Photo365 – 17 Mar 2011

By the Light of the Silvery Moon

By the Light of the Moon

Todays image is one of only two taken today, and my first attempt at shooting a scene lit by moonlight.

The moon was almost full, and so gave plenty of light, though the light cloud cover meant that it wasn’t as bright as I would have liked.

I took a guess at the exposure, which was 4 minutes at f/5.6 at ISO200.  Due to the light cloud, there is a bit of an orange cast, and I really didn’t know what to do with the white balance.

In the end, I opted for daylight white balance, which has given a bit of an orange glow, which at least stops the image from looking like it was taken in poor light on an overcast day.

I did also try using tungsten white balance, which gives a slightly more natural colour, but a slight bluish tinge, but to my eyes that made it look like the shot had been taken under poor light, rather than at night.