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A must stop on the horse country tour has little to do with horses, but a lot to do with history. Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill offers visitors 3,000 acres of history on beautiful grounds. You can stay at the inn and dine at the restaurant. Period-costumed workers make products for sale in some of the buildings. For a photographer, the opportunities are endless.

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Fall is one of the best times to visit, but the grounds are beautiful year round.

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Many people were there the day we went taking family and graduation photos.

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If you look closely in the bottom right corner of the above photo, you’ll see a photographer’s light rig.

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For more information about this beautiful photo op, restaurant menu, inn rates and directions, visit here.

Always on the lookout for photo ops in gorgeous Central Kentucky. 🙂

I am currently in the midst of teaching a class of new photographers and have, of course, been touting the wonderfulness of high dynamic range photography. I explained to my students that the best way to accomplish HDR is to take three bracketed shots and combine them. You can however, apply HDR to only one shot and get some pretty stunning results.

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As you can see the results are smashing. I love the way HDR brings out the texture of the barn siding and the colors in the sky and on the foliage.

Keep shooting 😉

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

One day, before a thunderstorm, my husband and I were taking a ride and noted that the sky was, at that moment, my favorite color sky. In an unimaginative tone, he said, “Gray?”.

Most definitely not gray. I see something much more beautiful and multi-dimensional than gray.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1250 sec.

I love the contrast between the sky and the green grass. I love the color combination so much, it has become the inspiration for our upcoming kitchen remodel color scheme.

 

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1250 sec.

I also love the way this color and its various shades translate into HDR.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec.

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Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/1600 sec.

IMG_8151Next stop on the horse country tour is Georgetown,  nestled right in the middle of Central Kentucky. This beautiful small town has a lot to offer photographers.

IMG_8147Downtown Georgetown recently got a drastic renovation with a lot of artsy attractions. Above is the Arts Center, decorated with regional favorite quilt squares.

IMG_8132The courthouse is new, but much of the downtown area still has original eighteenth-century architecture.

IMG_8134This little cabin is featured in a small creek-side park along with a couple of other original buildings from the Georgetown settlement.

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IMG_8150For more information about Georgetown, click here.

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If you are looking for a great place to take some pictures, check out Triangle Park in downtown Lexington.

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The park was recently renovated and cafe tables were added.

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The semi circular fountain was part of the original park, but was turned off and upgraded.

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In the winter months, a skating rink is constructed in the center of the park. I have taken many photos in this park over the years. If you are in town, check it out.

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One of the great things about living on a farm is you don’t have to fake rustic backdrops. The one above was created against our new outbuilding using the door from the building that was removed to build the new building. The large rock was already in place and I slid the salvaged door behind the rock and covered the window opening with an old burlap sack. I placed an old fuel oil stove next to the door and added some greenery. The rock serves as a seat for the subject(s). I zoom in and voila, no idea this is not in front of an old building.

 

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With a little creative placement of objects, you have great places to shoot children. I have photographed many children (especially my own) in this wagon. The hostas make a great background. For added effect, an old quilt can be added to the wagon (I usually line the wagon with a piece of plastic so rust doesn’t get on the quilt). This is a fabulous place to photograph an infant or small child. Make sure you get down on the wagon’s level for the shot.

 

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This stump under a tree, next to a woodpile is a good place to shoot down on a subject. This works well for adults who are sensitive about lower body image. By shooting down on the subject, you minimize the lower body. They  will look great with the woods in the background.
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I have used this boat before propped against the barn. I plan to think of other ways to use it by itself.
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The barn itself has a nice weather-beaten look and the landscape timbers provide a perfect place to sit.
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My husband brought home this heart he savaged from a junk pile. It is great for pictures of kids or couples. It can be moved to wherever I want.
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It looks pretty in the coneflower bed by itself. I can’t wait to try it with a subject. 🙂

In Kentucky, barns come in many shapes and sizes, from modest to grand.
Let’s look a three examples.
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1. Yes, it’s a barn. A barn that holds hay, grain and oh yeah, million dollar thoroughbreds.
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2. A very respectable, well made specimen if not as aesthetically pleasing as no. 1. This one holds hay, probably some tobacco and maybe a horse or two. There are a whole lot more of these in Kentucky than the first example.
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3. Okay, technically it’s a hay shed, but it’s really cute.
These photos are all HDR processed from three images in Photomatix.

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This is another image taken earlier in the fall using HDR technology. I think I am addicted to HDR. When I look at regular pictures now, they somehow look flat in comparison 🙂

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Computer issues resolved, I am ready to start blogging again. Here are some shots of local crops. We have had a good growing season in Kentucky.

Keep looking for beauty all around 🙂

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