“Lunar Photography”, by Rami Ammoun

Rami Ammoun is a Lebanese photographer based in Richmond, Virginia, USA. His original profession is a prosthodontist and he teaches full time at an academic institution in Richmond. His photography journey started in 2015 when he used a monetary award from his dental graduation to buy his first camera. His photography passion evolved to become mainly about the Moon and Space. He does most of his photography from his telescopes in his backyard. In addition to photography, he produces short story telling videos about his astrophotography that gained a lot of popularity on social media. He has numerous editorial contributions to magazines and well known media companies like Adobe.

This is the crescent Moon of March 5th 2022 from my telescope, captured around 7 pm.
The image is an HDR of a 20 image stack and multiple other exposures.

This is the crescent Moon from February 5th.
This is a stacked HDR of 99 moon images merged with a long exposure.
First Quarter Moon of December 9th 2021, a 224 megapixels image.
This is one of my biggest Moon image acquisitions I have done so far. I stacked 300 raw images of the Lunar disc and merged it with a panorama of a long exposure background from 4 panels. I added another layer of stars in the background. Such scenery like this image are inspired from the actual view of the Moon from the telescope. Although this doesn’t look the same as the telescope eye piece, it’s an illustration of the imagination of what you think you would want to see from a telescope.

First Quarter Moon of February 11th 2022 (Moon Pixels 🌔📸).
This is a 400 megapixel image
Waxing Gibbous Moon of February 14th 2022.
This is the waxing gibbous Moon captured on February 14th. Waxing means that the Moon’s illuminated disc will be shrinking till the New Moon. The Moon’s disc is a stack of two panels merged in panorama, each panel is 50 images. The stacked disc was then merged into a long exposure of the Moon to add the glow. Another exposure of the stars was added and blended to make the image more dramatic.

Waning Gibbous Moon of February 23 2022.
The red theme of this image was inspired by the movie Moon Fall, where a catastrophe happened to the Moon and caused it to lose its path and head towards Earth.

The Last Quarter Moon of February 26 2021 @ 6:30 AM.
The image here is a stack of 50 images, stacked traditionally in PIPP and AS!3.
The image is a blend/composite of multiple actual images .

Waning Crescent Moon of October 2nd 2021.
This is the first waning crescent Moon capture with the Canon 90D camera, thus this would be the highest definition waning crescent Moon I captured so far. The full resolution image of this Moon is 38.5 megapixels. The Moon capture is a stack of 120 raw images. Two additional exposure were taken and blended to add the earth shine, the glow, and the stars in the image!

A Mosaic of the Lunar Eclipse in November 2021 captured from Richmond VA.
On every Lunar Eclipse I attend, I assemble this 20 image mosaic that shows all the phases of the event. I selected these images from 3000 images I took over a span of 5 hours during the eclipse. The final image is 130 megapixels. So far, this is one of the highest quality mosaics I ever did!

Umbra envisioned.
Another mosaic I assembled that represents an enlarged scheme of Umbra. Umbra is the darker shadow cast by Earth during advanced phases of an eclipse.

The Snow Moon of February 2022.
February’s full Moon is called the Snow Moon due to the typically heavy snowfall that occurs in this month. Alternative names are the Eagle Moon and the Bear Moon, in historical connection to these animals (Black bear cubs are born during this time as well).
The image of the Moon itself is a stack of 100 images by a telescope merged into a long background exposure from a 400 mm lens. The total image size is 300 megapixels.

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