Wreckers from the Past

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These old tow trucks sit in a lot slowly rusting away, and after driving by them numerous times I decided to stop and ask to shoot them. The owner said I was not the first one to stop and he gladly agreed to let me snap a shot. The color version was done with my spotlight after it was pretty dark and the other was done with my infrared camera. The color shot took maybe twelve different exposures with the light till I got the whole truck lit.I would rather do 3-10 second exposures than 1-30 second exposure because if I mess up with the light I hate waiting thirty seconds till I see the error. These old classics probably have many stories they could tell of coming to the aid of many a motorist over the years.

A Warm Seat Awaits

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Actually a warm seat awaits across the street at the Tomato Pie Cafe in downtown Lititz ,Pa. I photographed this ice sculpture yesterday and thanks to a stretch of bitter weather, it is still hanging around from last weekends fire and ice festival. The cafe recently added sunday hours and judging by all the footprints in the snow,it seems half the town was headed there. I light painted the scene to add some texture to the snow on an otherwise overcast and flat light morning. I would have preferred fresh untouched snow but folks must have been out and about saturday night leaving all the tracks so it works for a cool shot. This was the first day temperatures climbed to the freezing mark and seemed downright balmy while I shot this.

The Park Bench

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Might be a bit cold to sit and enjoy the park in Lititz,Pa right now, but this was a great photo spot during the lititz fire and ice festival to sit with friends for a snapshot.The colors in the ice come from playground equipment behind the ice sculpture.

Cross Your Heart

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Another ice sculpture from the Lititz fire and ice festival this past weekend. This particular one was located in front of the post office and despite my complaining over the brutal temperatures,the upside was there was no one else out to get in my way while I did the photo. Brutal cold just makes the whole process more complicated,from batteries that die too quickly to tripods that are harder to operate to fingers that hurt so bad you almost want to scream,but you push on because you love the experience. I guarantee every time I see this image, I will instantly remember the whole experience including the bitter cold.