Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Eye of the night

This is re-processing of old moon photo: brighter, with slightly better resolution and lower noise. In fact, this is not real photo, but photo manipulation:

Super zoom photo of half moon with surface details behind the night clouds
Moon picture: Eye of the night (1681 x 1261)

Prints available at Artist website, RedBubble.com.
Licenses for commercial use - at Shutterstock.com.

Moon itself was captured with this strange construction as 48 identical RAW photos. The only difference between them is small shift of moon in every photo: zoom level is high enough to make moon movement easily noticeable even at short exposures. Long exposures is not applicable because of motion blur.

After capturing moon series, i captured surrounding clouds with much lesser zoom, also as short series. Moon and cloud stacks was aligned and averaged to boost signal-to-noise ratio, processed separately, and blended together at final stage. I applied pseudo-HDR processing to enhance craters, ridges and other details of moon surface. Also, i painted "reflect" at dark side of the moon with brush.


  1. This is really beautiful.

  2. Привет, Алексей. Волшебная фотография.
    Но не могли бы Вы больше писать статей на русском. У Вас это очень здорово и понятно получается. Я бы, например, очень хотел увидеть статью о том как снимать и обрабатывать HDR, ночное HDR.
    Спасибо Вам, за все ваши труды. Они вдохновляют!:)

    1. Большое спасибо! Попробую написать при следующей обработке ночного фото, чтобы были картинки со всех этапов работы. Но вообще-то HDR-обработка у меня совсем простая, и в сети есть масса более интересных материалов.