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Rock vs Moon

Rock vs Moon

Behind the mountains

This picture was taken around 3.30 on a Summer morning. This was a private tour through the Southern Highlands of Iceland. The area for our adventure is known as the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and is a huge wilderness between the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers and the Landmannalaugar hiking zone. In fact the whole area is a hiking zone and includes the world famous Laugarvegur trail which is a demanding trek through volcanic and glacier landscapes for 53km.

Moon Challenge

We were at the end of our second night exploring the Fjallabak including Mælifell and beyond. The sun had already broken the horizon and was shining on Storkonufell Mountain, we just kept driving in search of a reasonable foreground. This photo was taken with my Carl Zeiss 50mm prime lens. I wanted the mountain to dominate the background and 50mm makes the mountain very strong in the frame. Then all I had to do was to balance the rock vs the moon in the frame. Nope! not quite, I had a real challenge getting both the rock and the moon sharp.. thank goodness for the concept of hyper-focal distance. Then I had to expose them both properly! The moon is bright and it has to be a short exposure, even at f/16, the rock is dark and requires a log exposure to expose it properly at f/16. Find out how to do it.

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