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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.


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





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


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



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. 🙂



Fall is the perfect time to take gorgeous senior portraits. Nature provides a stunning backdrop and natural lighting is more subdued due to the lowered angle of the sun. Another advantage is the abundance of props, such as leaves to add personality to the shot.



I set my F stop low for a nice blurry backdrop of color and set my white balance on cloudy when I initially took the shots. However, in post production, I changed the white balance to shade to add a little more gold to the pictures.



This senior not only wanted outdoor shots, but some of her in volleyball uniform as well. These were a bit tougher because they were taken in a dark gym. With the help of a tripod and remote shutter release, we were able to shine a flashlight on her during a long exposure to get good coverage of light.

I really love the way these shots turned out. The subject was very photogenic and had the most beautiful complexion. I did no post production work on her skin at all.

I have begun pinning ideas for winter portraits, because the leaves are all off the trees now and snow is in the forecast for next week. I plan on shooting those in a completely different group of settings. Can’t wait. 😊


Canon Rebel, ISO 100, F/5.6, 1/200 sec.


Sometimes the action in the photo is more powerful left unfocused. For example, in the photo above, it is obvious that there is a baseball game going on. However, the fence is what is in focus. There are a couple of reasons why a photographer may want to take the photo this way. The most important for me as a part-time graphic artist, is that I can use this photo as a text background, perhaps as part of a Powerpoint presentation or a introductory image in a baseball league slideshow. A common problem photographers have is that when an image is needed, there are not releases to publish the faces of the people in the picture. This method solves that dilemma by making the people in the photo unrecognizable.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/50 sec.

We have had a lot of rain this summer in Kentucky. In this image, I wanted to show the raindrops on the door with the overworked rain gauge barely recognizable in the background.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/5, 1/30 sec.

Same for this picture taken from the windshield of my car. You can see the roadway in the background, but the focus of the photo is the raindrops. I can envision this picture being used as an ad for windshield wipers or a public service ad about slowing down on wet roads.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/4000 sec.

This image and the one below make me want to escape the confinements of the fence and gate to the wide open spaces beyond.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/4000 sec.


Canon Rebel, ISO 400, F/1.8, 1/1000 sec.

Lastly, I took this photo of our lonely fire pit in the background with the fence dripping water in focus. It has been too wet to even enjoy a fire this summer.

Remember, you will probably have to manually focus you camera for these shots, as the auto focus will pick up on the larger objects in the frame. You want to make sure what you are focusing on is very sharp. Hopefully, these have inspired you to look for ways to use your camera to capture images from an unusual perspective.

Have fun 🙂

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Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.


Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.


Canon Powershot, F/5, ISO 400, 1/405 sec.

The other day, my son found this guy behind the garage door. Always welcome. . .except in the tomato patch.


Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/1010 sec.

This HDR expresses how I feel about those who take time to read my blog 🙂


Canon Powershot, F/3.4, ISO 400, 1/202 sec.


Canon Powershot, F/4, ISO 400, 1/50 sec.

Lastly, a couple of HDR shots of nature’s gifts.

Hope everyone is having a great summer.


Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/160 sec.

In case you aren’t aware of this fact, cows eat hay in the winter when grass is dormant. Therefore, in the summer, the tall grass in the fields has to be cut, dried and rolled into hay rolls to be put up for use in the winter. I’ve always thought hay rolls were very photogenic.


Canon Rebel, F/5.6, ISO 100, 1/250 sec.

This field is ready to be cut. The implement in the top left corner is the rake used to moved the hay into rows for the baling machine to pick up. Farmers this year have had a really hard time getting hay cut and collected in between rains. We have had a very wet summer in Kentucky.





I know it has been a while since I posted anything. The truth is I have been too busy to find the time to blog. I did take the picture above through the windshield of my car while it was raining. I thought it turned out pretty cool. I am nearing the end of two semesters of Human Anatomy class because I am currently enrolled in a Medical Information Technology program in college. The anatomy class has been very interesting, but also time-consuming and grueling. I have also been singing in a community choir and our performance is tonight and Sunday; and doing some photo shoots with high school seniors (will post some of those later).

I have been taking pictures. I never get too busy for that. Even if they are while riding in the car from one place to another. Hopefully, soon I will get those edited and shared as well. The point I’m trying to make is if you are truly passionate about something (as I am photography), you find time to fit it in the best way possible. My smartphone has been getting more photo time and I have been posting on Instagram @lisahurstphotography. I usually post photos on Instagram that are not on my blog. I have a Facebook page as well (Lisa Ingram Hurst), where I sometimes post articles about photography.


One of my favorite hobbies is doing watercolor collages. They are really pretty simple. The one above was done a couple months ago. I painted four separate sheets of watercolor paper with various colors in a sweeping motion. I outlined a few tree trunks in pencil on a large piece of watercolor paper and brushed lightly back and forth across them. After everything dried, I glued the four background sheets to a piece of craft paper, then I cut out the tree trunks and positioned them on the background sheets. Voila! That was all. In a frame behind glass, they look just 3D enough to be interesting. One of my favorite things about this method of art is that I can play around with background and foreground images without commitment. I don’t glue anything down until I am happy with the way it looks.


This watercolor presented a problem. I did this as part of a workshop to practice painting spheres and giving them directional highlights. However, I didn’t like the way the finished product looked. So. . . I cut out some of the spheres and painted a new background for them.


Better, huh?


I did this project to enter in an exhibit in Lexington. The theme of the exhibit is visual music. I painted all the elements of the piece separately. For the trees, I Mod Podged pages from an old hymnal onto watercolor paper and them painted over the music. See detail below:



For the one above, I outlined tree trunks again and painted them, then cut them out. I painted some scrap pieces of watercolor paper with different colors and cut them out as well. Then they had to be glued onto the pre-painted background. Simple, right?

Give it a try. You can do it 🙂

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