Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Gathering Place - Darlington Lake - Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer - Uncorking A Cure for Cystic Fibrosis Wine Tasting Event

The Gathering Place - Darlington Lake - Uncorking A Cure for Cystic Fibrosis Wine Tasting Event
Gathering Place

I wanted to continue to show the beauty of this facility and discuss an upcoming event.  On Friday, August 26, 2011, The Gathering Place is hosting a Wine tasting benefit for Cystic Fibrosis.  The event is called "Uncorking A Cure for Cystic Fibrosis Wine Tasting Benefit".

7 pm - 10 pm - rain or shine - no refund

Event tickets are $25 -

If you are interested in obtaining a ticket, please contact The Gathering Place.  (Below is an excerpt from their Facebook post.)

UNCORKING A CURE!!! Tickets close to selling out! Please call or email for ticket purchase. 724.827.2833 gatheringplaceatdarlingtonlake​

$25/ticket OR $100 for "Friends of Uncorking A Cure"= 2 tix/2 wine glases/name recognition in program. Friday, AUGUST 26, 7-10pm. Three PA wineries, beer tasting station, auctions, give-a-ways...ETC!!! Don't miss this wonderful fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis!!!!

Darlington Lake

We will be at this event displaying some of our wedding work and taking portraits along the lake for purchase.   In addition, if time permits, we will document some of the activities from the exciting day.  

Please stop by and visit us and you might win a prize or two too. :-D

The Gathering Place - Darlington Lake - Pittsburgh Wedding Photographer - Uncorking A Cure for Cystic Fibrosis Wine Tasting Event

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