A full moon is in the center of a burst of fireworks. It looks like giant flower in the night sky.

Moon Flower | Mission Bay, San Diego

The full moon rises in the center of fireworks, looking like a luminous flower in the night.

The Story Behind the Photo

This photo is the epitome of the quote chance favors the prepared mind by Louis Pasteur. I knew about the fireworks and that the full moon was going to rise on this night. I did all sorts of research trying to figure out the position and size of where the fireworks would be in the sky. I took old photos I had made and estimated the diameter of the bursts based on distances and the field of view of my lens (trigonometry for the win). With this I made my best guess as to where I should stand to get both the full moon and the fireworks in my composition. I tried to place the moon a bit to the left and above as I didn't want the fireworks to block the moon.

As chance happens, the fireworks launched late and my calculations were off but the moon was dead center in the bursts. I felt like I won the jackpot! I had made errors but was close enough and through a lucky break achieved a better result than I could have ever expected.

About the Prints

This photograph is available in a limited edition of 100 fine art prints. Each print is made to order with the highest quality pigment inks and fine art papers. They are signed and come with a certificate of authenticity. Small prints under 15" on the long dimension are excluded from the edition. If you have any questions about this specific image or my prints in general, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Museum Quality Print

Archival Pigment Print on Fine Art Paper

This is a photographic print made on Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag which is a heavyweight (310 gsm) and 100% cotton paper. The image is printed using pigment inks with outstanding archival properties. All images are printed at the listed size on paper that is slightly larger resulting in an additional border. This is a print only, shipped rolled in a robust protective tube.

Please allow 3-4 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


Acrylic Fine Art Print with a Float Mount — Ready to Hang

Trulife Acrylic Fine Art Print

This is a photographic print where the front has been directly adhered to a sheet of TruLife acrylic which is an ultra clear, scratch resistant, and anti-reflective glazing. This process is known as face mounting. The acrylic captures light internally and bounces it off the surface of the print resulting in a display with incredible depth and vibrancy. With proper lighting, the acrylic print will appear to have light emanating from the image itself. The back of the print is sealed with another layer of protective acrylic.

The print comes ready to hang with hidden mounting hardware on the back that makes the print appear as if it is floating in front of the wall. No additional framing is needed. Choose this medium for a modern and minimalist presentation.

Print is signed and numbered on verso (back).

Please allow 4-6 weeks for production and delivery of your print. The prices include U.S. shipping, please inquire for international rates.


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