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After some time of going out to photograph, you start to get really good at guessing/estimating how a sunset or sunrise will turn out. This comes from practice, and it becomes 2nd nature after awhile.
Of course, due to my day work (computer consultant) I have not been able to go out and shoot lately and my estimations are really bad lately.

This weekend, I happened to be on my way back from Las Vegas to the San Francisco bay area. I decided to make a quick stop in Mono Lake, I arrived maybe 1 hour before sunset. The parking lot was packed of cars of what I assumed were photographers', and I was not even thinking about photographing. But I went anyway, of course I was not even aware it was going to be full moon, and photographers were lining up to photograph it.

I happened to see Michael Frye leading a workshop, and I wanted to say a quick "Hello" as he's been an inspiration for me (most probably without him knowing it.) I said hi, and in the middle of our quick conversation (which I probably was not saying anything coherent) I happened to say "Too bad the sunset seems that is not going to be a very good one", the professional he is, he said "Don't discard this one yet, and the full moon is rising as well"...
I had already scouted the place I wanted to shoot... well 20 minutes later, we had the sunset you see in these images. I felt embarrassed, and smiled a bit just remembering what I said.
WitnessMono Lake B&WMono Lake Garden