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Taken off Sunset Cliffs in San Diego, California about an hour before moonset. This Wolf moon is at perigee, or the closet the moon gets to the Earth at the same time Mars is at opposition. Oppostion is opposite the sun, during this time, Mars gets as close as it will get to the earth.

Upon hearing about this unique situation I got up early to try to capture it. I took some long exposures with my D-100 and tested the ISO range of my D-700. This Photo is taken as ISO 8000 at f2.8 at 1/60 using a Nikon 75- 200 VR lens. I used a ND filter in lightroom to try to bring out some shadows on the moon and keep Mars visible. When I do that I lose the halo of light in the clouds. I took the image into CS4 and I tried burning the moon, but I was not able to pull out the shadows. Any suggestions. I did Camera Raw details to reduce noise. In my preview of the upload I have lost Mars due to the reduced image size. It will be interesting to see if it is still there when I click update. Here goes.

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