Mother Nature sometimes showers her blessing in so much abundance that you forget about your previous pains and failures. The hike past Monday was one such day for me. I finally made a photo which fulfilled my vision of the place as well as an unexpected convergence made it really stand out.
Past Monday was 2 days before full moon and while hiking, I knew that moon will be hanging in the sky about an hour before sunset. The deer were grazing in a meadow off the trail and the moon decided to peek out from behind the hill. I ran about 50 ft or so off trail on the steep grassy slope to combine the two elements. Using a telephoto lens, I compressed the scene and started shooting with the herd of wild deer in the foreground. The images got better as the deer started to move in a formation with a rising full (almost) moon completing the composition.
Underexposing + polarizer gave me a rich blue sky complementing the warm landscape. Post involved tweaking the white balance, contrast etc in Photoshop followed by mild sharpening and conversion to tiff/jpeg.