The Majestic Waterfall

Where I live, I am lucky enough to have an amazing park just a few miles away.  The name of the park is Ohiopyle State Park.  If you have ever been there you will agree that it is a beautiful place.  There are several waterfalls, bike trails, hiking trails, and places to relax and enjoy the weather.  Todays photo is of the main falls, which at one time had a mill built on it where the local farmers could get their grain ground.

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Psychedelic Fireworks

Well since last night post about fireworks was so popular I thought that I would share some more interesting photos of fireworks.  Some of these were accomplished by hand holding the camera and moving it around while taking a long exposure.

Hope you enjoy and if we all keep thinking “WARM” spring might just come early.

Out for a Ride

As I sit here and glance over at the thermometer it currently reads 25 degrees and falling.  So continuing with the “I wish it was warmer” theme.  I’m posting a photo I took this past summer in Ohiopyle State Park.  For this shot I used a D300 and a fisheye lens.  I then made adjustments in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop.

So here’s to warmer weather, bicycle rides, and relaxing in the sun.

Out for a Ride

Recreation of a Poster

So if your sitting around in the cold this winter and looking for something to do why not try and recreate a movie poster.  This shot is one that I did a couple of years ago for a project for one of the clubs that I belong to.  The assignment was to recreate a movie or book cover.  I chose to recreate the Schindler’s List movie poster.  For this shot I used a wall for a background and lit the subject with one of my studio lights.  I then overlaid the text, which is the actual names from the list, and combined everything into this recreation.

Do you think you can recreate a movie or book cover?

schindler

Birds of a Feather

Well once agin the temperature in in the teens and tomorrow will be no exception.  So I got to thinking what can one do to feel like its warm and tropical yet not spend a small fortune on a plane ticket to Fiji?  Well in Pittsburgh (current temperature 16 degrees F) you could visit the National Aviary.  It’s a really cool place to visit and see some really amazing birds up close and personal.  I visit the aviary every year in the winter months as it is fairy warm and it gives you a chance to get out and take some photos on one of those cold winter days.

Below are a few of the photos I have taken at the aviary.  Hope you enjoy!

Eagle Flamingo Taking Off Yellow Bird

As the Lightning Strikes…

Recently on my way home I was watching an approaching storm.  The more I watched the storm the more I became interested in photographing the lightning.  I thought for a bit and then remembered a great place where I could get on the top of a hill and get a good view of the storm.  In all the years I have been taking photos this is the first real attempt at lightning and I was pretty surprised at the results.  I know after this experience I will be watching for more opportunities to photograph lightning in the future.  I hope you enjoy these three photos.