I’d like to say I had this photo all planned out. It was a full moon, the “hunter moon,” which is the first full moon after the harvest moon in September.
But this photo was simply the product of having a few minutes to kill before the start of a football game at West Valley High School. I showed up to the game early figuring to look for a game-related feature photo for future use in the sports section. But I was struck by the clarity and brightness of the full moon so I began walking around the football stadium looking for some way to incorporate the moon in a photo. A wide angle view of the football field and the moon yielded a disappointing photo; the moon was too far in the distance. That meant I needed to make it a telephoto shot and that I needed something to silhouette against the moon. Finding nothing to silhouette I tried a different tack, putting the moon behind the flag.
As I said, it’s a nice enough photo but the “takeaway” from this is to always stay “visually aware.” Sometimes nice photos just happen. By the way, I tweeted this photo and posted it to the paper’s Facebook page but it never made it into print.