Earth Fire Water Wind Moon

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Moonrise after sunset on a Southern California beach.


Once in a while, I caught a moonrise just right after a sunset. I took this shot a few weeks ago, but didn’t get around to posting it until now. The moon is too small on this 800px image to appreciate its subtle existence. Why I feel that the moon is an important element in this image? It represents Aether or Space as one of the five classical elements (Earth, Water, Air, Fire, and Aether or Space/Void). It’s easy to add in the moon in post production, but this moon is authentic. I don’t add element that wasn’t there in the original shot. Occasionally, to remove unwanted distraction, I remove elements that I could not eliminate while shooting, but never add.

Have time to contemplate about the five classical elements?

  • Air is primarily wet and secondarily hot.
  • Fire is primarily hot and secondarily dry.
  • Earth is primarily dry and secondarily cold.
  • Water is primarily cold and secondarily wet.
  • Earth represents solidity.
  • Water represents fluidity.
  • Fire represents temperature.
  • Air represents mobility.
  • Space encompasses all other four elements.

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