Dante Fratto Photography: Blog https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog en-us (C) 2021 Dante Fratto Photography (Dante Fratto Photography) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:39:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:39:00 GMT https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/img/s/v-12/u609610432-o843089142-50.jpg Dante Fratto Photography: Blog https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog 120 96 Best of 2019 https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2019/12/best-of-2019     Now that 2019 is coming to an end. It's time to take a look at some of my favorite photos of the year. They're not all epic photos but a reminder of a moment in time that will never return. I don't know what 2020 will bring to my photography but I have a couple of ideas. I'm going to try and bring back my blog, at least once a month. I have a few locations that I've never been to that I hope to explore. Happy New Year and Thank you for all the support!

   Glen Onoko Falls       Glen Onoko is located in Jim Thorpe, PA. It’s a very beautiful location at any time of the year. The sad part is that it’s no longer open to the public. I'll blame the closing on people not using common sense. I've only been here a couple of times in the past. This is the first time in the icy conditions. I didn’t realize how tough of a hike it was going to be. But when you reach your location you understand why you did it. That view! I’m looking forward to more hikes like this in the future. 

 FYI - If you decide to go hiking, PLEASE wear the proper gear! Uggs, sneakers and flip flops aren't proper!


   William Penn, Philadelphia City Hall

   Photographing the moon has become very popular in the past few years. Affordable telephotos lenses are a big part of it. But it can be a difficult photo to capture. You have to do your homework before you leave the house. There's a number of calculations needed to line the moon up with another subject. The angle of the moon, height and distance of the subject you want to photograph are just a few to start. Luckily there are a number of apps to help out with this. If your off by a couple of feet the shot might not work. For this shot, I was running out of sidewalk space. I almost ended up standing in the street with traffic. Luckily I had just enough room to capture the moon passing behind William Penn.


   East Point Lighthouse - Heislerville, NJ
East Point Lighthouse

    East Point Lighthouse sits along the Delaware Bay in Heislerville, NJ. It’s most likely the most photographed lighthouse in New Jersey. It’s located in an area known to have dark skies. Which makes it easy to see the Milky Way. On this night I was standing on the side of the road waiting for the incoming storm. With a lot of patience, I was able to capture a few lightning strikes.


   Somewhere in the New Jersey Pine Barrens     Bushwacking, our way through the Pine Barrens in the middle of the night was something I never thought I'd be doing. At least I wasn’t alone. At this point, we were making our own trail through the forest. Getting whacked by branches and walking into giant spiderwebs made question why the hell am I out here. The sounds you hear don't help either. I am really starting to second guess my decision at the point. When you look up into the star-filled sky you know you made the right decision.


   Penn Relays, Franklin Field    I was given the opportunity to photograph the Penn Relays at Franklin Field. Walking onto Franklin Field was amazing in itself. To hear the crowd going wild was incredible. The speed that the athletes go by made it tough to get some shots. After a few hours, I started to get the timing down. It was a big learning curve from shooting landscapes. I took a few thousand photos and only have a handful that I liked. If I’m given the opportunity again, I will be ready.


   St. Colman's Cathedral. Ireland
St. Colman's Cathedral    On my recent trip to Ireland, St. Colman's Cathedral in Cobh was on my list to photograph. I knew that it wasn’t going to be an easy shot to get. To get this view you have to get on top of a 10' wall. I had to use my suitcase as a ladder to climb on top of the wall. Once on top of the wall, the view speaks for itself. 

   Behind the scenes video St. Colman's Cathedral.

St. Colman's Cathedral

   Copper River, NJ    I’ve stood at this location too many times to count for sunset. On this night the sky was on fire for well over an hour. You never know what Mother Nature has in store. 

   Tank Hollow, Jim Thorpe     Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to make it out to a number of scenic overlooks. Tank Hollow is located just outside of Jim Thorpe, PA. Hiking the trail in you're surrounded by trees and never see the view. Then you have to step through some bushes out onto the rock ledge. At this point, you're awarded an amazing view of the Lehigh River. I've only been there twice but it's my favorite place to visit.

   Behind the scenes video of Tank Hollow:

Tank Hollow

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2017 Philadelphia Mummers Parade https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2017/1/2017-philadelphia-mummers-parade  After a year of planning the 117th Philadelphia Mummers Parade has come and gone. Win or lose, it was a great job by everyone involved. I had the opportunity to photograph the parade around City Hall in the morning and the Fancy Brigades finally. Maybe next year I’ll stay on Broad Street and photographic the String Bands. Here are many of my favorites from this year.

See you next year!


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(Dante Fratto Photography) 2017 2nd Street 2nd Street Shooters Americans Wench Brigade Aqua String Band Avalon String Band Avenuers Avenuers Fancy Brigade Bill McIntyre's Shooting Stars Broad Street Bryson Wench Brigade Cara Liom Wench Brigade Clevemore Comic Division Convention Center Downtowners Downtowners Fancy Brigade Duffy String Band Durning String Band Fancy Brigade Fancy Brigades Ferko String Band Finale Fralinger String Band Froggy Carr Wench Brigade Golden Crown Goodtimers Comic Club Greater Kensington String Band Greater Overbrook String Band Happy New Years Hegeman String Band January 1st Jokers Jokers NYA Landi Comic Club Mummers Fest Mummers Museum Murray Comic Club New Years O'Malley Wench Brigade Oregon Wench Brigade Parade Pennsport String Band Pennsylvania,Mummers Philadelphia Philadelphia Mummers Parade Philly Mummers Pirates Wench Brigade Polish American String Band,Broomall String Band Quaker City String Band Riverfront Wench Brigade Saints Wench Brigade Satin Slipper Saturnalian Shooting Stars South Philadelphia String Band South Philly Vikings Spartans Spartans NYA String Band Division Two Street Uptown String Band Wench Brigade Division Woodland String Band https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2017/1/2017-philadelphia-mummers-parade Wed, 18 Jan 2017 03:38:24 GMT
Best of 2016 - part 2 https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/12/best-of-2016---part-2    We will start part two of my Best of 2016 in Long Beach Island. Viking Village is in Barnegat Light. It will take you back to the days of a quaint little fishing village. You can visit the shops and watch the scallop boats or longliners sail in the harbor.

   When I captured this shot it was around 11pm. I was already there  for a couple of hours. I didn’t see anyone while I was there with the exception of fellow photographer JF Gambone. I still think someone was watching us from one of the boats. I was amazed that I was able to capture this shot. Considering we were standing on a moving boat dock. I’m glad it turned out.

   Next up is one of my shots from Ricketts Glen State Park. It located in Benton, PA. This is one of my favorite places to photograph. The downside for me is it’s a 3 hour drive. When I was here last year and most of the falls were dry. As fall was coming this year, I kept watching the weather. When I decided to go, we had heavy rains for 4 days in a row. While walking to the first fall I was already soaked from the fog and misty rain. When I walked up to the first fall, I was amazed at the view. The fog and the mist made for perfect conditions for photography. I knew I made the right decision. It was hard to pick just one shot from this trip.

   Now if you enjoy greenhead flies, Turkey Point Road in Dividing Creek, NJ is the spot. They are horrible in this location. It’s a great spot to view a sunset even with that in mind. You will find many people crabbing in this area. I was lucky enough to catch a storm breaking up. The clouds and the color in the sky were forming a perfect rainbow.

   I was never one to photograph the moon. But with all the talk of the Supermoon and it rising at sunset. I figured I’d go for it. Plus I knew I would get color in the background instead of a black sky. As the moon started to rise, I watched two fisherman walk onto the pier. I was praying that they would walk into the shot. The human element makes the photo.

   Sometimes it not always about the photo that makes it a great to me. It’s about the adventure to capture the photo. This one one of those times. There were three of us at the Camden waterfront. We were trying to photograph lightning. It ended up down pouring and we never had any lighting. We were standing behind a couple of SUV’s with the back open blocking the rain. I’m sure that the people sitting in there cars were laughing at us. But it’s always about the adventure to me. When it finally stopped raining. The sky put on a show for us to captures.

Happy Holidays!  Thank You for a great year. I hope to see everyone in 2017!


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TIS the SEASON of LIGHTS https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/12/tis-the-season-of-lights You know that the holidays are here when Christmas light come to life. From small towns to big cities.  You will see them everywhere. You will find that one house or a city block that i decorated over the top. I will show off a few of the location I have seen over the past couple of years.


I will start on Glen Haven Court in Swedesboro, NJ. This was the first time I have heard of this house. When I pulled up, I was amazed at what I was seeing. The house is decorated from front to back. I only downside is that you have to look at it from the street. With that said, this is my favorite single family home.

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Next we will go to the Smedley Street Christmas Light Spectacular. Located in Philadelphia on the  2700 Block of Smedley Street between 16th & 17th, Moyamensing and Oregon Avenues. I just love when a city block come together and decorates the block.

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A few block away will visit The Miracle on South 13th Street Holiday Lights. Located on the 1600 Block of South 13th Street (between Tasker & Morris) It’s another city block decorated by the residents.

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One of the most well known spots it the Philadelphia Museum of Art. When you get to the top of the steps. You get to stand in Rocky’s foot prints to view the tree.

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This is a shot from Philadelphia's City Hall. It was taken last year. This year the Christmas Village is located here. If you have never been to the Christmas Village. It’s a nice place to visit with the family. It’s set up like an authentic German Christmas market.

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If you have time for a day trip. The Dyker Heights section of Brooklyn, NY is a great place. It’s between 83rd thru 86th and 11th thru 13th avenues. Most of the homes are professionally done.

Citizens Bank Park

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Best of 2016 - part one https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/12/best-of-2016---part-one Now that 2016 is coming to an end. Will take a look back at what I feel are my top 10 photos of the year. They will be in no particular order. I have also driven over 6500 mile to photograph these location.


I’ll start in Havre de Grace, Maryland. The Concord Point Lighthouse is located on the banks of the Susquehanna River, just before it goes into the Chesapeake Bay. It was constructed in 1827. It was a cold morning in January when I captured this photo. It’s a beautiful place to watch the sunrise.

With my daughter going to college in Savannah, GA. After a few trips there. I have fallen in love with their Oak trees and the Spanish Moss. On my last visit, I went to Wormsloe State Historic Site. As you pull through the main gate. Your looking down a mile long dirt road, lined with over 400 hundred oak trees. There road dates back to the early 1800.

One of my favorite locations to photographic from is in Camden. You're on the north side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. It’s not the safest place to be and no one will know you're there. With that being said, they are now turning the area into parking a lot. I know a lot more people will see Philadelphia from here in the future. I finally was able to shoot the 4th of July Fireworks from here.

Parvin State Park has been on my list to photographic for a while. When I left my house, the sky was filled with clouds. When I arrived the clouds were all gone. I had to made the best of it. I found a couple of kayakers coming in. It was a total lose for me.

When spring came, it brought a few weeks of stormy weather. The clouds were amazing looking. I would just drive around looking for a shot. When I passed this old barn on the side of the road. I stopped in the middle of the road. I didn’t even turn my car off. Sometimes you have to be in the right place at the right time.

Part one of the Best of 2016


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Supermoon https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/11/supermoon    With the last Supermoon I took a drive to Avalon. I’ve never really been into photographing the moon. But with all the talk, I figured I’d go for it. The big plus for me was that the moon was rising as the sun was setting. This would give some color in the sky.


   A Supermoon happens when a Full Moon or New Moon coincides with the Moon's closest approach to Earth. It’s also called perigee. A Super Full Moon looks around 12% to 14% bigger. This was the closest the Super Full Moon was to the earth since January 26, 1948. The next time it will be this close won’t be until November 24, 2034.


  When the moon first came over the horizon I almost missed it.



  As the moon was coming up behind the fishing pier. I was really hoping that the fishermen would walk into the shot. I was yelling for them to move over but I doubt they heard me. When the finally moved I was able to get two shots off.



   This is the path the moon with in fifteen minutes. It’s five shots layered together.


     Just before the sky goes black.

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Little Change https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/11/little-change It’s been a long time since I shot sunrise from the Ben Franklin Bridge Walkway. The first time was in September of 2009. Now seven years later. I photographed it for the second time. I really wanted to see how the city has changed. From this vantage point there has been very little change. I will have to try this from other parts of the city. I know that there are other views of the city that have changed immensely over the years.


Philadelphia 2007

This photo is the first one I ever had printed. It's hanging in my parents house. I think it's time for an update.



Philadelphia 2016



Many people ask me if I'm hanging off the side of the bridge. The answer in no. There's a pedestrian walkway on the bridge. You will find people walking, jogging and enjoying the view. The Port Authority drives a smart car to patrol the walkway.


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Graffiti Pier https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/10/graffiti-pier   If you head to the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. Just off of Delaware Avenue. You will find Beach Street. It’s there you will find entrance to Graffiti Pier. The gate is locked and surrounded by weeds. Once you make your way around the gate. It’s just a short walk down the dirt road. You will see what is known as Graffiti Pier. It’s a hidden gem to graffiti artist.


Officially known as Pier 18. Conrail used the pier to load ships on the Delaware River. In 1991 the shut it down and moved all operations to Baltimore. They still own the property and you are trespassing when you enter. Everything has been stripped. The concrete is crumbling in many places.

I first came here in 2011 and have been here many time since.  The artwork is constantly changing. You would think that there would be empty spray cans everywhere. But surprisingly the pier is relatively clean.

The first time I came across this abandoned car. It disappeared after that.

Graffiti artist are not the only ones who come here. It’s a popular place for photographers, filmmakers & writers. I have heard stories of bands playing, weddings and paintball games. Normally find people fishing all along the pier. You will also see kids riding dirt bikes.

I don’t know what the future will bring to this old place. There has been a number of no trespassing sign as you enter. I don’t remember seeing them before. So enter at your own risk. I would not recommend coming here alone.


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Family Day Trip https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/10/family-day-trip    With the fall season upon us. It’s time to take a ride to the Poconos and get lost. This past weekend was no different. My wife and I loaded up the car and left town. As we were leaving home it was raining off and on. Three hours and 150 miles later we ended up in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area of the Poconos Mountains at George W. Childs Park. When we arrived it was cloudy but not raining. The conditions could not have been more perfect. As we started down the trail and it’s 1.4 mile loop. We found it to be an easy hike and great for families. The trail follows Dingmans Creek and passes through three waterfalls.



The first thing you come to is this beautiful wooden bridge.



Next you come to the upper part of Factory Falls. It drops twice with a 90 degree turn between both.



When I made it to the bottom of Factory Falls. You realized how much rain is really needed. The water flow is very low. But it still made for a beautiful scene.



After a short walk. You come to the top of Fulmer Falls. It listed as a 56 foot fall. From this vantage point it looks a lot further down then that.



Looking at the top of Fulmer Falls from the trail’s viewing platform.



You can see how much water is needed.



Continuing downstream, the last fall is Deer Leap Falls. The pool at the bottom is very shallow.



Swimming is not allowed here. You will find a lot of people skipping rocks.



You have officially come to the bottom when you reach this bridge. At the point the bridge is out of service. This takes back up the opposite side.



They're not very large falls. But when you see people standing on top of them. You realize how small we really are.



In the end if you're looking for a day trip with the family you can't go wrong here. Even though the water was low. It’s a beautiful place to see.


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The Forgotten New Jersey Coast https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/9/the-forgotten-new-jersey-coast   When people think of the Jersey Shore. They think of Cape May up to Sandy Hook. Which all face the Atlantic Ocean. People forget about the Delaware Bay side of New Jersey. There's a lot of hidden gems along the bay. People don’t normally vacation in this area. If you fish or want to see some of the best sunsets, you can’t go wrong here.


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  I'll start in Cape May at Sunset Point.  It’s know for having the best sunsets in the state. You have a view of the SS Atlantus also know as the concrete ship.

A few miles up the road we come to Cooks Beach. This is one of my favorite locations to watch the sunset.


Now we arrive in Heislerville, NJ. Home of East Point Lighthouse. It probably the most photographed lighthouses in the state.

Now were on the Maurice River. This is my favorite spot. I won't give the exact location of the shipwreck. It has to do with private property & safety.

When I arrived in Seabreeze , NJ. The greenhead flies were in full attach mode. But I held out for a few photos. Seabreeze is basically an abandoned town since 2012.

(for more information-  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea_Breeze,_New_Jersey )

I stumbled across Greenwich a number of years ago. I found railroad tracks that go right out into the water. They were part of the Vineland Railroad in the 1871.

I will say after being to these location. They're not for vacationers. I see mostly fisherman or photographers a long this coast. If you want a day trip to see something new, you can’t go wrong. There are still a number of spot I want to see but it takes time when you're a photographer.

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Photographing the same location https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/9/mother-nature-photography   I get asked why I keep going back to the same locations. The main reason is that you never know what you are going to see. Mother nature is a big part of that. The change of seasons, time of day and the weather make all the difference. Cloudy or stormy weather is another good time for photographers. The scene can within minutes depending on the weather. If the sky is totally blue or no clouds I normally don't go. I makes for a boring photo in my mind.

   The best time of the day is blue or golden hour. Blue hour is the hour before sunrise and after sunset. The sky can still be seen as blue and didn't turn to black. Golden hour is the hour after sunrise and before sunset. The sun is low to the horizon. You get a beautiful golden glow.

  In the last few year technology has changed photography. Astro photography has become very popular. Photographers will stay up all night to photograph the stars and the Milky Way.


Summer you will get more red & orange colors. This photo was taken at high tide. Which also changes the look of your photo.

This is how different low tide changes everything. The midday sun gives you very harsh light.

Winter time you will get more blues and purples. With the cold weather you hope for ice or snow in your photo. I took this photo a few years ago. The Delaware Bay was frozen.

This was from the last winter storm of this year.

For me September & October are the best time of the year for photography.

 Golden Hour

Starlit night

When I have a few hours to sit back and stare at the night sky. I'll set the camera up to take a few hundred photos. I'll stack them together with software. You will then see the earths rotation around the stars.

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Mummer Time https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/9/mummer-time    With the unofficial end of summer being Labor Day. I know that most people are sad to see it end. If you're a Mummer it’s the beginning of the Mummer season. All though they have been planning for the 2017 parade all year. Labor Day weekend is the last free weekend until next year. The building of floats, learning your drill & meetings are now going full speed a head. It has taken the past few months to get the glitter out of your car, your house and even your dog. But it starts all over again. Drive down Front Street in South Philly on a Sunday morning. You will find the clubs practicing under 95. Each club will be separated by their colors.

    Throughout the year there are many hours spent in warehouses & clubs. The smell of sawdust and hot glue fills the air. The thousands of screws, staples & hot glue holds everything together. The suits, floats, music & drills are ready. It takes a lot of people who are not seen in costume to make the all come together. You will see everyone from spouses, kids, family & friends behind the scenes helping out.

The suits are full of colors, feathers & sequins. This is the captain of the 2016 Jokers. It is one of my all time favorites.

I did say the costumes were full of color. In 2015 Satin Slipper presented us with "Midnight in the Mansion". The suits were all white and highlighted with purple. Theirs not much color but it stood out. It is now one of my favorite themes. They came in 3rd place that year.

When it comes to the kids. They usually sit on the floats. But when they get there chance to perform. They shine!

Before the performance, a father gives his son some last words of encouragement.

   I can tell this story 1st hand. I joined the Downtowners Fancy Brigade in 1987. Over the years I wore a suit, built the floats and helped behind the scenes. Now I get my enjoyment in photographing all the clubs.



  This is what is known as Two Street, 2nd Street or the after party. All the clubs march down 2nd Street when they're done in front of the judges. This is the time to enjoy what created this year. As you can see it does get a little out of control.                                                        

Just before the 2016 Mummers Parade. We lost Jim Julia Sr. He lived the mummers. He was a friend ,captain & president of the Fancy Brigades. During the Fancy Brigades run through show. Every member of the brigades walked out on the floor to pay their respects.I have never seen everyone on the floor together until this night.  Mummer = Family


There are 4 division in the Mummers Parade. This is just a look into the Fancy Brigades & what I have been though.

I hope to bring more about the Mummer’s in the next few months as we get closer to the big day.

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(Dante Fratto Photography) 2nd Street 2nd Street Shooters Avenuers Avenuers Fancy Brigade Bill McIntyre's Shooting Stars Broad Street Clevemore Convention Center Downtowners Downtowners Fancy Brigade Golden Crown Happy New Years January 1st Jokers Jokers NYA Mummers Mummers Fest Mummers Museum Mummers Parade New Years New Years Day Parade Pennsylvania Philadelphia Philly Satin Slipper Saturnalian Shooting Stars South Philly Vikings Spartans Spartans NYA Two Street https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/9/mummer-time Mon, 05 Sep 2016 22:20:55 GMT
Different Perspective https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/8/just-turn-around   I have photographed Philadelphia from many different location. I am always looking for a different perspective. As I walked to the top of the building & leaned over the edge. I was amazed at how many different views there were. I usually get caught up with what's in front of me, sometimes all you need to do is turn around. Next time you're standing around, just turn. It's amazing how your view will change. I didn't move more than 3 feet to capture these shots. I have 3 totally different photos.


Ben Franklin Bridge

Your looking from the north side of the bridge. Heading south down the Delaware River between Philadelphia & Camden. Ben Franklin BridgeThe view of the Ben Franklin Bridge from the north side The skyline

This view is normally seen by people driving down I-95 south.


(Dante Fratto Photography) Ben Franklin Bridge Buildings"Sun""River" Camden Waterfront Cityscapes Comcast Building Dante Fratto Delaware River Liberty One Liberty Two New Jersey Pennsylvanian Philadelphia Skyline Skylines Summer Sunset Sunsets William Penn https://www.dantefrattophotography.com/blog/2016/8/just-turn-around Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:41:20 GMT