I found a little time to capture some of the festive holiday windows in downtown Lititz, Pa and I will be sharing them through the end of the year. The first images feature Zest, a local shop that specializes in premium herbs and spices, as well as kitchen related home goods. They are one of several stores I can count on year to year to deliver a great window. I spoke briefly with the owner who told me the featured girl in the window was found at a large convention she attends. I tried to find the artist online but to no avail. I couldn’t muster the courage to ask what it cost but it was very well done.
This image was taken last week as I headed home from work and it was one of the nicer sunsets I have seen in a while! As I pulled the company car into the work garage at the end of the day, I began to notice a few clouds starting to get a little color, but then I also noticed the horizon was perfectly clear and I felt there was a very distinct possibility that this was going to get good! I went back into work to tell a co-worker who enjoys photography that I hoped he had his camera along because the sky was about to light up! In less than five minutes the dull sky did a complete 360 and put on a dazzling show. My co-worker unfortunately did not have his camera and I eventually realized my tripod was not in my vehicle because I cleaned stuff out the day before and took it inside! Hand holding got me this image but it is fairly noisy because it was a very contrasty shot with the farm in deep shadow and the clouds blasted by the sun, so bringing out the shadows resulted in more noise than I usually like. Normally I would shoot maybe three to five frames to capture highlights and shadows and having to stretch a single file for the entire range means somethings got to give.
Well this is the winning image from my second series of fall photos. There are a lot of beautiful trees to be found in the fall, but the vivid yellow Gingko is one that is hard to beat. I was basically shooting into the sun so I chose to set up using the tree branches to block the sun and within a minute the sun moved just where I planned it would so you could just see it between those two large branches. Any other way and there would have been terrible flare which would just destroy all the detail in this scene
This old farmhouse is home to a wonderful family that is always happy to allow me to shoot whatever I think will make a nice image. I just happened to drive by in the afternoon and the leaves were perfect but falling fast so I knew that evening was going to be it. Between the warm candles in the windows to the porch lights and even the kitchen window on the right, their warmth contrasted nicely with the enveloping cold blue of nightfall. One thing I found funny was the homeowner came out as I was setting up and asked if I wanted lights turned on, which surprised me, but then she told me she sees my comments on my blog about wanting lights on and then it all made sense.
Red maples shimmer in the calm waters of a local stream. The home just beyond the trees had a front row seat to the fall spectacle. This image and tomorrow’s image are both from the same property which is set in a gorgeous country location.
This home in all it’s autumn splendor caught my eye the night before and I knew with expected high wind in the forecast that it wouldn’t last much longer. I showed up early in the morning and the lights were off so I shot a few frames and all of a sudden the lights came on. I noticed the homeowner at the door so I bolted up to let her know I was doing fall foliage. I asked if she would mind turning the porch lanterns on and she said sure. I was all excited knowing it was coming together when all of a sudden the lights went out. I think we had a slight miscommunication on the lights but I had already captured them so it all worked out. What you can’t see are a solid line of cars in the rain behind me heading to work on a busy local road.