I use Photoshop on all of my images *gasp!*
Honestly, that’s no secret, one look through my portfolio and you’ll see that I use Photoshop on all of my photos. In fact, its one of my favorite tools to create little worlds of fantasy. So why did it sting when I was accused of using Photoshop on one of my latest photos? (On multiple platforms!)
Because I hadn’t “photoshopped” the area of the photo I was accused of.
I felt hurt that I had been accused of being deceptive, of trumping a “manipulated” moon as the real thing. I also felt discredited. (That being said, I do see how someone might see it as an editing mistake and I do not wish to slander anyone who saw it as such.)
A few nights ago, September 27th 2015, I sat out to watch an incredible natural event: The Supermoon Eclipse! It was breathtaking, and my camera did the scene little justice. That being said I wanted to take a few photos to take advantage of the surreal moments.
In this photo, I was accused of placing the moon in between the trees and being careless enough to forget to mask the branch back over the moon.
The very thing that makes the photo look fake is simply purposeful placement. I used the Stargazer App to locate the exact spot where the moon would rise, and set everything up before the it had even hit the crest of the horizon.
The photo below was taken very shortly before the concept photo. The branches can be clearly seen in front of the moon, by moving my camera over slightly I was ecstatic to realize the moon fit perfectly between the branches (as if it was a jewel in the delicate setting of a crown).
Shortly after the shooting the first set of concept photos the moon drifted behind whispy clouds.
And then it reappeared in time for the next set!
These photos are lit (in the foreground) from the left over ambient light from the sunset on the other side of the horizon (which was equally breathtaking). The sun had set around 7:05 and the moon rose around 7:3o. Thanks to the dwindling light of blue hour, I could still use a relatively high F-stop and Shutter Speed to avoid motion blur and retain detail. I chose a telephoto lens to take advantage of the foreground/background compression that occurs when shooting with longer focal lengths (so that the moon would appear even closer to the subject than it really was).
- Focal Length 300.0 mm
- Shutter 1/200
- ISO 500
We continued to watch the spectacular celestial event while eating cookies and chips until the eclipse happened!!!
I suppose this just goes to show that nature can be “unbelievable” at times.
**Disclaimer** I have no problem using Photoshop, every image you see of mine has been manipulated in some way. Some more than others. Without using it as a tool, I would not be able to tell stories as beautifully. Every image in this post has had post production work done in Camera RAW and Photoshop CS6.