I don’t usually go out to shoot the moon. For some reason I’m not particularly attracted by pictures of the moon, neither as principal subject nor as a background in typical “trees in front of full moon”-type images. This is not to say that I avoid at all cost having it in a picture when by chance the opportunity presents itself.
This is exactly what happened when I shot this image. For the umpteenth time I had tried, in vain, to shoot a decent panorama of the view to the Swiss alps I have practically at my doorstep. I have yet to find a compelling composition that includes a foreground of interest. I was, yet again, packing up frustrated when I saw the full moon rising behind the mountain range. I hadn’t even been aware that it was full moon.
It was a very hazy summer evening, and I knew that if anything this would become a rather minimalistic and graphical picture. So I waited for the right moment when the moon stood at a good angle vis-à-vis the mountains, and the result is a picture that I like, especially its soft color palette.
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Dimitri Vasileiou • Editor