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“Force Field”

A reflected moon halo at Ellis Reservoir, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada

I spent the afternoon exploring the muddy edge of Ellis Reservoir in search of compelling compositions. The cracked mud was amazing but terribly thick too. Conditions just did not materialize and I didn’t take a single shot but knew the potential here was huge having seen other local photographers take on the area. My partner Courtney arrived and we re-started a bonfire that had been previously lit by another group and left to smoulder. After a meal off the camp stove which I managed to partially dump in a fumbled go at serving it we went for a walk along the wall of the reservoir. I was spurred on by the moon halo that had come out of nowehere. After trying the cracked mud as a foreground I wanted to find an area of shoreline which would allow me to show the halo reflected. I finally found an area where the mud allowed me to get close enough to the edge to use the fisheye lens to capture both halos. I got the 2 halo shot but then realized a stick in the mud presented the perfect lead in line to the first halo so framed that up and was really excited with the result. With the moon being too bright for the dynamic range of the camera and far too small on a fisheye lens I swapped lens to a 70-200mm and shot the moon at 70mm at a faster shutter speed to blend it in and have the final result closer to what my eye saw.

tech: Sigma 15mm diagonal fisheye lens, f/2.8, 10 seconds, iso 1000 and (moon: 70mm, f2.8, 1/800th second, iso 800)

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