Daily Image - Mar 2011 Archive - sonofjohan

14 Mar 11. As the temps are warming up our beautiful cold and clear weather of last month is turning into lots and lots of days of depressing gray and rain, so I'm venturing back to days of the cold and clear to share another image from the trip to the Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge. As I was approaching the exit for the reserve, the moon was rapidly heading for the horizon, so I pulled off to the side of the freeway in a safe spot and grabbed a couple of images before that lovely celestial body disappeared for another day. It had been teasing me all the way down on the drive from the house to the final destination, so I just had to give it at least one try. The images I got were not quite as the mind/eye thought I saw them, so I've added a bit of contrast boost with a plug-in filter called spicify to render the image somewhat more like what I was trying to capture originally. In the process the heavily frosted grass underwent a slight blue shift which I really like as it helps me convey the experience of the cold that was present that morning. The filter also added a bit of texture which I removed from the sky but left on the ornamental grasses in the foreground as I feel it helps balance the overall image. ISO 800; 1/320 sec @ f / 7.1.