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Contests, Critique 2020 - August - The Moon

Moon over saguaro 16 Aug 2011, in the White Tank Mountains just west of Phoenix Arizona, 300 mm lens, 6:47 local time. The moon was nearly full, and low in the west around dawn. I wanted the moon...

posted 2y ago by Olin Lathrop‭

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#1: Initial revision by user avatar Olin Lathrop‭ · 2020-08-10T15:26:30Z (over 2 years ago)
<h3>Moon over saguaro</h3>

![Image](https://photography.codidact.com/uploads/EqRB63GPeMFKhMeb4c4J8uqG)

16 Aug 2011, in the White Tank Mountains just west of Phoenix Arizona, 300 mm lens, 6:47 local time.

The moon was nearly full, and low in the west around dawn.  I wanted the moon to look as large as possible relative to the cactus, so a long focal length was needed.  The 300 mm was the longest I had with me at the time.

It was more tricky to get this picture than it might seem.  The moon was too high in the sky so that by the time I got back far enough from a tall cactus, the moon was off the top of the picture.  The solution was to find a tall cactus west of a gully.  I got this picture by lying on the ground of a dry wash that was maybe 30 feet below the surrounding terrain.