We Almost Missed the Moonrise

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.


Moonrise – Johnson City, Texas
Copyright Β© 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture priority (Av) using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 25mm, f/16 for 1.6 seconds at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray LB warming polarizer. All post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3 Beta 2. Click on the image above for a larger version.

7 thoughts on “We Almost Missed the Moonrise

  1. A lesson I try to remember when I am out shooting a sunrise or sunset. Sometimes the best photograph is opposite of the Sun. Not mountains but a purple majesty nevertheless.

  2. I’m told the two wives on this trip, mine being one, who were watching noticed what was behind us and wondered why we didn’t turn around. Just goes to show we need to listen to our wives even when they don’t say anything.

    • Oops. Perhaps it was your wife that noticed it first. I humbly apologize to the official TLS “Scout”. Do I need to send her a 1099? πŸ˜‰

  3. That’s a beauty! Note to self: Always have someone walking backward lest we miss something!

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