Miguel Claro
Image taken:
Oct. 3, 2009
Almada, Lisboa - Portugal.
I photographed the moon on this special night, when the moon is well known as the "Harvest-Moon", to be closest to the northern autumnal equinox (Sept.22). To compose this framework, I went to a jagged area with an impressive view over the Tagus river and the city of Lisbon. In the picture we can observe the setting full Moon on the famous bridge "Ponte 25 de Abril", which connects the city of Almada, to the Portugal's capital, Lisbon. This bridge is often compared to the Golden Gate, bridge in San Francisco, USA. The light that we could see in the picture, is natural, It was not used any flash. The rocks are iluminated by the reflection of the local street lighting, and mostly, by reflection of the full moon in the rivers water. For me it is one of the best pictures that I ever made until today, due to various factors that joined together. First, because it was the right time for reflections on the river, The right moment to frame the Moon, passing through the back of the steel cables that suspending the bridge, as a slight haze in the sky. I also had the lights of a boat that was in the port, the rocks along the river, and light pollution coming from the right side of Lisbon, that gave a very natural look, and also shows the current problem that astronomers around the world face now, due to exaggeration of lighting street, that is misdirected and is used in the large cities. Image Link: http://www.astrosurf.com/astroarte/FullMoonSet-Bridge25April-OK-net.jpg Canon 400D - ISO 400 F-4.5 Exp.8" at 22mm in: 03-10-09 at 6:07 AM. Important related Links: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/25_de_Abril_Bridge http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harvest_moon
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