Eric Gaston Photography: Blog en-us (C)Eric Gaston (Eric Gaston Photography) Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:51:00 GMT Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:51:00 GMT Eric Gaston Photography: Blog 103 120 Camera Down Last summer, I discovered the arboretum at Penn State.  Such a wonderful place (and it's free to visit - free is good).  We had a nice overcast morning today, so I thought a trip to the arboretum would be a good idea.  When I got there, I realized I had left my rstrap at home and all I had was a wrist strap...which evidently wasn't secured properly.  30 seconds into the arboretum, the camera took a tumble onto the concrete.  Ugh.  Now the camera and lens have to go to Canon for service.  

But since I had driven an hour to get there, I was able to coax the equipment into working for a bit longer.  I couldn't pass up a chance to get some pics of the tropical water lilies.

Persian Lilac Water LilyPersian Lilac Water Lily

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A World of Waterfalls Have I mentioned that I love Ricketts Glen State Park? :)  More than 20 waterfalls along the stream.  It's a beautiful place to photograph.  This past weekend I had an opportunity to help out a couple friends with a workshop (  We started each day around 5am so that we'd be at the first falls (Mohawk) by the time we started getting some light.  Sunday morning there was a little bit of fog along the top of the trail.  It didn't come down very far, but at least it made for a different background than we usually have at these falls.  


Mohawk Falls on a Spring MorningMorning at Mohawk Falls

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Finally! All winter long, I've waited for a snowfall like we had the other morning.  Light snow settling in the trees, making everything beautiful.  Now, we've had one or two snowstorms like this already this winter, but they always seem to happen when I'm stuck inside at work.  This time, I at least had a little chance to get out for some shots.  My wife woke me up early when she noticed what the town looked like.  So I had about 30 minutes or so to wander around before I had to get ready for work.  With the snow coating everything, I knew I wanted to head down to the spring dam.  I love the way this yellow house stands out against it's colorless surroundings.  And the ducks were nice enough to line up for me in just the right spot to get a shot across the water.  



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Crazy People Running A couple years ago, our local photo club started meeting at the Hollidaysburg YMCA.  As part of our deal with them, we photograph their races whenever we can.  Over the years, I've come to really enjoy shooting the races.  About 650 people showed up in the 30 degree weather to run in the annual Turkey Trot race this past Saturday.  We had just a light touch of snow in the air.  Some runners were well bundled up, some wore shorts and tee shirts.  Donnie even ran the race shirtless.  That's just nuts.  

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Finally Photographing the Falls in the Fall Ricketts Glen State Park is my favorite place to shoot in Pennsylvania.  For the past 4 years, I've met with other photographers from for summer hikes through the park.  I've always wanted to visit in the fall.  So when I saw that Joseph Rossbach was hosting a workshop at the park during October, I just had to sign up.  We had a great time.  Rossbach was very helpful and he was always offering tips on good compositions at each waterfall.  While the color in the trees wasn't spectacular, the leaves on the rocks really spiced up the landscape.  

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Leaf-covered Rocks Below Oneida Falls

My Ricketts Glen Gallery

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On Top of the World OK, so maybe 4000 feet up isn't the top of the world, but it's higher than anywhere we have here in Pennsylvania.  I was finally able to make a trip to Bear Rocks at Dolly Sods in West Virginia.  I had seen photos from this location and it has always been a spot that I wanted to see in person.  And the trip did not disappoint.  The landscape is so different from anything I've ever photographed.  Just rocks, knee-high scrub brush and a few stunted trees.  I'm looking forward to another trip back there next month...and the next month...and...


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Shooting at Cowboys Every summer, Old Bedford Village in Bedford, PA hosts several reenactments.  My favorite is the old west weekend.  This year, there were about 140 cowboys, lawmen, bandits, and saloon girls putting on quite the show.   The outfits are fantastic and the actors do a great job entertaining the crowd.  

Beyond just having fun, the weekend served to reinforce some feelings I have about my photographic likes and dislikes.  While my friends were busy setting up and posing the cowboys for portraits, I was struck by how much I just don't care to do portrait photography.  I don't like directing people on how to pose.  I don't like setting up the shots.  I realize that portraits are where the money is in photography, but when it comes to photographing people, I enjoy catching candid moments much better.


2012 Old Bedford Village Old West-14

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Ricketts Glen State Park Once a year, I meet up with a group of photographers from to photograph the waterfalls at Ricketts Glen State Park in NE Pennsylvania.  If you are anywhere near the area, you owe it to yourself to see this beautiful park.  There are 24 named waterfalls along two trails.  Luckily this year, we had good water flow and the overcast skies were perfect conditions for photography.  And the rain held off as we hiked...until we started grilling at the picnic.  :)

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A Visit With the Parents My parents recently came up to Pennsylvania to visit the family.  We spent some time driving around taking a trip down memory lane.  We drove past the apartment we lived in when I was about 2 years old.  Next up was a drive to find the first house my parents every bought.  A lot had changed in the area, but we found it.  We also stopped out at my Grandfather's grave.  He's buried out by the old church that he attended.  Out in the middle of nowhere near Boswell, Pa, I don't know if I could find it on my own.  We ended up with a beautiful day and I got a photo that will soon be printed out and given to my Grandma.  

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The Not So Super Super-Moon I went out to Canoe Creek State Park to shoot the "super moon."  I couldn't find a composition that I liked, so I broke out the long zoom lens...and got the same close up shots of the moon that every other photographer in every other spot in the country got (yawn).  As the clouds rolled in, I decided to play around. This is only my 1st or 2nd attempt at night photography, and it's a pain in the rear to compose a shot in the dark, but I'm fairly happy with the way this one turned out.  I tried to contrast the fast-moving clouds with the canoes sitting beside the lake.  This is a 70 second exposure and I used a small flashlight for about 15 seconds to add a touch or light to the canoes in the foreground.

Clouds Over Canoes

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Signs of Springs Finally!  There is color in the world again.  Sure, it's sparse and it's very low to the ground, but it's sooooo nice to see.  I am really looking forward to seeing leaves on the trees and flowers blooming everywhere.  


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Refocusing It's such a nice day outside.  55 degrees here in February.  It was too nice to stay inside this morning, so I took a trip out to Canoe Creek State Park.  There was no wind, so the water was like a mirror.  Unfortunately there was nothing pretty to reflect.  Brown trees and a gray sky.  I thought I'd walk away without seeing anything worthwhile to photograph until I walked past some spots of vibrant green moss along the brown muddy path.  My initial focus was the water and the sky, but it wasn't until I turned my attention to the ground that I ended up getting a shot that I'm happy with. 


Beneath the Mighty Oak

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