365 Photo Project - Day 42 - Casting Shadows

Day 42 - Casting Shadows

As with many photos from this project, I drive past this area everyday on my commute home and wanted to take a photo there. However, I wanted to take the picture facing the other way and try and catch a train going by on the rail with a long exposure. But when I actually got to the spot, it just didn't seem as magical.

And while I didn't find this little building particularly satisfying, the light cast shadows in the grass that is typically reserved for first light or for sunset, when the sun is close to the horizon.

Today's photo is actually HDR, it is a composite of 3 images in order to gain the full dynamic range of what a person might actually see. The exposures each had different shutter speeds in order to properly expose various parts of the image. I had one shot that was drastically underexposed, allowing me to capture the full color of the bright sunset sky, another was exposed correctly, to capture the building and the mid ground, and the final was vastly over exposed, in order to catch the full texture of the grass without silhouetting the entire field due to the light on the building.

You can view high resolution images on my flickr.


  • Camera: Nikon D5000
  • Lens: Kit 18-55mm
  • Focal Length: 18mm
  • Aperture: f8
  • Shutter: 1/10 sec, 1.3 sec, and 6 sec
  • ISO: 400