This image was taken on a recent foggy morning at a church that had this carving done from an old dead tree. The sun was starting to burn through but was still subdued enough to not blow out. I had to light the angel with flash to avoid it being a complete silhouette. the difference in the suns size in the two images comes from choosing different lens focal lengths.
This is one small section of the spectacular gingerbread display that was done by RLPS architects of Lancaster. This years theme was ”The Adirondacks”, and there was countless amazing creations done by the employees. Each year they open the display to the public on certain nights and it is always a big hit with both young and old.
This gorgeous room welcomes visitors to experience a Victorian Christmas and the detail was simply amazing. I photographed the exterior in the fall and as I spoke to the owners, I mentioned I do a lot of photographing around Christmas and she told me she hosts a drop in every year for neighbors and friends and usually has around eight trees decorated throughout the house. That’s all I needed to hear and consequently they invited me in to do a shot of my choosing. I quickly settled on this room because the lovely wooden alcove with the tree and windows made such a great statement. This home is located in a tiny little town but the original owners built such a special home that includes features like this that one rarely sees anymore and the current owners have done an outstanding job in their care of it. Special thanks to the Martin family for allowing me to capture this setting and the homemade cookies.
This winter has been a huge let down and temperatures have been in the sixties a lot of the time,which is ridiculous but I have been taking advantage of the warm rainy nights when I get the chance. You have no idea how tricky it is to do a shot like this when the road in the foreground has a constant barrage of cars going by. I had my camera on a tripod,another tripod was holding an umbrella over my camera and I was across the street lighting the scene. The hard part is not being able to see the cars passing by till the exposure is already started because the house was in the way,and shooting at between 2 and 6 seconds means you have to get real lucky to find a break in the traffic that long. There was many times when cars were lined up the length of a football field and I had to hope no one would be brave enough to try and take my camera from the sidewalk, so I had to be on my toes throughout the shoot. For anyone who shoots in the rain, I have found using the clear photo sleeves used to display matted prints works well to protect my tablet and flash from wet weather. I wear a rain coat and find an umbrella causes too many problems with trying to operate the tablet and the flash,so I just cover the equipment instead. For me, the rainy reflection just takes this image to the next level. The tree on the left was a bit of an issue compositionally so I cropped the house slightly but I think it urned out to be a very cool shot.