Friday, 11 April 2008

Palm Trees and Moon - Sky Watch Friday

"Tropical Twilight" - Moon through palm trees
Sky Watch Friday
tropical palm trees framing the twilight moon
This is one of my older photos, taken in 2006 with the Kodak camera. I was experimenting with taking moon photos, and tried out this framing technique with the palm trees silhouetted against the twilight sky, and the fronds reaching from the top of the picture downwards to the moon. I think it turned out fairly well, although the moon is quite small due to the minute 3x zoom offered by the Kodak camera.

You can just see the colours of the setting sun reflecting off the top of the palm trees.

Update: Tom and other readers pointed out that you can actually see a face in this picture - look at the curve of the tree on the left for a nose, and the moon becomes an eye. Thanks Tom!

64 comments:

  1. This is a great shot for SWF..

    The moon doesn't overwhelm the sky. Nice balance for all elements. Good framing.

    I'll have mine up in a bit.

    Troy

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  2. Beautiful moon and reflecting off palm sun.

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  3. In just two years, the cameras are so much more powerful. It's hard to keep up with! This is very very good! I didn't realize palm trees had leaves down lower like that.

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  4. I love the composition of this shot, perfect framing & exposure.

    It certainly is amazing what one can do with even a simple digital camera!

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  5. Hi Troy,

    That's the one good thing about a small moon - it can't be overwhelming!

    I'm looking forward to seeing your shot later today. Give me a yell when you've posted it if you want. I posted mine with the scheduled post feature, so at 5am this morning when I was just waking up blogger was uploading my post.

    Cheers,

    David

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  6. Hi fishing guy,

    Thanks for dropping round. I love your post today.

    Cheers,

    David

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  7. I love the way you framed the moon with the palm trees. Really nice shot!

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  8. Hi luiz.ramosforest,

    Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a great weekend.

    Cheers,

    David

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  9. Hi andree,

    Yes, the camera I bought just a few months ago is already obseleted by one half it's price! :) It's almost not worth trying it keep up, just stick with the old camera that still works fine. Even film is fine for most shots.

    happy SWF!

    Cheers,

    David

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  10. Hi salty,

    Yes, most cameras are actually quite all right for any shots. It's just being in the right place at the right time that counts.

    Thanks for visiting, have a nice day.

    Cheers,

    David

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  11. Hi dot,

    Wow, you got a comment in while I was in the middle of responding to the others! Thanks for commenting, I hope you enjoy SWF.

    Cheers,

    David

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  12. Just and simply beautiful.

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  13. Hi vi,

    Thanks for visiting my blog today. Have a nice weekend!

    Cheers,

    David

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  14. Nice job of framing the moon and sky. I send greetings from deep south Texas. Come by for a visit anytime.

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  15. That's lovely. I like the shapes here.

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  16. Love the opening of the trees to see the moon great capture of the sky

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  17. I love how the moon is silhouetted this way.
    Lovely.

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  18. Hi David
    I like the framing as other have pointed out... I see a face made by the sky with the moon the eye...

    All the best for the week end and cheers of joining in
    tom

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  19. Great shot! :)
    Nice framing.

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  20. After having a very good look, I saw a face!
    Great photo.

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  21. Hey, good pics, but I really don't like the background of your blog title. Other than that, keep up the impressive work!

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  22. Fine photography.


    Abraham Lincoln in Brookville, Ohio.

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  23. Hi David!
    Great shot and very good composition, well done.

    Have a nice weekend.

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  24. I like this. Nice framing.

    There's something about the moon. It's always begging to be photographed.

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  25. Really Great shot, Also Think you have a great blog here.
    All well captured and really stand out.
    You are most welcome to -
    Visit my sky watch and blog

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  26. nice shot from your location. it adds impact to the lonely moon.

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  27. I love how the negative space in that photo looks like the profile of a face!

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  28. Really neat how you 'framed the moon'.

    I just read Rurality's comment and had to go back and look again - that's AWESOME!

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  29. These are superb. A great Sky Watch contribution

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  30. Hi the texican,

    Greetings to you from Australia too. Thanks for the invite, I'll take a little inter-continental tour and drop round at your place shortly!

    Cheers,

    David

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  31. Hi sandycarlson,

    The shapes are quite unusual, none of them even seem to be quite alike. Even shapes from within the same tree are so different. Thanks for pointing this out, I hope you have a nice SWF.

    Cheers,

    David

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  32. Hi lilli & nevada,

    Thanks for dropping by! Have a great day.

    Cheers,

    David

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  33. Hi carletta,

    A silhouette in daytime, facing away from the sun, now that's an interesting concept. It seems to have worked here, maybe I'll try it again some time.

    Cheers,

    David

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  34. Hi Tom,

    Wow, I didn't notice that before! It's amazing how one person will see something entirely different to another. But looking at it again, I can see a face too. Thanks for pointing that out!

    Happy Sky Watch Friday.

    Cheers,

    Davd

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  35. Hi ida,

    Thanks for visiting today, I hope you enjoy SWF.

    Cheers,

    David

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  36. Hi quintarantino,

    The face is another interesting way of looking at it, just shows how the readers can really contribute to the blog, not just the author. Thanks for commenting!

    Cheers,

    David

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  37. Hi Anonymous,

    Thanks for the feedback on my blog header. I've been changing it recently, so it's great to get some comments on it.

    Cheers,

    David

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  38. Hi Oldmanlincoln,

    Thanks for dropping round, have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,

    David

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  39. Hi John,

    Thanks, I hope you enjoyed Sky Watch Friday too. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,

    David

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  40. good use of framing but the moon doesn't really stand oute

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  41. Hi Anna,

    I find that too - whenever I see the moon it seems to just be asking for a photo. I think if I went out one night with the camera and the moon in the sky when I came in the camera would be full and the batteries flat! :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  42. Hi daniel,

    Thanks for dropping round. I hope to see you next Friday, or maybe Wednesday if you join in W.W.?

    Cheers,

    David

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  43. Hi imac,

    Thanks for your visit and the compliments, they are very much appreciated. I like your site, you have a great eye, thanks for the invite.

    Cheers,

    David

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  44. Hi the dong,

    I always find that the moon needs some foreground, unless you have a very powerful zoom and can get the craters clearly. In this photo of course, the zoom was nothing so I had to get a foreground.

    Cheers,

    David

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  45. Hi rurality,

    Why is it that so many people noticed this before me? So much for my "great eye" - all of you seem to pick up a lot more detail than I do! :D

    Cheers,

    David

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  46. Hi Misty Dawn,

    It is awesome, kind of like the candle picture which we see all the time that turns into heads when you look at it for a while. I'll have to start showing this to my friends, see if they can spot the face :)

    Cheers,

    David

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  47. Hi petunia,

    Thanks for visiting again this Friday, hope you enjoyed SWF.

    Cheers,

    David

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  48. Hi Angie,

    I was looking for something other than a sunrise today for Sky Watch, and a moonscape seemed like a nice idea. I'm glad you like it.

    Have a nice weekend!

    Cheers,

    David

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  49. Hi david mcmahon,

    Thanks for dropping by at my blog today. I'm glad you could find the time, I don't get to drop in at all the blogs every week. Hope you have a nice weekend, mate.

    Cheers,

    David

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  50. Hi beginning photography tips,

    Thanks for giving your perspective on this photo, it's great to get feedback and advice on how to improve. I agree, the moon doesn't really stand out here, if I were to take the shot again I think I'd use the better zoom on the new camera to improve it there. Thanks again for the advice!

    Cheers,

    David

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  51. It's beautiful!

    Foliage as frame of sky!

    Have a nice weekend,

    Santilli

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  52. Very nice photo. I love the framing and especially the "face"!

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  53. Hi quiet paths,

    Thanks for visiting, hope you're having a nice weekend.

    Cheers,

    David

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  54. Hi luiz santilli jr.,

    Thanks for the well-wishes, I hope you'll have a nice weekend too. I like your new profile picture - it really stands out from the crowd. How did you make it?

    Cheers,

    David

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  55. Hi halcyon,

    The face really makes this photo very different, doesn't it? Thanks for visiting, see you soon.

    Cheers,

    David

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  56. nice shot and the silhouetting has been very well executed. I can see that you really like trees right ?

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  57. You have some great pictures with trees, especially the ones with the moon. I also enjoy trees and blogging. (tree-species.blogspot.com)

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  58. Hi reuben chircop,

    Yes, I do like trees, especially the Australian ones. :) Trees, and moon are perhaps some of my favourite subjects, so no wonder I should take this photo!

    Cheers,

    David

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  59. Hi dan,

    Thanks for dropping round. I like your blog, and the identification. Maybe some day I'll learn the names of some of these trees too. :)

    Cheers,

    David

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