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Coyote Moon

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I learned a trick about breaking out of a "mental block" or slump which is to buy postcards you like of local scenes and try to beat them (shoot a better composition, detail, ect…). It is a great way to stimulate creativity when all else fails. I have a crazy one of a full moon with cactus flowers, it is definitely a PS creation. It has been on my desk for months and I finally grabbed a decent full moon early in the morning yesterday.

My top layer is a shot from the Superstition Mountains which makes me smile as I can think of no better combination with a full moon. I lined up the shadow of the cactus with the moon and was feeling pretty good about the results so I scrapped the huge cactus flowers as I thought it was over the top, hence creativity starts to take over. For those keeping score at home some wild Mexican Gold Poppies are there to complete the theme, so no points deducted (self graded). I also decided on a square crop, that kills any hope for future work as a postcard photographer or maybe Dusty has invented the square postcard.

I wanted to share this as I know sometimes we scratch our heads thinking everything in the world has been photographed, it has so get over it! See postcard below.

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  1. (Andrew) 64 months ago | reply

    One of the most impressive moon shots I've seen!
    Well done!

  2. 28may2013 61 months ago | reply

    excellent shot

  3. je_c3 [deleted] 61 months ago | reply

    It looks like someone's been taking bites out of it.

  4. cschubert18 57 months ago | reply

    Just brilliant

  5. Silviaharris 56 months ago | reply

    Awesome! Your shot definately beats the postcard.

  6. Sash´s Kitchen-Studio Photography 55 months ago | reply


    I miss a bat in this beauty
    so good, John
    have you sold this one to the company who printed this lausy postcard?

    yours is art, great art

    really a great work

    I am amused about your creativity

    but now I know the secret
    you have a bright collection of postcars, I guess

    hope the fishing beer was a good one

    enjoy your sunday, my friend

    I do
    but my hunt was an early coffee first
    beer is still in the fridge
    maybe I have to hunt one later

    hugs from the french sunshine

    Seen in your Dusty Postcard set. ( ?² )

  7. starynightss 55 months ago | reply

    WOW, simply amazing!

  8. flutterbydragonfly 55 months ago | reply

    Amazingly beautiful!!!

  9. raed al-sane 53 months ago | reply

    Great capture with strong work .... have a good year !

  10. Ethan J Jamieson 53 months ago | reply

    that is a awesome shot of the moon

  11. K-Szok-Photography 43 months ago | reply

    Love the result and the explanation of your process.

  12. Lori-B. 40 months ago | reply

    Happy New Year John. I hope you are doing well. I'm back on the flickr treadmill after falling flat on my face (for the moment) after trying out the stock photo hoop jumper.

  13. kourepis aris 38 months ago | reply

    amazing! well done!! but if you can give some exif or say some information about how you achieve the moon looks so big?

  14. S M P H O T O 34 months ago | reply

    Thought it was real - nice work!

  15. Julie718 20 months ago | reply

    wow~~~~what a great si-fi flavor! ;)

  16. Grant Condit 6 months ago | reply

    Really great image!

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