Springtime fun for everyone!

Hey all,
I have been super busy working the Carnival at my firehouse this week. The carnival started on Tuesday and runs through Memorial Day. The weather has been nice and we have been entertaining the community all week. When the sun was setting last night, I couldn’t help but grab my camera and snap a shot of the ferris wheel. Just after sunset the sky turned a deep blue making it a perfect backdrop for the shot…

The photographic landscape

Jenn & I spend a good deal of time working in the yard to keep it nice. It is our own little sanctuary in the mornings during the spring, summer & fall and the bonus is I can use it for a backdrop when photographing the family. While we were up at Todd & Aimee’s this weekend, I took some shots of the kids out in their backyard (previous post). Todd & Aimee have done a great job on their yard as well and it too is a great photographic backdrop. It almost looks like an outdoor studio that was designed for doing portraits. Some yards have it and some don’t. Todd & Aimee’s definitely has it. Here is a quick HDR shot just a small portion of the landscape…

Is it Monday already?!

This weekend kept us pretty busy to say the least. Friday night I was covering as the Officer on the Engine at my firehouse. Saturday we had a company drill which was scheduled to happen rain or shine. Saturday evening we were heading to the Kenny Chesney Concert at the M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore (you can read about that on my wife’s blog here). Sunday we were off to Jenn’s brother’s house for a Mothers Day cookout. Talk about busy! With all of this going on, I still managed to snap some shots as the weekend just flew by.
Here are a few shots from the weekend…





Catching up…

Work is piling up leaving less time for play. It is already becoming difficult to sit down and write out an entry to keep everyone up to date. Nevertheless, here I am with the latest…
This past weekend I took a trip to PA to visit my parents. The weather was great so on Sunday morning I got the bug and needed to get out and snap a few shots. I got directions from my brother on one of the covered bridges in the area. It had been a long time since I wandered out to some of these places so I needed a refresher. After asking the boys if they were interested and getting that all too familiar look of – why would I want to go with you and take pictures of a bridge – My father, Jenn and I set out on our expedition.

We arrived at Knecht’s Bridge in about 25 minutes and I immediately got to work. The bridge is in phenomenal shape for something that was built in the 1800’s. The County obviously does a good job (if that’s who is responsible) with the upkeep. I shot the bridge from both sides, did some HDR captures nearly every time I set my tripod up and even took in a couple of Panoramics as seen here. The HDR stuff is a work in progress so give me some time on that. There are no trespassing signs all over the place marking the fields on both sides of the bridge. While we were there, we noticed a young man cutting the grass on a tractor in the field adjacent to the bridge. I figured he was related to the owner so I approached him and explained that I was there to get some pics of the bridge, kindly asking for permission to go out into the field past the signs. He obliged and even came down to open the gate for us, which is when I took the panoramic shots. All the while Jenn telling me to hurry up, because we didn’t want to keep him from his yard work. As it turns out, Michael worked for the owners taking care of the area while attending school at a local college. Many thanks to Michael for hooking us up! And for all of you photographers out there….it is always better to ask for permission instead of begging for forgiveness when it comes to trespassing on other someones land (not to mention it is a far better way to keep from being shot at).

On the way home, I needed to fill up my wife’s gas guzzling truck in preparation for the trip home. While driving through town I noticed an couple of old and rusty rail road cars sitting on the tracks. After getting gas we stopped by there to fill up the rest of the space on my memory cards. When I have some extra time, I will finish processing the rest of the shots and get some more posted. Until then…