All uploaded and approved pictures are now published on the website, in addition to the best also being shared to our social media platforms to over 600,000 followers, providing even more exposure for you and your photography.
This was shot on a beautiful summer evening at a lake near my home. This place used to be an old quarry that turned into a dumping ground until the 1980s. Then, the locals decided to clean it up and fill it with water, converting the place into a regional park. It soon became a spot of migratory birds to stop and attracts a lot of local bird-photographers, along with joggers, marathon runners etc.
I had gone there to try out my 100-400mm lens that evening. As the moon rose I saw this beautiful scene with the moon reflecting on the lake. The smoke from some recent local wildfires had turned a plain cloudless evening into a deep grey-orange-pink one, making the whole scene look like a painting. I took a quick 4s exposure to capture the scene and another shot to get the details on the moon.
When I got home, my teenage daughter helped my wife, who does most of my post processing, blend the two to get a single picture. Together, the scene and the moon with details as visible to naked eyes, came out as close to the original scene as I had seen it. The final shot was as magical as the scene I had seen.