Horse with No Name

Who wants a free print?

Less then a week left to name the Icelandic Horse in the photo below. Contest ends February 2

Giving away a 16×24 Canvas Print with a free 2020 Brandon Hirt Photo Calendar.

Click on below link to enter

Thanks to everyone that has already voted. Get extra chance to win by liking our Facebook page

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 👇


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!!!!!


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)


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.

New Studio Space

Moving into a new studio space at Bottleworks in Johnstown. Doors will always be open if you want to check out my work. Also many great items in the Gallery Store at Bottleworks.

Autumn Image from Blackwater Falls State Park in West Virginia


Also check out

321 Gallery in Hollidaysburg

Artist Hand Gallery in Indiana, PA

New Gallery space coming December 1st……..



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 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. 

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