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Spangle Barn at Sunrise



Woke up at 4:30 am, drove 40 miles, trespassed into a wheat field, and climbed a small hill to get this one.

Woke up at 4:30 am, drove 40 miles, trespassed into a wheat field, and climbed a small hill to get this one.
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17 Comments | Report
Robb PRO
 
Robb July 19, 2015
you did well, I'd climb 3 fences to capture this..every inch is expressive...thank you
markaament
 
markaament July 20, 2015
Thanks Robb!
twentytwoimages
 
twentytwoimages August 25, 2015
Amazing shot!! Well done!!
sweetpea72
 
sweetpea72 May 25, 2016
Congrats!! シ
p_eileenbaltz
 
p_eileenbaltz May 25, 2016
Congratulations on your feature. :)
Cecirene Premium
 
Cecirene May 25, 2016
Congrats, Mark!! Well deserved!
McGraw_Eby_Photography
 
McGraw_Eby_Photography May 28, 2016
Beautiful and stunning landscape
Margi
 
Margi June 26, 2016
Beautiful shot! Well worth the trespassing :)
JDLifeshots
 
JDLifeshots July 22, 2016
Amazing capture! Congrats.
Betty_A
 
Betty_A July 22, 2016
Wonderful image. I love the simplicity. Congratulations on your wins and being featured!
geriedwards
 
geriedwards September 22, 2016
All of it is beautiful. Love those tones, layers, composition, everything!
Beegirl
 
Beegirl September 22, 2016
Very Nice capture
lisagallant
 
lisagallant September 01, 2017
Great picture!
madisonyurek
 
madisonyurek January 12, 2018
I love this photo. It feels freeing. If your interested im doing a barn photo challenge too, https:// viewbug.com/challenge/barn-life-photo-challenge-by-madisonyurek
Byronfairphotography PRO+
 
Byronfairphotography March 18, 2018
Absolutely gorgeous / Voted
HotPassHand
 
HotPassHand December 21, 2020
Beautiful. Caught that sun perfectly
RickL PRO+
 
RickL December 24, 2020
Exceptional composition and excellent use of rule of thirds

Behind The Lens

Location
This photo was taken in Spangle Washington. I like to hop in the car and choose a direction and just go for drives. I often mark points of interest on an atlas I keep in my car and return to shoot them during the golden hours. This is what i did with this shot.
Time
4:45 am give or take a few minutes. The sun comes up pretty early in Washington in the summertime and being in the right place at the right moment can often be the difference between a good shot and a great one.
Lighting
Shooting in to direct sunlight can be challenging. Best to have a lens hood to reduce lens flare but sometimes the lens flare can add to the photo. Smaller apertures will produce the starburst effect and having some sort of HDR feature, either on camera or in post processing will allow for both highlight and shadow detail.
Equipment
This was shot with a Nikon D5000 and a 18mm-55mm lens sitting on a tripod.
Inspiration
I love old barns and spend most of my time driving around looking for them. This particular barn is quite old and is coming to the end of it's life. I love the contrast of a new sunrise and day against this old barn. Not sure how many more sunrises this old guy will see.
Editing
This was a 3 shot HDR with a 2 stop difference each way. Photos were stacked and processed in Photomatix with slight custom variations to the enhanced preset and then cropped and straightened in Adobe Lightroom.
In my camera bag
I carry a Nikon D5000 as my main body and although it's not a full frame sensor it can still put out some decent images. Someday I'll have the money to upgrade. I have a 18-55 kit lens that came with the body and a standard 55-200 for my telephoto lens. When I want to get up close I use a Nikkor 85mm micro lens. I have a 8x neutral density filter for long exposures and a circular polarizer filter, a must for any landscape photographer. I also never leave home without my Slik tripod.
Feedback
For good sunrise photos you have to be willing to get up early, often times when it's still dark outside. Scouting your subjects really is helpful as well so you know exactly where you're going instead of driving around and leaving it to chance. I use the sunrise/sunset times and plan on arriving to the scene 30 minutes before the actual event as the sky leading up to it can change by the minute. I use an app on my phone that shows the sun's path around any object which comes in handy. During the shoot it's best to experiment with different apertures as that controls the amount of the starburst effect from the sun. The last thing I'll say is to not be afraid to take chances to get the best shot. In this photo i had to do a bit of trespassing, climb a pretty steep grade through waist high wheat in the mud...it was worth it. Just be careful!

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