Full Winter Moonrise Mono Lake

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December 2012
Mono Lake, California
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My daughter, Sabrina and I have long had the idea of trying for a new "look" of moonrise over Mono Lake. The lake is a very "mature" subject, meaning that a photographer has to take a close look, and get a feel for a new idea. It was very cold this afternoon; we were driving 395 the road north of Lee Vining. I stopped here to make a panoramic just when the light left the western edge of the lake. I do like the pano idea, but by the time we warmed up in the car, the potential for dramatically different moonrise was apparent. Remember that the sun and moon both rise and set fast in the winter months. I loved the misty clouds and I was aware that the moon would rise a bit late after sunset. Really this was NOT a planned image at this location. The concept was inside me. I am pleased that Sabrina and I were both aware of the possibilities.