How I took that Photograph

Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon at The Forum in Norwich has been an inspiration to photographers of all ages. Social media is full of amazing shots of the Moon, taken from every angle. Except one, that is. Above it.

But not anymore.

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Looking down on Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon

I’m lucky enough to work at The Forum so it wasn’t too difficult to persuade someone to get me onto the roof right over the moon. I knew exactly what I wanted, a clear view looking down on part of the moon with occupied deck chairs close by in a semi circle.

Jim was kind enough to escort me to the very top of the building and make sure I was safe and secure. The views over Norwich were breathtaking, but I wasn’t up there to look at the skyline – although I did manage to get some great shots of the city – I was there for the Moon.

The roof of The Forum is mainly metal with some strips of glass. Fortunately one of the strips was pretty much right over the Moon. Unfortunately the glass is covered in white dots – presumably to reduce some of the sun’s glare. This pretty much meant my SLR camera was useless.

Moon blobs

White dots on the glass spoilt the view for my SLR camera

There was no way I was going to get everything into the picture I wanted. But all was not lost. I had my iPhone with me. With its smaller lens laid flat on the glass panel I could position it between the dots.

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Kerry arranging the deck chairs

On the ground Kerry helped to get the deckchairs into position before rounding up some willing visitors to relax under the Moon and sunshine.

before after

Before and after cropping and colour/light balancing

Even with the iPhone the dots were still visible, but with such high resolution images it was possible to zoom in and crop later on as well as adjust the colour and light balance to compensate for the tint on the glass and some reflection.

I’m really pleased with the final result and the chance to get up above the Museum of the Moon.

You can see the Museum of the Moon at The Forum in Norwich from almost all angles until Sunday 21 May 2017.

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