Living on a farm is great, their are so many photos to be taken at almost anytime of the day or night. This photo is of the Koehl farm and is just down the street. The title "Moonrise Over Darien" I got from Ansel Adams photo "Moon Over Hernandez" but made it my own.
When I left the drive way I saw that the moon was so full and big. I felt like it was so close that I had to get a photo of it, not knowing how to use it yet my first idea was to get to the railroad tracks and work something their. One problem I had was that time was moving too fast. The moon was moving further up into the sky and I was losing light. So whatever I was going to do had to be fast, quick, and close by. I drove up the street to the intersection and could see the Koehl farm across the field and I felt that was the photo I wanted.
I got out of the car and grabbed my 70-200-mm lens and my 2x tele-converter. The tele-converter added focal length to my 70-200-mm lens turning it into 140-400-mm , the down side I lose 2 f-stops but at this time of the day I still had enough light to make it work. I grabbed my mono pod got everything set up to get the photo. A couple of people stopped by to ask it I had car trouble which was nice and I kinda expecting it when I am in the ditch taking photos. With the camera on the mono pod I stopped down the f-stop to f8 so the lost of the 2 f -stops didn't bother me at all. I then set my shutter at 1/60 sec. I usually set everything manually on my camera. Once in a while I will set the camera to Auto to get an idea or in the ball park but then switch back to manual to get the right setting I want.
I snapped this photo and liked it right away, with the time of day and the amount of light I felt really worked well. I did go to the tracks after I shot this and none of them turned out. Bu the time I had gotten their it was way to late. If I had not stopped for this photo I would have gotten nothing.