Extra Super Duper Moon

Extra Super Duper Moon

The astronomy calendar I subscribe to called it an extra super duper moon, so I’m passing it on. This was the full moon on July 13th and it was the largest (closest to earth) of 2022. The cliff in the foreground is the north end of Marrowstone Island … part of Fort Flagler State Park. The color is approximately correct … it was very impressive.

It was 10 PM and fairly dark by the time the moon rose. I had been skeptical on my way to Fort Worden and a cliffside spot I knew would provide a good view to the Southeast where the moon would rise. Indeed, I could not capture the moon’s details without leaving the foreground completely in shadow. So, I did what I could and dealt with what I had. I thought that a high dynamic range (HDR) photo technique of combining several images wouldn’t work well in this case with a 500mm lens … the motion of the moon was quite evident between shots.

Camilia Bloom

Camilia Bloom

Lightroom’s “Select Subject” option provides a quick way to create a mask that you can use to emphasize the subject by reducing the exposure of the background area. This image had a lot of visual distraction from the other blooms in the background. Reducing the background exposure resulted in an image where the subject was clearly identified.

Mt Baker and Eagle

Mt Baker and Eagle

Another image taken from Marrowstone Island. This one shows Mt Baker in the distance, but also an eagle sitting near the top of the Doug Fir. (Clicking on the image will increase the size and make it easier to spot the eagle) That tree is a regular perch for eagles, who watch for fish swimming by.

Mt Baker and Fog Bank

Mt Baker and Fog Bank

Taken from Marrowstone Island, southeast of Port Townsend. The fog bank is hiding Whidbey Island. The water is the Admiralty Inlet area of Puget Sound. Mt Baker is catching the light of the sunset.

Mt Baker in the Sunset

Mt Baker in the Sunset

The view from Marrowstone Island (southeast of Port Townsend, Washington) looking across Admiralty Inlet (Puget Sound) to Mt Baker. Note that the sharp peak on the right skyline is Mt Challenger.

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