Sunday, May 23, 2010

Sailing on Lake Wingra by moonlight

Sailing on Lake Wingra by Moonlight
I was getting tired of another lame SNL rerun tonight (even if it did feature the incomparable Tina Fey) and walked down to Lake Wingra under a bright 3/4 moon for a breath of fresh air. Our cat accompanied me part way, but he's frightened of the big wide open spaces of our little Wingra Park (he's heard dogs there, he knows the score), and he jingle-belled his way home.

The lake seemed to glow in the dark, but I couldn't see much of anything, except for one ghostly shape right in front of me. Then I saw it was moving. Then I saw it was a sail. The boat was so graceful and peaceful. I had the Nikkor 50mm f/1.8 lens on the camera, thought I'd see if it could capture anything by ambient moonlight, handheld. Cranked up the ISO, underexposed by three stops* to make it look dark and fired away. A couple actually turned out OK. This pretty much captured the way it felt.

* Wrong move, as it happens. Click through photo to get to Flickr discussion about digital noise in the comments.

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