This is an image I made last September in a nearby park, Rosetta McClain Park in Scarborough. It's a beautil, well-manicured garden park, complete with and English-style rose garden, and wonderful views of Lake Ontario. I should have bracketed my shots more, based on what I envisioned, but for some reason, I didn't. I think it was because I was so entranced with the scene, that I spent more time shooting a variety of compositions and thought less about bracketing my shots. I was more focused on getting a shot where the sailboat sat in the reflection from the moon.
At any rate, the unprocessed version (below) was a good basic start, but wasn't anywhere near where I want the image to be, surprise, surprise. I needed richer color, more contrast and a moon that didn't look like the sun.
So, off I went into Lightroom and began some processing magic.
Fast forward to this year, though, And a course I was watching on CreativeLive sparked an idea: Why not combine a better exposed image of the moon WITH the moonrise shot? EUREKA! I l had images of the moon literally from later that night, and never thought about combining them before. I'd just bring the images in Photoshop and work a little pixel magic there.
With the new moon added, I needed to get rid of the old moon. This was a perfect opportunity to use the Patch tool in Photoshop. I probably could have gotten rid of it using Lightroom's healing brush, but I was already in Photoshop . . . and I'm lazy.
With the old moon gone and the new moon repositioned to my liking, I realized that the wasn't enough punch to the replacement moon, mostly due to the blending mode. The dark areas of the moon, on close inspection, were essentially becoming near-transparent. So, a bit more tweaking was required. I could have avoided this set of tweaks by masking the moon in the first place. Hey, live and learn.
And the end result, see below. Overall, I'm pretty happy with the final result, and hope you learned a thing or two as well.