The Importance of Knowledge

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…

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Best of Light,

Ed

“Learning to capture light will make extraordinary images from ordinary subjects”

“Life is Good”

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 😊

So the bottom line is “God is Good”…

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– Nikon D810
– Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8
– Exposure 10 sec
– Aperture f/16
– ISO 64
– Gitzo GT3542XLS SYSTEMATIC Series 3 carbon tripod
– Singh-Ray Filters LB Color Combo Polarizer
– OP/TECH USA Custom Classic Strap
– Lexar 1066x Professional 128gb
– HoodmanUSA
– Asolo
– Manfrotto

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Sunset at Lake Jean

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Greetings,

Here’s an image that almost slipped through the cracks. It’s one that I made the day before Zach’s workshop at Ricketts Glen this past May. During the day we had great clouds so we had hoped that they would hang around for sunset and as luck would have it they did. Standing along the banks of Lake Jean it was an exceptionally buggy evening and impossible to capture an image without bugs throughout the image.

This is a single image and I am truly impressed with the dynamic range of the Nikon D810.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @30mm
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/10 seconds
  • Aperture – f/16
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

“Pink Lady Slipper”

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I found this “Pink Lady Slipper” in the Great Smoky Mountains with the help of my good friend David Akoubian. My hat’s off to David because it is a real treat now days that two professionals can work and share information as well as we do!

I shot 5 images at different focal points then stacked the 5 images using Helicon Focus to maintain as much sharpness in the flowers as I could while still blurring my background.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron Lens –(New) SP 90mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Helicon Focus
  • Exposure – 1/90 seconds
  • Aperture – f/3.8
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

“Life is Good”

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Good Sunday morning,
What a busy day we had yesterday. We started out by visiting the Gordonsville Mud Sale where we ran into a couple of good friends Jerry Esh, Harry Goodman and Stephen Blank! The Mud Sales always provide a great photo opportunity and hopefully I came home with a few keepers.

After spending the morning at the sale, Kelly, Zach and I hurried home for a quick lunch and then headed to Brooklyn Bridge Park in NYC for the afternoon.

Being a workshop instructor/lecturer allows to meet a lot of people from all different areas. Well, Brooklyn was no different, we bumped into Alan Weiner, Michael Downey and Stefanie Michenfelder, what a nice treat seeing a few friends in the big city.

We shot all afternoon and well into the evening at the Brooklyn Bridge Park. I had the opportunity to shoot the pier pilings with the city skyline in the background which I’ve wanted to do for quite some time now.

Life is Good!

I used a two stop Singh-Ray “Galen Rowell” Split ND filter to hold back the skyline.

Metadata:
• Nikon D810
• Tamron Lens –24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC @30mm
• Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
• Lexar CF Card
• Topaz Labs
• Exposure – 30 seconds
• Aperture – f/16
• ISO – 64
• Manual Mode

Best of Light,
Ed

“A View from the Orchard”

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Good morning,

I wanted to start off and wish everyone a happy Valentine’s Day weekend.

On Tuesday we had a nice surprise snowstorm blow through the region. I’m sure not many people are as excited about snow as I am but as a photographer it does certainly help clean up and enhance the winters’ stark backdrop. Kelly, Zach and I ran around Lancaster County to capture some of the local flair.

There was something about this scene that screamed my name. I added a texture overlay to give the scene a more artistic feel.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron lens – SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Singh Ray Filters
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/20 seconds
  • Aperture – f/167
  • ISO – 64
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed

Canyon Vista Overlook

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Good morning,

I have to say the new year has started off on a very positive path. We spent four days in the Endless Mountains in one of the rustic cabins of Worlds End State Park. We photographed, hiked and enjoyed each other’s company. We were fortunate enough to have Bobbi along with Zach, Kelly and I for this adventure.

As we all know here on the East Coast, we’ve been having a milder than normal winter. Well, it just happens that a cold snap drifted in during our visit in the mountains with overnight lows of 0°F and highs in the upper teens. If you’re like me, I enjoy the cold. The winter forms frozen waterfalls, ice along the creeks which to me creates a much more pleasing environment for cold weather photography. We even had a dusting of snow (not nearly enough) but enough to make it pretty.

Here’s a blustery cold sunset from the Canyon Vista Overlook.

Metadata:

  • Nikon D810
  • Tamron lens –SP 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC
  • Gitzo GT3542xls tripod
  • Lexar CF Card
  • Topaz Labs
  • Exposure – 1/6 seconds
  • Aperture – f/11
  • ISO – 100
  • Manual Mode

Best of Light,

Ed