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Staple Tor Moonrise by Alex37 Staple Tor Moonrise by Alex37
FYI because I know this question will crop up...The moon isnt 'big' in fact it's at apogee, I have effectively 'zoomed in' on it with a 560mm lens (400mm + 1.4x).

Staple Tor cuts one of the most striking silhouettes on Dartmoor. There are many viewpoints of Staple Tor but my favourite is also the most accessible! From the south-west one of Staple Tors stacks of granite is exposed to reveal what seems an almost impossible structure of massive plates of granite somehow balancing on one another. It has been an ambition of mine to photograph this particular stack and long ago realised the potential of Staple Tor as a silhouette against a full moon. The best chance would be a moonrise, shot from my favourite southwest viewpoint.
18 months ago I bought a 400mm lens and tele-extender purely to photography the moonrise or moonset against Staple Tor. A 1000 investment on a lens setup that you only really want for one image is not an easy decision to make. So began 18 months of waiting. This is actually a relatively rare occurrence. In order to maintain colour in the sky the image must be taken shortly after sunset. The moon must also be high enough at this point that it rises above the tor itself. This basically gives you one evening every 3rd full moon that is suitable for the shot. I had been looking forward to Friday the 9th of December for almost 6 months! Of course of these relatively few opportunities cloud is likely to ruin some of them. Furthermore tripod vibrations due to wind will inevitably make some evenings hopeless.
When the evening finally came I was well prepared. I had worked out exactly where I needed to be. I had my camera set on a custom mode of exposure settings that I had calculated. I hung 10kg of dumbbells off the tripod to stabilise it in the breeze and an umbrella was used as a windbreak. I was so well drilled by the point the moon peak its head over the hill that I knew that finally, after 18 months I was going to get my shot. This image might look simple, but it\'s anything but!
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xDx Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
Breathtaking. This is beautiful beyond words. That waiting for conditions to be right, planning, prepping, the lens, I'd say it was all worth it. Excellent shot.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks so much
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augenweide Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
your beautiful work is featured in my new journal...[link]
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laffinatlife Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012
Amazing!
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Meema Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Nicely done. Perfectly composed and exposed.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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Spud667 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I love the restricted color palette. It gives the image an almost painted feel to it.
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JurgendeWitte Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012  Professional Photographer
Absolutely stunning image and great story behind it!
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PeterLovelock Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012
a big hand shake for you alex - a great use of time, money, skill & dumb bells!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks, and yeah, it's the best use of dumb bells I have seen :P
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multix Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
A simple image doesn't mean it has a simple making! Good work indeed!

My 400mm I bought is currently... sitting quite unused, I bought it for nature, but ended using it only in some reportage shot. Up to now that is! You just kicked into my lazy butt :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ha well good luck and thanks :)
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glassreflections Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Gorgeous shot. This is was definitely worth the wait. Is this your lucky day now? December 9th? ;)
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delph-ambi Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2011
Stunning shot. The time, money and effort invested in this one were well spent.

It's not something I would ever do, as I'd probably trip over and smash the equipment if I tried.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot, I will have to plan more shots like this!
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Xerox27 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Love This - Awesome Photo :)
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jokonkoda Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Excellent, except the jpg compression which is too high !!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah sorry, I didnt want to make this image appealing for anyone to use as a wallpaper
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ancoben Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
Stunning, well worth the wait
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Anne, it certainly was!
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Meowgli Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011   Photographer
cracking result... congrats, must be well satisfying!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You're not kidding! Most satisfying image ever actually
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aFeinPhoto-com Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Woohoo. Great execution and prep :)
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Cheers Aaron
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FlippinPhil Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Professional Photographer
Spot on Alex, definitely worth the wait in my opinion! Excellent capture!!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Phil
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snaphappy101 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent photo! :)
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Wow 18mths wait, thats dedication....:clap:......well it is Absolutely Beautiful photo, you should be proud :love:
and we are honoured you showing it here .....
I just come back from Dartmoor I didn't get many Tors shots, so I know how difficult this is to capture a good
image let alone with the moon,
I hope you had lots of coffee to keep you warm...or were you to nervous to think about anything else.....lol
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks a lot. It's true that the weather on Dartmoor can be a bit of a pain!
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BrightStar2 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2011
I was lucky in October it was sunshine when I was on the moors,
Fog when I was on Brentor, storms at the coast and rain on the way home
thats Britian for you :lol:
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Youmitori Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
kudos for all the effort. the shot looks great.
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finding-equilibrium Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Simple but powerful, fantastic shot! :)
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
A lot of thought behind it as you said. Beautiful result.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Alban :)
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011   Photographer
Great job Alex.....looks like it was definitely worth all the effort.

That's an interesting idea using an umbrella to block the wind. ...I am going to have to remember that idea.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
yeah it wasn't my idea actually: [link]

Thanks James
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JamesHackland Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2011   Photographer
As long as it worked....that's the main thing.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
:nod:
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Wow Alex, this was worth the wait!!

Shame you couldn't be in Oz and capture the Moon at eclipse with something like this.

Beautiful colours, so cold and crisp.
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
well actually last december I did photograph the lunar eclipse but the sun was too close to the horizon by the time of totality so the moon just disappeared!
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Ahhh damn, thats a shame :( Gotta wait til 2014 for the next. Guess we'll appreiciate it more then
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
what I REALLY want to shoot is a solar eclipse....
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Oh yeah!!!

That would be amazing! Next one is in may from what I remember :) Not too much longer to wait!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes May 20, I'm going to fly to Nevada I think.
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12GSuper Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011
Going to be totally worth it Alex, maybe consider two cameras? One on a 'scope and the other on your tripod! :D
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Actually I've already got 3 lined up. I'm one step ahead of you!
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o0oLUXo0o Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Very Cool! :wow: great shot Alex!
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks
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Eddeeee Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011
Brilliant Alex, worth the time and investment without a shadow of doubt. Brilliant
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Alex37 Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much
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