App a day keeps the bad photos away

Keys to success with photography? All that boring planning like looking at maps and watching the weather channel:) it is so much easier today to plan then before. 

Yes I still have my real maps but google maps has made my time estimates more accurate. Time management is not my strong suit. Now I am able to save locations and find travel times and directions correctly. 

My two favorite photo app is PhotoPills and the Photographer’s Ephemeris. They are awesome. If you need to find where the sun is coming up at or where the Milky Way is and what time it will appear at. 

PhotoPills is great for Milky Way information 

The Photographer’s Ephemeris is great for sunrise or sunset planning

Now that you found you locations what about the weather. I use three different apps The Weather Channel, Weather underground, and AccuWeather. Weather underground is great for viewing the hundreds of webcams so you can see the real weather. TWC and AccuWeather I use to predict weather and cloud cover. 

I hope this helps your planning. So many resources available now at the tip of our fingers. What apps do you use? I would love to hear.
 You can view my work at Www.brandonhirtphoto.com Also right now my favorite photo lab CG Pro Prints is offering a 10% coupon to you. Use code BHPRO10 for 10% off your first order. 

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Brandon Hirt Opening Reception March 4 1-3 Pm

Opening Reception this Saturday!
The Community Arts Center is thrilled to announce our 2nd Gallery Exhibit of the year, Luminous Landscapes, a photography exhibition by local artist, Brandon Hirt.
An opening reception will be held this Saturday, March 4 from 1pm – 3 pm, with a Gallery Talk with the photographer at 2pm.

Luminous Landscape at Community Arts Center

Central Pa Live Interview

 

Brandon Hirt Photography Top 10 of 2016

10. Ohiopyle Snow

I was on my way to take photos of Cucumber Falls at Ohiopyle State Park but while I was walking around I looked up the hill side to see the fog rolling in. This made a really interesting image.

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9. Glendale Night

Prince Gallitzin State Park is one of my favorite fishing destinations. Being in the middle of almost no where helps to see the stars and the Milky Way.

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8 Assateague Lighthouse

Chincoteague Island on a bluebird morning during Easter weekend in Virginia we walked around Chinocteague to its famous lighthouse. The line was long to go inside so it made me look up and capture the lighthouse from the base looking up.

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7 Big Ben and Friends

Baby Ben and his friends in the pasture checking out what was going on during Vale Wood Farms famous Pumpkin Patch

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6. Laurel Highlands Sunrise

Hiking out to Beam Rocks on the Laurel Ridge Trail the sun poked in and out of the trees so this was a moment that the destination but the experience along the way was the photo.

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5. Indian River Morning

Driving from Dewey Beach to capture the sunrise in Bethany Beach I found the moon super pleasing to the eye. I was going to stop at the Indian River Inlet to get a couple images of the bridge during dawn. When I arrived I noticed the moon would look cool with the lines of the bridge

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4. Fair Night

My favorite night of the year it is the fireworks at the Cambria County Fair. So many lights and fried food smells. Deep Fried Oreos and Tripods.

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3. Dewey Beach

Stars came out on this clear night with the light of Rehoboth Beach in the distance.

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2. Blackwater Falls State Park

The famous waterfall that every photographer has in a 5 state radius. It does take some careful walking down to but it is rewarding. This is what happens when you visit a spot multiple time you start looking for a new perspective after capture the shot. The swirl in the same pool with a few fall leaves in it is the true story so I wanted to make it the main focal point. So I used my 70-200 instead a wide angle to capture the swirl

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1.Ebensburg Night

Wheels and Wings is an exciting night to capture all the bikes and characters that show up. Usually a street that is quiet at night becomes busy. I have always stayed on the sideline to capture the car lights but I noticed a sign put up to slow traffic. No better place to put your camera and tripod. I always wanted to capture the traffic go towards you on one side and away on the other side. Using a remote shutter release. I was able to stand on the side walk and watch this truck go with in inches of knocking over the sign and my camera.

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Looking up in 2016

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From the ground to the sky at the Allegheny Portage Railroad these trees captured my attention during a hike in the woods a few weeks ago. You can check more of my images from my website Brandon Hirt Photo or Etsy Shop.

Current and Future Exhibits

State Museum
Pennsylvania Modern: A Juried Photography Exhibition of Midcentury Modern Architecture
State Museum of PA till End of February in Harrisburg, PA
Focal Point 2016
Maryland Federation of Art
Annapolis, Maryland
January 29-February 27
Homewood in Martinsburg 
I will be the exhibiting artist for the month of January.

Also visit these galleries that sell my images

Bottleworks in Johnstown, Pa

Founders Gallery and Gifts in Blairsville, Pa

Merry Holidays

Dreaming of a White Christmas?

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Not this year at the Dr. Knisely Covered Bridge in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. This was from Valentine’s day of 2010. Available for sale on my website Brandon Hirt Photo I think it looks best printed on canvas. My etsy store is having a sale till the end of the year. Save 25% with coupon code BHIRT25.

Current and Future Exhibits

Pennsylvania Modern: A Juried Photography Exhibition of Midcentury Modern Architecture
State Museum of PA till End of February in Harrisburg, PA
State Museum
Focal Point 2016
Maryland Federation of Art
Annapolis, Maryland
January 29-February 27
Focal Point 2016

Also visit these galleries that sell my images

Bottleworks in Johnstown, Pa

Founders Gallery and Gifts in Blairsville, Pa