We are not used to seeing a full moon in a daytime sky and so, on first seeing this photograph, some people believe it is a composite image and couldn’t really exist. “Nice job with Photoshop.” is what I’m accustomed to hearing. It is real, however, and not all that uncommon. The morning after a full moon, it is still above the horizon for about an hour after sunrise, depending on the season. To create this picture of the “Cathedral Group” of peaks in Grand Teton National Park, I positioned myself to catch the setting full moon as it edged into the gold alpenglow of the Grand Teton summit at sunrise. Scattered cloud on the eastern horizon behind me provided a mottled effect to the lighting.
A nice stroke of luck to be in the right place at the right time, yes? Not exactly. I have a phone app which will show the time and direction of the setting and rising moon and sun from any point on earth, any day, past or future. Sure, you will suffer for your art — but I don’t want to get out of bed any earlier than I have to. (Pricing Schedule B)