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Updated Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM

Super Moon meets the Space Needle


Yoshiki Nakamura, Seattle

Photo taken: May 6, from Fairview Avenue East, on Lake Union, Seattle

Photographer's description:

" Super moon celebrates the 50th anniversary of Space Needle. I woke up early in the morning to capture the full moon passing through the Space Needle observation deck. The initial location I researched did not seem to work well and I quickly moved to my Plan B location. I used 300mm lens with x1.7 extender stacking with x2.0 extender creating 1,020mm equivalent focal length. It was worth waking up early."

Expert says: "This is a great example of planning and anticipation. Often photographers are limited to what they can anticipate; knowing how to react quickly and having a 'Plan B' can save a photo op. The long focal length pulls together the distant objects, which balance nicely with their contrasting shapes. By cropping into the Needle, the photographer emphasizes the moon. The 'Galaxy Gold' top of the Needle contrasts perfectly with the early-morning blue sky, to give the image a pop of color."

— Kathryn Bachen, Seattle Times photo staff

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