Moons feature in many of Adam’s work; still, what many people are not aware of is the fact that it is quite difficult to capture images of the moon unless it appears as a brightly coloured over-exposed disk.
If these conditions are not satisfied naturally the only other option is to manipulate the film at the printing stage.
This particular photograph and its art print is a high quality reproduction that earns its position for being the best in both worlds: quality and affordability. It is the photograph that we however want to keep our focus on.
Moon and half dome is a breath-taking image taken by Adams and a true representation of his early technical achievements with photography. This photo earned Adams a prestigious place and position among the world’s most renowned landscape photographers.
Moon and Half Dome was instrumental in raising the state of photography to a fine art as well as helping establish a department in photography at the New York Museum.
The skill to anticipate exposure and visualization of images is clearly demonstrated in this photo. Zone system helped bring out the moon in detail as a three dimensional object.
The picture was taken in the Yosemite Valley on a winter afternoon while Adams was driving towards the Ahwahnee Hotel. The moon is seen here to be slowly rising above the half dome with the shadow of the setting sun creeping upon the dome. Adams employed the use of a spot light meter at an angle view of only half a degree.
By doing this he was able to take a light reading in the scene from the moon and assign it the zone VII system. Colour filter was used to make the blue part of the sky appear bright and featureless.