In the movie biz they call it the "magic hour," when the light gets long and the sunset dust makes for great cinema.
In still photography there was one particular guy who was a genius at capturing this twilight magic.
On this date, yesterday—Nov. 1—back in 1941, late in the afternoon on US 285, Ansel Adams sees the moon rising over Hernandez, New Mexico, stops the car and sets up on the roof of his woody and captures one of the most iconic images in the history of photography.
The position of the moon over the snow clad mountains almost seems preordained but the real magic in the photograph is the subtle glow on the crosses in the cemetery. Adams made more than 1,300 prints of "Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico," during his career.
Today, we would simply roll down the window and try to capture something like this with our iphone but when you realize how fleeting these moments are, and the amount of preparation Ansel had to do to even set up to get the shot, it is nothing short of amazing.