Harvest Moon

Today’s blog is a picture from guest photographer Ruth. It is a picture of the 2012 Harvest Moon taken at the Russian River. If you can believe it, the photograph was taken hand-held! You got to love the Canon IS lenses!!! The picture was taken just as the moon was about to set and before the sun came up. I like the negative space created by the trees and the largely desaturated image against the color of the moon.

Harvest Moon - 2012

Harvest Moon taken by guest photographer Ruth

This picture is very much how the scene appeared to a human eye. It took a bit of Photoshop processing to get it this way:

  • Did some selective sharpening by copying the background layer and using a high-pass filter and setting the blending mode to hard light
  • Added a layer mask to the new layer and filled it with black. Took a soft brush with white and painted on the sharpening effect by adding white to the layer mask
  • The image was then taken to the Lab colors-pace (flattened on the way) and the following adjustments were made in Lab
  • A and B channels were adjusted using curves to increase color saturation. I used the technique described in “Photoshop LAB Color: The Canyon Conundrum and Other Adventures in the Most Powerful Colorspace” by Dan Margulis. I tried several things, but this is the only technique that brought back the color we saw that morning. I stopped when it looked like what was visible to the eye.
  • L channel was adjusted with curves to decrease contras. This brought out more of the detail in the moon.
  • Lastly, the image was cropped to put the moon in the top right intersection of thirds.

Just in case you don’t know what a harvest moon is, this blog is here to help. A harvest moon is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox. Here is the Wikipedia page for more information.


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