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Moon Games

French landscape astrophotographer and astronomy journalist Laurent Laveder created a fun series of ‘moon’ images with a twist. Using a few simple props and the human form he’s transformed the moon into all manner of objects. He’s also pulled together a small book – Moon Games – featuring some of the images and some poetry (it’s in French).

See the full gallery of images here (via Bored Panda).

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  • forthepie

    Those are awesome.

  • http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/ Mridula

    Fun pictures! Reminds me of a long lost post where I was trying to fit a few construction rods with the moon but did not manage to quite.

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2009/11/not-a-good-fit.html

  • http://www.wildlifeencounters.eu/ steve slater

    I had to stand in the middle of the road to get this one. It still was not the perfect angle but the best I could do without getting mown down.

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Italy-at-Night/G0000vwYVzqJ0uSE/I0000RseNBbX2gFc

  • http://www.phogropathy.com John

    Very creative shots and a lot of fun to do I’m sure. I haven’t had much success with photographing the moon though, let alone, trying to play games with it!

  • raghavendra

    everytime there is article
    today we have fun!

    creativity plays a role in all the pictures with the moon!
    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2010/08/sun-rise-with-rainy-clouds.html

  • http://500px.com/DanielMansel Dann

    Not the most interesting but I shot this one a few weeks back. Has some minor clipping issues on the right side and I don’t quite have a large enough focal length to get better detail but oh well.

    http://500px.com/photo/5044861

  • http://www.pixel-tips.com Erin @ Pixel Tips

    How fun is this? The painter is my favorite one! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing the neat ideas that people come up with. When you photograph people for a living, it’s way too easy to get into a rut of doing the same things over and over.

  • Clicknlearn

    Awesome images. Great imagination.

  • Andy

    lol – Loving this.

  • Frank

    Very creative images! So cool! Thanks for posting.

  • Jeff

    Not to be the Debby Downer of this thread, but this seems pretty good…for an amateur. Take the picture with the girl and the clock hands for example. Cool idea, but poor execution. When the girl and hands are tack sharp but the moon is out of focus, you really have to push yourself to fall for the illusion. Get the moon in focus with the rest of the picture and it immediately has the potential to grab your eye. Without it, it’s just…”meh.”

  • http://digital-photography-school.com/ Darren Rowse

    Jeff – you’re right, some of the pics have some focusing issues when you look at larger sized images – in fact if you go over to the full gallery you can see the photographer is obviously playing with different focus points with some pics done so that the moon is in focus and some that the silhouette is in focus. Not all are perfect but it was a fun project that I thought worth sharing in the hope of inspiring others.

  • Scottc

    Cool series of photos!

  • http://www.viviansville.com Vivian Bedoya

    A bit cliche but fun, no doubt about it!

  • http://thisisbjaysblog.blogspot.com/ Bharat

    Cool shots! I think that we need a very hight zoom lens to take these kind of pictures. The moon never looks bigger than a dot with my P&S

  • Sariah Rose

    Love it!

  • clicknlearn

    Here are a couple of moon shots taken at different times. Moon in the first one is kind of blown out, but i think it’s kinda adds to the picture.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/78829732@N00/6791259880/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/78829732@N00/6937364631/in/photostream

  • http://www.winstonsalemrentalproperties.com Tony Green, Winston Salem Realtor

    very cool pics…they might not be professionally perfect, but this amateur enjoyed them.

  • http://jasoncollinphotography.com Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    Very clever photo series, I do not usually like photography gimmicks like this, but the creativity trumps gimmick.

  • http://www.marcusdavisphotography.blogspot.com Marcus Davis

    My wife and I take pictures like this when the opportunity arises. We have a great one of her ‘High Fiving’ a statue of King Kahmehameha in Hawaii.

    They are hard to line up some times and you did a fantastic job with these!

  • MeiTeng

    Creative! I like the one with the pair of scissors.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandira/ Chandira

    My favourite moon shot. I was taking a walk with my ex when I saw this line-up!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandira/4742361983/

    It was right after an eclipse, too, which sadly I missed, it wasn’t visible after moon-rise.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandira/ Chandira

    I also really like this one, check out the crescent moon bottom left! This was 4th July fireworks from Seattle’s Lake Union.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandira/5906410286/

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/rchiarello/ Ray

    Wonderfully creative collection.

  • http://mariapaulafotografia.wordpress.com/ María Paula

    Those are seriously amazing!! What a gorgeous moon toor! I love them all!!

  • http://www.ricardo.pro ricardo.pro

    Over 150 stills of the moon put together, 300mm lens on a Canon DSLR. I took these from my backyard:
    http://youtu.be/X-PupmTBwCg

  • http://www.karenskellyphoto.com Photographer Aspen CO

    Those are just awesome!

  • Lokesh

    Truly amazing photo tour.

    The best about this pictures is the angle. Moon is not too high. Need to find a mountain or a hillto get this angle. Am I right ?

  • http://www.imagingbycareaga.com Miriam

    Oh wow, I love this series!

  • http://www.pixheaven.net/index_us.php Laurent Laveder

    I’m the photographer who took this series. Thank you all for your comments.
    Lokesh, you’re true. I’m on a beach and the character aligned with the Moon is atop a sand dune, a few meter higher. So, we can catch the Moon when it is only a few degrees above the horizon. and goind down ofr up the beach, I’m able to change the apparent altitude of the Moon.
    Thanks again. Regards

  • http://www.dandenong-ranges-photography.com.au/blog/ Kathie M Thomas

    What a great and fun thing to do. I’ll have to find a spot where I can clearly see the moon on a rise as well – would love to have a go at that myself someday…. or should I say some night!

  • Ramona

    Fantastic Idea’s.
    Thank you very much for sharing !!!

  • dinesh sharma

    very nice this session

  • Nikhil Rawal

    What fabulous composition and great capture. One of those “wish I had shot” series of photographs. Thanks for sharing. Nikhil

  • Bron

    Very innovative use of props and composition… There’s a lot of great ideas in this article that could be adapted to highlight other natural phenomenon
    .

  • Marie

    OMG I love these, great ideas. Will have to try one or two of them
    Thanks for the share.

  • omkar nille

    funtsbulas ideas ….

Some older comments

  • Nikhil Rawal

    March 6, 2012 10:43 pm

    What fabulous composition and great capture. One of those "wish I had shot" series of photographs. Thanks for sharing. Nikhil

  • dinesh sharma

    March 6, 2012 01:30 pm

    very nice this session

  • Ramona

    March 3, 2012 02:59 pm

    Fantastic Idea's.
    Thank you very much for sharing !!!

  • Kathie M Thomas

    March 3, 2012 11:15 am

    What a great and fun thing to do. I'll have to find a spot where I can clearly see the moon on a rise as well - would love to have a go at that myself someday.... or should I say some night!

  • Laurent Laveder

    March 2, 2012 11:12 pm

    I'm the photographer who took this series. Thank you all for your comments.
    Lokesh, you're true. I'm on a beach and the character aligned with the Moon is atop a sand dune, a few meter higher. So, we can catch the Moon when it is only a few degrees above the horizon. and goind down ofr up the beach, I'm able to change the apparent altitude of the Moon.
    Thanks again. Regards

  • Miriam

    March 2, 2012 09:04 pm

    Oh wow, I love this series!

  • Lokesh

    March 2, 2012 08:36 am

    Truly amazing photo tour.

    The best about this pictures is the angle. Moon is not too high. Need to find a mountain or a hillto get this angle. Am I right ?

  • Photographer Aspen CO

    March 2, 2012 06:51 am

    Those are just awesome!

  • ricardo.pro

    March 2, 2012 05:02 am

    Over 150 stills of the moon put together, 300mm lens on a Canon DSLR. I took these from my backyard:
    http://youtu.be/X-PupmTBwCg

  • María Paula

    March 2, 2012 02:59 am

    Those are seriously amazing!! What a gorgeous moon toor! I love them all!!

  • Ray

    March 2, 2012 02:58 am

    Wonderfully creative collection.

  • Chandira

    March 1, 2012 11:50 am

    I also really like this one, check out the crescent moon bottom left! This was 4th July fireworks from Seattle's Lake Union.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandira/5906410286/

  • Chandira

    March 1, 2012 11:49 am

    My favourite moon shot. I was taking a walk with my ex when I saw this line-up!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chandira/4742361983/

    It was right after an eclipse, too, which sadly I missed, it wasn't visible after moon-rise.

  • MeiTeng

    March 1, 2012 11:41 am

    Creative! I like the one with the pair of scissors.

  • Marcus Davis

    March 1, 2012 05:24 am

    My wife and I take pictures like this when the opportunity arises. We have a great one of her 'High Fiving' a statue of King Kahmehameha in Hawaii.

    They are hard to line up some times and you did a fantastic job with these!

  • Jason St. Petersburg Photographer

    February 29, 2012 05:26 am

    Very clever photo series, I do not usually like photography gimmicks like this, but the creativity trumps gimmick.

  • Tony Green, Winston Salem Realtor

    February 29, 2012 01:18 am

    very cool pics...they might not be professionally perfect, but this amateur enjoyed them.

  • clicknlearn

    February 28, 2012 04:45 pm

    Here are a couple of moon shots taken at different times. Moon in the first one is kind of blown out, but i think it's kinda adds to the picture.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/78829732@N00/6791259880/in/photostream

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/78829732@N00/6937364631/in/photostream

  • Sariah Rose

    February 28, 2012 02:08 pm

    Love it!

  • Bharat

    February 28, 2012 02:04 pm

    Cool shots! I think that we need a very hight zoom lens to take these kind of pictures. The moon never looks bigger than a dot with my P&S

  • Vivian Bedoya

    February 28, 2012 10:24 am

    A bit cliche but fun, no doubt about it!

  • Scottc

    February 28, 2012 09:58 am

    Cool series of photos!

  • Darren Rowse

    February 28, 2012 09:28 am

    Jeff - you're right, some of the pics have some focusing issues when you look at larger sized images - in fact if you go over to the full gallery you can see the photographer is obviously playing with different focus points with some pics done so that the moon is in focus and some that the silhouette is in focus. Not all are perfect but it was a fun project that I thought worth sharing in the hope of inspiring others.

  • Jeff

    February 28, 2012 07:29 am

    Not to be the Debby Downer of this thread, but this seems pretty good...for an amateur. Take the picture with the girl and the clock hands for example. Cool idea, but poor execution. When the girl and hands are tack sharp but the moon is out of focus, you really have to push yourself to fall for the illusion. Get the moon in focus with the rest of the picture and it immediately has the potential to grab your eye. Without it, it's just..."meh."

  • Frank

    February 28, 2012 05:52 am

    Very creative images! So cool! Thanks for posting.

  • Andy

    February 28, 2012 05:00 am

    lol - Loving this.

  • Clicknlearn

    February 28, 2012 04:47 am

    Awesome images. Great imagination.

  • Erin @ Pixel Tips

    February 28, 2012 04:09 am

    How fun is this? The painter is my favorite one! Thanks for sharing. I love seeing the neat ideas that people come up with. When you photograph people for a living, it's way too easy to get into a rut of doing the same things over and over.

  • Dann

    February 28, 2012 03:47 am

    Not the most interesting but I shot this one a few weeks back. Has some minor clipping issues on the right side and I don't quite have a large enough focal length to get better detail but oh well.

    http://500px.com/photo/5044861

  • raghavendra

    February 28, 2012 03:26 am

    everytime there is article
    today we have fun!

    creativity plays a role in all the pictures with the moon!
    http://raghavendra-mobilephotography.blogspot.com/2010/08/sun-rise-with-rainy-clouds.html

  • John

    February 28, 2012 03:05 am

    Very creative shots and a lot of fun to do I'm sure. I haven't had much success with photographing the moon though, let alone, trying to play games with it!

  • steve slater

    February 28, 2012 02:42 am

    I had to stand in the middle of the road to get this one. It still was not the perfect angle but the best I could do without getting mown down.

    http://wildlifeencounters.photoshelter.com/gallery-image/Italy-at-Night/G0000vwYVzqJ0uSE/I0000RseNBbX2gFc

  • Mridula

    February 28, 2012 02:00 am

    Fun pictures! Reminds me of a long lost post where I was trying to fit a few construction rods with the moon but did not manage to quite.

    http://blogs.gonomad.com/traveltalesfromindia/2009/11/not-a-good-fit.html

  • forthepie

    February 28, 2012 01:55 am

    Those are awesome.

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