Monday, December 29, 2008
I always try to schedule my trips around the phases of the moon. Shooting landscapes under a full moon can yield really fun results: stars over Delicate Arch; or a moonbow in the mist of Lower Yosemite Falls. But when it comes to photographing the moon itself, I prefer a narrow crescent over a fully illuminated disk. I find it makes for a more compelling photograph—if not a more difficult walk back to the truck.
This image was shot out on the salt flats of Death Valley as dusk turned to night and the moon set behind the Panamints. While I prefer the sepia-tinted monochrome treatment of this image, the beautiful gradient in this slightly different comp makes a good argument for sticking with color.
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