shots you had taken & what editing you had done to achieve the final. As an amateur photographer, I am always wondering what settings to use. Someday I will have my perfect picture.

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You are the whiz. Very nice job. Congratulations on getting the shots.

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Thanks for the photo and the comments about your technique for capturing it. A cousin from Nags Head sent it to me. After the initial moonrise here we had cloudy skies so didn’t get to experience the eclipse. Glad I got to see your experience.

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fabulous photo

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I apologize for the photoshop comment, I was mostly just curious as to how you were able to get the shots and to establish for sure that this is Hatteras–another comment had stated Cape May. In any case, your photography is stunning, and I am so very envious of those of you who were able to view this event, since our sky was completely clouded. I also greatly admire your skills in photography. Nothing I do with a camera even comes remotely comparable.

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Absolutely beautiful and breathtaking. Are you going to make any prints for sale? If you do I would like to buy a copy. I great job!!

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Are you going to be selling prints? These are phenomenal, thank you so much for sharing.

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They are magical, Dan. Was worth putting on FB to show who the true creator of the image was.

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Rich Henneberry
September 29, 2015 7:46 pm

Hi Daniel….great shots! I wasn’t as motivated! I stayed in my house in Frisco and took about 200 shots with my D800 on a tripod with my shutter release and was pleased, but nothing like yours. Good job!

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Stunning. I thank your wife!!

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Joan Peters-Dolezal
September 29, 2015 9:25 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful photography and explanation of how you did this. We love your photography including the pictures you did of Fritz and Jules Peters wedding on the beach at Creeds Hill in Frisco, NC.

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Daniel, the photograph is fabulous! Really lovely……it said a lot to me…….thank you for the time and energy you put into this. I love lighthouses but haven’t seen this one. I also love the southeast coast, especially Georgia, particularly St. Simon’s Island and cities north of there. Have you ever taken pictures along the Georgia coast? How wonderful that you live along the coast! I know the risk of storms but I love the ocean. I grew up in NJ and loved the Barnegat Lighthouse at the shore. Thanks!

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I hate that you even had to write this. The only thing that comes to mind is Haters are going to hate and jealous people make things up. You take the most incredible photographs and people saying you photoshopped anything are just jealous. Don’t tell your secrets but please keep sharing your beautiful work.

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I sometimes wish digital had never been invented . When it was film you never got questioned about a photo , now some goofball with an iPhone and Adobe thinks they are a photography expert. I still treat my digital as though it were film, if you didn’t get the shot you just didn’t get it

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Just beautiful work!!! I am so in love with lighthouses… Hope i could find a way to get one of these photos….

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Absolutely amazing shots and totally LOVE your response in addressing the Photoshop claim. As a person who “Liked” that particular comment, I was liking that it was an amazing shot…I, too, shoot pics in the OBX, but don’t have nearly the talent that you have! I LOVE Photoshop, but am not really capable of doing more than taking off a dog’s collar or tweaking the colors, contrast, etc to provide the best print…Nice work Daniel! Would love to use this as my wallpaper as I am an OBX junkie…Would you mind?

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These are amazing photos. But I am not surprised, all of your work is beautiful! You always think of unique ways to capture a scene.

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Awsome pics my friend and especially love the enormousity of the lighthouse & it’s beacon!!! 🙂

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Photos are fantastic. I liked them so much that I sent to my son who found all of the pictures and sent them to me. Pay no attention to those who think you photoshopped. They are idiots#

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Awesome pics. I was in Va. at the time with heavy cloud cover but did manage to get a few peeks in between clouds.

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Christie Harrell
October 1, 2015 11:29 pm

Daniel & Kate,

Thank you for sharing not only the technical aspects of shooting these pics but also for illustrating the importance of composition, context and ‘good old fashioned’ patience when it comes to capturing the ideal image.
Although the “final image” is my favorite, I’m quite fond of them all 🙂
Again, thank y’all for sharing your creative process. The moments captured per your cooperative efforts are pictoral testaments to what a true partnership yields!

Best regards & many blessing to you both.

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That’s a amazing photo!! Was curious how it was done …Thanks 4 info..

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