I had been working out near Georgia O’Keeffe’s Ghost ranch and was heading back to where I was staying at the Abiquiu Inn as the moon was rising. When I reached the top of a plateau I noticed the color in the sky and was looking for a place to stop and take a few pictures. Since it was a few days before Halloween the idea of Witch flying on a broomstick in front of the moon came to mind. While I was pulling my gear out I looked up and saw something in the sky. It wasn’t a Witch but a plan was flying by.
Quickly I set up and waited for the plane to get far enough that the vapor trail extended beyond the moon. It reminds me of an eyebrow.
Moon Shot II
Initially I thought about calling this image “Missed”. You can see it’s the same subject and taken shortly after Moon Shot by the vapor trail. This is one of those scenes that I can visualize in black and white and in color. Both are effective and though of the same subject, very distinct images. By isolating the moon and removing the color it really makes you think about the moon. The plane acts as a reference for going to the moon in the image. The size of the moon in the image is enough to draw you attention but not large enough to give you all the information further increasing the desire to get closer. Trust me, leaning in so your nose touches the screen doesn’t help much.