T.A. Moulton Barn

The Thomas Alma (T.A.) Moulton Barn celebrates its 100th Anniversary this year! This famous barn is now a famous landmark in Grand Teton National Park along with the other famous barn belonging to Thomas’ brother, John Moulton. The Thomas Moulton Barn sits along Mormon row where the Moultons and their neighbors first built homesteads. Up until 1961 the family worked the ranch to support themselves and the community.

The 100th Anniversary celebration is this year. Be sure to check out the website. If you love this barn as much as I do, be sure to contribute to the restoration of the barn. It take money to keep the barn in shape due to it’s aging and weathering.  Be sure to visit the website at http://www.themoultonbarn.com

I captured the T.A. Moulton Barn this crisp morning from the left side of the property underneath the trees to give it some framing. There was just enough clouds in the sky to give it some drama but still allow the Teton Mountain range to stand out.

T.A. Moulton Barn
T.A. Moulton Barn – Click to Enlarge/Purchase

Capture Notes:

  • Use a circular polarizer (CPL)  to help give the sky some definition. Be wary using a CPL with lenses wider than 24mm because it creates an uneven pattern in images.
  • For sunrises such as this image I use a Graduated Neutral Density filter to balance the brightness between the upper part of the image where the sun is hitting and the lower part that is not illuminated by the sunlight yet.  This allows the image to be balanced so you can capture the photo in a single exposure. I prefer Singh-Ray filters and use the Lee Filter Kit System to hold the filters in place, which is especially useful for long exposures.  I prefer the Singh-Ray Filters because they don’t leave any unusual color casts like some of the cheaper competitors.  They are worth the money.
  • Use if the tilt-shift lens allowed me to make the barn and mountains look more upright instead of the layed back look you sometimes get with wide angles. It’s the same concept of capturing tall buildings and the tilt-shift allows you to straighten out lines.
  • I also used the tilt-shift lens to shift to the left and to the right and this allowed me to create a perfect 3-shot vertical panorama for this image.
  • This image was done using focus stacking and was the composite of 6 images using Photoshop CS6’s feature of Auto Blending Layers. This allows me to capture the image at a lower aperture and cause less refraction in the image and still have the full image in focus.
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Lens: Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II Tilt-Shift Lens
  • Filter: Singh-Ray 4×6″ Graduated Neutral Density (3-stop) Optical Resin Filter
  • Filter Holder: LEE¤Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4×4″, 4×6″ Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)
  • Adapter Ring: LEE¤Filters Adapter Ring – 82mm – for Wide Angle Lenses
  • ISO: 50
  • Focal Length: 24 mm
  • Aperture: f/8
  • Shutter Speed: 1/4 sec.
  • Post Processing: Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 Software For Mac, Nik Software Color Efex Pro 4

4 thoughts on “T.A. Moulton Barn

  1. Absolutely epic, Rick, one of the best barn shots I’ve seen! Incredible work here, my friend!

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