The image was taken at the Jumbo Rocks campground. The lat long is: 33°59'31.9"N 116°03'28.5"W
The shot was taken with a Nikon D800 camera with a Nikkor 28-300 mm lens set at 62mm. The exposure was 1/13 seconds at f22, ISO 100.
Timing: There are innumerable amount of ways to time a photo. Many photographers want to capture the "The Decisive Moment" coined by Henri Cartier-Bresson nearly a hundred years ago. While this is great, I have taken it in a slower way. The photograph presented here was more than 3 years in the making. I had visited Joshua Tree National Park a few years earlier and knew that a full moon in the background would make a fine shot. So, in January 2018 I visited the Park with my daughter Erin. This time I planned the shot!
January 2018 was a special month as it had two full moons. The first full moon of the year (January 1, 2018) was called the Wolf Moon. The second full moon (January 31, 2018) has no given name, which makes it a Blue Moon. As an added plus was the fact the January 31 full moon was also a lunar eclipse. During these eclipses the moon turns blood red as earth's shadow covers the moon. I was in Carmel, CA for the Wolf moon. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate and I only got a couple hand-held shots of it. The photo presented here with the granite boulders and moon rise was taken two evenings before the full "Blue" moon in the Jumbo Rocks Campground. The sun had just set and the light was perfect. I hope you enjoy the image as much as I do.