This photo was taken at Joshua Tree National Park, which is in the Mojave Desert of the Southwestern United States.
I think the photo is unique for a couple reasons:
- Color saturation (those rocks look brown most of the time)
- It’s a single exposure (I didn’t capture the moon in a separate exposure)
And, here are a couple of tips on how to get this kind of photo:
Get to your photo location before sunrise. This photo was taken just a few minutes after sunrise, when the sun is casting a very warm red-tinted light on the desert landscape. There are only two times of the day where those rocks look red (sunrise and sunset)–the rest of the time they’re a dull brown.
Check out a moon phase calendar for your location.Find the day of the month where the sun will be rising at the same time the moon is setting. Once a month, there’s a perfect opportunity for you to photograph the moonset (or moonrise) with one exposure–both the sun and the moon will be low on the horizon (giving you perfect light).