Anyone that has photographed with me knows that creeks and streams are a passion of mine! I can spend hours upon hours photographing the streams as it meanders over the rocks. More than half the time you’ll find me in the middle of the creek as I find that being in the middle allows me to capture a more dynamic image and perspective. Water is something that gives me spiritual refreshment. The sounds are very meditative and relaxing, and it helps me to find my harmony.
I think that’s one reason I truly enjoy working in the GSMNP because it has some of the most pristine streams with truly intimate settings.
I always hear the statement ”being in the right place at the right time is key” and let me tell you, I believe that to a certain extent. But being in the right place at the right time won’t do you any good if you’re not prepared with the knowledge and skill-set to capture what is in front of you. I’ve spent many years honing my craft and feel very comfortable when presented with an amazing scene! I pre-visualize my image and know exactly what camera settings I need to use to create that pre-visualization. I know what lens and tools I need to create my image.
So my parting words of wisdom are “knowledge is key”. Spend the time to truly lean the craft so when you are presented with an amazing gift you’ll know exactly how to capture it…
I live a blessed life! I hear many people say “wow you’re living the dream” and let me tell you… they’re right! I’m fortunate to have a great family and friends that are always supportive. My wife is awesome, my daughter lives up the street and I see her almost everyday. My stepdaughter and grand-kids visit often. I have a job that I love and I work with my son! It really doesn’t get much better than that 😊
I wanted to help promote a free, open to the public, “Lancastergram Photo Walk” that my son, Zach Heaton is running on September 12th. Make sure you come out to be part of this fun event! The group will be touring historic downtown Lancaster, PA and capturing a few street images as they go. I personally love street shooting, although I don’t get to do it as often as I would like but when I do I always come home with a few solid images. Here are the details for the Photo Walk:
~Lancaster City Photo Walk~
Come join us on a Photo Walk through Lancaster Old City! I will be hosting a Lancaster City Photo Walk on September 12th, 2015 from 8am -10am. Meeting at the Lancaster Central Market at 23 N Market St, Lancaster PA. The Group will be taking off at 8:00AM sharp!
Don’t miss out!! If you capture the best image during the walk you will win a Gitzo Basalt Tripod! Also make sure you Go Follow the sponsors on Instagram!! @Gitzoinspires @Edheaton
Creating a successful image is when you can capture mood and atmosphere of a scene and convey to the viewer what you are seeing and feeling at the moment you create the image. So communicating your feelings and mood requires you, the photographer, to answer a few questions. Do I want the scene a little darker creating a mystical mood or do I want to shoot the image as the meter indicates crafting a more neutral image? Then there’s how much depth of field do I want? There are many variables that go into creating a solid and successful image and those are just a couple. When we arrived on the scene (Tremont in the Great Smoky Mountains) the first thing that caught my attention was the fog and how it was drifting along the river, so naturally I opted to shoot this image slightly on the darker or underexposed side hoping to illustrate the ambiance.
For most photographers including myself, the best time to shoot is during the golden hours. You know, right around sunrise or sunset when the sky is full of magic.
However, twilight is another favorite time of mine. During this time the sky still has plenty of rich colors but there is no longer any direct light. You’ll be surprised how much color there really is in the sky during twilight since a camera’s sensor can pick up more light than we are able to see with our eyes (long exposures).
Here’s a good example of a twilight image of the Organic Mill here in Atglen. The trick to shooting good twilight images is being able to balance the ambient light (natural light) and artificial light coming from the buildings.
This image of the Amish Girls is from the rainy Gordonville Mud Sale that was held a couple of weeks ago. I wanted to capture the mood and show how the rain played a huge part in setting the feeling of this image.
This image almost slipped through the cracks. I wanted to share it before we got too far past the snowy season. While driving around during our last snow storm, I came upon a small creek and thought what a great scene with the falling snow. I positioned myself as close to the creek as I could and chose a low angle to have the creek use two thirds of the frame.
Here’s my rant for the week, “Daylight Savings Time”
The idea behind daylight savings time is to cut back on residential electricity use, which is according to researchers, heaviest at night. By moving the clocks forward in the spring, human activity would start and end earlier, and when people return to their still-sunny houses after work, they wouldn’t need to turn on the lights until an hour later than normal. The result? Energy savings.
However, research has found DST did reduce energy use in the evenings. But it boosted energy usage in the mornings, essentially cancelling all the savings.
It’s certainly a cold Saturday morning with our temps hitting -5 (brrrr).
Well, this past Thursday we had the biggest snowstorm of the season with our snow totals reaching 9 inches here in Atglen. Now for us, this is quite a bit of snow at one time and as a photographer who likes snow, I was chomping at the bit to get out in it. It’s a little easier for me to get out than a lot of folks because I have a four wheel drive (Toyota FJ Cruiser) and I honestly can’t say enough good things about its four-wheel-drive capability. (It’s a beast)
Snow provides that extra element to photograph and turns the blah winter scenery into a winter wonderland filled with photographic opportunities!
Enjoy what mother nature gives you and stop complaining!!!!