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Kevin McLin's picture

Harvest Moon

I got this shot on Saturday morning from the hills above Berkeley, where I happened to be staying. The light was amazing in these minutes before the sun came up. I took a series of several photos, some with the sun finally up and illuminating the hills, but I think this blue hour image is the best. At least so far. I haven’t had a chance to look at all of the photosyet.

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Mike Young's picture

Hazy which fits the fog/mist, nice pastels.

Kevin McLin's picture

Thanks. We had the fog trying to come in from the west and smoke from fires inland coming from the northeast. It made sky colors that I have not seen here before.

Mike Young's picture

I think it has something to do with refraction of the white light, the mist and splitting it like a prism. I think the warmer colours are light travelling faster than the cooler ones. So sunset/rise and mist has a lot of photography potential. Hope the print goes well.

Kevin McLin's picture

That's really interesting. I had not thought of that, but you are right. The blue light is slowed more than red when it passes through the atmosphere. It bends more as a result. This image is taken with the sun behind the camera, so maybe we are seeing the effects of the sunlight being differentially refracted by the atmosphere and then the particles in the air reflecting the rainbow pattern, sort of the way a screen would. I'm not sure.

Peter Hewlett's picture

Hi Kevin, I just love this shot, the colors give it a dream like feel. I also like your work in your portfolio so you have obviously mastered your new camera, but you didn't say what it was or the lens.?

Regards, Peter

Kevin McLin's picture

Thank you Peter... I did sort of say what it was, but maybe not clearly enough. This is the moon setting into the hills north of the Golden Gate Bridge. It was taken from the hills of Berkeley, CA on the morning of September 14, 2019. The exposure information is ISO 100, 1/40 second, 102mm at f/11. I used my D850 with a Tamron 70-200mm lens. The processing used Capture One to adjust the exposure, color temperature and crop, but processing beyond that was minimal. I also used Affinity Photo to remove a couple of dust spots that C1 would not. Thanks again for the encouraging comments.

Peter Hewlett's picture

Thanks Kevin, I will hit your 'follow' button as I like your work

Ralph Rackstraw's picture

Hi Kevin. You made a great photo, well done. Im totally taken in by the image and super impressed with how the bridge stands through the fog - this gives it a truely international quality. I suggest you print it large and hang it on a wall!

Kevin McLin's picture

Thank you Ralph. A friend of mine (who has a very nice printer) has already offered to print this shot for me. Maybe I'll take her up on it.

Andrew McKenzie's picture

Brilliant image Kevin! I love the colours and how subtle it is. The fog adds a sense of mystery and mood to the shot for me.