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Pic of the Week - Page 285

Moonset @ The Needles

Image Location : the full moon setting behind the Needles lighthouse on the Isle of Wight, the most westerly tip of the island.

The Needles is a row of three distinctive stacks of chalk that rise out of the sea with the Needles Lighthouse at the far end of the stack. The light, 80 feet above high-water mark, can be seen 14 miles away at sea level, either white, red or green accordingly to the position of the observing ship. The Needles Lighthouse was built by Trinity House in 1859, replacing the cliff-top lighthouse established in 1785 to guide ships making their way up the Solent.

It was a shock to leave home at 4am today in order to go shoot full moonset / sunrise - at this time of year, sacrifices are required! This image was captured at sunrise, using a tripod-mounted Panasonic Lumix GH5 with a Lumix DG 100 - 400mm F/4.0-6.3 lens set to 400mm (equivalent to 800mm on a full frame camera). The camera was autofocused on the lighthouse. The camera was set to Aperture priority f/6.3 (wide open) giving a 1/125th of a second exposure at ISO 200 with daylight white balance. The RAW processing and final adjustments were all done in Photoshop CC.

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