Girl Holding the Moon – Creative Photography

The Moon

This image wasn’t too complicated to make. I took a Dracast LED light and placed it in front of my wife. She held her hands out as if to hold a ball. She had no idea what I had in mind for this image. I took an image I had captured a few months earlier of a full moon, in fact it was a blue moon the night before a lunar eclipse.

It was pretty late in the process that I decided to add burn to darken one hemisphere of the moon. I tried being creative. I spent several minutes going back and forth, clicking the visibility toggle on the burn layer. I couldn’t decide between the full moon look and the half moon look. Ultimately, as you can probably tell, I took the partial moon look. Eventually I would like to add to this collection, but only time will tell.

Creative Photography Luna Amor Girl holding Moon by Brandon Griffin

Here is the original image of the moon. It was approximately 10pm in Rexburg, Idaho. I was using a Tamron 150-600mm lens. The focal length was 600mm. Prior to shooting, I research a little about camera settings when doing night photography of the moon. I found some good tips. I learned about the magic 11. When shooting the moon, you should use an f-stop of f/11. This is a typical rule, however I found on this particular night that f/10 was good for me. Here are some additional tips for photographing the moon and finding those creative angles.

The moon photograph by Brandon Griffin

Someone also asked me if I had to leave the shutter open to get the details on the moon. The moon is so bright when it is full as it is reflecting the light from the sun. For this image my shutter speed was 1/1600! My ISO was set at 800. This was taken on a tripod with a Canon EOS 70D. While many of my pictures on this blog as of today are shot on the Panasonic Lumix GH5, I am a big fan of Canon and have used some of their cameras. Since I am also a video guy, I invested in the GH5 which I believe is one of the best mirrorless cameras on the market for video, especially considering its price. However, if I was solely doing photography, I would invest in a Canon full-frame camera like the 6D, or 5D Mark IV, or if money wasn’t an issue, the 1D X Mark II.


If you click the image below, you will see an example of the first cinemagraph I have created. It’s not perfect, but if you really want to get into creative photography, I would highly recommend trying a cinemagraph. They are not too crazy to make either. They will take a little bit of time, but well worth it! Here is a good How to video outlining how to set-up a shoot for a cinemagraph. Click here to watch that. And here is Part II which teaches you how to edit the cinemagraph, and is the video I referenced while making the image below. Click here to view that. And for you Peter McKinnon fans out there, click here to watch his video about making cinemagraphs.


This is Mesa Falls, found north of Ashton, Idaho.

UPDATE: Here is a really cool series of cinemagraphs I recently came across that I just love. And it turns out she uses the same video I used to create my cinemagraph!


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