On my way home from photographing a concert at Red Rocks last Friday, I saw this crescent moon hovering over the foothills. What initially struck me was how clearly the "dark" side of the moon stood out against the early evening sky. I also loved the small tree on the lower part of the horizon line.
When I pulled off the side of the road, there were some trees in the way. So, I had to climb a short way up the hill next to the road to clean up the composition. (Fortunately, I had on my snake-proof boat shoes).
This is my favorite image of the half dozen or so I made. The others are nice as scenics, but I love the playful quality of this photo, with the moon just touching the horizon, making it appear like a giant ball rolling down the hillside, soon to trample a poor unsuspecting little conifer.
As for the sky, I took some artistic liberties in Photoshop. The image is nice enough with its natural bluish-grey sky, but I really like the feel it takes on in the red sky rendition.
It's worth mentioning that I nearly didn't stop to make this photo. It was the end of a long day and I was really tempted to keep driving. Thankfully, I did turn around and put the five minutes into this picture that I did.
Experiences like this one are great reminders: When the photo gods come bearing gifts, don't ask for a rain check!