Moapa Valley Moon Rise with Platyball Elite and Samantha Kennedy

Words by Samantha Kennedy - A Platypod Pro
Edited by Eryka Bagwell

"This was our last night spent out on a mesa in Moapa Valley, Nevada. I was outside of the camper when I noticed the light changing out over the mountains in the distance, checked my PhotoPills app and sure enough the moon was going to rise in about 5 minutes.  I ran in to grab my camera (Nikon Z7ii)  and threw on the 70-200, grabbed my tripod which is already set up with my PlatyBall Elite and started photographing this scene.


"I was taking a series of shots during the moon rise, adjusting my exposure to try and keep the moon from being completely blown out.  Once I had all of the images loaded into Lightroom I knew I wouldn't be able to use the ones where there was no detail in the moon but I didn't just want to delete them.  I selected the 2 images I wanted to try and blend together as layers in Photoshop and then changed the blend mode to screen.  I did some additional editing from there once I had them blended together and saved it back to Lightroom. 

"I attached the 2 images that I merged together in Photoshop."

To view more of Samantha's work click here to visit her website or you can find her on the Platypod Users OFFICIAL Facebook Group and also on her Instagram page by clicking here

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