While out driving around,I took notice of these farm buildings framing the farm in the distance and knew with a little patience,an Amish buggy would be the perfect complement to complete the shot.
I found a new favorite composition while out in Amish country and hope this is just the start of great shots to come. I really liked the way the barns on each side of the road framed the barn in the distance plus the winding road going through the shot. I set my tripod up and used my wifi Camranger and tablet to shoot remotely from my truck to get this. I particularly like the contrast between the colorful trio of Amish on the right and the conservative tones worn by those on the left. The girl on the left buggy is turned away from the other buggy,almost like she disapproves but that is merely conjecture and probably totally wrong on my part,and she might have seen my camera and decided to look away.
We live along a rail trail in our town and I have what is known as the Gnome village that I created for children of all ages to inspire their imagination. In the next town along the trail, a local artist has also taken the time to add his artistic touches to an old building that was being vandalized regularly. Artist Shaun Hogarth was tired of seeing the beauty of the trail ruined by a careless few,so he has been creating masterpieces like this whenever he gets permission from the property owner. The trail is quickly becoming a favorite place to hike,bike and spend time with family enjoying the beauty along the way.
The quaint little town of Intercourse,Pa is considered by many as ground zero for tourists visiting Lancaster county and wishing to get a glimpse of the local Amish community. I personally consider the area around Intercourse to be among my favorite local destinations when I want to photograph local scenes. This quilt shop is located right in the heart of town and has been on my mind to shoot for a little while. I was actually out chasing storms and having no luck with the skies, so as I headed through town here,I decided to swing in and see what it looked like. Almost instantly I noticed the slate sidewalk was all wet from the storm and was reflecting lovely color from the lights. The icing on the cake was the multiple windows with illumination inside and the warm feeling they provided. I think they must use the upstairs as a B&B because all the shops were closed and there was a lot of activity in the rooms.
When you visit Lancaster county and you traverse the many quiet country roads, you usually don’t have to go too far till you get behind some piece of farm equipment heading to a field. This behemoth caught my eye because the cars looked like toys as they lined up behind it. Around here, this might be considered congestion.
This youngster appeared to be diagnosing engine trouble on this tractor as I drove by. Till I turned around to get a shot,he was already on the other side, so either he knew what he was doing or was playing the role perfectly. He had to be around 8-10 years old but already he was ready to fill pops shoes.
This shot is another good example of being in the right place at the right moment. I was driving around a while and not seeing much worth capturing and as I came down this back road, there was a large group of Amish playing volleyball. I usually have to make quick decisions on whether I am going to try a shot or not and in this instance a volleyball came bouncing across the road in front of me as I approached. I stopped my vehicle to let them retrieve the ball and in doing so all attention was on me in my truck. Needless to say I did not shoot the group staring at me, but as I pulled away I noticed the same property had a driveway up ahead and it looked like a couple of kids were riding something and heading up toward the road. I readied the camera and managed to focus and get a few frames off before they headed back down the drive. These Amish kids were riding the neatest little ponies on wheels and for all I know they were built by the parents. Had it not been for that volleyball crossing the road and me stopping,these kids would have been nowhere within range to get these images. The Amish are generally very private ,so I find it very rewarding to be able to find unique images and capture what I feel are little glimpses into their lives.