Lets Shoot For The Moon as we try to take a severely underexposed photo, give it some life, then decide to use Photoshop to raise it to a new level of art, pulling it out of the doldrums of boredom, and saving the day!

OK I just took a bad photo and used Photoshop to make it look better.

This is still one of my most viewed photos onĀ Flickr, and until now I haven’t revealed that it never actually happened…. Oops!

 

Lets check out what I had to work with.

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

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EXIF:

Nikon D810
Nikon 105 mm f/2.8
1/200s
200 ISO
+ Extension tubes

This is an awesome drop, and might be why I wasn’t that focused on lighting it properly. Getting a big drop to hang that’s perfectly round, but doesn’t fall off is harder then it looks.

I don’t know why I was in portrait orientation here.

I think because of the extension tubes I should have had the flashes closer and on a higher power. Next time!

 

Lightroomed

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Here we rescue the shot in Lightroom to discover although the drop is interesting it definitely needs something…

The day I took this I had just edited a shot of the moon, and I thought it might look good crammed in that drop. Lets send it “to the moon Alice!”

 

SOOC

(Straight Out Of Camera)

 

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EXIF:

(Cropped)
Nikon D7000
Nikon 70-200 mm f/2.8
f/7.1
1/160s
400 ISO

Getting a good shot if the moon is hard. It is much brighter then everything else, and is moving faster then you realize. You need to expose for it and the fact that your gonna get blur if you don’t take a quick exposure. Of course it depends on your focal length. The more you zoom in the quicker it will blur. That is also true if you are going crop in because you dont have a 600mm f/2.8 lens. Common now, You don’t really need to eat this year!

 

Lightroomed

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  • Exposure contrast and shadows raised
  • Highlights lowered

 

Photoshoped

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Now let’s crop into the moon for a background. It would look weird if you had a moon reflection with no moon in behind.

 

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Lets blur the background then add our drop and needle.

 

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All we need now is to stuff the moon into that drop by resizing it to fit then masking out the actual drop.
Well that turned out pretty good. It probably would have been easier to just have a map of the moon in behind, and get an actual shot of the moon reflected through the drop. But since I don’t have a photo of the moon, this is what I did. The real thing probably would have had much more distortion anyway, not to mention getting everything lined up before the drop fell, would have been unlikely.

Maybe that’s why it is interesting?