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As I am again in Brazil, this weekend I made a short visit to one of my favorite spots near Sao Paulo; which is the village of Campos do Jordao. You will find more info in my previous post here.

It was a nice fresh day and the 1700 meters above sea level where the town is located helped with a beautiful clean sky.

When the afternoon was ending, I decided to visit the Auditorium Park to assist a show. this is a theatre on one of the hills, surrounded by a nice park full of Araucaria trees, which are characteristic of the region.

I was taking some photos of some very high Araucaria trees under the soft light of sunset, when I noticed that the moon was perfectly visible between the branches; and then again, I could not resist switching lenses to my longest available at the moment (200mm + 1.4 TC) and took a couple of shots.

I was not sure which one to post as ‘main’, but finally decided for the closer view of the moon, surrounded by a somehow still light sky. Then, in the workshop you will find two ‘bonuses’, an un-cropped version of the moon photo, and a full view of the Araucaria trees, taken at 18mm.

I think that the very clean air and the light, almost the start of the magic hour, helped with the results.

In the case of the cropped photos, the processing did not include anything special, except that curves and USM where applied in multiple successive passes, with very light settings.

The shadows of the left of the ‘main’ photo are some branches that I opted not to clone.

Raw Capture at ISO 200 – f4 – 1/500s @ 200 mm.+ 1.4 TC
Post processing: Raw file conversion (DPP) to JPG, then (PS CS) cropping, contrast (curves), USM, frame, and save for the web.

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