The Maintenance Shed


In the quaint town of Lititz,Pa, even the park maintenance building looks attractive contrasting with the fall color.Yesterdays post included the crew cleaning up this area just one day after this was shot.They have their hands full keeping up with that task.

A Ray of Sunshine


These hard-working men help clean up the local community parks fallen leaves using blowers on wheels. The tree on the right will actually be included in my post tomorrow showing this scene just the day before they cleaned up. Thank goodness I got my shot a day earlier. The dust kicked up helped catch the sunlight for this very cool result.

A Divine Evening


This scene is located in the quaint town of Lititz ,Pa and features a home that used to be a church. The autumn leaves were simply stunning as they covered the sidewalk and steps and the addition of lanterns really rounded out the shot.The owners were very gracious in letting me shoot this image and gladly turned on the light inside the stained glass area to help illuminate it.I saw this shot in the morning and could not stop worrying that the leaves were going to get cleaned up before I returned at dusk. I actually had two tripods set up,with one holding an umbrella over my camera while I lit the scene in the rain. The nice thing with the rain was the leaves were full of rich color from being soaked. of special note,the blue on the right is the sky,while the blue on the left is the roof reflecting night sky color

K-9 Trick or Treaters


This local Animal Hospital is a real jewel in the downtown business district where it is located and I always seem to be drawn to glance at it as I pass by. The tasteful sign,cool colors and intricate woodwork all team up to create a rather inviting facade for pet lovers bringing their four-legged family members for a checkup. When I first stopped to ask if they minded me doing a shot, I noticed the interior included a bunch of stuffed animal dogs dressed up for Halloween,and the display was awesome in the window,but I could not see them from the angle outside. I asked how crazy it would be to place a couple outside the entrance to include in the shot and they gladly obliged.As usual there is always something to complicate the shoot and for this one I had two issues. The first was a street light that came on and caused a terrible red cast and the second issue I had was my tablet switched the file format from raw to jpg somewhere in the middle of my shoot. Raw allows color balance adjustments that jpg can’t match,plus the file sizes are totally different, so even though I had some great lighting effects on a bunch of frames,they were worthless as jpgs,so they got deleted as unusable. Some of the best interior shots I captured near the end of the shoot were trash because of this issue.What is frustrating is the fact that it happens randomly and unless I look at every filename while shooting,it is hard to catch.

Warm Porch,Cool Home


This inviting Victorian Home sits on the corner in a small rural town, and because the road is literally right behind me, it is a real challenge to shoot. I decided the fall foliage would make a nice accent and the owners were very agreeable to let me do a shot but for some reason things were not flowing smoothly this night. I arrived before dusk and as I started to prepare,I realized my tablet was sitting at home and without that,doing light painting is a real challenge logistically, so I rushed home to get it. I got back in time to get a base exposure and after twenty minutes of shooting,I noticed my tablet had changed my quality setting from raw to jpeg, which is a disaster,so I changed that and tried to redo what I could to get the shot. All in all it worked out,but I get frustrated when the equipment throws a wrench in things. The owners have a neat old barn out back with lights in the cupolas that I hope to capture this winter maybe. I like when the lights are on inside and the windows upstairs in the front were dark for practically the entire shoot and all of a sudden someone went upstairs and for about a minute they were on and I quickly captured them and I think they really add to the shot and the same goes for the little shed on the right and for that I simply blasted my flash into the inside to light it up..

Glorious Autumn Evening


This old homestead is an absolute treat to photograph because the owners not only have a beautiful property,but they know how to decorate to take it to the next level. From the lit hanging star, to the figures on the porch, to the nicely appointed sleigh,everything works in harmony in this lovely setting. You feel like you stepped into another time and place and hopefully I can do something with a fresh snow when winter arrives.