Moon balanced on rock Tioga Pass

Photo: Full moon setting over rock outcrop along the Sierra Crest, near Tioga Pass, California

Photo: Full moon setting over rock outcrop along the Sierra Crest, near Tioga Pass, California
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After shooting this nearly full moon as it hung over the mountains of the Sierra Nevada near Tioga Pass, I had a vision of trying to find a good location to photograph the full moon just as it started to set behind a mountain. As the moon got lower and lower in the sky, I kept moving my position trying to anticipate where it would eventually meet the ground. That's when I noticed this one significant rock outcrop on the side of a mountain. I had a vision of the moon balancing on this rock in the same manner that a seal would balance a ball on its nose in a circus.

After finding exactly the right spot to shoot from, all I needed to do was wait for the perfect moment. Just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it had to be not too high, not too low, but just right.


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