Once again, I found myself getting up early to shoot the sunrise… someplace. But, where? I could not think of anyplace spectacular that I wanted to go to on a spur of the moment drive and eventually decided that I would visit my favorite location, the Carriage Hill Farm.
After loading the car and a short drive, I arrived and set up to shoot the barn in the twilight. And then it hit me, I had no idea how to go about manually focusing in such dim light. My camera has an electronic view finder, not the traditional optical view finder. I just couldn't see the image through the view finder well enough to focus. I then switched to the 2.75 inch LCD screen on the back of the camera. Still no good results, I just couldn't see well enough. I then switched to auto focus and zoomed out until the roof line along the barn's roof line became defined enough for the camera's auto focus. Not the perfect solution but, it worked well enough to take this shot.
The lesson learned was that I need to practice focusing in low light conditions until I find a process that workes for me. I'll let you know when I find a good way to get sharp images in very dim conditions.