The Yin and Yang of the Lunar Cycle

June 30, 2021


Photographer: Soumyadeep Mukherjee 
Summary Author: Soumyadeep Mukherjee

The long-planned montage shown above represents the cycle of the Moon as observed from Kolkata, India, between November 15, 2020 and January 14, 2021. Thought the Moon was photographed on 28 different nights, of course the various lunar phases weren’t taken from the same cycle. Note that the new Moon phase (top center) is simply an underexposed version of the full moon.

Representation of the lunar cycle is nothing new, but what I was more interested in was the representation itself. I found this ancient yin and yang symbol to nearly perfectly match what I was looking for -- the dualism of light and darkness and chaos and harmony. The journey is never static.

Photo Details: Nikon D5600 camera; Sigma 150-600 mm lens; stacked and composed (2-200 images); post-processing - PiPP, Autostakkert3, Registax, Lightroom, Photoshop (annotation).

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