Monday, September 6, 2010

Moon Over Lake Powell

Riding In the Moonlight

The big, full moon made for lovely nights, but it was so bright we didn't see the usual star show.  Beautiful moon, romantic evening rides....perfect for the newlyweds that were with us.  We have this nice houseboat with beds, air conditioning, all the comforts of home, and the newlyweds decided to 'sleep' in a tent on the shore....away from the houseboat.  Go figure!

This image is how the scene looked to my eyes.  A telephoto lens would have kept moon the right size and with some detail, but the foreground was not in focus and the immediate foreground was not in the picture.  A wide angle lens puts everything in the picture and in focus but makes the moon appear smaller than how I  saw it.  Also, I could see a lot more detail and color in the low light night than my camera is capable of recording.  How would you solve these problems to have an accurate representation of what I actually saw???

Oh, I forgot to mention the bats???  They come out at night and eat the insects, which I'm sure is why we are never bothered with mosquitoes at Lake Powell.  Can you see the bat in this photo?


8 comments:

Robin said...

Gorgeous shot. I see the bat (I think!), but I'll await you answer the the question. I haven't done much low light stuff so I'm not sure!

Krista said...

This is really gorgeous, Karen! I love the reflection of the moon, and the range of colours you've captured even at low light! I can see the bat. I LOVE bats!!!

Scott said...

Interesting dilemma. Obviously this was not a very long exposure or the bat would not be visible and the watercraft would have at least some motion blur. But the white balance of the watercraft is different than that of the moon and yet the moon is reflected in the water, as is the watercraft. Can't wait to see what you did. Maybe they should name the baby Lakey if it's a girl or Powell if it's a boy. ;-)

Sandra said...

no idea how to make it look better, it is beautiful to me. all of it. looks like a ghost was riding that jetski
the house boat sounds marvy to me

Denise said...

Not sure if I am looking at a bat or not but I do like this photo, and I like your narration as it makes me look more at a photo. Thanks Karen.
An English Girl Rambles

teca said...

I was very impressed! Looks like a painting!

Kisses.

Ginny said...

A beautiful picture! But I have been looking everywhere for the bat and cannot find it!! Can you blow it up and show it for your next post?

Lisa RedWillow said...

Just amazing photography. I love the depth of color . Nice compostion also.Love it