Not sure if this went through, so I'll post again... in the run-up to this image's release, Lik and co. sent out an email to subscribers as a "save the date". I copied the body of the email below. It references this image as a "double exposure"... note the 2 specified exposures given about halfway down.
Its HERE, Peter Lik’s newest release! He has captured another perfect photograph that up until now had only imagined in his dreams!
This shot is incredible, different and truly one of a kind. Due to the advances in equipment and Pete’s quest to always be on the cutting edge., this piece may be considered the best “Night Shot” of Pete’s career. Let us know what you think.
Here is a description of the shot since the actual image will not be available until Tuesday 11/15/11.
This is a 4x5 horizontal style shot. It is one of the coolest shots of the moon I have ever seen. The moon covers 75% of the shot, and is perfectly exposed to capture all the details, every crater and line, the texture of the moonscape. It really is cool! On the conference call, the directors of the galleries really did go nuts when they saw it. The foreground is a silhouette of the Basin State Park, with a petrified tree partially in front of the moon. Several of the limbs of the Tree are the silhouette in front of the moon. This is a VERY unique shot, Pete doesn’t have anything like this. He used a huge 800mm lens to capture a double exposure of the foreground and moon, so surreal!
Kodachrome Basin State Park, Utah
+ Camera Canon EOS 5D
+ Exposures f/11 @ 1/250 second and f/2.8 @ 20 seconds
+ Time 6:50P
+ Edition Size 950 Limited; 45 Artist Proof
This shot has eluded me my entire photographic career. I have spent years trying to perfect this
image, there are so many variables you don’t even think about. It’s a really touchy image, but when it all
lines up, the result is out of this world… literally. I have drawer full of transparencies that I have shot
over decades that just didn’t cut it. I tried all the variables; different lenses, exposures, compositions,
times, then much to my frustration the results back from the lab were always disappointing.
The remoteness of Kadachrome Basin in Utah was an obvious choice to finally nail this elusive
image; remote, clean air, and a selection of cliff tops to shoot from. I had been watching the
phase of the moon and tonight the moon was close to full. I had a specific composition in my
mind and I searched for days to line up this classic tree with the moon. Tonight I hope it all comes
together. It was a long night but I knew at some point my perseverance would be rewarded.
I was white knuckled as I set up the mammoth lens, filling the viewfinder with this balanced scene,
the tree framed amongst the rocks and the low lying clouds added to the tension… this had to
work. The desert silence was stunning, my pulse raced, I could hear the blood running through my
veins. Then, I saw the horizon starting to glow. The golden sphere slowly rose in front of me. I was
totally stunned. I couldn’t believe it. So connected to this lunar giant that I was trembling. Such
an impact on my life. I pressed the shutter, a feeling I’ll never forget. The moon, tree, and earth.
I hope to share with you this amazing connection I had on this special evening
with the moon, that affects our lives. It certainly affected mine.