New Moon – Cannon Beach

The new moon is high overhead of Cannon Beach Oregon shortly after sunset in the late fall of 2011. (Philip A. Knouf)

The new moon is high overhead of Cannon Beach Oregon shortly after sunset in the late fall of 2011. (Philip A. Knouf)

I captured this image of the new moon over Cannon Beach on a trip my wife and I took Thanksgiving weekend of 2011 to Canon Beach on the Oregon Coast.  Ecola State Park is nearby and is a favorite of mine for dramatic seascapes.  I went there hoping for a nice colorful sunset but that didn’t happen.  I noticed that a new moon was fortuitously above the ocean west of Canon Beach with a clear sky overhead.  I was able to capture this dramatic scene with a 5 sec. exposure with my Canon 24mm TSE II lens on my Canon EOS 5D Mark II.  The moon in the image originally was rather washed out with significant flare due to the 5 sec. exposure.  This was not what I saw nor envisioned and therefore I replaced the unsatisfactory exposure with a 1.6 sec. image of the moon.  I utilized Photoshop luminosity masks, i.e. channel masks, to bring out the water, mountains and add some vibrance and saturation.  A great source for learning about luminosity masks and their use can be found on the website of  Tony Kuyper.  By the way, this image prints up beautifully with great intensity!

 

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