T H E ( A L M O S T ) W E E K L Y P H O T O G R A P H
20 October 2016
Full Moon In Greenland
Full Moon, Scoresby Sund, Greenland. 200mm lens, 1/800 second @ f4.5, ISO 2200
Next year I'm returning to Scoresby Sund in Greenland on a wooden schooner! It sounds incredibly enterprising, but all the arrangements are being handled by Better Moments in Denmark, a provider of world-class photography tours and workshops. I'm being hired with Magnus Elander to lead the voyage which is entirely within Scoresby Sund, so no fear of rough weather or sea sickness (we fly in from Iceland and I have another shorter tour there as well)!
As this photograph shows, the sound is surrounded by towering peaks and dotted with icebergs - it's an incredible location to shoot. I shot this from Aurora's Polar Pioneer a few years back when we were lucky enough to have both perfectly clear weather and a rising full moon. Mind you, the sun doesn't go down until very late, so this was probably taken at around 10 p.m.
The challenge we have as photographers is retaining detail in the moon. As you will see from the original photograph before processing in Capture One, the raw file retained a hint of detail in the moon, but it required a number of adjustment layers to darken down the sky and, in so doing, darkening the moon as well.
To see the original file without any processing, click through to the website for the full article.