15 Jul 11. Today's image is the third moon rise in as many weeks, and the last for this year. Next version will be in January from West Seattle. This shot was taken on the second of the two nights I was leading a Mountaineers group, and overall, provided for a very different experience from the previous night. The sky was much darker, the horizon far cloudier, the moon not nearly as orange, and the photographer presence almost double the previous evening. Plus it was warmer, later occurring in the evening, and not as vibrant. Nonetheless, it was, as is every full moon shoot, a fun experience trying to capture, on some form of recordable media, what the eye was seeing and the brain presenting. No two evenings of shooting the full moon have ever been even slightly similar, and I thoroughly enjoy them all, though to be honest, some have been better, far better, than others. Two shots comprise this image, both shot at the same aperture but 5 1/2 stops apart. As such, the separation of the two shots was close enough together that I could have forced it into a single image, but it would have resulted in the city portion being very dark and that wasn't what I desired. So the sensible approach was 2 shots, each maximally exposed for the desired look of each subject, city and moon. Had the separation been 7 or more stops apart I would have had no choice but to go with two. The "properly" exposed moon was cut out from its shot and pasted into the "properly" exposed cityscape with the final result being what you see, and what we saw in person back in June. ISO 200; 4 sec (cityscape) & 1/6 sec (moon) @ f / 9.