The night of the full moon was a huge difference. But it was a much more challenging shoot. It was full dark, being over 30 minutes after sunset, so I had to juggle with settings to be able to expose for both the moon and the lighthouse. At first, it worked well:
Once the moon rose a bit more, however, the shoot became even trickier, possibly because the moon was so darned bright. So I began taking one picture to expose for the lighthouse and island and one picture to expose for the moon, so it wouldn't just look like a big white disk hanging in the sky.
In Photoshop, I superimposed the two shots together and erased the white moon and let the moon from my "moon picture" shine through. I think it looks pretty good!
I hope you all got to see this amazing vision for yourselves. I'm so glad I drove all the way to York, Maine (an hour) to share this experience with so many other nice people.
Cynthia Farr-Weinfeld, Maine Landscape Photography