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Moonlight At Lucky Peak

_MG_0490.jpg ┬ęDAVID R. FRAZIER
No controversy here, just a chilling moonlight view of Lucky Peak at 9 p.m. January 22, 2008. For you photo types it was done with a Canon Digital 30D camera using a 70-200 f-2.8 lens. Exposure was 30 seconds at 2.8 on a very very cold metal tripod. Just a little work in Adobe Photoshop finished it off.

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  1. Dave — You definitely must keep your day job…someday I want you to teach me how to do that. Oh, wait, did you have to get cold to get the photo. Thanks for the break from our daily grind.

  2. What a great picture !!!

  3. Clippityclop
    Jan 23, 2008, 12:53 pm

    Way, way cool… thanks for posting this.

  4. That is breath taking. Thank you for your great pictures.

  5. Dave – I’m NOT an expert, although I like to play around a bit (with a pocket/snapshot camera, mostly).

    I’m wondering – did you deliberately want to get it as “daylight-looking” as possible? I mean… it might as well have been the sun shining down! (If you hadn’t said it was taken at night, I would’ve never known.) Seems to me if you’d shortened the exposure time, it would’ve looked more like the light of the Pale Silvery Moon.

    [I realize this isn’t the Photography 101 forum. But your work is always top-notch.]

    You are correct about the exposure and the “look.”
    ASA was 400. I was striving to show how much color and detail there is with that big old mirror up there reflecting the sun back at us.

  6. bert farber
    Jan 23, 2008, 4:43 pm

    Nice pitcher…but I think you shoulda dropped it down another f-stop and cut the exposure time by 3.5 nautical miles downrange accounting for a wind of three knots, then…maybe…you coulda captured some cajones in the shot.

  7. Is there a way I can email that picture to my daughters in the east? Well, I guess I can print it, scan the print and send it as an attachment, but is there an easier way? My girls grew up here and would enjoy seeing that photo.

    EDITOR NOTE–Just have them read the GUARDIAN like they should anyway!

  8. Great picture Dave! No traffic jams and the smog doesn’t show up in the moonlight. What was the ambient temp?

  9. Beautiful juxtaposition and light play.

    I hope you’ll consider providing more moments like this on a regular basis.

    TEMP was 12F

  10. tim johnstone
    Jan 24, 2008, 8:58 am

    Wow. Tremendous work Dave. This is stunning.

  11. Have my relatives visit your website? What a great idea. Duh. Thanks, Guardian.

  12. So Guardian, is that reservoir half full or half empty? Great picture. Reminds me of some time spent back East sailing a DN ice boat on a moonlit night. What a thrill.

    FYI.. incredible sunset color up at Bogus as the sun slips through the valley smog layer, for all you camera buffs.

    EDITOR NOTE–The reservoir is half empty. When the snow melts and it is filling it will be half full. Like the glass, it depends on whether you are drinking or pouring. The GUARDIAN has the answers!

  13. Rod in SE Boise
    Jan 24, 2008, 5:19 pm

    Nice photo.

    But, beware those who claim to have all the answers.

  14. Nice shot, Fraz!
    (But –Brrrrr!)

    And aside: I liked your response to TJ.

  15. Mike Murphy, Bull Moose Target
    Jan 24, 2008, 9:11 pm


    I’m hiding in here from those bullies over at “City Cops or State Cops…”

    Happy thoughts, happy thoughts, happy thoughts.

    ; )

  16. Geez, Gordon – don’t give me a hard time because I had a brain f..t. I thought the Guardian only had jurisdiction to the Idaho line. My daughter in Kentucky really liked the photo. I am trying to get my girls to move back to Idaho and will use the Guardian every chance I get to make that happen. I really like this post and everyone who contributes.

  17. TJ:
    Whythehell shouldn’t I give you a hard time? I give everybody a hard time.
    That’s what I did for a living for 40 years; now I’m retired and do it just for fun.
    (Mr. Guardian can vouch for both of those things — cuz I love to give him a hard time, too!)

  18. Super lovely photo—you’re intrepid–I won’t even go out for a walk in the hood these days!
    Just got back from Vietnam and Laos, where it was warm or hot, so I still can’t get warm here at home.

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