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Moonrise, Quarry Lake by BradLeeDaleNorth Moonrise, Quarry Lake by BradLeeDaleNorth
My good friend Ryan recently told me about a sizable "cave" that was left over from an old rock quarry out in the country, way North of town. Of course, super intrigued by it, when he suggested it as a place to shoot, we headed out one night right before sunset to do just that. A stop along the way brought us to the caves after sundown, adding to the eery ambiance of a place riddled with urban legends of cult worships, sacrifices and other wacked out crazy shit. To make matters worse, a pile of still somewhat intact innards of what we could only hope came from an animal was lying on the ground near the train tracks one has to cross to get to the cave entrance. Nice.

Disregarding the "No Trespassing" signs, (which basically means come on in), we headed into the cave with one flashlight and began exploring. There wasn't much variance to the layout of the caves but being a bit up in the clouds, we made the most of our time, creating insane reflections on the cave walls from standing water with the flashlight, conjuring up notions of finding a body and the good possibility that the train outside was slammed on it's brakes and laying on the horn because some backwoods inbred hicks dragged my truck onto the tracks.

After playing around with some light painting we stumbled upon a small lake near the side of the cave. The moon hadn't risen yet so it was obviously tough to see. Shortly after we arrived, a bright, orange, shapeless light began to appear in the sky and we both wondered what the hell it was as it looked like a distant planet exploding. We quickly realized the moon was rising, partially obscured by clouds, creating the fantastical illusion.

After the moon was clear, we started looking for compositions and taking our spots, began to fire off some shots with the moon being our only light source. The long exposure brought out deep, rich purples and blues that were almost impossible to see with the naked eye. Add to that the complimenting oranges and yellows, a bit of smoothed motion blur in the clouds, contrasting the texture of the rock, and an occasional flicker of a firefly and you have yourself a somewhat surreal nightscape.

I couldn't think of a better way to end my day off than sitting in this spot at a new location and becoming inspired by the natural progression of events.

Manual blend of two exposures.

As always, thank you for any and all comments or critiques!
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:iconthecandleobra:
TheCandleobra Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Really beautiful and unusual catch. Thanks for
explaining how you did it too.

Ernie
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for the comment! I sometimes like to share what I do but will always answer any questions.
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:iconthecandleobra:
TheCandleobra Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
Your welcome.
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PinkDaisy08 Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011
Wowza. Very impressive shot. That sky is awe-inspiring. Beautiful.
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
This has been one of my recent favs, thank you for noticing!
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:iconpinkdaisy08:
PinkDaisy08 Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011
It's a beauty. :)
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2011  Professional Photographer
:)
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:iconnariane:
Nariane Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Gorgeous!!
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Much thanks :)
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:iconaccidental-artist:
accidental-artist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
Gorgeous! Did you know you're a writer?
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011  Professional Photographer
Haha, I work hard at it. It doesn't manifest itself very naturally. Thank you!
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:iconaccidental-artist:
accidental-artist Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
Well I am a writer and I can tell you, 90% of writing is rewriting.

I'm enjoying the stories that have started to accompany your photos.
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well thank you! I will keep working on them for sure. :)
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ScullReaper Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
awesome
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Sometimes I wish awful had a positive connotation. I'd rather be full of aw than just some. Thank you CranialHarvester.
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Frozen-song Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011
Very interesting story and love the pic!
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you for reading the write up! I never know who actually takes the time to do so.
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Frozen-song Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2011
My pleasure :D
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:iconvicpo:
vicpo Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
A werewolf would not be out of place in there...
I love this shot
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2011  Professional Photographer
Who says there isn't one? :) Thank you!
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:iconbloodywolfpaw:
BloodyWolfPaw Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Student General Artist
That's a very beutiful shoot : D
I love the atmosphere or th feeling you can get from it :)
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Well thank ya!
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
I like the mood in this a lot, along with great colors and an interesting scenery. The only downside for me is the foreground which I find a bit too much. It does not seem to be quite sharp and appears a bit like a block to the scene. I think I would try cropping it a bit, but sure, a nice image.
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
You're right on the foreground. I was rather close to it and did not think to do a focus stack at the time for max sharpness. I was toying with the idea of a crop. Will play around later with it. Thank you so much Alban!
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alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2011
You are welcome.
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JonnyGoodboy Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Fabulous result to back up your story behind the shot,comp is great and just stunning light from that moon :thumbsup:
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you my friend! It was a wonderful evening indeed.
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:iconokavanga:
Okavanga Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
Marvellous image, Brad - highly commendable. Interesting comment re "No Trespassing" - it means the same over here!!

David
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
There would be a lot less trespassing if they didn't put up the signs! Thank you David!
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frenchfox Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
:omfg: Wonderful photo ! :clap:
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the comment! It's much appreciated. :)
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spacebirdsr71 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
WOW!
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
:)
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Nefarious069 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Great capture. Talk about being in the right place at the right time :iconyesyesyesplz:
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Oh for sure! Thank you!
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Ogge4ever Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
just one word.. awesome 8D
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you!
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Ogge4ever Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
your welcome ^^
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kimmie1987 Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011
Featured here: => [link] :iconpillowfightplz:
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so much for the feature!
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kimmie1987 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011
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CorusTenebrae Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
:clap:
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BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
:)
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elimir Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011   Artisan Crafter
thats brilliant the way you captured the moonlight on the water and the rock face in the foreground such detail. I like this alot. Nice work
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the kind words!
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Dance0927 Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Im speechless!...this is so WOW!!
Everything is perfect, colour, composition etc etc!!
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you so very much!
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Dance0927 Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
My pleasure!
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teflonpaladin Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011
This absolutely reached out and grabbed me- made me wish I was there!
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:iconbradleedalenorth:
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2011  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the kind words!
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