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Another foggy morning image of Pennsylvania because I just couldn’t get enough of this magical morning. It was honestly the highlight of my day. For this image, I think I was still on top of the hill when I captured it. I just love seeing the layers of the yellow tree in front, red barn, and then the trees in the background. As soon as I climbed up this hill, I immediately regretted forgetting my drone in the Airbnb. Next time I have to remember to bring EVERYTHING with me.

Happy Friday and have a good weekend! Hope to do some more fall color hunting…

My camera settings for this image is F10 at 1/125th sec and ISO 1600 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.

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Is it just me or is it easier to wake up for sunrise when you’re traveling then it is when you’re home? Before I went to bed, I set my alarm for 5:30 am. I woke up the next morning before my alarm, bright-eyed and ready to go. It was amazing.

I had every intention of visiting Cucumber Falls Waterfall in Ohiopyle State Park but what I did not expect was all this amazing morning fog. I couldn’t help myself. I kept on pulling over every 5 minutes trying to capture it. I was pulling over on the side of the road or turning into little roads along the way. There was one road in particular that looked like it was half foggy and half not so I had to pull over. While I was taking pictures, I noticed a couple walking their two dogs. Turns out one of them was a puppy so I had to wait for them to come closer so I could ask to pet the puppy. LOL. Well, the puppy was 5 months old and so playful. After talking to their owners for a little while, they said that they lived on the property on top of the hill and told me that I should go up there for an even better view.

OMG this was the view from their hill. Long story short, I did not make it to the waterfall. LOL. And this was the gentlemen and the older dog walking by on the road I met them on. That sunrise glow though!

My camera settings for this image is F10 at 1/200th sec and ISO 1600 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.

 

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My friend, Sue and I decided to make a last-minute road trip and visit Southwestern Pennsylvania for a night. It was so much better than expected. Neither one of us had been to this part of Pennsylvania before so it was a whole new adventure for both of us. The real intention was to chase fall colors. Some places seemed like it was full of color however at Fallingwater, we were about 2 weeks too early.

But Fallingwater itself was definitely better than expected. Unfortunately, we weren’t allowed to take pictures inside or else I would have loved to show you how amazingly simple but masterfully crafted everything was. You can really tell that Frank Lloyd Wright (the architect) took his time to think of all these beautiful details of the house. I think my favorite part about it all were all the windows and terraces. It’s crazy, but there were no frames in the middle of the window. Everything opens up to nature and you can just listen to the sounds of the waterfall below all day long. I can’t even imagine how peaceful and calming living here would be. And if I remember correctly, there were 4 terraces! It would be amazing to just enjoy a simple lunch out there. This makes me want to visit Mr. Wright’s homes all around the country. I think his work is very inspiring and I’m so glad I got to see at least one of them in person.

My camera settings for this image F11 at 1/25th sec and ISO 1600 with my Sony A7II and 16-35mm wide-angle.

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The day I wrote this blog post about fall foliage, I create a fall photo to-do list. On that list were my usual spots like Great Falls Park, the Tidal Basin, Shenandoah National Park, etc but I also added some places I’ve never been to. Falling Water in Pennsylvania and Harper’s Ferry in West Virginia were top of that list. It’s amazing how it all played out because the universe was definitely listening to me that day and, by the end of the day, I had made plans to visit both of those places I’ve never been to that weekend.

So I’m home after a long weekend full of fall adventuring. I probably got a little ahead of myself because there wasn’t much color change in either of the places I visited, but it was great to do a little photo scouting and I can never really complain when I have a camera in my hand.

This image is actually taken outside the visitor center at the Flight 93 Memorial in Somerset County, PA. We stopped on our way home from Falling Water and it was definitely an emotional experience. But to document I was actually there, I took this reflective self-portrait that was 100% inspired by Vivian Maier who was an amazing street photographer and she would take these sorts of portraits as well. I thought this image turned out interesting with the lines in the glass but it is also very moody, which was how I felt while I was there.

My camera settings for this image is F6.3 at 1/1000th sec and ISO 320 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.

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One week ago today, I was with my friend Larry on the Altaire rooftop again. It probably the best view I’ve ever seen of the nation’s capital. I feel so lucky every time I get to go up there.

So the first time we were up there, we were visiting during sunset. The sunset was amazing and the night pictures were even better. But I wondered what it looked like during sunrise. So when the opportunity came up, I had to jump on it. I know this isn’t the usual kind of sunrise images I post, but I really like it. It’s the Friday morning commute in and out of DC with a little haziness in the sky. I love that you can see the Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, and the US Capitol all in one frame. But if you look even closer, you’ll see the Basilica of the National Shrine, Smithsonian Natural History Museum, and the Old Post Office!

It’s so interesting to see all the individual cars and where they’re headed on 395. I don’t know, I really like it. What do you think?

Big thanks again to Altaire for the opportunity to shoot on your rooftop.

My camera settings for this image are F6.3 at 1/160th sec and ISO 200 with my Sony A7II and 70-200mm zoom lens.