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Photographer: Abe Blair
Description: After sunset, a winter storm began to clear out, revealing a rather full moon and bringing single-digit temps to the valley floor. This created an eerie mist along with the snow being crystalized, adding to its texture. I walked around the meadow looking for a compelling composition and stopped once I found this spot. I needed to wait a bit for the moon to move out of the frame and to help minimize lens flare. This gave me time to really dial in my foreground and get just the right focus all in one frame. Once the moon moved along, I added a 3-stop grad ND filter and clicked the shutter for the 30-second exposure. It was so amazing standing there watching the clouds swirl around Half Dome and the moonlight sparkle off the snow.
Gear & Settings: Nikon D850, Zeiss Milvus 18mm 2.8 lens, Benro Adventure tripod and matching head, Lee 2-stop soft edge grad. Exposure: 30 sec., ƒ/13, ISO 800.