Moonlight alone illuminates this scene near Phantom Ranch in the Grand Canyon. I departed from using the level to compose with the fisheye in the dark and angled the camera upward. It curved the ground a bit but I like the effect for this one.
The exposure on the foreground is so free from noise and other artifacts that a few years ago this photo would have raised issues of credibility. A montage of a daytime & nighttime shot? Now we've seen what modern sensors can do. Without those credibility issues we can simply admire a great photograph.
Thanks for the great reception of this image. After I saw it on the LCD, I knew it was time for bed. I had to hike out the next morning.
The trees were moving in the cold night air and this helped to add to the dreamy painterly feel. The warm colors were just what the camera sensor produced. Even though I had the white balance set to auto the camera selected a temperature quite close to daylight. I guess that's to be expected as the moonlight is merely reflected daylight anyway.