Almost Missed it!

I had someone reach out to me who enjoys my photos and they asked if I would be interested in shooting something on their property? I said absolutely and stopped by to peruse the options, of which there are numerous choices. The large wreath hanging on the barn has been put up for the holidays for many many years and adds a nice touch to an already picturesque barn. I was here last evening to try and come up with a game plan if we ended up getting snow overnight. We did indeed get several inches overnight and the bonus was it stopped before dawn, so blowing snow was not an issue. So I got here about an hour and a half before sunrise and decided on the angle and then waited for things to improve. Long story short, I shot the image I planned on and one or two others until I could not feel my toes and my fingers were screaming in pain. I gathered everything up, took one step and saw the lady pull in who originally contacted me. Within a minute or so, the fountain in this pond started up and what had been a frozen mess all morning with no hint of a reflection was slowly starting to reveal a mirror image! After it got clear she yelled do you want the fountain off? I replied just give me five minutes to get the shot. In what seemed like just a minute after the fountain turned off, you could see it refreezing quickly and the reflection was starting to disappear. I didn’t have the heart to ask her to turn it on again. After shooting for nearly two hours, this little chance event left me with what might be my favorite from the morning! On another note, My Mac computer seems to have bitten the dust and I am not able to post from home right now so be patient if my response time takes a day or two. The repair place says it is listed as obsolete by Apple, so even though it most likely is a simple part, they are not allowed to even try? I even offered to pay their $100 an hour fee to trouble shoot and they refused? This forced upgrade scheme is really a ripoff in my opinion.

10 responses to “Almost Missed it!

  1. Hi Donald,

    I’ve been following your posts for the last six months and I’m a big fan. I particularly like this latest image of the red barn and the pond so I thought it would be a good time to send you a note. As an avid amateur photographer, I very much appreciate the type of work that you’ve been doing. With this landscape, I think you’ve really nailed it with outstanding light, subject, and composition. In fact, the composition on this one is definitely a “home-run” — the barn and it’s reflection perfectly positioned at the rule-of-thirds intersections, the leading lines of the fence and pond edge that take the viewer’s eye directly to the barn, and finally the tree branches that create a frame within the frame.

    You continually make beautiful landscape scenics in the Lititz area that are amazing. Thank you for sending these images and keep up the great work.

    Joe Marlatt

    On Sat, Jan 8, 2022 at 8:00 AM Donald Reese Photography wrote:

    > reesephoto posted: ” I had someone reach out to me who enjoys my photos > and they asked if I would be interested in shooting something on their > property? I said absolutely and stopped by to peruse the options, of which > there are numerous choices. The large wreath hanging on t” >

    • Hi Joe, I would say your analysis is spot on. Most people only know the image appeals to them but not really what elements make it so. I have been blessed with a good eye for composition, at least that is what I hear quite often. What type of subjects do you shoot? Also I have another shot or two from that locale that might be better so stay tuned.

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