Why bother shooting into the moon? Well, it’s one of the final days of a 20 day, 5800 mile trip and the weather had been horrible. So, my MW score was much lower than I had hoped. And while I don't think this is the best MW shot from the trip, it was the hardest fought for.
Nothing went as planned. For starters I spent too much time at Goblin Valley and left there too late to make the hike to Delicate Arch in time for sunset and more importantly a daytime ascent. I was also already tired from many days of long hikes and didn't realize this was a 3 mile hike with 600 foot of elevation change. (Whoops.) So, there I was heading in the opposite direction from everyone else at blue hour. One guy literally quipped "You're going the wrong way." as I passed by him. Which, at times I wondered if he was right because the signage was HORRIBLE. Thankfully I spent years hunting so, it was merely an annoyance.
After a slow climb, I find myself laying down on a sloping, bowl-like rock surface that feels like it wants to flush me and my camera straight down the bottom of it. I am struggling to compose the shot, hold on to my gear, move with the Milky Way and deal with that big bright moon. Now add that those clouds you see are just the first in a whole band that is quickly moving in. So now I have the added pressure of rushing to get a shot to make this hike worth it. Which, yeah... I suppose it was.
Single shot, foreground LLL with Gigalumi W228 LED
A7III with Laowa 15mm f/2
20 sec, ISO 3200, f/2
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