It’s true that many landscape photographers are myopically focused when it comes to their craft. I’ve seen folks work a scene for hours trying to capture that perfect combination of light, clouds and scenery that makes a great landscape shot but fail to look over their shoulder and see an even more beautiful scene just waiting.
We got lucky with this scene. All evening long the thin, high clouds had been moving southwest to northeast over the Pedernales river, looking as if they would obscure our sunset shoot. Finally the sky began to get interesting and within 45 minutes you could here the almost constant sound of our shutters capturing the sunset. Right before we began to pack it in and hike back to the cars, one of the other guys looked over his shoulder and said “Wow, what a gorgeous moonrise”. We all turned quickly and began to capture one of the most stunning displays of purple my eyes have ever seen.