Submissions: 2023 May

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Julien Looten
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Re: Submissions: 2023 May

Post by Julien Looten » Mon Jun 05, 2023 10:07 am

Full Moon (of the "Strawberries") rising over Laon Cathedral (Aisne, France) 🌖
Copyright: Julien Looten

ImageFull moon over French cathedral 1/2 by Julien Looten, sur Flickr

ImageMoon 2/2 by Julien Looten, sur Flickr

This photograph is guaranteed to be free of trickery/montage/IA! I prefer to mention it, unfortunately, we're seeing more and more of them.

You're probably familiar with the medieval city of Laon (France), its ramparts and cathedral. It's one of the most emblematic sites in the Hauts-de-France region. Visible from afar, this 'photo spot' was ideal for creating the effect of depth that I was looking for, giving the impression that the moon encompasses the city!

A lot of preparation went into this image. The challenge was to get the moon to rise just behind the monument... The main difficulty lay in achieving perfect alignment between the camera, the cathedral and the moon. I had to be very precise in my positioning. Even a small variation of a few dozen metres would have made the photo impossible to take. To do this, I had to take into account a number of factors, such as the orientation, inclination and altitude of the site. I positioned myself 5km from the cathedral and waited until 11pm to see the moon emerge from the city. I used a Skywatcher 200/1000 telescope with my Canon Eos 6d mk2 camera 📸. The moon was very bright, so I had to do HDR, i.e. take 3 photos with different exposures to avoid overexposure and underexposure. 

thanks in advance :)

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