On June 23, 2013 the moon was at its closest to the earth and the full moon would appear about 13% larger than normal. I had previsualized an image with the larger moon rising behind the Gilbert Temple, with the Angel Moroni in silhouette. Using a computer program that shows where the moon will rise behind a given point, I knew pretty much where I wanted to be.
Earthly objects are a lot smaller than the moon, so little changes in perspective (moving farther away) can make a huge difference in the size relationship. I knew that getting farther away from the Temple would make it much smaller, relative to the moon. Luckily, the moon was coming up southeast of the Temple and there's a big public park to the northwest, with a clear view of the Temple and the sky. I was able to get far enough away to achieve the effect I wanted, and also move side to side, to adjust for the moon coming up at an angle (left to right).
We got to the park early to scout out our location. The Temple is still under construction, but from a distance, that's not obvious.
I'm a big fan of the rich, blue twilight sky, but at this point the moon hadn't made its appearance. Although it's hard to tell in this image (above), the sky was really cloudy and I thought the chance of good moonrise photos was pretty slim.
When the moon finally rose, the sky was mostly black and the clouds had thinned a little. I moved into position to get the Angel Moroni statue in front of the moon.
After moving further to the left, I got the silhouette I wanted.
As it turns out, I was in just about the ideal location. As the moon rises higher, you need to move lower and/or closer to keep the Angel Moroni in front of the moon. I borrowed my friend's larger lens and was able to move downhill onto a grass playing field to get in position for my last image. It turned out to be more of a swamp than a grass field, but I thought the muddy shoes were worth it.