Paul’s Shadow at Craters of Moon

Written by Paul on February 24th, 2010

Each time I view “Paul (Moloney) at Craters of the Moon National Monument” I see and feel new excitement. What about you?

To explore with my mind, eyes and camera keeps me vigorous and appreciating life being lived. 

For years I have been fascinated with my shadows and my 18 mm full-frame “fisheye” camera lens.  

The lens gives the photographs wide 140-degree coverage and is most effective with an elemernt or two in the foreground to guide the viewer through the photograph.

"Paul at Craters of the Moon" © 1997 by Paul F. Moloney

I make photographs wherever I go using my shadow as a principal element. One of the most intriguing was my 1997 self-portrait at Craters of Moon National Monument in south-central Idaho (U.S. Hwys 26-93 about 20 miles southwest of Arco).  

Three black elements — my elongated shadow, the rectangular shadow in the upper left created by a cloud, and the sky produced by the 25 red filter — are the centers of interest and give the picture impact

The tubular lava flow formed the terraced landscape with the high angle sun hitting it from the left.  This enhanced depth, dimension.  The interplay of diagonal compositional lines develops the movement, action I initially imagined.

Each time I view “Paul at Craters of the Moon National Monument” I see and feel new excitement.  What about you? 


2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Mick Moloney says:

    The word that soon came to mind after observing this photo is: astounding. (“Outstanding” and “astonishing”, combined, methinks.) It always amazes me how you can capture/create such complex emotion with a still.(“you” refers to you, Paul Moloney, and is not a generic term.) Thanks for the thrill! I see my Dad grinning, too.

  2. Laurie Moloney says:

    My first thought was Wow. Because the red filter makes the sky black, it looks like you are really on the moon.