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 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
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.
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:
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I hope you enjoyed looking back over the past year. See you in 2020! Have a safe and Happy New Year. Dante...
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