This image was made by using hand blending 2 exposures. One taken to preserve details of moon and one with little longer exposure to get space needle details. Then both were layered in PS and blended. The merged layered was then enhanced to receive details in space needle as the limiting factor for exposure was glow around moon. D800 helped in achieving this vast dynamic range from second exposure with first one.
I've been running to align full moon on side of space needle for long time. Last year, in August 2012, full moon was to happen on clear sky!!!, I planned for couple of vantage points using google earth and TPE. The one location that works best was the bridge around queue anne hill which gives unobstructed view of spaceneedle. So i went there and waited for moon to come. As it align with needle after 12 mins of rising, the view was magnificent and treat to eyes.