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Half Moon Over Spire

Posted by
Don Smith (California, United States) on 11 December 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

Serendipity is a wonderful thing when applied to landscape photography. Such was the case with this image made in Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah. What at first glance may appear to be a daytime image, was actually captured in the wee hours of dawn as our group of photographers were walking towards a pre-scouted sunrise location. I happenend to turn around and spot this setting half moon hovering over a spire with some magical clouds in the sky. A 10-second timed exposure allowed for the dawn light to softly illuminate the spire and also allowed for some movement in the clouds which added to the surreal feel. The blue sky, being a complimentary color to red, added to the emotional draw of the image. When luck presents itself don't question it - just start shooting! As always, I invite you to please visit my website to see more of my images at

Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III 10 second F/11.0 ISO 200 66 mm

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