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Moonrise Over the Superstition Mountains
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Spaceman_66
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The Superstition Mountains are ubiquitously famous around these parts (Lost Dutchman’s Mine, etc.). My home in far NE Mesa, AZ has a particularly nice view of them.

So I recently bided my time, carefully watched daily sunset, moonrise, and wind forecast charts and found the Goldilocks evening of Sunday 23 September shortly after 6 pm local time to launch my Mavic Air,, fly her up to 150’ AGL over an empty 1-acre lot (which I also own) immediately west of my home and point her to the east and watch and wait for the 99+% full moon to appear, hopefully directly over the mountains from my calculations. I actually got nervous I would run out of my first battery so made the real-time decision to bring her back down at 40% for a super-quick battery swap. Put her right back up and was rewarded with these couple of awesome shots.

These 2 stills are crops from the raw .DNG files, just saved off as high quality jpegs. They represent maybe 2/3 - 3/4 of the image captured, merely cropped out some of the foreground & the far left of the frame purely for aesthetic composition reasons. NO other image processing whatsoever has been done on these images, what you see is exactly what the camera saw. I’m sure some careful work with the raw files could bring out yet more splendor in these.

I’m pretty pleased with these results, tho! They’re (obviously) in reverse chronological order.
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Wachtberger
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Excellent and well planned shots, thank you very much! These are perfect starting points to learn grading raw footage, which I myself only recently started to train on. But these shots are definitely worth the effort.
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Paul_IA
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Beautiful shots.
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Kingram
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Very nice,  How close are they building homes to the Superstitions now?
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That is really stunning shot and scenery, thank you for sharing. Fly safely. Cheers!
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Spaceman_66
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Kingram Posted at 2018-9-25 14:05
Very nice,  How close are they building homes to the Superstitions now?

Too darned close! Not as bad as the houses climbing up Camelback Mountain, but it’s still sad to see the encroachment!

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Woe
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Nice Shot . Really like the colors.
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Spaceman_66
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Spaceman_66 Posted at 2018-9-25 15:01
Too darned close! Not as bad as the houses climbing up Camelback Mountain, but it’s still sad to see the encroachment!

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Another perspective (literally)!

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STRIDE8
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Great shot...
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Very nice Dude! but you got some white noise!
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Nice capture on the first pic
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Excellent shots   
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Tomcatuk
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Great shots thanks for sharing
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DIMITRIS_
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nice work!
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JHollimanPhoto
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Lovely shot! Would love to see this taken by the Mavic 2 Zoom for a bigger moon!
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Lovely shot
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Charissa
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Beatiful image. TFS
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