I visited a long time friend this past week who lives in Manheim,PA and when I drove through the town square I was struck by how charming it was so I decided I needed to come back and try and get a shot before everything got taken down. The bottom image was my first attempt and was taken the next evening after my visit and to be honest I thought this would be it. That all changed when I was heading out and looked back to see the top image in my rear view mirror. I knew it was supposed to continue raining all night and through the morning so I set the alarm for 5:30 am and headed over hoping that morning traffic would not make it impossible to get the shot. If you look at the top image, you can imagine what having one car parked in the foreground would do to the shot. All the reflections in the wet street would be blocked, so when I saw it was clear I quickly got set up and started shooting so I would have something at least. To my surprise no one parked in front and before long the black sky started to brighten as daybreak inched closer and the shot I envisioned came to life. I hate pitch black skies and if I had shot in the dark, you would not even see the trees that stand out against the blue sky. For the bottom image I used a polarizer to cut glare on the wet brick and because of that the reflection of the tree really popped against the backlit brick. Maybe next year I can get lucky and have a snowy version of the square. Here’s wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
Very pretty. Happy New Year!
Lovely post, Don, and gorgeous shots! Happy New Year to you! Best, Rob 🙏 📷
thanks Rob, hope 2020 is a banner year for your photography.
And for you too, Don. Thank you! Very best, Rob 🙏 📷
Worth the early start with thanks to you for showing us the beauty of such photos of lovely places.
thanks for your comments.
Both shots are great. So colorful!
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Beautiful ending for the year! I can’t wait to enjoy your 2020 photography.
thank you Harriet. hopefully I can keep em coming in 2020
Thank you for your patience and hard work to get these lovely pictures. I remember you love the “wet look” . Have a blessed New Year!
Thank you, rain adds an extra element for details to appear.
Thank you so much for the beautiful photos of my hometown square. Even though this was a scene I saw every year growing up and loved so much, I have never taken a picture of it. You captured it perfectly and the rain added even more beauty. I can’t wait to show my sons and my best friend how Manheim looked at Christmas. What a wonderful Christmas present you have given me ! I wish you a happy and healthy New Year!
Thank you Judy. I am glad I saw it before they took everything down, but it will stay on my radar for next year.
Happy new year ⭐