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A long while back I experimented with landscapes taken under moonlight. HP5 in a mamiya C330s, exposure running to a few minutes. At the tme I was underwhelmed and didn't pursue the idea.
On the right is a full frame image, composed to include a reflection of the moon in a rock-pool. It produced a large dead area in the foreground. I've just been experimenting with a crop, as seen on the left.
The question is, while I think it is certainly better, is it still jst a bit too dreary?
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Keywords: Moonlit seascape
Film make, size & rating:: HP5 @EI 200
Lens focal length, aperture & speed:: Mamiy C330S 55mm
Tripod used Y/N:: y
Paper:: ilford MG IV FB

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alexmuir
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Sun, 21, June, 2020 10:49pm

I like it in the cropped version, and think it is a worthwhile image. I did some experimental cropping, and quite liked a version which just removes the Moon reflection. The dark area then balances the brightness above, to my mind anyway. The Moon reflection was a good idea, but I think you would have to make it bigger, and reveal some of its context, for it to work effectively. In essence, it would have to be a dominant feature of the overall composition. Thanks for posting this. I look forward to being able to see a beautiful scene like this in the flesh. Alex.
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MartyNL

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Mon, 22, June, 2020 5:00pm

The cropped version for me too. Although I might be tempted to stick with the square format. Strangely enough, bringing the 3 main elements into "closer proximity" improves the dynamism for me.

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Martin Aislabie

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Mon, 22, June, 2020 6:47pm

Cropped for me too


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vincent

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Mon, 22, June, 2020 8:20pm

Here's another vote for the cropped version but I have to ask where did you come up with the green background? It almost kills both photos. I think Andrew Sanderson of this group has a book published on night photography.

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Thu, 25, June, 2020 10:16am

Morning all-
Vincent: Used 'paint' to paste both images into one frame, to allow side by side comparison. Sorry about the green!
Marty- I do like square, but had been focused (so to speak) on losing the dark foreground.
I'll explore a squarer crop to see if that can work.
Thanks everyone for your consideration.
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Dave Hall
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Fri, 10, July, 2020 9:31pm

dramatic and sensous monochrome
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