Thursday, October 07, 2010

Harvest Time

As we settle into October, the local farmers are actively trying to harvest the crops before it gets much colder and the weather turns for the worse. Two of the highlights held around this time of year are the Great Pumpkin Weigh-In and the Apple Cider Festival held at Prince Gallitzin State Park outside of Patton, PA.

I called this photograph Fall Equinox when I first shot it but after working on it, I called it Celebrating the Harvest. The lighting is natural and the smoke comes from an incense burner.

One of the questions I get most from people when I'm out at festivals is how do I get the pictures of the birds like I do. Most of it is patience, which I'm short of and luck, lots of luck. You're also need a tripod and a cable release and.

Tufted Titmouse at sunflower feeder.
ISO-800 1/1600 3.5 200mm manual

Tufted Titmouse landing.
ISO-800 1/1600 3.5 200mm Manual

Of all of the pictures of the birds I shot in the last week this is my favorite.
ISO-800 1/1250 3.5 200mm manual.

The hardest part of shooting birds is trying to shoot them as they take off. Most of the time, before you know it, they just turn and go. The whole idea in photography is the same as in hunting. Lead what you are trying to shoot. I miss more than I shoot.
ISO-1600 1/2500 2.8 200mm Manual

This picture of a White Breasted Nuthatch landing on the feeder was shot at almost the exact spot as the previous picture of the bird taking off. Once you get your framing down, this is easy to do because you aready know where the birds are going to land.
ISO-1600 1/2000 2.8 200mm Manual

30 September 2010, 9:30 a.m. -- After a heavy rain storm, several of the low lying roads in the Hastings, PA area were covered in water.

Most people have enough sense to drive slowly through high water. But then again, some don't.

Flooding at Yahner's Crossroads.
Hastings Police Chief Ron "Land" Sharky in Command.

Every year at this time the Pennsylvania Great Pumpkin Growers Association holds it's giant pumpkin weigh-in at the parking lot at Sam's Club in Altoona, PA.

Amanda Urgolites of Hastings sits by her pumpkin waiting for the weighing to begin for the Giant Pumpkin Growers Association. Young Amanda sold her pumpkin for a whopping $200.

William Kibler of the Altoona Mirror interviews Amanda Urgolites, in blue, about her giant pumpkin for Sunday's newspaper.

Growers from all over the state brought their giant pumpkins to Altoona for the weigh in. This 629.5 pound pumpkin came from Williamsport, PA home of the Little League World Series. The largest pumpkin this year was over 1,300 pounds.

Five pumpkins, 5 kids, one family project.
Frank Fritsch of Richardsville, PA, assisted by an employee of Sam's Club, gets ready to unload the five pumpkins as his children watch.

Heading down hill into Patton, PA. Seven more miles and I'm home.

Hastings, PA.

Old Scobby's Barn.

Apple Cider Festival, Prince Gallitzin State Park - Sunday, 3 October 2010

The apple cider is made fresh all day long.

They were calling for rain for most of the day but we never saw it.

Michael O'Brien Band.

Irish Drum.

Revised Edition Band.


On Monday, 4 October 2010, I covered the return of Marine Lance Cpl. Ralph Fabbri, for one of the local daily newspapers. This is the third such memorial for a fallen warrior in Cambria County in the last few months. The following photographs were shot on an ugly, rainy, October morning.

Firefighters from all the local volunteer fire companies lined Tunnel Hill Street leading into Gallitzin for the funeral procession of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Ralph Fabbri of Ashville, PA.

With the American flag reflecting on the windshield the hearse carrying the body of Marine Lance Cpl. Ralph Fabbri makes its way to the funeral home in Gallitzin, PA.

People from all over the area lined the streets between Tunnel Hill and the funeral home in Gallitzin.

Two brothers, both military veterans give a hand salute as the funeral procession and colors go past.

Members of the Patriot Guard Riders provided an escort and will stand in vigil outside the funeral home.


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gadisBunga said...

hi there. nice entry.

you are a very talented photographer. i like photography too but not as good as you. keep on updating. looking forward to read your every entries. :)