Float to the Moon

Figure Eight Island,Long Exposure,Wilmington NC 23 February 2010 | 2 Comments

I spent a lot of time playing around with the 15-second long exposure setting on my point-and-shoot camera (see these photos), so being able to hold the shutter open for longer time periods and stabilizing the camera on a decent tripod were two of the things I was really looking forward when getting a DSLR. This was one of the first pictures I took with my D90, a 30″ exposure while the moon was still low enough in the sky to illuminate the water. Apparently this was long enough for the scattered reflection to become a continuous path of light, and if you look at this pic at its original size you can even see some star trails developing in the upper left.

2 Responses on “Float to the Moon”

  1. Cobey says:

    the smaller version really sharpens the photo a lot, with only the brightest stars and clouds around the moon being blurry. Are these blurry because wind hit the camera, or were the clouds just moving fast?

    i dig the picture. i particularly like the brushed metal feel of the water. looks great!

  2. Reid says:

    Thanks! Yeah the clouds did move around a bit over the 30 seconds it took to take the pic, but I think that’s inevitable.

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