Moonrises tend to be fun outings as there is a very clear goal for the image and, with modern tools, I can reliably predict the path of the moon’s rise and ascent. Despite all of that being known, when the moon actually rises, it always brings with it some element of surprise. Usually, by the time it has reached a high enough point in the sky, the dynamic range (the difference between the brightness of the moon and the darkness of the rest of the scene) is too large or the moon too high for a strong composition. At that point, I usually pack up and call it a night.

On July 31, 2015 when this blue moon rose, I stayed a bit longer and started playing with light. I purposely ignored the moon itself as I composed this shot and instead focused on its reflected light alongside that of Marblehead Light’s green beacon. The juxtaposition of the two lines of light on the water was interesting and, I think, the lack of a moon forces the viewer to wonder a bit about the source of that bright light.