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After trying to capture an image of the moon that for me portrayed everything that I wanted from the image I finally threw the towel in, and started to think of alternatives. With my overactive mind, and somewhat reluctant limbs, I finally managed to produce this somewhat abstract composition of what I considered to be the perfect solution to the fore mentioned issue with the real moon... Three good things came from this image, firstly, I did not have to wait around for 364 days for the perfect picture. Secondly, whilst not waiting around, I did not freeze my melons off. And finally I ended up with a crazy composition that I was rather chuffed with.

In order to capture the image I placed my camera on my trusted old and somewhat battered tripod, attached my camera complete with a somewhat outdated 18-50mm lens. Dialled in the following settings: ISO 100, Aperture: f/22 and sett the Shutter speed for 30 seconds. The illumination was kindly provided by a pair of desk lamps, and the reflection via my tried and tested black polished marble table. Oh, and the back drop, well that was simply an old black 'faux' velvet sheet.

Some slight post production was carried out in Photoshop CS5 just to remove the odd fleck of unwanted debris, and add an attractive must somewhat simplistic border and title.

Brand:Canon
Camera:Canon EOS 7D
Lens:Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 [II]
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:21 Mar 2012 - 6:54 PM
Focal Length:18mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/3.4
Aperture:f/22.0
Shutter Speed:30sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:100
Exposure Mode:Aperture-priority AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Off, Did not fire
Title:Mysterious Melon Moons
Username:NDODS NDODS
Uploaded:24 Mar 2012 - 9:57 AM
Tags:Abstract, Art, Creativity, Decorative, Fruit, Fun, Humour / fun, Imagination, Moon, Orbs, Spheres
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ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2474 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2012 - 10:18 AM

very clever i like the idea,
ali.

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Michaela_Solway
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24 Mar 2012 - 10:44 AM

The reflections have worked a treat".....

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xwang
xwang  531 forum posts7 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2012 - 10:53 AM

And the forth...the melons were delicious...Grin Beautifully captured image, excellent skill, great idea! Very well done!Smile

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
24 Mar 2012 - 11:31 AM

great work ,fun to see and interesting write up ! GillWink

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Alvar
Alvar  7 France2 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2012 - 11:31 AM

Excellent workSmileSmileSmile
Alvar

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WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41033 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England134 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2012 - 12:19 PM

An excellent set up Nathan, I can see this series running for a while yet.

Dave

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Ade_Osman
Ade_Osman e2 Member 114491 forum postsAde_Osman vcard England36 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2012 - 12:50 PM

Well it works for me and there is a definite resemblance to the moon in those melons, well thought out and worked.....

Ade

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Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2012 - 3:08 PM

Very well set up and great result here Nathan,
like the presentation too
Lillian

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NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 33063 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom101 Constructive Critique Points
24 Mar 2012 - 5:57 PM

Thank you all so very much for your most welcomed comments and feedback on my images.

Regards Nathan

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pdcche
pdcche  3 United Kingdom
24 Mar 2012 - 10:09 PM

Nice pair of melons showing off great reflections and detail, nice work.. Peter

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Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
25 Mar 2012 - 12:32 AM

Clever shot and quite captivating to the eye! IB

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DRicherby
DRicherby  5269 forum posts United Kingdom725 Constructive Critique Points
25 Mar 2012 - 7:03 PMConstructive Critique!This comment was flagged as constructive critique! 

Works very well. I'd be tempted to use a curves adjustment to knock the background to pure black, or something closer, but that's not a biggie.

As for moon shots... Well, they tend to be disappointing. If you get it right, it looks exactly like everyone else's shot of the moon in the same phase; if you get it wrong then that's that. Since you talk about waiting 364 days, I assume you were waiting for the moon to rise or set in a specific place, which is exactly what you need for your moon shot to stand out. One thing to note is that the moon is very bright so, unless you want it rising against a silhouette, separate exposures are required for the moon and foreground.

Dave.

Last Modified By DRicherby at 25 Mar 2012 - 7:23 PM

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15 Oct 2013 - 5:59 PM

It's very hard for me to restrain myself not to vote all the photos in this portfolio (though I think I escape , while I will vote for all !)
It is a very balanced and varied collection , which emits inspiration , creativity , originality , and technical rigor !
It exude a very good grasp of photographic technique (which I miss! ) Coupled with an inspiring sequence of topics , very varied: going through a slideshow ( shame that ephotozine hasn't this option, or Ididn't found it yet! ) the portfolio, is a series of images with subjects not bored . Further, topics are varied ( practically all the possible categories ) and each picture shows an original angle of view .
How I can't view the entire portfolio on one single page , it's very difficult to make a selection, a ranking (I know how hard it was to judge architectural projects , I made it 15 years as a lecturer , but judging pictures it's even harder , i have not similar criteria for all categories and sometimes I'm steal by the subject and I did not judge the photo quality!) . Even so I stopped at this fascinating composition with strength and simplicity , I like your pictures on a black background , but this is something that no other !
I would try, perhaps, a frameless version with smaller objects can asymmetrically located in the page, not in the middle; but that's just another point of view , an alternative
With the deepest consideration
Silviu

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