Time for the Full Moon report, January 2015 edition.
It was a split decision. The evening before Full Moon was great, allowing me some wonderful shots here in Four Corners Canyon Country at sunset time. Though, being one day before Full Moon, it was already up somewhat higher in the sky than I would have liked. Thus requiring more wide angle landscape shots, making the moon much smaller in proportion.
Still, I used the evening to scout out new locations for the Main Event the following day. The rise of the Full Moon, at sunset. Though in the opposite direction. I hope that’s a given in your mind.
Driving my way down along White Canyon in southeast Utah, I enjoyed both the cliffs with the last red rays of the sun on them. Then, a few minutes later, the encore: the blue shad0w 0f the Earth, with the Venus Band of pink gradations above. And…supreme icing on this cake, the rise of the nearly full moon.
The old saying is to “make hay while the sun shines”. In this case, make photos while the light is right. Because tonight, the next day, the high clouds aced me out. No Full Moon moonrise shots. Making me even more glad that I hustled out there last night to get what I could.
Only one car passed by on the wonderfully lonesome highway while I was there. So peaceful.
Photo location: San Juan County, southeast Utah.