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

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