I haven't had my camera in my hands as much as I would like as of late; however, I had a few opportunities to get out this week to work on my low light photography.
We have some friends with a family farm that dates back to the 1800s--I wish I knew the exact date. It's a lovely property with some old homes, a barn, other out buildings, and acres of land. Part of the land sits up on a hill where you can see for miles to both the east and west. I've wanted to get out there for years to photograph the property at sunset. This week proved to be perfect, as there was another super full moon. Below you'll find some of my favorites from the evening. The images below are low res, so for a better idea of how things looked click here to visit my Flickr account for more of the pictures.
This is looking east as the sun set and we waited for the moon to rise. This is the old barn. I did hand edit in post to remove the power lines above the barn, but other than that there is minimal editing on this photo.
After the sun set and the moon started rising, I really wanted a shot of the barn with the large pink moon at its left. However, the light was too low to allow for a fast enough shutter speed to freeze the moon. We tried to put the car headlights on the barn, but that just didn't work. I could have really moved up my ISO, but at the higher ranges my images get a lot of noise. So, I opted to just scrap the photo for now. Maybe eventually, I'll be able to have the camera of my dreams and can capture that shot.
I'm a sucker for a big full moon. I love sunrise, sunset, and moon photos. This makes me wish I had a faster, longer lens. I did OK with what I have and don't have the thousands of dollars to get the lens of my dreams for this photo. However, I love this moon photos all the same.
I have so much fun going out and challenging myself to take new shots, put into practice something I've read, or step out of my comfort zone. I don't get to take nearly as many pictures as I would like...I need to work on that problem.