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Barn
Photo By Tom Ramsey

  • Title: Barn
  • State/Province/Region: Ohio
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Fort Amanda
  • Nearest Town: Buckland
  • Brief Directions: 3/4 mile south of Fort Amanda State Park
  • Best Season: Winter
  • Description: One of my favorite photos that I have taken was no accident, it took planning and luck. Shooting the moon is not only a part of a card game, but something a lot of photographers try, usually to see if they can, often after getting a new camera or lens. We've all seen these "close up" photos and no matter how sharp and perfectly exposed they may be they are pretty boring. However, if you use the moon as an element with something else in the photo, it's on. I love taking photos with a full moon in them, problem is, it only happens 12 or 13 times a year, although you can sometimes get two nights when it's close enough to full. Then, the moon has to rise when it's dark enough to see it, and it has to be clear enough to see it. So it takes some planning, but the result can be well worth it. Then it’s a guess as to where you will see the moon rise, I know it will rise in the East, not sure how much Northeast or Southeast, and the road is a little curvy, not straight North and South. So I waited along the road in my car and set the camera. Because of the overlap in moonrise and sunset, the moon became visible when it was already higher than the barn. I was several hundred yards from the barn, it was actually on a side road, so to get the moon positioned where I wanted it I drove down the road a little, I took some photos with the moon in different positions, then took a couple with the moon directly over the cupola. The barn looks illuminated because it is, by the last rays of the sun behind me. I composed the photo with the barn in the middle, I knew I would be cropping the right side to remove another building, because 105mm was not quite long enough
  • Gear: Pentax K20D, Tamron AF (IF) 28-105mm 1:4-5.6
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