Rise and Shine
by Moshe Levis
Camera: Nikon D800e
Lens: Nikkor 24-120mm
Shutter Speed: 2 sec
Location: Convict Lake, Northern California
That amazement wore off fast as I tried to edit them in my basic photo editor at the time. They were not even close to what I had seen on the internet. Two years of experience later I was able to come back to the same place with one purpose. To chase that photo I had tried to capture two years prior. This time I walked out to the middle of that runway, this time with a better Nikon D300 and a brand spanking new Tokina 16-28, I had bought two days before. This time I knew what I was doing and I wasn’t going to leave until I had chased down this photo. But then the complications hit. We just had to plan our trip around the full moon so I only had a 90 minute window to get my photo before the moon was to rise. So there I was at only 11:30 in the middle of that runway freezing myself to death in 20 degree weather trying to chase a photo.
This time doing almost everything right. I immediately started to take some test exposures, I was already getting better results than the last time. Once getting my exposure correct and turned my camera to the end of the runway. There it was, the photo I had been chasing for two years was finally within grasp. Every time I looked at the back of the camera a surge of excitement surged through me for this was the year I got my photo. Once the moon was close to rising, I knew my night was over. So freezing cold I crawled into my sleeping bag and dreamt of chasing stars.
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