The bare rawness of winter has a way of revealing character, a stripping away to what is perhaps hidden in the grandeur of the other seasons. There is a quiet beauty to it too, like the hush between falling snow and nothing but the whisper of cold night air under winter stars. We need winter where the heart speaks loudest. Not in want of the other seasons but in the truth made known in fortitude, patient endurance and the revealing of what resides on the base layer of our being.
The Moon plays a prominent role in some of my most popular landscape photographs. I’m always eager to see where the full Moon will rise each month and try to plan accordingly. I love working with this mystical element in my landscapes, whether it be the rolling hills of southeastern Ohio or the tidelands of South Carolina. Through the years I’ve learned a few tricks that help me gain proper exposure of what can be a very bright subject against a dark background. The following Photographic Moment video segment includes my tips on how to photograph the Moon.