Another Beautiful Moonrise
During my workshop in Yosemite last week we photographed a spectacular moonrise on Monday evening from Tunnel View. A band of lenticular clouds hung in the sky in the distance, and just before the moon rose the sun broke through the clouds behind us and lit up El Capitan and Half Dome with vivid shades of orange.
In a recent interview I did for +David Johnston
and his Photography Roundtable
podcast, we talked about using telephoto lenses for landscapes, and how using a longer lens is one way to simplify a composition. I use whatever lens seems appropriate for the situation – the lens that allows me to include all the essentials, but only the essentials.
In this photograph, that meant using my 70-200mm zoom at 183mm in order to fill the frame with the moon, Half Dome, that lenticular cloud, and the v-shaped notch below and to the left of Half Dome. A wide-angle lens for this scene, at that moment, would have turned El Cap, Half Dome, and the moon into tiny objects, and filled most of the frame with the not-so-interesting sky above, or the dark foreground, diluting the impact of the photograph.
You can find the podcast on iTunes, or listen to the entire interview on the Photography Roundtable
website (it's free of course):http://photographyroundtable.com/2624/figuring-shoot-better-composition-michael-frye-episode-64/
And while you're there, check out the interviews with +Ian Plant
, +Joshua Cripps
, +Colby Brown
, +David duChemin
, +Richard Bernabe
, and many others. #landscapephotography +Landscape Photography #moodymonday #moonmonday #moonrisemonday #mountainmonday #nationalparksmonday #sunsetsaturday #yosemite #yosemitenationalpark #yosemitephotography #halfdome #moon #moonrise