Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Gathering Place Early Morning Rest and Beauty - Darlington Lake

Darlington Lake - The Gathering Place

Finding beauty in or near your backyard.

I mentioned this thought in previous posts and will continue it again.  There is no doubt many of us photographers have beautiful places to photograph within minutes of our home or office.  This is one of those places. "The Gathering Place" sits along Darlington Lake in Darlington, PA.  It is minutes from my home and is a beautiful setting to sit and watch the birds and other animals enjoy the rising sun and mist burn off from the heat.

I took a few different shots and since the mist and fog was very thick created only wide angle shots.  Over the next few weeks, I plan to visit the location during different times of the day and capture the beauty of the facility which sits along this peaceful lake.

Both of these shots were shot as an HDR image using five bracketed stops with the Nikon D300, Tamron 17-50 @ f/8 ISO 200 on a tri pod.  I used Nik HDR Efex pro, Lightroom, and Photoshop CS 5 to polish the images.
HDR Efex ProHDR Efex Pro
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3

I believe with all my heart that many wonderful locations are not known because they are shadowed by very popular tourist sites or well known landmarks.   While I was photographing this scene, the birds were flying from their resting place within the grass along side the lake.  The grass was moderately high and fully covered with a heavy dew or remnants from yesterday's rain storm. 

I can imagine sitting on the porch of this beautiful facility drinking a warm cup of tea or other morning beverage listening to the chirping and singing sounds from all the birds.

As always - get out and enjoy the beauty of life.  Laugh, love, and live!
Misty Morning Reflections

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