During the last few days we have had some really bad weather in the Atlanta area. My neighborhood was snowed/iced in for a couple of days. When the weather finally started to break I decided to go on a hike on some of the nearby roads. It was still too icy to drive but walking on the snow was fine. I was a few blocks from my house when I ran across a driveway with an interesting gargoyle statue on the gate post. After taking a couple of shots I started walking again and was thinking that it might be interesting to do a composite with the gargoyle and some dead trees to create a scene with a dark/moody feel. This is the shot I started with.
On Saturday evening I was at the grocery store and noticed that there was a full moon rising. By the time I got home the gorgeous orange moon near the horizon had moved higher in the sky and turned to white. I decided maybe a moon in the background of my composite might be interesting so I went to get my camera. By the time I got my camera and went outside the moon had been completely enveloped by clouds so I went back in and ate supper.
After supper I went and checked outside and noticed that the clouds were breaking up so I decided to try again. It was very frustrating since I was shooting in manual and trying to figure out the right timing on the shot. I would get everything set and the clouds would move back in and completely cover the moon. Here is one of my first shots that worked. I wanted to get some trees in the shot along with the moon so it took me a few tries to get the focus and timing right.
The clouds disappeared almost completely for a few minutes and I got this shot.
I decided to try a few shots with the moon in the trees and that proved to be interesting. The moon only needed a fourth of a second or less but the trees needed a lot longer span of time. Here is one of my first attempts. I thought the way the moonlight backlit the limbs was interesting.
As I moved around trying to find a good view through the tree limbs I noticed this one triangular area of branches that might be good to use as a frame around the moon. I took a bunch of shots trying to get the moon in the right position between the branches. I kept having to readjust and move where I was standing because the moon kept moving up after each shot. I finally got this shot which I plan on possibly using in the composite shot I am going to do at some point.
I plan on getting a few more shots of various things for my composite once I decide what I think the final composition will look like. So until next time —