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Harvest moon over Golden Gate Bridge

Harvest moon over Golden Gate Bridge

We went to visit the Point Bonita Lighthouse for sunset. The National Park Service offers monthly sunset walks at the Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Marin Headlands, north of San Francisco. The tour is limited to 50 people and fills up quickly, so make your reservations early if you'd like to go.

Ahead of time, I calculated good spots to witness the moonrise somewhere in the San Francisco Bay Area. Moonrise was at 20:03 at 95°, 45 minutes after sunset. The Point Bonita Lighthouse turned out to be the best choice - you can walk along the trail to position yourself so that the moon aligned with the south tower of the Golden Gate Bridge.

I processed a balanced and a photographic HDR photo from three RAW exposures, merged/blended them selectively, carefully adjusted the color balance and curves, and desaturated the image. The dynamic range is extremely large on this shot - there are 11.3 stops between the bright bracket exposure (for foreground) and dark bracket exposure (for moon). I welcome and appreciate constructive comments.

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-- ƒ/8.0, 230 mm, 13 sec, ISO 200, Sony A7 II, Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3, HDR, 3 RAW exposures, _DSC2293_4_6_hdr2bal1pai5pho1g.jpg
-- CC BY-NC-SA 4.0, © Peter Thoeny, Quality HDR Photography

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Photo taken @ S on 14 September 2019 (© PeterThoeny / Flickr)

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