Shoot for the moon

The moon above a snow-covered Piz Tremoggia, with fog crawling up in the direction of the moon (by Johan Peijnenburg)

Moon above Piz Tremoggia

[ 135mm – f/11 – 1/25 – ISO100 – Nikon D800E with 70-200mm f/4 ]

Although I am a bit late, I still would like to wish everyone a very happy, healthy and successful New Year!!! Let’s all shoot for the moon … even if we miss, we’ll still land among the stars! I am not so much into quotes, but I kinda like this one from Les Brown and it obviously fit well with the image 😉

Wanted to share something different to start of the year. Shot this scene a few months ago during my fall trip to the Swiss Engadin region. I liked how the fog seemed to be reaching for the moon, so just had to capture this moment. Hope you like how it came out!

I captured the image with my new 70-200mm f/4 lens on a D800E. No filters were used. The image was processed with Adobe’s Lightroom 5.3.

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314 Responses to “Shoot for the moon”

  1. Great shot Johan! Very nice with this dynamic fog and the static of mountains and moon. Very unique one, like your start into 2014, Johan ;)

  2. WOW, mit Wolkenbrandung! Sehr schön.

  3. Wow, so beautiful mood

  4. Beauty redefined…..wish u a fulfilling happy new year Sir….

  5. Tom Tran says:

    Love this view that just directs your eyes up to the moon. Happy New Year to you Johan! 

  6. Gerda Smid says:

    Fantastisch! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++

  7. Fantastic capture of the mountains and the moon. Great composition.
    And for you especially :
    Year 2014 : let this coming year bring happiness in your life, let all the unfulfilled dreams and desires you had in year 2013 be fulfilled. This coming year will bring a smile on your face, a glow on your cheeks and very wonderful words on your lips

  8. Wonderful empty space to the moon Johan , well done 

  9. You are certainly not to late Johan, for you also a great New Year may it be a wonderful one! Wonderful photo !

  10. Lella H. says:

    Very nice, like the blue and white contrast!

  11. Thay Silva says:

    Linda paisagem adorei !

  12. Debby Vos says:

    Zie de maan schijnt….. 😉

  13. Ah….! You are a magician !.. Wonderful !

  14. Happy New Year for you too Johan :) Excellent photo, I love this simplicity, best photographers always look for the simply composition and you have made it the best way. Extraordinary quality, top class work :)

  15. Wonderful shot Johan Peijnenburg

  16. It’s a beautiful shot, Johan! Makes me want to grab my snowboard and hike up there.

  17. Wow! What an amazing composition! 

  18. Beautiful mountain and moon photo 

  19. Mady Sach says:


  20. Gorgeous Johan! Nice blue sky, white mountains, and the moon just tops it off!

  21. @Mady: thank you! :)
    @George: and I didn’t even have to use PS for it :) Glad you like it George! :) 

  22. aaaah, one of my fans of yours 😀 Great image Johan, I love this one

  23. Tom Tran says:

    So….this ^^^ is considered a slow day for you Johan??? I don’t know how you keep up with a fast day then. :P

  24. Wonderful deep blue, wonderful white. amazing work!

  25. Fantastic image with a gorgeous composition, Johan… And a very Happy New Year to you, too! :)

  26. Unusual point of view, but very beautiful Johan!

  27. Excellent one Johan, glad to see you posting again. Happy 2014!

  28. I’ll definitely check with you before planning the trip Johan. A summer week in the Swiss mountains sounds about right to me. ;)

  29. Hello dear Johan. Happy New Year to you as well and thanks!
    Thanks for this crisp and beautiful image. I love the way the cloud seems to clash against the mountains pretty much like a wave…. The moon must be responsible for that : ))

  30. So beautiful! :) Have a wonderful New Year too :)

  31. Oh my word what a special photo this one is, must have been wonderful to have been there to actually see this scene and then take the photo!!

  32. Nice quote Johan and yes the pictures is nice too ;)

  33. @Irene: thank you! :)
    @Fabrizio: :) Best wishes for the new year Fabrizio! 

  34. Ian Good says:

    What a way to start the year Johan! Love it. :) 

  35. Perfect shot, it’s beautiful

  36. Very nice sir! This is beautiful. Happy New Year to you guys… 

  37. I love the gorgeous mountains and that wonderful moon!! Beautiful!

  38. This is a like a sophisticated dialogue between the clouds and the moon. Wonderful work as usual Johan!

  39. Very clean with excellent clarity. I like the choice for composition Johan 

  40. @Mamo: Great description and very much in line with what I saw when I shot it Mamo :) Thanks!
    @Aditya: thanks for the awesome Aditya. Hope all is well with you!? 

  41. Outer space, a place of enormous distances!
    Great work!

  42. Enzo Ros says:

    Great composition Johan

  43. @Günter: many thanks! And this one is very close to where you are ! :)
    @Enzo: merci beaucoup Enzo! :)

  44. Very cool composition Johan. Love it!

  45. Fantastic composition indeed Johan. You’re right about the fog “reaching” for the moon, of course; but in addition to that, the composition is really fantastic with the placement of the moon at the edge of the frame instead of on the “1/3 line”. Gives a great balance to the image. Well done!

  46. Serap Duru says:

    Wunderschöne Aufnahme

  47. Wonderful shot! And Happy New Year!!!

  48. And that is it rising to the MOON!!

  49. Love that blue! Gorgeous image!

  50. The deep blues are marvelous and the wispy clouds in the center of the sky provide excellent balance between the moon and the dramatic peaks below them! Lovely photo my friend! As usual! :-)

  51. Beautiful! The blue is captivating against the white! Love it! Happy New Year to you and your family Johan!

  52. Wow! Pretty darn awesome, Johan!!!

  53. What an unusual composition Johan! Love it!
    There seems to be a decent amount of snow. How is it in Switzerland? France seems to be warm and missing snow this year!

  54. That moon really tops it off Johan, wonderful! Best wishes to you as well! 

  55. Fantastic, one of my favorites

  56. Heaven on the earth….Wow! Brilliant image!

  57. @Jim: somewhat different from the usual Jim. Glad you like it :)
    @Miguel: thanks! Glad you agree with my choices Miguel :)
    @Dalibor: many thanks Dalibor! :)

  58. @Serap: danke vielmals :)
    @Rodolfo: hey Rodolfo! Many thanks :)
    @Bilal: thanks :)

  59. @Al Amin Shehk Shehk: thank you! :)
    @Mortimer: thanks for the awesome Mortimer :)
    @E.E. Giorgi: thanks Elena! :) 

  60. @George: many thanks George! :)
    @Sheila: she is always pretty quick Sheila :) thanks!
    @jasmine: thank you :) 

  61. @Jerry: many thanks for the great feedback Jerry. Glad you like it :)
    @Angela: lol, thanks for the wow Angela :)
    @Mutita: thank you :)
    @kidd: thanks !

  62. @David Anderson:Many thanks David !
    @David Heath Williams: thank you for the compliment and the best wishes David! Best wishes for you and your family too! :)
    @Sandra: 😀 thanks for the wow Sandra!!! 

  63. @Sairam: many thanks Sairam! Thanks for coming out of hibernation 😉
    @黑猫白鼠: very :)
    @Michael: sometime unusual is good Michael :) This was from last October …. snow at the moment is not very good here. Need to go up to 1600m to get some good white stuff. Hope this will improve soon :) No skiing trip for you this year?

  64. @Michael Salmela: thanks for the compliment Michael. Thanks!
    @Mirosław: glad you like it Miroslaw :)
    @Anna: enjoyed that comment. Thanks :)

  65. Excellent it!

  66. Fantastic framing and color tone Johan !

  67. Happy New Year and best wishes, Johan, and such a lovely bluish whitish beauteous little slice of winter this is …

  68. @Markus: danke vielmals Markus! Nice to see you around :)
    @Shawn: many thanks Shawn!
    @Nathan: All the best to you too Nathan! Thanks for the kind words :)

  69. Inderdaad een prachtige foto!!

  70. Dank jullie wel Edo en Rob ! :)

  71. Wauw really fantastic shot!

  72. Yup man, Shoot for the moon – an excellent philosophy as well as fitting for this splendid capture Johan :). I like that gush of snow too that really do look like it´s reaching up for the moon. A calm and fitting composition.

  73. Gerda Smid says:

    Je bent een mooi mens!

  74. E. Cindy says:

    Love the composition and simplicity 

  75. Beautiful composition !!! Regards :)

  76. Glad you did! Have a great day! :)

  77. @Kamil: Thanks Kamil! :)
    @Anna: good morning 😉 enjoy the day as well Anna! 

  78. Beautiful :)
    ~ Happy New Year ~ 

  79. Mady Sach says:

    A Wonderful shot !

  80. Wow! Fantastic capture!

  81. Wow…this is stunning shot Johan! 

  82. Skiing is not in the plans for now Johan. However we had snow quite a few times already since early December. I’d say there’s been at least a bit of snow Downtown for 3 to 4 weeks now. But it’s almost completely gone now

  83. Woow this is fantastic !! lovely composition ! 

  84. Beautiful combination of elements Johan :) I miss those scenes! ;)

  85. Gerda Smid says:

    Je bent ondertussen beroemd!+++++++++++!!

  86. @Meg: many thanks Meg. You too! :)
    @Mady: thanks Mady :)
    @Nina: glad you like it Nina. Thanks!

  87. @Jorunn: thank you Jorunn! How is weather in Iceland?
    @Sandra: thank you Sandra! :)
    @Khalid: thanks !

  88. @Michael: you probably had more snow than me till now Michael! :)
    @Enrique: thanks Enrique :)
    @Athena: I can imagine! Glad you like it :)

  89. Many thanks Alicja and Kevin ! :)

  90. Looks very crisp. Great shot

  91. @Gerda: valt wel mee hoor :)
    @Bruidssalon Marwie: thanks!
    @Cristian: thank you! And nice to meet you. Been

  92. Fantastic capture and so amazing Johan !

  93. Johan, the cloud is such a nice touch :)

  94. Intense blue & pure white with a dreamy cloud… Wonderful minimalist shot in altitude Johan!

  95. @Cristian: hopefully :)
    @Bjarte: thank you !
    @Marilou: many thanks Marilou ! 

  96. Many thanks @Sumit and @Matt ! :)

  97. Dick Berry says:

    Very nice image Johan!

  98. Very nice – like the way the cloud points up to the moon :)

  99. Love the composition Johan Peijnenburg.

  100. Great composition with the moon and those wisps of cloud!

  101. Just wonderful , perfectly realised

  102. A poetic shot, wishing you the best for 2014 too!

  103. For me, it’s those clouds that seem like they are working their way up to the moon that pull this together.

  104. @Johnny: thanks Johnny!
    @Christa: glad you like it Christa! 

  105. @Patricia: thanks Patricia! :)
    @rohan: many thanks Rohan ! :)
    @Deborah: thank you! :)
    @Stephen: thanks for feedback Stephen :)

  106. Fresh and clear again – and a great moment. Thanks Johan!

  107. Happy New Year to you as well!

  108. Better late than never 😀 Happy New Year back at ya!

  109. Happy New Year to you too, Johan!

  110. Beautifullllll!. Never late for another Happy New year

  111. and a happy new year to you Johan.

  112. Yes you are late… but I accept the wishes until end of January… and still love your fantastic image…

  113. Creative composition, very good, congrats!

  114. Enzo Ros says:

    Tout simplement magnifique!

  115. Nora Carol says:

    better late than never, Happy New Year Johan 😀

  116. Oh wow this is an amazing shot! 

  117. Good work Johan Peijnenburg and a good year for you in 2014 😀

  118. This is a great one Johan! I love the composition with the mountains and the moon positioned at the extreme edge and the large amount of negative space in between. I think you’re on to a new type of minimalist landscape photography. Oh, and happy new year to you as well :)

  119. Depends on what new year, Johan 😉 Happy 2014 to you!

  120. Thank you very much Azahar :)
    @Betty: glad you like it Betty! Hope all is well with you!? 

  121. John Dunne says:

    Carefully composed as always and beautifully executed Johan. I love the gesture of the snow (fog?) sweeping off the mountain and pointing up to the moon.

  122. Same to you m8, have a great year!!

  123. David Orr says:

    Gorgeous photo !! May you and your family have a fabulous New years also !!

  124. Jany Viala says:

    Superb work!
    Elle est magnifique ! Merci!

  125. Wonderful minimalist composition!

  126. @John: fog yes :) Many thanks for the great feedback. Glad you like it :)
    @David: hey David San :) How are things? Many thanks!

  127. @Nikola: thanks Nikola and thanks for sharing :)
    @Betty: I had! :) have a great week!
    @Anatoliy: thanks ! :)

  128. @jany: merci beaucoup Jany ! :)
    @Barbara: thank you!
    @Maria: glad you think so. Thanks :)

  129. Love this so much, well I am even later than you lol what are we like! So good to come back properly at last and catch up Johan 

  130. Sen Zen says:

    Great capture,Johan! :)

  131. Amazing shot my friend. You composed this perfectly!

  132. Johan, good morning and a wonderful photo the composition is so good. Enjoy your day.

  133. @Louisa: thanks for catching up and the compliment Louisa :) Hope all is well with you!?
    @Sen Zen: thank you Sen :)
    @Markus: good morning :) Thank you Markus!
    @Mark: many thank Mark!

  134. No apologies needed, I am running behind constantly :) Haha yes, I remember those winters all too well, was a bit of a shock when I just moved from warmer climates straight into the deep snow of Davos! :) Happy to hear all is well Johan :)

    • I can imagine! Thought you were in Milan again btw. Davos is a nice place to be as well though Louisa :) And I guess winter over there is a bit more normal than the one I am having here…

      I am not on G+ a lot at the moment. I always want to post more often and visit other people’s profiles more often, but in the end I always prioritise differently :)

      • I should have said that I lived in Davos just after school, not now, no, not in Milano yet, I am in Spain :) What tells you work takes me to way too many countries 😉 You sound like me, I have so much work to catch up on after my year in Africa that I never have enough time online, even when trying to make the time :) Have a great day Johan , your priorities are spot on! 

  135. Wonderful shot :) Love this, moon must be feeling lucky to share same composition with The Alps.

  136. Missed this one before, so very beautiful!

  137. Delightful, delightful start of the year with this image :)

  138. @Walter: thanks Walter!
    @Vishal: yes, lucky moon 😉 Thanks Vishal!
    @Dominique: dank je wel Dominique :)
    @K Garzer: thanks again K :)
    @Yasmin: thank you dear Yasmin :)
    @Hadegda: many thanks!

  139. Wonderful image in every way Johan. Makes me take a deep breath just looking at it.

  140. Belle combinaison entre le bleu et le blanc Johan !
    Très agréable 😀

  141. Dat is heel erg mooi groet Victoria Verbaandert

  142. @Thierry: merci beaucoup Thierry! :)
    @Johan: thanks!
    @Victoria: dank je wel! 

  143. Amazing beauty from earth to sky

  144. @Peter and Ada: many thanks!

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