This lane runs between two country roads and is a public access. I was heading through when I came across this group just talking on a sunday evening. After no movement to let me through,I leaned out the window to get a shot and that motivated them to clear the path.
This image was taken two minutes after I shot the photo of the Amish boys I posted yesterday. The Amish love their volleyball and many are actually quite good. I have played competitively in the past and I see their skills at setting, hitting, and passing and it is impressive. When I parked to get the teens on the road yesterday, others were playing volleyball about 75 yards away in a field. As the sun got lower on the horizon, it slowly started to lose intensity, which I was waiting for to get some shots. I noticed they just finished a game and were slapping hands after the game,so I snapped a quick shot as a test for exposure. As soon as they walked off the court,they took the net down and that was it. Thankfully I got this image.
I have always felt my photography has a guiding hand helping me because sometimes I just can’t believe what I am blessed to find on my travels. I headed out a week or so ago to shoot nasty storms and even though they never materialized, I was fortunate enough to find a few Amish teens on the back roads. The group shown here were standing along the road and when I passed the girls yelled something, so I figured they were in a good mood, so I continued up the road and parked and hoped they would eventually head my way. It was not long till the guys headed my way and as they got within range of my longer lens, they spontaneously put their arms around each other and seemed unfazed by my presence. My 400mm lens is rather slow and it was getting dark,so out of 8 shots,I thankfully had two keepers. I never noticed when I was shooting these but the guy in the white shirt is wearing a belt made of real daisy flowers. It was one of those evenings driving around that I will always remember and reminds me why I love Amish country and the gift of photography that I am blessed to have.