Infrared Barn

Plenty of infrared light around on this warm summer day.

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Rising Waters

This is the resulting image from my wading into the flooded property to get an image. It was at least two feet deep where I put my tripod and the water was barely moving but when I saw the footbridge behind me go from dry to 6 inches under water in a short time, I made my way to dry land rather quickly..

Path to Higher Ground

It has been quite some time since I shared any stories related to my photography adventures but things got a little dicey this past week, so I thought this was worth sharing. This location was once a private home but the local township purchased it for a public park and many restoration projects have been undertaken to get it back to its former beauty. I went this particular evening to try and capture the newly installed cobblestone walkway and the closer I got to arriving, the more I began noticing the creeks were overflowing?  There is a small creek on this property and as I parked my jeep in a marked space, I could see the creek was well over its banks and had flooded the picnic area on the right but the water was at least  40-50 feet away and it had not rained for hours as far as I knew so I assumed we were going to see the water start to recede?

I gathered my gear, took my shoes off because I had plans to walk through the portion of the driveway that had about a foot and a half of non flowing water covering it. I know the layout here and what to expect with depth, so I made it halfway across the road to the area I wanted to photograph, and set my gear down on the dry wooden bridge that was above the water line. I grabbed my tripod, mounted the camera and extended the tripod legs into the same foot and a half of water and began shooting. I was shooting around 20 minutes there when I looked at the dry bridge and it was now 6 inches under water. That was a real kick start to get back to dry land and the water was up past my shorts now as I walked back out. When I got in sight of my Jeep, the once dry parking area had filled and the water was about 8 inches deep all around my jeep. I still had 4-6 inches till it got to the frame but lets just say we stepped up the pace a bit. There were two passenger cars near me and the water was minutes from their doors. The one gentleman asked me if I was going back in the water to shoot more, and if so he warned me that there were two decent sized water snakes that swam right by his family when they were walking in the water near my location, so that was all I needed to hear.

It turns out they had 6 inches of rain in less than an hour just a few miles away and the runoff was still coming when I assumed the exact opposite. When I arrived here I drove through about 9 inches of standing water but when I left the water was 24-30 inches deep and Even though I was tempted to test the door seals on my jeep, I just could not bring myself to do it, even though it was not moving at all.

Come Sit a Spell

I happened upon these four kids at a small local event and thought it was a good representation of life on the farm in Lancaster county, Pa.  They saw me standing nearby with my camera and just kept staring my way and I knew if I tried to get a shot, they were going to scamper. I patiently waited and not long after another child distracted them by climbing a tree. I think they are siblings but I am not certain.

The Wild Mustang is Ready to Run

A friend on mine bought this 2017 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350, so I told him about a place I thought would make a great background for a photo. This old farm building with its rusting walls and broken windows turned out better than I could have imagined and the owners were very gracious to let us do this shot on their property. This car sits so low that even though the grass only had a few very minor low spots, I was really worried he would bottom out or rip the front splitter right off, but we got it in and out fine. This car has a lot of features for performance, from carbon fiber wheels that are several thousand a piece to replace, to tires that are almost a foot wide, to an engine putting out over 500 horsepower. Never stand behind one when its starting because it will blast your senses as I unwittingly found out.