As I left my rehearsal this evening the sky was awash with pastel shades of pink and purple and the moon was already visible. Ansel Adams’ beautiful picture, Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico came to mind, but the moon was already well above the horizon, certainly too far from the ground to make a meaningful composition. Then I remembered a nearby tree I’ve photographed in the past, which might perhaps offer some suitable ground-level interest. I made the short journey to my chosen tree and took the shot I was after, quickly followed by a separate close up image of the moon. Back home, I cut the moon out of the sky and inserted it into my landscape shot, closer to the horizon and a bit larger too. I know it probably wouldn’t really appear quite this large at moonrise, but there’s no harm in a little make believe! I then tidied things up a bit, getting rid of any rough edges and cloning out the tiny moon that was in the original. I considered leaving the smaller moon in, but ultimately decided that turning the earth into a planet with binary moons was perhaps a step too far!
21 October 2018