I’m up early this morning–a state of affairs that I generally try to avoid. But I’m going fishing with some friends, and I found myself awake too late in the morning to contemplate returning to sleep.
Our living room was lit by the moon, hanging far down in the west. We have large windows on the west side of the room, with bird decals attached to warn birds away from the glass. (And despite the bird scarers, birds still sometimes collide with the windows.)
I managed to photograph the bird shadow as cast by the moon. I used the Samsung NX300 body with a Canon 50mm lens at f/1.4. I set the camera to aperture priority, and the resulting exposure was ten seconds. (Yes, I managed to stir myself enough to use a tripod . . .)
I actually reduced the exposure in iPhoto: the image as captured by the camera was significantly brighter than I experienced it. This version is close to the way I saw the shadow.
I considered photographing a larger swath of the room, but when I backed out, the camera just wouldn’t pick up enough light to allow me to focus, even using the magnifier. The display became entirely grainy.
I think that this photograph is interesting largely because of the story behind it. Still, I’m fond of it.