Two families head home after a sunday visiting with friends.I basically picked this spot,set up my tripod and hoped for the best.These two buggies were the only two that came by while I waited at least 45 minutes. I kept bumping up the iso as the light levels went lower and lower.I ended up at iso 1250 at a 500th second at f5.6 and the ability to freeze any motion was practically gone.
Amish children are very industrious and teamwork is something they know very well.This is a scene I have witnessed many times over the years,with siblings pulling a rope hooked to the push mower. Every time I see the bare feet and the spinning blades,I get a little nervous,but they have it all under control.
This series of images were captured on friday evening in rural Lancaster county.The top image was taken as the pair of balloons slowly drifted across the fields on their way to landing on the road.The second image is my favorite and includes a buggy load of locals who rode up to watch the spectacle and the second deflated balloon is barely visible on the right in that image.The third shot includes some Amish volunteers who stepped forward to help fold the balloons up. A young man who was a tourist came over to me in utter shock to tell me the balloons were actually sitting right on the road,and I said relax,you see stuff like that in the country all the time.I was surprised they waved this truck to come through while they were getting ready to deflate.
This image was taken last evening from a spot I have tried to get lightning shots from several times in the past. This evening was looking like another major let down,and to be honest everything must be just right to get shots like this.You need to have lightning before the rain reaches you,you need lightning to strike where you are pointed,and you need the ambient light to be low enough to see the landscape and yet still have exposure times of eight seconds or longer.Granted you can shoot lightning at shorter times but you will waste an awful lot of frames at 1 second each till you are lucky enough to get one captured.For this shot I put a three stop neutral density on which added several seconds time to my exposure and this image happened during an eight second shot.
A friend called to tell me he was out and had just captured a strike with his new camera and that it was getting real windy where he was,and about thirty seconds later it came through where I was and I was getting a little nervous about the wind knocking the tripod over plus the lightning was getting closer,so I scampered to pack up real quick.
One very interesting thing happened this evening,and that was an Amish man came by on an open horse-drawn cart just as the lightning was picking up,and I heard him coming up the road singing almost a half mile away and he never toned down his singing one bit as he passed me. He had an open hymnal in one hand and the reigns in the other.I would describe the Amish that I have heard singing around here as more of a chant and that is what this man was doing. He looked right at me with a smile as he sang his heart out and let his spirit soar in the middle of farm country.For all I know he could have being singing, Please Lord,let me get home safe tonight. It was one of those moments that I cherish living where I do.
I went out last evening for lightning photos and came home with a rainbow shot.A serious storm blew through with zero lightning strikes but it was close to sunset and I could see the horizon beyond the storm looked relatively clear and I thought to myself the conditions are just right for a rainbow or a great sunset,so I better drive around and see what develops.This rainbow suddenly appeared and was absolutely intense and lasted a good while,but I was not in the best area to take advantage of it but this image with the still glistening road satisfied my quest.The sky and clouds turned absolutely gorgeous after this and I may post one or two in the coming days.
Fourth of July found me sleeping in until my friend Morrie called to tell me about a wonderful display of flags in the town of Lititz. I quickly got dressed and headed there and was very impressed with the patriotic display that I found at the Moravian church in town.As I was snapping a few photos,the caretaker stopped to make sure the flags were not laying over and straighten those that needed attention,and he told me there were actually 1,776 flags meticulously lined up across the lawn.With his efforts and the help of local boy scouts, the scene was certainly worthy of photographing and a thank you to everyone who put forth the effort.When I first got there all I did was complain how breezy it was but after seeing how the flags were stretching out,I quickly was grateful for the breeze. Countless folks were snapping photos of this amazing scene.
I spotted this group of what I think are mules in a field recently and as I was getting out of the car,the one decided to take a dirt bath,which might be for the flies? This one mule did this three more times but the others lost interest after this initial shot and moved out of the photo. It was funny to see all the maneuvering on his back and the dust cloud it created.
Colorful fishing boats are lined up at the dock in this rural scene taken in Nova Scotia. The Church was the finishing touch to my composition on this dreary day.The one thing that still sticks in my mind is how friendly everyone was in Nova Scotia.I stopped a few places to shoot photos and folks who lived there would offer me the chance to roam around their property to get more shots.Some had little coves with boats and it was a very unique experience.
This little guy is barely two feet tall and seems to be mimicking his mothers movements.Put a tiny saddle on him and find a monkey as a jockey and he could possibly win the triple crown for cuteness. Don’t let his small size fool you ,he is a little stick of dynamite just ready to explode across the pasture.
Once again I was lucky enough to hear about the E-M-F car club taking a road trip through my area. One of their stops included this location which includes a covered bridge and I was lucky enough to get this image featuring the red 1911 White parked in the foreground and the green 1909 Locomobile coming through the bridge. E-M-F vehicles are early 1900s vehicles built by Byron Everitt, William Metzger, and Walter Flanders.These unique vehicles are a treat to look at with all their detail and they harken back to a simpler time.
I have been a bit slow on the photo front these days and part of that is trying to keep our property looking good. I spent some time building these posts and the birdhouses that are mounted on them.One is a regular little village for our feathered friends,and some birds have been checking it out, and the one with the fancy black finials has no holes for birds to enter and is more decorative than functional and the black decoration around the copper pieces are actually dresser drawer handles that we had laying around.Making a round bird house is more tricky than the basic ones and I used funnels for the roof on those. Not really great photos,but I had fun building them and thought I would share the results.
Sunset over Colter Bay in Wyoming features silhouetted trees and majestic mountains.I remember this day well because I left my Gitzo tripod sitting at a parking area and realized the mistake five miles down the road,and was doing over a hundred miles on hour on the highway to get back to it before it was taken. Amazingly enough it was still there.