The full moon as a compositional device

While some people prefer a new moon so they can shoot the milky way, I love shooting the full moon. The timing of it rising (at sunset) and setting (at sunrise)  provide opportunities to create a more interesting image and at a time of day with attractive lighting. The results can be stunning. Here are a few of my favourite compositions where the moon has added an extra factor and balanced or enhanced a composition.

Taranaki sunriseMt Taranaki sunrise

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMt Ngauruhoe moonset

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMoon and Mt Cook I

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMoon and Mt Cook II

Moonrise over the Richardson MountainsMoonrise over the Richardson mountains

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