Night Skyline Take Two

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sunday evening we were driving home from our day in Richmond and I noticed the biggest, most gorgeous moon hanging in the sky. I was dying to pull over and capture it, but it had been a long day, we were all spent, and there was no way I was gonna manage it. I made a mental note to try on Monday. Since it rained Monday, I had to wait until Tuesday, but the local weather reported a 98% full moon so I was hopeful I'd get a good shot.

Hubs was at school, so I drug the kiddos downtown to try to get a clear shot from the riverfront. Unfortunately, it was partly cloudy and the moon was not to be seen. But, instead of wasting the trip, I set up to recapture the city skyline shot I had taken a couple of weeks ago.

Here's my first try:
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What I like about it is the funny bird in the foreground (somewhat hidden by my watermark), and the extra holiday lights. The focus didn't seem quite sharp enough to me though.

And the second (yes it is a slightly different section of the skyline):

I've included my camera settings so you can see what I did differently. I also used the remote shutter release for the second shot, but not the first. This one seems a little clearer to me, but not quite as brilliant. Which do you prefer?


Later that night, the moon did make and appearance and I captured this:

Not the giant luminous low hanging globe in a dusky sky that I was hoping for. Oh well, maybe next month  ;)

Linking up today at debduty.com. Stop by and check out her gorgeous pics!
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momto8 said...

wow! breathtaking!!!

Gina Kleinworth said...

WOW on your skyline- It's gorgeous!!!! You did great on the moon too. You know I love that- I did go out & capture it myself that night- but I have not even had time to pull them up & look at them. All I know is that we had some wispy clouds here & that may have taken my crispness away.

Mya Maternity said...

Amazing!! I would love to see that.

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Gem said...

These photos are amazing!

Okay, I tried to search your blog to find out what kind of camera you have but couldn't find it or I'm just oblivious.

I've been looking for a new camera for a while and after I dropped my camera @ disney i thought it was a sign that I need to invest in a good one =).

Of course, I know you need some skills to take amazing photos like you do, but I still think I need a new camera =).

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I love the moon shot! And I actually like the second of your skyline shots more because I so love the colors in the water. :)

Kim said...

You rocked these. Great job!

sheila said...

Well I just love them all! And that moon shot? OH MY GOSH that is AMAZING!

Allison Hoffman said...

I love the first skyline shot! I like how you can see the details of the lights outlining the buildings.

Elaine A. said...

Wow, love the colors in the skyline and I like them both, really.

And the moon shot is pretty darn nice if you ask me! :)

deb duty said...

These both look great! Love the reflection in the water.

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