Sometimes photos come when you least expect them. On a return walk from a sunrise shoot at Arches' Landscape Arch, it would have been easy to be in head down, "light's over, let's get back to the car" mode. But I thought the deep blue sky and vivid red sandstone made a striking combination, particularly when paired with the waning gibbous moon and dancing clouds overhead, so as I walked I kept my eyes peeled for a suitable composition.
When a gap in the sandstone appeared, I saw an opportunity. I started with a couple of frames placing moon in the "rule-of-thirds" (tic-tac-toe intersections) zones, but thought they felt a little contrived. So I positioned myself with the moon centered and framed by the sandstone walls. With my camera on my tripod I polarized, exposed, composed, and focused, then simply waited (remote-release in hand) for the clouds to do something interesting. I didn't have to wait too long before they nicely framed the moon for me, just long enough to click a couple of shots.
While not breathtaking, I find this image particularly rewarding. Sometimes we get so caught up searching for dramatic scenes, especially in dramatic locations like Arches; but I find the uniqueness of subtle, creative compositions like this no less satisfying.
* Website: Eloquent Images
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