I photographed this moonset over the Chisos Mountain Range last December during my fall trip to Big Bend National Park. It was taken as the sun was coming up behind me and the moon setting over the range. The golden rays from the sunrise lit up the foreground. The amount of light was ideal to capture both the detail of the moon as well as the foreground scene. That does not always happen. Most of the time I blow out the moon or significantly underexpose the foreground.
These are actually very tall mountains. Sometimes it’s hard to judge the height of a landscape from a photograph. To give you perspective, the highest point in the Chisos Mountain range is Emory Peak at 7,825 ft. The peak is not visible from this vantage point. Most of what is visible in this photo is 6,000 feet or above. Hiking in the Chisos is a very popular event in the fall, winter and spring. Campsites are available by reservation and day trips are difficult but rewarding. I always look forward to my trips to Big Bend.
This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5DS using my Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens set on 53mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/11, shutter speed at 1/500th of a second and the ISO set at 400. I used a tripod for stability. This is a single image processed in Lightroom and finalized in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.
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