This image was taken on January 19, 2011 while leading a photography tour in Eastern NC with fellow photographer and business partner, Jerry Greer. This is a composite of 5 vertical images stitched together using Adobe Photoshop CS5′s Automerge feature. The moon was not a part of the composite process: It was there, it was real, and it was spectacular!
The image is then straightened, cropped (to my preferred panoramic aspect ratio of 3:1) and saved. The native file size (before any enlarging) is 48″ x 16″ @ 300ppi. The details are simply amazing: every bird and tree branch are visible and sharp when viewed at 100 percent.
Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge, North Carolina
Canon EOS 5D mk2, Canon 70-200 f2.8 @ 150mm, 1/20 second @ f8, ISO 250 for all 5 images.