Moonlight at Elbow Falls

As the moon waxed towards full this weekend, I spent an evening at Elbow Falls to photograph the landscape at night.  The clear air allowed stars to shine even with a relatively short exposure and small aperture (10 seconds and f/8.0, respectively).  Always a bit lonely sitting out there for a couple of hours but the stars are really good company.

Elbow Falls under moonlight - 2013 © Christopher Martin

The 6400 ISO and the bright moonlight allowed for some of the great details at this magical place in Kananaskis Country to show in the image.  I am impressed with the improvements in the dSLR’s low-light capabilities over the last couple of years.  A couple of years ago I spent another evening up at these falls. At that time I was using a Canon 1D Mark III and when compared with the image above and others where I used a 5D Mark III, the detail, structure of the noise and the color are all vastly improved.  The technology is less and less of an obstacle to realizing the images I want to make.  I like that a lot.

7 responses

  1. The shot is great, hard to believe that modern cameras handle low light so well :)

    May 15, 2013 at 3:15 am

  2. Beautiful!

    March 2, 2013 at 6:58 pm

  3. Truly magical!

    March 2, 2013 at 12:11 pm

  4. Wonderful shot!

    March 2, 2013 at 11:10 am

  5. Alice L

    So stunning! Thanks for sharing the details of how you took the photo. I took a photography class, but still have difficulty understanding exposure and aperture because my professor didn’t teach us anything, but told us to just go out and take photos.

    March 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

  6. What an amazing night scene! I sure hope we get some more clear nights before the winter is out.

    February 24, 2013 at 11:31 pm

  7. Reblogged this on bearspawprint and commented:
    More Full Moon in Virgo

    February 24, 2013 at 8:13 pm

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