I found these Christmas Lights at Burton Drive & Merino Lane in Twinsburg, Ohio. I posted the photo to Facebook and got some tips on the story behind them. I found out that they taking donations to support the Emergency Assistance Center of Northfield. They have a box at the end of driveway to put your donations in. According to s Twinsburg BulletinArticle last year they raised $270 and 260 pounds of food.
The display consists of approx 45000 lights, mostly LEDs. The photo you see above does not show the lights along the side of the house, the display goes around the corner. The display is on from 5:45 PM to 11:00 PM every day through the first week of January.
Tonight I took a trip over the Silverdale Lights. The lights were great and not overdone, the lights were set up to go along with the music. There are over 50,000 lights.
The official charity of the Silverdale Lights is the Officer Joshua T Miktarian Memorial Scholarship Fund. They are collecting donations at the lights or on the website. I have written about Officer Miktarian on this blog before, click to search.
I created a new poster of the Fountain of Nations at Epcot in Walt Disney World.
This is an often overlooked attraction at EPCOT. I do not even see anything on the Official EPCOT Website about it. A Google Search reveals a good bit of discussion about the fountain.
The fountain sits in the open space between Innovations just after you pass Spaceship Earth as you enter the park from the main entrance. The fountain is elevated and water is shot up in the air and timed to music.
I was able to obtain the following information from A Glass Slipper Vacation Website at ”Another fascinating fact about the Fountain of Nations is that representatives from 22 different countries poured water from their native lands into the fountain.”
At the request of a friend I created this poster of the Nickel Plate 765 Engine in the Fitzwater Yard of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (Ohio). The 765 was in town for 2 weekends in September and provided scent excursions to the public.
The photo is from the special night time photo shoot that the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad held for photographers. It was a small event and only 35 tickets were available for sale. I was fortunate to obtain a ticket. This photo shows the Nickel Plate Road Berkshire Locomotive No. 765 (owned by the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society).
This bridge is on the Squaw Rock Trail in the South Chagrin Reservation of the Cleveland Metroparks. I took this photo on Veterans Day 2013. It was late fall and the leaves have all pretty much changed and peaked but in this area the leaves still had a good bit of color left. I really liked the play between the evergreen trees and the orange leaves. What do you think?
This part of the trail is elevated above the Chagrin River, as you proceed down the trail and get to the end you go down steps that take you to the river level. On the same trip I was able to get a nice photo of the falls along the trail as well. You can see that photo at http://tjpowell.net/2013/11/squaw-rock-trail-waterfall/
This photo was processed as an HDR using HDR Efex Pro by Nik Software.
I have been creating some new posters from some of the photos I have taken in the past. I find it to be a nice experience to go back and look over the photos I have taken. Too often we get caught up in getting new photos and do not appreciate the ones we already took.
This poster is called "Sunset at Corbett's Farm". This was a farm in Twinsburg (Ohio) that is now in the process of being converted to a housing development.
This photo was shot as a long exposure to give the water a smooth and silky look. I accomplished this using a Hoya 77mm Neutral Density ND-400 X, 9 Stop Multi-Coated Glass Filter that allowed me to get a shutter speed of 34 seconds, had I not used this filter the shutter speed was about 1/15th of second. With that fast of a shutter speed the water would have been frozen in place and not have the silky smooth look.
I also use a Xume Quick Release Adapter to be able to mount and unmount my Hoya ND Filter quickly and easily. This is a great device as you do not have to thread and unthread the filter constantly. You just place the filter on the end of the lens and it snaps in place by the use of magnets.
I used the following procedure to take the photo
Mount camera on tripod
Set exposure using Aperture Priority with f/9.0, ISO 100. Camera then locked in a shutter speed of 1/15th
Switched the camera to Bulb Mode, with f/9.0, ISO 100. Mounted the Hoya ND Filter. Turned off the Auto Focus.
I used the iPhone App NDTimer to determine that I needed a 34 second exposure with the ND Filter.
I used my remote shutter release and kept the shutter open for 34 seconds.
Returned all equipment back to normal operation
After I downloaded the photo I processed it with Lightroom
Sounds long and complicated but it rally is not. Once you do it a few times you do not even think about it any more.
The falls are located at the approximate location on the map below