Top 9 Photos from 2020

Kitts Hummock-finally got to visit this Delaware Bay Beach. I heard so many cool stories about this picturesque beach. Now I Need to go at sunset or sunrise

Purple Flowers from Country Dahlias shot in my Kitchen. Zooming in and filling the frame saves you from worrying about the dirty dishes in sink.

Tower Beach at Delaware Seashore State Park at sunset. Probably my favorite handheld shot of the year. I went for a walk on the beach at sunset and I have always wanted to capture the power and peacefulness of a wave

Gordon’s Pond Sunrise at Cape Henlopen State Park. The presidential state park that has an awesome bike path. Just make sure you don’t forget your bug spray in the summer.

Swamp Forest Ferns at Lums Pond State Park. Went for the sunrise photo over the lake and took home a fern photo. Ferns are one of my favorites to shoot

Indian River Marina sunrise. High tide and storm helped give Delaware some waves. Nothing like the Oregon coast but still fun to watch

Rockford Tower one morning after catching sunrise along the Delaware Bay

Lost Road in Appalachia. I have been on this road once or twice before this shot. This was a turn around and go back and shoot this photo. How many of us have turned around because they saw something so cool? Best part of going to the middle of no where is no traffic. Yes I had focus set and exposure set before I even debated about going in the middle of the road

Prince Gallitzin State Park during sunrise in October. We had one of the best fall colors in years here in the Mid Atlantic. This sunrise was perfect with the fog and light hitting the trees.

2021 plan is to finish a book I have been working on and create more images to share. Also be on the lookout for some of my instrctional videos on how to create better photographs.Shop This Image -Brandon

My Favorite 5 Fall Photography Locations

Nights are getting colder and the leaves are turning. Time to jump into your fall photography clothes. Here are a few places I like to travel to take grab some images of the Autumn season.

Maroon Bells, Colorado

Located just outside of Aspen, Colorado you will find one of Colorado’s most famous 14ers. All of the mountains of Colorado are amazing during September. From Breckenridge to Steamboat and down to Durango you can not go wrong in finding spots to shoot. Make sure you show up early to get the morning light and beat the crowds. Next time I go it will be dark when I show up to capture the first light hitting the top of the peaks. Colorado images at brandonhirt.com

Glacier National Park, Montana

Northwest Montana is home to this treasure land of photography and adventures. All my photos are from the second week of September so make sure you get there early in the fall season for the leaves. My favorite spots are Lake Mcdonald, St. Marys Lake, and Avalanche Lake. See images from all these spots on my website brandonhirt.com

Never know where the light will hit. This tree was at a rest stop in the park. It was raining and snowing
South end of the Park
Even the rocks change colors at Lake McDonald on the Western Edge of the park

Ohiopyle State Park, Pennsylvania

Located in the Laurel Highlands of Southwest PA along the Youghiogheny River. One of my favorite rainy day adventure spots. The park surrounds the town of Ohiopyle that is full of restaurants and bike shops. Located along the popular Great Allegheny Passage bike trail. When visiting Ohiopyle must photo spots are Cucumber Falls, Waterslides, Ohiopyle Falls, Ferncliff Peninsula, and Jonathan Run.

Cucumber Falls full of water in this October image. So many compositions to be found with this popular waterfall.

Cucumber Falls and the waterfall area are both with in a nice walk of the town of Ohiopyle. Plus some great spots along the way to capture more foliage on the walk. View more photos of Pennsylvania at brandonhirt.com

Watkins Glenn State Park, New York

Finger Lake region of New York is a hot spot for photography. Lakes, waterfalls, and forest to explore. These shots were all done in early November so this is a great spot to hit later in the fall season. Take a waterfall tour or wine tour you will find great shooting

Rainbow Falls is a favorite in the Watkins Glen gorge
Keep your eyes open you never know what is laying around in the rain
Taughannock Falls state park is not at Watkins Glen but it is a short drive away

Blackwater Falls State Park

West Virginia

Canaan Valley is one of my favorite weekend getaways. From skiing to biking and all the trails to explore. Blackwater Falls is just west of Canaan Valley and is home to some really popular waterfalls. If it is clouds explore the waterfalls of Elakala or Blackwater Falls. If the sun is out check out Lindy Point and Canaan Valley State Park. Shop more photos at brandonhirt.com

View of the Blackwater valley from the Pendleton Point Overlook

Bonus Ricketts Glenn State Park

This park is a must go for fall foliage against the 20+ waterfalls. Check out this images at brandonhirt.com

Also some other favorite places I love to shoot at during the Autumn Season…..

Trap Pond State Park, Lake Dillon in Colorado, and Prince Gallitzin State Park

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Who Loves Sunflowers?

Front Range Sunflower 
This was one of my first favorite sunflower photos I snapped. When I was living in Denver I kept hearing these rumors about the super cool sunflower fields by DIA. So I thought why not stop at one on the way to the airport. I am a late person so being early scares me. Anyone else agree? 

If you ever been to DIA you know you can see for miles since it is flat. You can see a Prairie Dog five miles away to the east and Mt Evans to the west. I got lucky and found a field in time before I had to rush off to the airport. 

So I grab my camera (Nikon f100) with 24-105 macro lens(anyone find that lens yet I lost it a few years ago) loaded it up with Fuji Velvia 50 and started snapping. This was shot during the summer of 2002. 

Why I have always loved this image? The colors I just love the yellow flower with the deep blue morning Colorado sky. The composition I love the focus on the main flower and you can see the party behind it. Kind of a mullet of a photo? Business in the front and party in the back. I love having the top third with the blue sky then the main flower in the middle third and the stems growing up from the bottom third. 

My keys to shooting flowers
Shoot during golden hours 
Focus on one flower that sticks out to you
Get close
Smile

My favorite 5 State Park Beaches

Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware

Sunrise during a warm July morning looking towards the Point. This park is great for sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean and sunsets over the Delaware Bay. It has great beaches, bike trails, and a great campground. What more do you need this summer? I can’t wait to jump in this water in a few weeks. Check it out https://destateparks.com/Beaches/CapeHenlopen or view more of my Delaware Beach Images at BrandonHirt.com

Sunrise Bike Ride at Cape Henlopen

Oregon’s Ecola State Park

When you think of the beach this place is the complete opposite of the Eastern Shore. Thinking it is always sunny and warm at the beach right? After waking up at sunrise I tried to make egg in the pouring down rain. That was the best part. Such a cool place.

Presque Isle State Park in Pennsylvania

I always thought we were landlocked here. I know you hear Erie has a beach but then you show up on warm September day and think screw the crowds this is pretty chill. Find out more at Presque Isle State Park’s website

Lake Erie Photos at BrandonHirt.com

Florida’s Gasparilla State Park

We made sunset just in time at the Gasparilla lighthouse. When you think of January you usually think of white snow not white sand. Discover this beach and make some plans at https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/gasparilla-island-state-park

Florida Seascape Photography

Hawaii’s Hapuna State Park

When you talk about beaches you need to have a Hawaiian beach?
Hapuna Beach State Park

Hawaii Seascape Photography by Brandon Hirt

Pittsburgh Top 10 Photo spots

Since the Three Rivers Arts Festival is virtual this year I thought I would share my top 10 places to shoot in Pittsburgh.

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10. Carrie Furnace

Steel Mill=Pittsburgh and this is one you can visit
https://riversofsteel.com/attractions/carrie-furnaces/

9. Three Rivers Art Festival

Umbrellas from the Three Rivers Art Festival
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8. Phipps Conservatory

Phipps is known for its gardens but the light show during the holidays is awesome.
https://www.phipps.conservatory.org

7. Point Park

Sunsetpaloza of spots to hangout in the summer in Pittsburgh
https://www.dcnr.pa.gov/StateParks/FindAPark/PointStatePark/Pages/default.aspx

6. Penn Station

One of my favorite spots in downtown.
Pittsburgh Train Station

5. Mt Washington

The famous overlook area so many opportunities for unique shots
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4. Under the Bridge

Multiple bridges to catch unique angles.

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3. Market Square

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2. Oakland

Cathedral of Learning

1. West End Overlook

Pittsburgh Twilight

Glacier National Park quick photo guide

Glacier National Park in Montana. This is a great park to view mountain, lakes, waterfalls, and wildlife. All of my images are from September 2010. Check out my website Brandonhirt.com to see more images from this trip

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Lake McDonald

Look for the colorful rocks in the lake. You will be surrounded by mountains so look for some cool reflections

Trail of the Cedars

A great hike in the woods with multiple tree shots available. Plus a really cool gorge

Many Glacier

You will be on top of the world with multiple mountain tops to shoot. I would love to be here for an awesome sunrise or sunset. Get out of your car like this guy and check out the scenes

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St Mary Lake

Wild Goose Island in the middle of this lake is awesome. Try a wide angle view like below or zoom in onto the island.

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Two Medicine

Problem with only having one sunset is sometimes the clouds come in. Give yourself multiple days so you can chase the light.

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Going to the Sun Road

This road sets the ball on the tee for you to get some amazing shots. The leaves are beside a bathroom and the fog is from one of the pull offs on the west side of the divide. So always keep your eye open for photo opportunities.

Horse with no name

 

Help me name this Horse from Iceland? I need to name her

I’m giving away a 16×24 Canvas print of the Iceland Horse.

Click the link below to enter 👇

https://brandonhirt.artstorefronts.com/name-the-print-free-print-giveaway

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Anyone else have issues naming their work? I always thought a good photo doesn’t need a name? Maybe Horse Photo number 5?

Giveaway ends on February 2nd. This is one of my last canvas prints from the previous Art Show season so it does show some love. Want to see her in person? Go to Bottleworks in Johnstown.

Blue Knob Snow Tree

Finally it is snow season and my favorite time of the year!!!!!

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Black and White Snow Photos

I love when it snows it makes everything peaceful and beautiful. The sound of the snow falling down on the trees or maybe how delicious those snowflakes taste on your tongue. Plus the world becomes a playground for my skis and snowboard. Here in Pennsylvania we get a few weeks out of the year where it feels like winter. After living in the mountains of Colorado for 10 years I am use to snow from October till April. (yes I have shoveled snow every month of the year and also went snowboarding)

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Fourth of July Bowl in Breckenridge, Colorado in August.

How to take great snow photos?

Get outside the second it starts. Catch the clean snow. After a few days of wind the dirt will go blow on top of the pristine white snow and ruin it. Use different shutter speeds to catch the snow as it falls. Do you want the dots of snow in your picture try a shutter speed faster then 1/125 of a second. Would you like the snow to streak? Put your camera on a tripod and shoot for 1/30 or slower. Always take multiple exposure with different shutter speeds to see which effect you like. Film is cheap. Plus the snow will be blowing at different speeds. Play around and don’t drop your camera in the snow.

Composition in the snow…..

Look for silhouetted trees or frame a pine tree in between other trees. Here in Pennsylvania we have some great woods that have random Pines or Mountain Laurel in it. Catch a building or barn with the snow covering it. Go back to your favorite locations when they have snow and see how that changes the perspective. Last words of wisdom…when you look out your window and say the snow looks really pretty…that is when you want to take your camera out. Remember there is never bad weather just bad clothes or fashion choices.