Historical Society


This was actually a test run for a shot I hope to do this winter with full snow coverage.It is the local historical society grounds,and I recently spoke with them to see if they had any interest in adding some holiday decorations such as a nice wreath on the door to spice up the shot and I want to bring luminaries for the sidewalk on the left.  My first impression is they might be up for it. I will share a little information about the shot so everyone can understand the effort involved. First my camera was mounted on a pipe attached to a 6 foot ladder,so my camera is about nine feet off the ground so I could position the clock in the center of the main building and be close to parallel.Next I used my flashlight to spotlight the wall behind the clock to add some interest, and then I lit the lantern on the wall with my flashlight and the area surrounding it as well as the tree on the left. Things that complicate a shot like this are the brightness of the clock face which quickly overwhelms the scene at longer exposures,so you need to capture that early in the shot before it gets too dark,and there are street lights that have a terrible red cast that becomes hard to work around. Below is a visual in case anyone wants to try this crazy idea. I mounted a board to the ladder top,then a pipe fitting to that so the pipe can thread into the top. Lastly I used a bogen head and clamp to get my camera to be able to articulate however needed and it can go up or down along the pipe. The things on the camera are a wireless transmitter to fire it and a camranger to send a wifi signal to my tablet.

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10 responses to “Historical Society

  1. There are obviously more ways than one to make a fantastic image. I love your passion and understand everything that goes into this creative outlet.

    I’ve heard that some people actually take handheld pictures with their camera, some using Auto, some without a ladder, and some don’t even shoot RAW.

    That’s like buying frozen turkey……uh…….

    • Say it isn’t so. Handheld? I shoot raw for the extra control of color that it yields,which can be very tricky with funky light mixes. I like to make things as complicated as possible for myself. thats how I get exercise by hauling all this extra stuff around.

  2. Hi, Don.

    Fantastic idea. If you need somebody to hold your ladder — or whatever — when you’re getting ready to take the photo, let me know. Second Monday evenings of the month are out for me because of borough council meetings. Any other time is fine.

    Cynthia and Lowell — Do we have a wreath and/or other decorations we can use? I’ll be happy to shop for items if we don’t have any handy. Is anybody planning a decorating party this year? If so, I’d like to take photos for the newsletter

    Dick W.


    • Thanks. will check in to see if anything gets organized.I think a nice size wreath with colorful balls and ribbon on the door and a nice swag around the door area would be gorgeous. heck even some white lights on the bushes in front would be nice.

  3. We have two wreaths in the print shop that would be available and maybe we can hang on to some greens from the open house next Sunday. It looks like they got the candles working in the windows. I’m sure Jeff and/or I would be glad to provide anything else you need. Do I see next year’s Christmas Card in the works???

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