159. New moon from Paritutu, twilight

October 2, 2011 2:33 pm

159. New moon from Paritutu, twilight

New moon from Paritutu, twilight. 7.49pm, 29 September 2011

Hope is a good breakfast, but it is a bad supper. –  Francis Bacon

Contrary to Bacon, as a night photographer my hopes rise at supper. The new moon is not visible until the sky darkens, well after sunset. This moon always needs a supporting cast, to add both human scale and pictorial interest; here that cast is very simple.

This could never be natural light because the new moon after sunset is always in the western sky. You could only get silhouettes from the flax stalks from this angle – without fill-in flash. The location is my regular haunt at Paritutu Centennial Park, not the rock itself.

85mm; ISO 1000. 1/50th at f16. Flash


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Barney Brewster – NZ Landscape Photographer

Based in Nelson, Barney loves to capture the New Zealand landscape, mostly through long exposures at dusk or after dark.