Just flew in from my European photo trip and boy are my arms tired. I have been busy shooting scenes revolving around Christmas but have been too busy to post stuff so even though we are heading into the new year, plan on seeing my Christmas images for a little while. Many of you may know where this is.
I saw someone mention on Facebook that somebody had hung a set of Moravian stars in a local covered bridge for Christmas and I knew I had to check them out. I shot this at dusk with my tripod set right at the corner of the entrance and I also brought my candles along that resemble luminaries to give the shot a little more ambiance. They are led candles and there is no heat or danger involved which is so much better than trying a shot like this with anything involving a flame as should be pretty obvious in such a structure. The most difficult problem was the stars were hanging by thin wire and they would spin even in the lightest air movement. I tried two solutions, the first was watching the stars spin, then they would pause and spin the opposite way so if you timed it right, you could get them fairly blur free. The second way was to hit each star with a shot of flash which froze them no matter how they were moving. The bottom photo was taken at sunrise and they had no lights on inside them, but at dusk there were several that lit up, so it almost seemed they had some kind of timer on them because it was dark in the morning just like at night.
One of my 2018 Lititz Christmas images featuring the Rolex clock located at the park entrance. This was taken using my ladder and pole setup which can put the camera anywhere from 7-20 feet up in the air to get shots like this. At this height I use live view on my tablet to get the camera framing just right by spinning and raising the pole till it is exactly where I want.