Moonlight Triumph is an artwork showing the moon rising above the California Tower and Dome in Balboa Park by photographer Stephen Bay. The photo depicts the scene as viewed through a natural frame of trees. The sky is a dark blue with some clouds picking up orange tones from the moonrise.

Moonlight Triumph | Balboa Park

This is the full moon rising over Balboa Park. The neon colors are from the seasonal flood lights pointed at the California tower and dome. This photo took a bit of planning and was nearly two years in the making as I waited for the right conditions. Moving a foot to the left or right and the opening in the trees wouldn't have aligned with the moon and buildings. I almost couldn't believe it when I saw the moon line up even though I knew it would happen due to the path of the moon and trigonometry. I felt so triumphant that I finally got the image I had been seeking.

Note: this is not a composite and the scene was captured in a single photograph.

First place, International Exhibition of Photography, San Diego County Fair, City and Architecture

About the Prints

Edition of 50. Available in the following sizes:

24 x 36 inches

30 x 45 inches

40 x 60 inches

Medium: Archival pigment print with acrylic facemount


This is a pigment print where the front has been directly mounted with an adhesive to a sheet of ultra clear, scratch resistant, and non-reflective acrylic glass. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally resulting in a display with incredible visual depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to be back illuminated with the light emanating from the image itself. The print comes ready to hang with a hidden mount on the back that floats the print off the wall.

Please allow 4-5 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please contact me for international rates.

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