Moon

Moonrise - Highway 87

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(click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/5.0, iso 4000, 20 sec // buy print)

It’s Movie Title Wednesday, a series that has been going on so long that I’m surprised I haven’t run out of films to use yet.

Moon is one of those hidden gems that you may not have heard of before. It came out several years ago and stars Sam Rockwell as a guy who is on a 3-year stint managing a mining operation on the Moon that helps replenish Earth’s resources. If you love pure, classic science fiction…this is a film you gotta see. The movie received an 89% on Rotten Tomatoes and 8.0 rating on IMDB. Solid numbers.

On the last day of stormchasing the monsoons last year, I ended up driving over 450 miles. I was up near Winslow, the day was over and it was time to head home. I chose highway 87 which would take me through Payson, a route I’d only been on once before. A bit after 8pm I realized I was in this wide open area with retreating clouds and some of the Milky Way appearing above me. I pulled over and aimed south to capture some stars, but the clouds were quickly returning and the shot didn’t turn out so well.

But then, as usually happens, I turned around and saw the moon rising. I’ve shown this picture to a few people, plus it appears at the end of my latest book, and most of the time the first thought is that it’s a sunrise. Until you see the stars in the sky and realize that would be impossible.

The moon rose with a orange glow about it and the clouds were perfect, even getting lit up underneath a bit as if it were a sunrise. The taillights from the car illuminated the highway.

It was so peaceful out there too…quiet, nothing for miles and miles and miles. Not a car in sight. Was a wonderful way to end the stormchasing season.

 

  • http://www.jimdenhamphotography.com Jim Denham

    Beautiful shot Mike. Seldom do you see the moon captured that color and it makes a stunning scene with the clouds and stars around it! Very nice!

  • http://www.hansrico.com Rick Louie

    Very nice capture of the night sky! Love the sprinkling of starts in the image! I think I’ll have to add this movie to my Netflix Queue.

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Nice catch Mike at the end of a long day.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com Chris DeAngelis

    Nice capture! Love all the stars in the scene too!

  • http://curtfleenor.com Curt Fleenor

    Awesome shot Mike! It really does look like a sunset at first glance. The stars twinkling between the clouds add an almost surreal mood to the entire image. And I love “Moon”, its quirky, funny, sad and thought provoking all at the same time – great flick!

  • http://www.goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    This is really a one of a kind shot. Incredible, dude.

  • http://perlmutterphotography.wordpress.com/ Steven Perlmutter

    Very cool shot. The stars and moving clouds give it an almost 3D effect.

  • http://www.sessionninephotography.com Jessica Williams

    Wow. Just, wow.