This is not a creation in Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago on a clear winter night I shot an entire roll of images of the moon, using a 1600 mm-focal length Questar telescope, coupled to a Nikon-F camera. (This magnification corresponds to a 2400 mm lens on a digital camera.) I kept careful notes on where the moon was located in each frame, and whether the camera was configured vertically or horizontally. Then I put the film in the freezer compartment of the refrigerator. Months later I retrieved the film, and on a trip to Washington, DC, I used the film again, being mindful of where the moon was located. (The background for the moon was, of course, completely black, unexposed, after the original shots of the moon.) In shooting the Washington Monument and the rest of the skyline of Washington, DC, I used a 135-mm lens. It behooves me to admit I also had a number catastrophic "collisions" of moon and earth. The moon did get punctured, the Fontainebleu Hotel in Miami was leveled, etc.
The Washington Monument is a 550 foot (167 meter) high obelisk erected in the 1860s to honor the First President of the United States, George Washington (1732-1799). Approximately one-fourth of the way from the bottom of the monument, there is a subtle change in color. During the Civil War years (1861-1865) work on the monument was interrupted, and later resumed. During the second phase of the building, a variation of the original stone had been used, exhibiting a slightly different hue.
PS It has been three years since I posted this photo. I was a neophyte with post-processing. There is a great deal of noise that could have been remove. I am grateful to Linda Richters (richtersl) who has done ws versions to show how much the photo could have been corrected.
POSTSCRIPT. In celebrating the 'Year of Astronomy,' inspired by the 400th Anniversary of the invention of the telescope, I employed a 7" Questar to photograph the moon. The resolution one can achieve is quite remarkable.
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fkk (2031) 2006-09-23 4:13
martusia (512) 2006-09-23 7:42
I van't believe it is real!
gabrielpat (7163) 2006-09-23 7:59
extraordinary shot.well done.
jjcordier (69655) 2006-09-23 8:32
Iuli (838) 2006-09-23 10:39
You had an interesting idea and ended up with a very nice result.
I feel a bit uneasy though looking at the photo and that must be due to the difference in which the sun light hits the moon, i.e. orthogonal to the picture plane, relative to the obelisk and other stuff on the ground which are being illuminated sideways. However, at the same time this goes along pretty well with your title story: that's not the moon but some strange see-through shadowless giant bubble floating randomly in the air. You're right it had a good chance of falling onto that pointy object underneath and vanishing forever and probly that's what happened. You captured a decisive moment.
jaywalker (16095) 2006-09-23 12:55
Hi Bulent, this is in my small oppinion one of the best photo on TE, i just love it, it's very well created & a superb write up, thanks for sharing this photo with us, kind regards Wilson.
nani_gtd (54) 2006-09-23 20:41
amazing shot. Perfect title. ;]
Sekhmet73 (4145) 2006-09-25 3:44
Wonderful moon! I've never seen it so big, I'd love to. The best one I've seen was some years ago when I was in the US.
marom (467) 2006-09-25 18:51
What an inovative idea and way of creating this photo. I have to bow my head for such dedication and so many efforts, but the result is amazing and impressive. Congratulations
photographer123 (6246) 2006-09-26 12:21
Nothing to say about it,superb.Thanks for sharing.
missninja (497) 2006-09-27 8:07
An amazing photo. And your note is very interesting! Great picture!
sabyasachi1212 (19769) 2006-10-01 23:52
It just goes to show Photography was perhaps a more interesting and definitely more challenging job in the pre-photoshop era. This is an excellent idea, brilliantly executed.
With Greetings from India
Silvio1953 (109427) 2006-10-02 15:53
Amzing composition, Bravo
jsec (2122) 2006-10-03 20:06
Quite simply one of the best image here on TE. Absolutely breathtaking work, although I would like to see the top of the moon included. Just a minor gripe but still a fantastic composition. Great notes too. Well done.
richtersl (3546) 2006-10-06 12:39
It DOES look like the moon is about to impale itself on the Washington Monument...LOL. Your composition was brilliantly executed. Bravo! I tried a workshop for you in which I attempted to remove some of the graininess.
sarahnatalie (695) 2006-10-06 22:59
Very powerful image. I agree that it's hard to believe it's real! Also the quality is so good even though the photo is old. Excellent note, and excellent outcome.
mdetay (4865) 2006-10-07 8:34
Cheers from Antibes.
Peto (52) 2006-10-08 20:34
Stunning composition, resourcefulness and a newtonian calculation. It's amazing.
TeresaT (10806) 2006-10-10 17:27
Perfect capture of the moon.
And a very pleasant compostion with beautiful soft tones.
I've see that you had a lot of work to compose this image...but the result is perfect.
nethrafotos (376) 2006-10-10 17:30
Nice capture! Congrats!
I have added your photograph to my theme on the Washington Monument.
Emiel_Skyfreak (3002) 2006-10-13 7:04
Nice composition, GREAT idea! and shot. Good colours and sharpness. The title also fits well.
Terefic this result with a whopping 1600mm!!
Bit noisy in the sky, but does't matter that much for this shot.
trips (1598) 2006-10-17 12:41
How can this view be possible? Just beautiful!
cessy (13647) 2006-10-19 8:13
excellent multiexposure, awesome technique
you created a marvelous picture
very well done
amstel (2388) 2006-10-20 4:48
Great idea, and awe-inspiring effect!
xavshot (69835) 2006-10-21 3:33
excellent photo ! La taille de cette lune est impressionnante et la compo très bien vue. Bravo pour le titre également.
eveshall (41) 2006-10-23 6:59
This is ethereal Bulent - it should be a contradiction in terms to have this nearly transparent veiw of the moon with such a concrete object.It works so wonderfully well and the thought behind this photo is impressive. Well done.Eve
Moncef (321) 2006-10-23 14:23
Just see this amazing shot. Powerful and extraordinary!
HOBO (5276) 2006-10-24 0:28
what a creative work you did; amazing!
Would be interesting to see how the 'bubble' is looking like on the other pictures without a second exposure on.
Good quality of scan.
fadingstar78 (420) 2006-10-24 14:47
Lovely ethereal pic and a great, well realized idea. great, informative note. I just think it doesn't completely fit the 'spirit' of trekearth. But it is a great pic indeed.
Boots (495) 2006-10-28 20:34
Batalay, I love this shot. At first I thought you had to have one heck of a telephoto, but the true story is more impressive. Did you have an idea of what kind of shot you would match the moon with when you put it in the freezer? I am sure you must have made several exposures... did any others work out in interesting ways? And how did you get the second exposure to line up with the first ie. the edges of the frame to line up? I can answer this for motion picture film, but not for stills!
However it was done, it is fantastic. Certainly among the most creative I have seen on the site, where the art is more than just pointing a lens at something interesting, at the right time.
atilgone (0) 2006-11-06 13:15
Bu harika bir fotoğraf. çok etkileyici. bu tür anları yakalamak gerçekten çok zor. teşekkürler.
zizzer77 (721) 2006-11-08 8:23
Excellent shoot, great moon.
vil (684) 2006-11-08 16:34
super!!!what a magnifique shot.marvalous; Henri
daddo (21288) 2006-11-09 6:13
Hello Bulent. An arresting composition, giving us an impression of another, surreal world. The obelisk and the moon- both mystical, symbolic. Both nicely combined. Regards.Klaudio
a_i_ren (1315) 2006-11-09 17:12
Excellent result of your experiment, Bulent! Brilliant idea and great title :-)
Very unique! Compliments!
sothy81 (9538) 2006-11-09 21:56
This is a sucessful picture. Great perspective. It is even amazing that this picture is quite old. You kept it so safely. I love this picture. You did a great job. Nothing else to say besides an "amazing word". My admiration. Regards, Sothy
jdwyer264 (1082) 2006-11-10 11:23
A super picture, love the... everything really. I like the thought of cropping the ground out of the shot so only the sphere top and moon is in shot, which may add another abstract element. Well done.
alexandervido (33) 2006-11-12 21:16
This is the result, when a scientist picks up a camera....
mzmehr (918) 2006-11-13 10:32
Nice photo, greate composition and colors.
Thanks for sharing
Benedict (7064) 2006-11-26 11:20
the tittle you chose for this posting is apt and accurate! the noise, a bonus! notes, informative!
jrleborgne (1504) 2006-12-01 6:18
Impressive and dreamy shot. It looks like a weightless ball falling on a crochet hook.
Mistral (15402) 2006-12-13 16:59
you were a precursor of Photoshop with this kind of image. Stunning results.
AtillaSoylu (243) 2006-12-14 8:43
I think this is one of the most wonderful double exposure example i've seen so far.
Great work, ver informative note. Very clever idea to have notes about your first shot. Well planned and managed. Well done.
korbee (6615) 2006-12-20 14:42
Absolutely great stuff Bulent,good contrasts!
Thanks for your comment and regards Jan.
cimcim (3712) 2006-12-26 4:48
Merhaba Bülent Abi,
Muhteşem bir fotoğraf!
Böyle bir kareyi yakaladığın için çok çok şanslısın!
Ama bu kadar net ve kadrajı verimli kullanarak çekmekte sizin yüksek kabiliyetiniz.
delic (6735) 2006-12-26 14:53
The previsualization and the thought process behind this image is a lecture in itself. Congratulations!
vinicio (23415) 2006-12-27 16:56
Wonderful view, compliments, beautiful composition and amazing moon over this beatiful place, well seen and done.
dokadak (11518) 2006-12-29 12:24
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Hocam fotograflariniza en uygun yorum galiba amazing photo olacak :)
Bluejeans (64247) 2007-01-06 6:18
Ola Bulent , fantastica foto , e um belo momento de visão !!!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
EOSF1 (1944) 2007-01-09 18:34
Well done on this this extra long lens shot ! Good idea and goos work !
claude_munich (33) 2007-01-11 16:43
Stunning! That's really a great effect! Love this pic, great information, too. Really well-done!!
Ertan (2988) 2007-01-12 5:53
Söyleyecek birsey bulamiyorum.
luluwi (224) 2007-01-14 8:44
Ciao. I thought I had already voted this photo, but I didn't... Let me do thast now!
Reading your (excellent) note I cannot but sat that you made a very fine work! In the beginning I thought you had been searching for the right place to capture such a composition by studying the position of the moon in respect to the obelisk, and I discover that you in fact did that, but to make a double shot!!
ahmetgedikli (25252) 2007-01-19 11:32
Bu olağanüstü, muhteşem bir kare... Büyüleyici, şaşırtıcı... Neredeyse bütün güzel sıfatları hak ediyor. Selamlar, saygılar.
scientific (405) 2007-01-24 7:07
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
bu fotoğrafınızı yeni gördüm.Nefis bir fotoğraf. Herhalde böyle bir an kolay kolay yakalanmaz. Tebrikler. Paylaşımınız için teşekkürler..
branley (3681) 2007-01-29 14:06
I can't resist it and I've only got one thing to say about it.....awesome! Do you think there's a scientific term for that? :-)
ps. Your note's awesome too!
vagabondtravels (6505) 2007-01-30 23:26
Nice comp and colors. Really good capture of the moon.
Great perspective. Well done.
pilpel-adom (3018) 2007-02-07 16:46
Bulent, what an impressive shot(s) you taken and bring for us to see...Impeccable planning with smart composition and a great idea brought to life...
Well done, an absolutely favorite!!
JCG (35129) 2007-02-09 12:00
Fabulous technique which gives an astonishing result and almost magic. The result is amazing. Still an image which recalls to me a film that I like "Stargate". Thank you for the history lesson which supplements the image.
With all my friendships and a very good weekend.
abulafia (4900) 2007-02-17 12:13
This is impressive manipulation of a picture before we had digital photography.
I am quite impressed that you managed to place the moon so perfect in the frame months later.
fkokol (1636) 2007-02-21 16:17
This is absolutely amazing shot. So creative work. Congratulations,
Manamo (3654) 2007-02-23 21:07
Bulent, this is awesome!! You already received so many good feedbacks on this one that one more will seem unsignificant...I know...but still, this is awesome. I meam, the technique you used to do that. Is it common practice for people shooting on films? People had to be pretty ingenious to do what we can do on photoshop in just a couple of clicks now...
The result is a pretty powerful image with the obelisk going to bore the balloon:D REally really beautiful, I keep staring at it...
gezer947 (2109) 2007-03-01 19:27
inanın fotoğrafı bilmesem böyle bir görüntü yok diycem.hocam kaçlık teleyle çektiniz bunu 600 mm mi. muhteşem bir fotoğraf ellerinize sağlık.
jonathan_hart (21270) 2007-03-01 20:43
one more :D for this incredible, huge, excellent shot, what else? just perfect!
krakowiak (4762) 2007-03-07 11:47
What an extraordinary idea!!!
I'm so impressed like never before on TE :-))
HIRAKZ (168) 2007-03-09 3:13
This is mesmerizing. The photo and the photo notes. I knew such things are possible, this is the second time I am seeing such a thing in TE. This tells me one thing, Reality is Imagination, possible.
Adding you to my fav Prof.
Warm regards from New Delhi, India
nivaldo (15415) 2007-03-09 3:28
No words to describe your idea and the impressive result !
devimeuxbe (58557) 2007-03-18 13:08
I don't kniow why i never seen your galery before; TE is very rich !
This is a really interesting picture. The moon is so big and you still get a nice sharpness.
wilkinsonsg (8662) 2007-03-24 6:07
Out of this world image, very well set up and executed, both technically and artistically - excellent!
dorte_s_t (2287) 2007-04-05 6:49
Hello , Batalay.
Splendid idea ,great lighting ,very creative indeed ! Perfect result !
capthaddock (28790) 2007-04-12 18:34
Hello Bülent - this is truly exceptional, a masterful way to manipualte reality in the days before photoshop, really brilliant technique, the image quality considering the age of the photo is equally impressive, easily one of the best photos of this monument I've ever seen.
photocat2005 (92) 2007-04-13 15:36
This is probably one of the most interesting pictures I've seen.. it's very surreal and unusual, which is why I love it. I don't know what else to say. Brilliant composition. :)
Thanks for your comment on my Epcot photo. It's funny you should comment today, as I am in Virginia (Centreville) for the weekend visiting my boyfriend. I visit often (the hour-and-a-half flight is so quick and painless), and after my first visit a couple years ago I had fallen in love with the NoVA/DC area! This weekend we will hopefully go to DC, because I still have never seen the cherry blossoms, and I'm hoping there will be some left in bloom, since the Festival ends Sunday!
sebinho342 (19317) 2007-04-15 12:07
I wanted to comment a picture in your gallery for several reasons and the first one is mainly due to your scientist carrier which seems impressive as i checked your bio. I used too to practised a lot of theorical mathematics and physics in ingeneering studies and for sure i would have loved to have such a teacher like you ! Must be very pleasant to hear you comparing so far concepts to leonardo da vinci and perhaps now to pictures ;) i also appreciate the man you seem to be, very gentle and polite ... Your presence here on TE is a must.
I pick this one cause photogrpahicaly saying this is a marvelous picture, taken at 1600 mm i will have never have in my hands such a zoom !! The result is huge and working in informatics now i can see a "0" and a "1" which is the basics in informatics ;)
So you are true, in each picture we can relate to mathematics or physical concepts
All my congratulations and please keep so involved in TE
ephemere33 (9743) 2007-04-16 18:41
Merci pour votre symathique commentaire,votre photo est très étonnante niveau artistiquement photograhie,la lune en guise de ballon ce jetant sur la pointe du monument...bien vu...tout a ete dit, j'aime beaucoup ce regard de photo, toutes mes félicitations...dommage qu'il y ai un peu de bruit sur la composition, merci, amicalement bi
carper (96) 2007-04-19 12:59
well I had a good look into your archive and I must say you made very nice photo's and indeed this is a very good one of yours, you had to capture such a photo in a digital camera, this one is 25 years old. besides some pixeldamage it is a fantastic shot Bulent, I don't know for sure this is your best one, but let's talk about a good capture a fin4e low horizon and a fantastic moon, marvelous job my friend
verswe (7320) 2007-04-19 17:58
MmK (75) 2007-04-21 18:49
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
oldukça hoş bir kare, komposizyon, renkler, ışık ve özellikle mehtapın görüntüsü oldukça başarılı.
Tebrik eder güzel resimlerinizin devamını dilerim.
jrj (34841) 2007-04-23 6:02
Stunning double exposure Bulent that makes for an outstanding result. I remember this tech of the 'old days' - not always so easy to do with a result as here. Interesting note of the colour differences on the monument. Presented in i good quality as from being from 82 indicating also a good job by the scanner.
happypoppeye (4817) 2007-04-26 22:31
Great photo or photos, great explanation also. I'll make this short because I think everything about how good the photo is has been said. So, great.
anesugur (18783) 2007-04-28 14:31
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Bu harika fotoğrafa defalarca baktım. Ama bir yorum yazmamış olduğumu yeni fark ettim.
Ay'ı öyle güzel bir pozisyonda yakalamışsınız ki isim de çok uygun olmuş.
Selam ve saygılar. Uğur
AKF (24) 2007-05-01 22:20
Interesting how you achieved this! It must have taken a lot time measuring and making sure everything was perfect. I'm very attached to photoshop, but probably because I could never achieve anything like this! I'd be scared of wasting the film and it all turning out wrong. You did this incredibly well. Truly amazing. I love the effect it gave the entire image, too!
MLINES (12516) 2007-05-07 21:46
Hi Bulent. This is a classic vision of the moon. I am attempting some with the telephoto lens, but nothing comes close to this. Mavellous to see and think about. Murray.
neruda (4626) 2007-05-08 16:02
Muhtesem çal1sman1z1, bir okadar da muhtesem ve doyurucu not ile sunman1z ....
Uzatmak istemiyorum hocam sunum ve paylas1m dört dörtlük
mineelci (1535) 2007-05-11 3:10
Muhteşem bir fotograf.Ay o kadar büyüleyici ki inanmaz gözlerle bakıyorum. Ellerinize sağık.
dkeus31 (27735) 2007-05-15 5:48
So you have exposed your film twice with a questar and a 135 mm objective?
quiet interesting result, even not reflectin the "truth"
stego (22556) 2007-05-22 15:39
This one happened to be on the entrance of the site just now. I thought I had critiqued it before. I remember it from my early days on TE.
Every point you got (and they are quite a few :-) is well deserved. I'll remember how much effort you put on this one every time I spend more than a few dozen minutes in PP'ing a photo. You sure live in a world where some things that were soooo complicated 20 years ago are just too easy now.
Warm regards, José.
worldtraveler12 (0) 2007-05-24 14:34
Wow, this is an incredible photo! Great use of a telephoto lens to enlarge the moon.
tica (896) 2007-05-27 9:19
Hi Bulent! Very Amazing, Congratulations, It goes to my favorites, ok? Very very amazing.
God bless you have a nice day! ^^
Didi (52509) 2007-06-04 13:52
Terrific and great !
Very well done with this original composition.
I appreciate well this particular work; I think you should take a solar eclipse one day or some mmon eclipses.
jasmis (57646) 2007-06-15 3:10
This one is really fantastic. Superb proportions, amazing note. Splendid photo, no doubt.
thea0211 (1365) 2007-06-17 9:07
i though i commented on this before, because i watched it several times and now i realise i haven't just yet. interesting (and very big :) moon here - hopefully it won't burst :)!
i've been a bit busy for TE these days, but i just logged in and surfed around and got to read the new paragraph in your intro - therefor had to leave a note and wish you good luck, inspiration and ... easy writing for your new book!
oldsock (575) 2007-06-27 10:37
I can't believe! What a shot!
Good job and interesting comment.
Priam1966 (892) 2007-08-02 13:51
Well done I make some sky picture 20 years ago It's a great picture.
edytungkal (4551) 2007-08-02 19:13
Just say it 'amazing captured'
corsamdq (44) 2007-08-02 19:34
no more words
claudigan (2837) 2007-08-03 0:20
On a technical point, there is nothing i can add, but it is so nice that i have to give it some more:-).
But then, what i prefer is the connection between subject, technic and comment, Moon come and go every day. If you don't care it is just a earth sattelit, but if you look closer you can discover incredibles views of it. Sometimes, people have to freeze their mind to forget daily matters and discover how beautifull is the world.That can take a lot of time (to many months).
Thanks for sharing.
jguisado (595) 2007-08-05 1:55
I remain without words: magnificent photography. Secondary details like color or sharpness loses any importance.
- Warning: automatic translation
ben4321 (9875) 2007-08-09 0:47
I'm glad you put in the link to this amazing shot Bulent, and it's all the more admirable in that the effect was achieved in-camera. It's all far too easy these days with photoshop.
It's inspired me to try and achieve something similar, on film. Now, when's the next full moon....
Irvinix (78) 2007-08-11 6:49
keribar (43841) 2007-08-11 7:02
Sometimes I have crazy ideas, like thinking about how it would be if we( The earth ) had such a close satellite or more than one, or how it be to live in Titan and have Saturn which covers half of the sky with its giant riangs. This picture of yours has just revived these ideas, and I am thankful to you for bringing it here.
Good composition and very well executed.
Friendly regards - Izzet
ahuahu (49) 2007-08-14 1:37
Tebrikler Bülent Bey, ayın gerçekliği şüphe edici olsa da yine de çok başarılı.. Teşekkürler
abanibi (749) 2007-08-14 8:31
Imagination and craft give superb results! Thanks for the shot, Bulent. It's amazing! And thanks also for all the notes you write for your photos. I see you are a good teacher ;-)
ozi (4) 2007-08-27 7:13
Merhaba Bulent Bey,
Inanilmaz buyuleyici bir kare. Cok profesyonelce! ellerinize saglik. sizden ogrenecegim cok sey var.
berek (32296) 2007-08-28 22:43
Merhaba Bülent bey,
bu süper bir fotograf. çok yaratıcı ve net. elelrinize sağlık. Bu arada Dali ile aynı ortamda yemek yemek inanılmaz bir şey olsa gerek. açıklama ve bu güzel kare için teşekkürler. selamlar
Emile (20348) 2007-09-01 17:20
A perfect shot with an amazing idea and an excellent result. avery well done.
ugur_yilmaz (26) 2007-09-04 14:25
Merhaba Bulent Bey,
Fotoğraf mükemmel. Fakat çekilme şekli daha da ilginç aynı kareye evrensel bir mesafe sığmış üstelik kamera ikinci exposure için uzun mesafeler kat etmiş. Bu güzel yaratıcı fikir için tebrikler.
Suellen_Feroldi (288) 2007-09-05 3:55
What a fanyastic moon....
Simple perfect shot!!!
Congrats for the great POV
Thanks for sharing and have a nice day
paura (47166) 2007-09-06 2:38
Amazing composition here. Really a perfect capture of the moon.
Dyerco (10185) 2007-09-08 6:04
Well done Bulent. I have tried this but without much success although I have sandwiched two slides together for a similar effect. I think picking the Washington Monument was an excellent choice.
Well composed and post processing was extremely well done.
Wandering_Dan (3449) 2007-09-10 11:52
An amazing use of film technique! And even without the moon, the shot would have been very good. But this is phenomenal!
crckt (7218) 2007-09-17 13:08
After reading your note, I am feeling completely mesmerized. I was amazed to see this shot and thought a lot of PP might have created this effect. But, no! What a tremendous amount of work, calculation went into this shot! Well, what else can one expect from a Physics Prof!
All I can say is THANK YOU! for this amazing shot.
AiresSantos (56155) 2007-09-18 0:42
Congratulations for this great capture.
Amazing moon in this very gorgeous composition.
I also like your informative note
TFS and greetings
robertosalguero (196) 2007-09-25 23:30
Hello Bulent. The moon look really huge. I am amazed at its size in relation to the buildings on the ground. You did a very good job with this image and created an excellent idea of balloons and needles. Good colours and sharpness. Thanks for sharing.
rainhasank (94) 2007-09-26 23:48
hocam harika ...
crisnique (857) 2007-10-01 4:12
Thanks for the kind words on my gallery.
Yours is amazing as well. This image immediately caught my attention. I really have no words apart from PERFECT!!! Bravo!!!
Greetings from Italy.
brunello (0) 2007-10-11 10:59
this is fantastic, I didn't believe my eyes when I saw this picture.
Thank you to share this with us.
see next time
fserajian (2293) 2007-10-11 14:07
Lovely shot, very well presented. TFS
THY (1657) 2007-10-12 19:07
This is one of the highest marks I have ever seen in TE.
Congratulation. It is really a nice picture. Thanks for sharing.
I noticed that you have answered to those left comments. This is a very good and humble practice. Well done.
jjaydip (26) 2007-11-01 21:46
Hello Mr. Bulent,
What a combination of ratio proportion. Really amazing. Your effort towards the photography - I salute you for your effort.
wgreis (8267) 2007-11-04 3:26
great moment. The size of the moon is really a wonderful prominence.
Colors and composition of the monument are very good too.
bojtorjan (0) 2007-11-13 20:09
What a fantastic shot, I'm really speechless. You found the perfect caption to this
capture as well. Very well composed and executed photograph.
Regards ... Lea
Corry (3466) 2007-11-17 9:51
Cette photo est superbe et exceptionnelle.
Quel beau travail.
Les explications sont très intéressantes.
scalerman (26900) 2007-11-17 21:26
B: I know you have received heaps of praise for this artistic image. All the more impressive from the old school system. More when I return. In Rajasthan at the moment. regards, c
gervaso (9247) 2007-11-19 1:24
Just incredible! The moon must have come closer this day! And this tower seems to be about to burst a great balloon! Wonderful picture!
arvndv_in (141) 2007-11-24 5:58
Hats off to you. The technique is amazing. The result is wonderful. Thanks for sharing the information. Otherwise, would have thought another photoshop work.
BLO (180) 2007-12-09 21:54
this is fantastic. as specially after your info. Almost unbelivable a specially today, when there is lot photoshop "doctored" pictures. Really great job.
Warm wishes from Chicago
hergi (5481) 2007-12-17 12:27
Hakikaten ay ve altındaki sivri dikilitaşla. -balona doğru yaklaşmış sivri iğne gibi duruyor :))
Esprili çok güzel ve çok başarılı bir kare
lespicaros (5542) 2007-12-17 12:43
Attention le ballon risque d'exploser et ca sera la fin de la partie ....
UkeTex (268) 2007-12-20 20:36
Well, you manage to Photoshop the photo without Photoshop! Brilliant idea and execution.
I bet some of your "collision" frames could be postted on TL as Abstract work...
benkrut (2401) 2008-01-08 19:16
This is the best shot of the moon I have ever seen. The idea of placing it over the monument was briliant. One of the images that you can't stop looking at. Goes to my favourites.
tico_tic (395) 2008-01-09 2:22
Very inspiring dating back 25 years ago photo. never thought that it could turn out such interesting shot. your photography journey really gave you great expereince till now. thanks for sharing sir. really inspired me to continue my effort in this hobby@proffesion...
mavikuzey (378) 2008-01-11 14:07
merhabalar bülent by.
bunu geçmek olmazdı sanırım mükemmel.herkese kısmet olmaz böyle bir kare.tebrikler.
giorgimer (34722) 2008-01-20 7:01
what can I say? It's almost UNREAL for its incredible beauty! The result is impressive, an extraordinary shot, well explained in your note.
Very well done!
pierrefonds (52642) 2008-01-24 17:38
This is an impressive moon shot and you used a very good lens to take the picture. You did a good integration to input the Washington monument. You got an excellent result. Your note is also quite informative. Have a nice day.
MeAT (1174) 2008-01-27 19:08
Unlike everybody else, this is not my favourite shot.
It is a great image for sure. The technical prowesses in producing this picture are REALLY impressive.
Nevertheless, I personally think this is more impressive because it was not done with Photoshop, not because it is a great picture.
This image is somewhat misleading because it depicts a technical prowess but it remains a composition, not a picture.
I think Trek Lens is a site better suited for a composition.
But again, and I mean every word I say: this is GREAT work! Very impressive.
zmey (7335) 2008-02-01 5:36
merhaba, professor bulent
i stumbled upon this beauty while visiting your page. when i saw the title in the thumbnail, i thought you meant it in a symbolic way - as in the bursts of the asset value bubble that is happening now in the markets. oh well, practical me. i see the date of the post is a couple years ago. and the date of shooting is in 1982... :)
beautiful composition and i truly admire your patience in this process. pre-shooting the roll, keeping in, juxtaposing later. i learned quite a bit from your note.
regards and many thanks for sharing.
ayansadhu (1502) 2008-02-20 18:41
Kudos to your experimentation skills & vision Sir!
this is something worthy of learning for budding photographers like us...
multiple exposure in a film preserved for such a long time
anticipating the result
stunning presentation without any WS manipulation
is simply a great act
all credit goes to you for this wonderful composition (or should I say creation!?)
Chris3 (511) 2008-03-05 5:03
Very impressive photo.It's not easy for me to believe that these things can happen.Is it real or edited?
chpp (4281) 2008-03-05 9:32
this is a magic shot. perfect setting and simple beautiful, all of it
great exposure for both the moon and the BG, and for being an old shot the quality is pretty good
lucasgalodoido (21046) 2008-03-15 4:27
impressive view of this Big moon and Washington monument, I´d like of all elements in image and the quality is very good for scanned photo. Great work.
Congratulations and Hug!
jusninasirun (17152) 2008-03-17 17:53
Hello Bulent. This is a prize winning shot with multiple exposure which you explained very well in your notes. Excellent work in perfecting the combination exposure bring out this stunning composition. The needle statue is just stunning in that position balances well with the moon. I like this shot even with photoshop but the creation in which you went through making this priceless. Please allow me to add this to my personal theme. Well done and very best regards. Jusni
scobert (5355) 2008-03-20 9:45
I have seen this fabulous photo many times and I believe that I commented on it went I sent you an email. This is undoubtedly one of the very finest and one of the most creative photographs that has ever been posted on the Trek Earth forum. This is also a fantastic example of your superb technique of doing a double exposure with film. A word of advice; NEVER sell your old Questar telescope. The optics of this scope are unsurpassed not to mention its amazing portability and versatility. A world class photograph for sure!
MarianneS (15338) 2008-03-24 9:45
Hi again Bullent,
I saw this photo on your introduction page... and am impressed by this amazing composition :O
TFS and regards,
parpali (2616) 2008-03-27 8:04
merhaba bulent bey;
muhtesem bir fotograf bakiyorum bakiyorum ne yazsam diye dusunuyorum ama yazacak bise yok muhtesem,harika,inanilmaz,olaganustu...
mikele_pl (2400) 2008-03-28 9:29
all I can say is that this is absolutely amazing. I have never seen a picture like this. Bravo for creativity!
zeynepe (9833) 2008-03-31 2:28
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Bu tek kelimeyle inanılmaz bir fotoğraf !!!Tebrikler ve bu fotoğrafı paylaştığınız için teşekkürler,
kiks (11743) 2008-04-01 4:20
Hi Bulent, despite the noise at this image it stays an incredibel compositition with the gigantic moon. LOvely.
ewiczek (374) 2008-04-01 21:01
very nice catpure nice photo
Silversnow (2319) 2008-04-03 8:48
Impressive creation in the age before mass digital photography.
It does qualify as a "trick of light" under the "Masterwork" category.
Pattyjy (2180) 2008-04-14 8:35
C'est extrêmement impréssionnant. Une superbe composition. Bravo et merci pour le partage. Amitié, Patty.
Felip (3907) 2008-04-16 14:48
Your image of this giant moon looks astonishing, the multiexposure effect can be in some ocasions, just GREAT :P.
kandaras (264) 2008-04-16 16:41
Bulent abi, fograflarin muhtesem, tek kelime ile harika, ellerine saglik diyorum
Khattakphoto (682) 2008-04-18 0:16
What an inovative idea and way of creating this photo. Congratulations
ozturk53 (105) 2008-04-22 23:08
tebrikler Bülent Bey. gerçekten süper bir foto
derek3755 (2341) 2008-04-28 10:28
One word "Stunning"
a truly creative image, well thought out and executed. Well Done!
tetixxx (2377) 2008-05-02 11:53
enfes bir kare olmuş..ellerinize sağlık..
atus (15822) 2008-05-11 13:48
I think everything was said about this fantastic old and impressive picture. Congratulations also for the effort you did to get such an extraordinary work.
albertz (2468) 2008-05-21 18:37
This got to be unthinkable in the world of graphics and images those days. Excellent work!
Jonas_Schmitt (3074) 2008-05-26 12:26
A great picture, I have never seen any photo like this before.
The huge moon behind this wonderful foreground, also a really nice title :-)
pavelilioski (218) 2008-05-27 3:45
Picture , collors , and ... is beautiful .. nice ..
cepekdong (3676) 2008-05-27 12:23
absolutely amazing this picture !its really one of the most stunning zoom effects of the moon which i have seen.
mark_mk (266) 2008-06-01 10:07
if you ask me that`s one of the best and most impressive shots on this site, unbelievably great work, nothing more to say. I would die to have such a picture in my collection!
Many, many thanks for sharing!
shabsslg (199) 2008-06-05 3:43
After reading the associated note I am moved to a great extent. Double exposure with a F system! You are really an ace. Congrats.
afshinazizi (6) 2008-06-24 3:52
Great work and so creative shot.
Sky is too noisy and I think that the moon is over exposed!Am I right ?
But these dont mean that your shot is weak.
I have writthen notes for my shot as you said.
Ozaslan (226) 2008-07-16 15:13
Merhaba, fotoğrafıma yaptığınız yorum sayesinde tanıdım sizi,
nefis bir fotoğraf ve gösterdiğiniz titizlik ve emek hayranlık uyandırıyor..
smarcell (19963) 2008-07-28 5:03
A "home made" photoshop work before the software era !Incredible, and the result is perfect.
"Discussing among physicists", I noted, looking at your picture, how the impression one has of the moon's surface when looking at it by naked eye is so different from the actual image. The sort of human face which one "sees" by naked eye does not exist if one looks at a photograph of the moon, and it is probably an interpretation made by our brain out of the actual position of the moon seas.
I was also reading that the explication of why the moon appears bigger when close to the horizon is very controversial and not clear at all.
Someone says it is because we see the moon next to terrestrial objects, and our brain sets the scale differently. But this does not occur if the moon rises below a mountain, already high in the sky.
My own personal explanation is that the full moon at the horizon is fainter, and there is a different contrast with the black sky. This might be interpreted differently by our brain, compared to a very bright moon over a dark sky.
But I have to admit that I did not find this explanation anywhere else.
If I am right a lunar eclipse should make the moon appear bigger. I do not remember if it does !
pticaruh (276) 2008-09-17 8:28
Quite extraordinary technique for that shot, I truly admire it. I plan to visit Washhington, but equipped only with Nikon D80 and 55-200 lens, unsufficient to achieve that effect. Nevertheless, I am inspired by that photo, I will bear it in my mind there...
jimkilgallon (0) 2008-10-13 1:57
Good evening Bulent
I have alway seen this on your intro page, I have always been intrigued to open but have always held back. With a massive 345 points, can I offer any critique worth while to what is an incredible capture on your part. I have read your note and am scratching my head as to how you achieved this but am slowly getting there :-). Technically superb on your part with you the only person who could probably only pull this off. The moon at its best.
avis2avis (4264) 2008-10-14 5:47
I spent the last 5 minutes reading your note trying to understand how you did this and now that i do understand, all i want to say is, INCREDIBLE!
Considering this was film and no digital jiggery-pokery was involved, the final result, while being seamless is most fantastic.
Sensei (723) 2008-11-06 6:35
this is a great a photo thank you ,
i love it .
Amnon in N.Y
avene (12675) 2008-11-09 19:18
everything has been said already, and as far as I'm concerned the photo deserves all the praise and then some more. your attention to details is quite amazing and quite incredible for my chaotic self :) and thanks, I had to laugh reading about the catastrophic collisions :) especially considering the current meaning of the fraze in the title :) superb work, my sincere compliments.
jafadabret (56497) 2008-11-10 10:32
C'est une très belle photo obtenue alors que les moyens actuels pour travailler une photo n'existaient pas. J'aime beaucoup le rapprochement de cette lune avec le monument l'astre parait aussi léger qu'une bulle de savon.
Du très grand art !
juanpablo22 (15) 2008-12-23 9:14
Great picture!!!! That a pacific image!!! Well done...
lestans (16904) 2008-12-26 8:51
Wow Bukent!! It is really a special one!! Amazing work. Bravo!!!
TFS and for explaning it!
mad_mike (446) 2009-01-17 8:08
Très Impressionnant cette lune, elle parait irréelle, Amazing. Good job.
LiaV (411) 2009-02-05 13:30
That's really something special! A very creative idea, carried out in an excellent manner. Yes, in the pre-Photoshop era these kind of operations were rather elaborate. But I suppose at least as much fun to do :-)
Isa-M (4026) 2009-02-21 7:02
Hi Bulent !
WOW ! fantastic view... amazing moon...
Great photo ! Congratulation :)
Greetings from Poland !
ajayrawat (559) 2009-02-28 10:28
Good picture there, with a funny concept. Its quite intersting to see the unusal proportions here the Moon and the washington monument. But the kind of experimentation you have put in is great.
martou (1656) 2009-02-28 17:17
congratulation for this incredible artwork, I would like to buy a telescope to try some astrophotography shot, you did a great job here, bravo Martou
BurhanettinMasa (641) 2009-04-11 12:42
Merhaba Bülent Bey,
Gerçekten olağanüstü bir fotoğraf, ellerinize sağlık ...
Aedorian (105) 2009-04-22 6:49
Just utterly astounding, especially how you made it. Us digi-freaks are too spoiled w/ photoshop ;p
shiznutz24 (4) 2009-05-05 19:35
Truly Amazing! Your technique reminds me of what my grandfather used to tell me about his photographs from the 60's and 70's. You truly are a master and deserve more than just the few measley points i can offer now. My hat is off to you sir.
With great respect,
jackart (6700) 2009-05-13 14:50
I read whole story about this shot and... what can I say. It's unbelievable that it was made efor digital era, using only traditional techniques. Great work! Respect!
sultana (2101) 2009-07-10 4:12
Çok güzel bir kare Bülent hocam. Zamanlama , kadraj ve kompozisyon yerli yerinde, çok başarılı. Ellerinize sağlık.
ymrk (14955) 2009-07-21 11:05
Tabii ki gördüm bu fotoğrafı,lakin yorum yazacak cesareti bulamamışım,yeni toparladım..Böyle ay görünce,hemen aklıma gelen sizin bu fotoğrafınız oluyor.Tek kelime ile muhteşem!
Eileen (152) 2009-07-26 21:23
What an awesome photo and thank you for the most interesting write-up. I live in the Northern Virginia area and have taken pictures of the monument but yours goes way beyond creative. I work in a library so I plan to look up your books also. This is a super way to learn about photography and so many interesting things about people.
pastadog (13105) 2009-07-28 8:43
Certainly a very creative idea, Bulent, both the concept and particularly its execution. True, today this is done by Photoshop, so it's not about photography anymore (I saw quite a few shamelessly posted in TE). But your image is indeed a genuine photo, so congratulations. Regards, Daniel
fabianoleite (9162) 2009-09-14 5:21
Very creative theme, and very well done. The moon looks wonderful and half transparent as a bubble. Congratulations and regards from Brazil!
NorfolkGirl (170) 2009-09-28 4:22
What an incredible photo creation - BRILLIANT.
Thanks for the photo info too.
claudio74 (7263) 2009-11-05 8:10
Wahouuuu what a big monn.
really well captured, and right the noise is not that bad.
SaidQirimli (480) 2009-12-01 12:12
Amazing shot...no doubt!
Ricx (13489) 2010-01-09 1:09
Excellent, Really enjoy your sense of humour, You obviously have a great understanding of the art of photography.. I look forward to going through your collection in more depth. Rich
francio64 (38256) 2010-01-21 13:09
io ho molte foto della Sicilia in quanto sono siciliano :))
Appena ho maggiore tempo disponibile, voglio visitare con calma la tua photo gallery.
Bella questa immagine dove la luna sembra essere vicinissima a noi.
oncel (1407) 2010-02-05 15:46
Bülent bey merhaba;
Bu fotoğrafa bayıldım.Harika bir çalışma.
Urs (14082) 2010-02-25 2:45
Generally I do not like photos which are not real, but I see your contribution as an artwork, as such I really admire what you have done, especially after reading your note. You did an excellent photo job,no question asked. Well done. Thanks for your critique.
Tabris (140) 2010-03-14 16:07
Between reality and fantasy. A masterpiece. Very great work Bulent.
Hansaphotos (6255) 2010-03-21 14:25
Excellent photo with an exceptiponal, breathtaking effect of the 1600 mm telescope. Brilliantly composed with the monument placed in the lower corner of the image. Excellent work! Thanks for sharing. Have a great week.
Best regards, Erling
bloublou (144) 2010-04-14 23:00
interesting shot, thanks for sharing all the information about this shot.
xramm (1831) 2010-04-30 5:50
Merhaba Bulent bey,
as Americans (OR native speaker of English people) says, needless to say it is great work !
huyinghui (481) 2010-05-27 6:20
WOW! So amazing!
colibriav (2146) 2010-08-20 22:33
Magnifica fotografia, que gran luna,
Un saludo desde España:
seve_1 (31) 2010-09-11 12:45
what a great photo of the moon. I dont have much knowledge of photography and how camers work, I noticed jsec really like this photo I know this him very well and hes a great photographer but very hard to please, he a perfectionist and like to have a moan about photo and how they should be, so for jeff to say this is one of the best photo on TE, what a bonus. when i see jeff next he can explain how this shot was done.
svefay (804) 2010-09-26 5:03
merhaba Bulent Bey,
orijinal ve nefis bir fotograf calismasi, son derece onemli ve doyurucu bir aciklama, elinize saglik...
Aliza (597) 2010-10-09 5:58
It's an amazing capture! Congrats!
Thanks for sharing...
Vinmimi (0) 2010-11-07 9:26
I this an incredible picture, very nice.
Very big moon, incredible.
kiasari (62) 2010-11-13 15:41
wow! You captured a nice moment. Very good POV and well managed framing. Well done!
artesia (959) 2010-11-23 16:51
I'm so glad to finally bumped into this photo again after more than a year.... I have to say the most spectacular photo I've seen ( not only on TE )
TRB (13281) 2011-01-16 12:31
Muhteşem, çok etkileyici..
halilguven (417) 2011-02-10 0:17
Bülent bey merhabalar;
Tek kelime ile enfes bir kare.
Benim de niyetim zaman bulabilirsem 800mm ve 1600mm aralığında
buna benzer kareler çekebilmek.
Herşey gönlünüzce olsun.
Munro (77) 2011-02-20 14:08
What an incredible photo - double exposed film thru a telescope if I understand correctly. I wonder how you could do this with a modern DSLR.
jugnutoor (1013) 2011-03-17 6:37
Hi Bulent, I should be jealous & thankful of you at the same time is all i can say, if this is not a trick.
subhendu_bagchi (23713) 2011-03-28 1:37
I am astonished when I saw this photo for the first time and planning to write something on it, but failed to collect words. I can only say, the idea is superb and implemented superbly. Great shot, I am keeping it with my favorites. Tfs.
mato_pavlovic (229) 2011-04-05 9:16
the photo is great, but the way you created it (as you explained in your note) is for me what the photography is all about, what we are ready to do just because of love to photography. Thank you so much for this :)
HFASSOURAKIS (4) 2011-04-07 12:02
EXCELLENT METAPHORA MY DEAR
I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU MANAGE TO PRESENT THE MOON SO BIG BUT IT'S A REAL FILM SCENE WITH GREAT EFFECT.
THE FUNNY IS THAT I PLAYED MY SELF WITH THE MOON AS BUBBLE HERE : http://www.trekearth.com/gallery/photo1285629.htm.
HERE IN GREECE WE SAY THAT "BIG MINDS MEET EACHOTHER"
HOEP YOU ARE OK MY FRIEND
THANKS FOR OPEN MIND PHOTOS
cagla (3908) 2011-04-21 3:42
Bülent Bey, bu çalışmanıza vermiş olduğunuz emeğe bayıldım. Tam bir fotoğrafa gönül vermek örneği... Elinize sağlık, değil 25 yıl 125 yıl geçse, photoshopların tek tuşla halleden versiyonları çıksa da, değerinden kaybetmeyecek bir örnek. Selamlar.
ciakgiak (30403) 2011-05-04 13:21
non posso non apporre il mio sigillo su un'immagine che ha dell'incredibile, tutti penserebbero ad un'alchimia di photoshop, ma non è così.
Questo è uno di quegli spettacoli offerti dalla natura, perfettamente catturato dalla tua bravura. Complimenti.
Un caro abbraccio
nobuikehonda (3848) 2011-05-07 11:01
I have been looking at this photo since sometime ago. It is still one of the most incredible photograph of the moon I have ever seen. The moon appears so unreal, and so fragile. It looks as though the monument is about to pop open the moon. At the time of Nikon F, this must have been a very difficult object to document in the way you had done it. No matter how many times I look at the image, no matter how long I observe the image, The initial impression of this image never fade. More than twenty years later the image bring us the same surprise and astonishment. It is an image which will never fade.
A very nice weekend professor,
zipekci (348) 2011-05-07 22:43
selam bülent bey,
tek kelime ile muheşem.
jwharch (164) 2011-05-30 7:59
Something usually seen as monumental is dwarfed by something that's usually seen as small and far away. amazing idea! I love it!
mkamionka (28041) 2011-06-25 1:53
I just cannot believe it!
I have a photo which I uploaded from Cork City, having a huge moon much smaller than this one here but I created it in the photoshop HERE.
In any case the effect is stunning and you have well chosen the obelisk as an object well contrasting with the oval shape of the moon.
blagov58 (267) 2011-08-17 14:56
Fantastic work. Thank you for that. Such a great picture.
kennyblack (4207) 2011-09-03 2:18
Hi Bulent, simply ... fantastic this pictures, a great idea the obelisk near moon. Nice are the fusion colours from blu to brown. Thank you for post your beautiful pictures
eugenefu (516) 2011-10-17 22:25
WOW! This is the first impression when this photo caught my eyes. Very excellent shot of the monument with faded moon. I love it. Very well done Bulent.
ruisc_pt (10251) 2011-12-31 3:21
Simply outstanding clever-fullness and smart image.
Roman1978 (23) 2012-04-29 12:04
WOW. This is a great shot of an ever greater Moon!
mohammad_H (7942) 2012-05-29 8:19
این یک تفکر خوب در زمینه عکاسی.انچه در مقاله نوشتید شاید برای ما قابل درک نباشد
ولی باید شما را تحسین کرد.گذاشتن فیلم در فریزر و ...!
این یک لحظه زیباست و شما انرا ثبت کردید
وضوح ونور بسیار مناسب
عکس در قاب قشنگ
روز خوبی داشته باشید
It's a good idea in the field of photography. What I wrote in the article is not understandable for us
But you should be praised. Putting film in the freezer!
It's a beautiful moment and register it if you
Light is very good resolution
Beautiful photo frame
Have a nice day
kasianowak (3794) 2012-09-04 6:36
Brilliant idea and very well executed too! Great example of multiple exposure technique!
maloutim (9619) 2012-09-06 12:21
Good evening Bulent,
Very interesting to read how you managed this composition before digital technology.
It was certainly no easy task, but you did it very skillfully and the result is astounding.
Forget the noise in the sky, it makes it look more authentic.
Thanoslim (310) 2012-10-23 6:51
An amazing photo and your note is very interesting! Congratulations for that great picture
thebest (4202) 2012-11-03 22:05
What an incredible photo of the enlarged moon - I have so much to learn about photography my husband told me that it is enlarged by using a telescopic lens... what would I know being an amateur - I thought we were on another planet... ha! ha!
It is a grand photo.
Noel_Byrne (16307) 2012-11-04 5:50
I am so glad this was a featured photo today, you have here a very special image. Amazing the sheer size of the moon, and the composition of the obelisk is perfect. Your title is also special. A really fantastic image and note, thank you for sharing.
All the best
dale54 (5799) 2012-11-21 12:51
hello bulent,this is a super pic,impressive from film,great lite light to it,love it! tfs! dr
mcmtanyel (7384) 2013-04-09 17:12
Selamlar Bülent Bey,
This is an iconic photo. I especially like the noise on it, very realistic for photos scanned directly from film.
Thanks for your kind comments.
Mics (403) 2013-12-10 2:13
Indeed a fantastic shot taken during the pre-photoshop era! This one really stood out among the many photos I've seen here on TE. Definitely one great piece of art and a good example of creativity at its best:-)
- Copyright: Bulent Atalay (batalay) (33913)
- Genre: Places
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- Date Taken: 1982-00-00
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