A photo composite of multiple exposures. From the photographer: “The first earthshine moon of year 2024 sets on the basilica of San Giuliano in Caltagirone, a city belonging to the Val di Noto recognized as a “world heritage site” by UNESCO for the uniqueness of its architectural style, namely the Sicilian Baroque. The church has late medieval origins but was the subject of significant restoration work due to the earthquakes that devastated eastern Sicily with particular reference to the one that occurred in 1693. Inserted in the context of the historic centre, the church stands out in all its beauty thanks to the 48 m high bell tower and the dome covered in majolica for which the city of Caltagirone is famous. It was exciting to watch the moon set over the town following it in its slow descent until it almost magically fit perfectly between the two architectural elements. On the right, the bell tower of the church of Gesù stands out.

Click on the second image for another photo composite of the same scene in closer view.”

Technical details:
Canon 6d, Sigma 105 mm
Landscape: HDR f/6.3, 2.5-30 sec, iso 200 +30 iso 320
Moon: iso 200, f/2, 2.5 sec,

Secondary photo:
Canon 7d, Sigma 150-600mm
Landscape: HDR f/5.6, 1-30 sec, iso 200
Moon: iso 800, f/5.6, 10 sec, tracked



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