I wanted to photograph the recent Super Moon, but my time was limited. As the moonrise approached and with limited time I realized I would need to find someplace close to home. I took a quick drive up to Henry Coe State Park hoping to catch the moon near a beautiful oak in the park. Only one problem, there was no place to silhouette the oak against the sky using a long lens.
I racked my mind for a solution and decided to shoot the moon through the grass on top of the hill. This was going to be tough as there was a substantial wind and photo would require merging two different shots with one focused on the grass and the other focused on the moon. This photograph is a blend of those two shots. Looking at it, you might think that some of the grass is out of focus, but the grass is actually blowing in the wind.
A real Harvest Moon is the full moon which is nearest the Autumnal Equinox, this years is September 8, 2014. Although this not a true Harvest Moon, the grain in this shot made me think of the name Harvest Moon for this photo.
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