My plan was to leave after work on Friday and head down to the Texas coastline near Freeport to shoot the stars and moonrise. I had checked the forecast, surf conditions (high tide or low tide and size of waves) and the time the full moon was to rise. The condition checked out perfect clear skies, sunset at 7:30 and the moonrise at 9:45, with mid tides and waves about 2 feet. I could shoot the stars with no moon for about an hour and then shoot the full moon rising over the ocean. I had planned to use a tent lit up for foreground interest because there is not much of interest on the shoreline. I got out to the site on the beach about an hour before sunset but quickly realized there was too much wind to use the tent. So I walked the beach looking for something to use in the foreground when I came across a large piece of driftwood I thought well I think this will have to do. Walked around the driftwood looking to see what the best angle would be to shoot the driftwood from. Took a few test shots and decided on my best angle. Got my folding chair out sat down, relaxed and wait for sunset. While sitting there I noticed the sky was clear except there where heavy clouds on the horizon and was concerned if they do not move off I will not get the moonrise and might also affect my stars shots. Nothing I could do but wait for darkness and see what I have. The clouds where still on the horizon and blocked maybe a third of the sky. I was disappointed that I was not going to get the shots I was planning on but need to figure out how to get a good shot in the conditions I had. When it was completely dark and the stars where out I shot a few images and was not too impressed. I was shooting out to sea with the driftwood in the foreground but the distant clouds where blocking to much the sky. So I stood there thinking what can I do? I decide to swing the camera around and shoot more of the coastline still with the driftwood in the foreground and maybe this would give a little pizazz to the image. Once I shot the image it looked okay, exposure was correct, stars showed well, driftwood was visible, and you could see the lights from a nearby resort and the oil rig over the horizon. But was not satisfied so I decided to over expose the image see how that would look like. Jackpot! I just love this image. Unfortunately the clouds in the horizon never moved off to be able to get the moonrise. Even though my vision I had plan for shooting this night did not come to fruition I was still able to get a good result. Hey what a way to spend you evening on the beach enjoying the beautiful weather and listening to the waves.
Camera Settings: Focal length 24mm, F7.1, Exposure 30 seconds, ISO 1600