A Return To Amish Area

— Fantastic Fall —

I have finally gotten enough time to start
processing the images taken over the last 6 weeks.
Fall is one of my busiest times of the year.
Usually a large exhibit, several shows, and always
the travel. On the road 4 weeks out of six,
with stops at home just
long enough to sleep in a good bed and get clean clothes.

So, now that the leaves are down….I need to get to work.
Sorting and processing several thousand images.
I sort of wish that I was back out there:
with camera in hand, the smell of fall leaves, crisp air…

This is the time of the reasoned response,
rather then the reaction response from the field.
When I am out in the field: I respond to the sights,
sounds, smells, direction of light, air temp,
number of other people around,
and probably a lot of things of which I am unaware.
This reaction response is expressed in terms of F/stops,
color balance, filters, and shutter speeds.
The object is to capture, as faithfully as possible,
the stimuli to which I am responding
and my mental & emotional response to it.

Is this a WOW! subject? What should it look like?
How can I say wow in a 2 dimensional image?
How do I get the wind into the photo?

Is this a “what is this doing here”?
What could I say about this?
Just how incongruous is it?
How far out of context? What does it mean to me?

Is this a “boy, is that giving a mixed message”?
How can I emphasize it?
What part of the message do I want to strengthen?

It may be some as simple as, “that’s neat”.
What is the best treatment for this?
A soft simple statement?
A bold treatment with lots of punch?

This is initial field response is
Step 1 of my photographic process.

Now, begins Step 2.
Sit down in front of my Mac,
take a deep breath,

Oil Lamps

Always remember that we are a light for others.
They are watching.  Watching to see what we do,
how we do it, and whether or not it works.

Artists, almost by definition, are in
the business of breaking new trails.
Finding new ways to present what we see
and how we feel about it.
Sometimes our efforts work well.
Sometimes we fail.

But we are always on the edge of discovery.
That is why this profession is so much fun.
Those moments of discovery are pure bliss.

This was found / discovered
last spring at a local park.


Amish #4

In Amish country it seems that the 
land, or the farmers, configures into
a photograph.

Just standing in one spot and turning round
would give you several of these scenes.

This is just one of several we came upon
while in the area.
The hard part is deciding which to work with.

This, outside of Mt Hope,  is one of the best ones.

Canon      50mm       image direct from the camera

Ohio Amish #3

Things are done in the traditional way,
over in Amish country.
Milk cans still rest on back porches.
Wood is still milled into pallets 
and stacked in the light of the setting sun.

Children still play on old fashion swings.
At Amish schools, hidden from casual view.
And in the evening, many still walk home
after a long day at work.

Canon   50mm & 85mm     images taken direct from camera

Ohio Amish #2

Horses are a large part of Amish life.
They do not use cars so everything revolves
around the horse and buggy or cart.

You can tell the newbies to the area,
they are the ones sitting in their cars,
behind a buggy…going 20mph….
with smoke rolling out of their ears,
just waiting for a time to pass.

We went up to visit a “hardware” store,
named Lehmans, although calling this place a
mere hardware store is not at all accurate.
They have everything !!  Everything, that is, for
people who live without electric power.
And who arrive at the store in a buggy.

As some of you may remember, we just went
through an extended period with no power.
Seemed like a good idea to get prepared
for the next big wind. And there is no place
better to find everything you need to live
in comfort without the electric.

We are READY!   Now watch, it will never 
happen again.  But, if it does…we are ready!

All photos:  Canon    28mm,  50mm &  85mm     images direct from camera

Amish Area, Ohio

A road trip yesterday to the Amish Areas of Ohio.
They have a sense of being part of the land
 that we could do well to copy.

Their religion tells them that God has keep them
together as a people in spite of much secular effort
to destroy them as a group.

They do not use modern things like electric power.
And they get along very nicely.   Thank you anyway.

These are some of the images. More to follow.

All with:   Canon    50mm & 85mm  lenses   images direct from camera

White Hats

Is it luck or is it planning? Sometimes a bit of both?  Well…….yes.

It is challenging to photograph in Amish areas since they do not like to have their photos taken.
Out of respect for that belief I try not to do faces, but for a black and white photographer the very starkness of their black and white life is too much to resist.
This resulted when I set up in a car blind down the street from a pizza place and waited. I could see that the light was right. I was just hoping for some pedestrians before the light changed.
This is one of the two groups that went past in the hour I was there.