Luck, pure luck. The only compositions on the mental photography checklist for the afternoon were to capture the hills in various forms of shade and maybe the lone oak tree with some out of the ordinary light. While waiting for that extraordinary light on the tree, I would occasionally take a glance around to see clouds slowly painting the hills in alternating light and dark brushes. Then out of nowhere, a nearly full moon slowly appears from behind some clearing clouds. You can’t always plan for every shot, but hopefully you can be out shooting often enough to be in the right place at the right time.
Processing Notes: I wavered between leaving this image in color or taking it into Silver EFex Pro for monochrome processing. I am still not sure monochrome is the way to go here. The monochrome version places the emphasis of the photograph on the clouds and the moon while the color version plays the contrasting shades of green in the hills against the blue and whites of the sky. I am not quite sure which I favor more. You may all see the color version up in a blog post one day.
EXIF data: Nikon D7000, center-weighted metering mode, ISO100, 72mm, f/8, 1/320 sec
Folsom (CA), Partially Shaded Hills, Moon, Monochrome. April 08, 2017. © Copyright Steven Tze – all rights reserved.