Out THe Door Without A Plan ( Thanksgiving morning at daybreak is driving nirvana.)

1/200 sec at f/8.0 ISO 200 168 mm.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I started the day by getting up early grabbing the camera bag, the drone bag and heading out the door before sunrise. My goal was to capture a scene that would convey “Thanksgiving in The Country.” Or something close to that, however I knew going out the door without a plan is a horrible idea. And it was.

But not all was lost, because being out early on the empty roads was like therapy. It gave me time to think. For whatever reason driving for me is relaxing and driving when you’re the only one on the road is like heaven. Thanksgiving morning at daybreak is driving nirvana. After a while I could care less about capturing my Thanksgiving photo. I was driving along the Delaware River and I started thinking about the upcoming Christmas season and that thought lead to the “New Year” coming and that thought lead to “what are my goals” and then I… well let’s just say “I was lost,” like literally lost for a moment. Not really lost, but more like “hey I need to turn back” and head home because I do have a holiday dinner to prepare lol.

So I did just that and as I was heading back I kept taking roads that lead towards home, but just not the usual roads. And then I came across this scene with the horses and the farm in the distance. I actually turned the car around so I could shoot without getting out of the car (I’m lazy lol). First I sat and marveled the scene and took it all in. It was about 25°F so the air was crisp; the sun was on the rise and not a cloud in the sky. The foreground was still in dark shadow so this in my opinion made it “not” the perfect shot, but it was beautiful nonetheless.

I’m not a “horse” person per say, but I love to see them grazing, I love the fences and farms are part of me because I grew up on a dairy farm. Farms are beautiful and here in my part of New Jersey they are getting far and few between.

So there it is, my Thanksgiving Day photo and the day was more productive than I first though because I started planning out my goal for 2018. I have more thought to put into them before I solidify them and write them down. I truly want 2018 to be a great year in my life and as for my photography and videography… it’s going to the next level.

Photo notes: 1/200 sec at f/8.0 ISO 200 168 mm. Then I edited in Photoshop and applied a few LUTs.

Photo of The Day “Her Hat” (… she looked forward to wearing the hat while out in the sun …)

Her Hat

1/640 sec at f/5.0 ISO 100 200mm on a Canon EF70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens


“Her Hat” is a personal favorite of mine. It is a “Lao” style hat that was given to my wife (who is a Thai lady) whose family is of Laotian descent. On this particular day I had taken her to a large vegetable farm so she could spend the day picking all the special peppers and Asian eggplants that she so much loves. Most times she will meet up with a friend/s and it becomes more of a social event, but with the focus on picking the veggies.

The image is a favorite because it is from a fun day. She is having fun and I am too. I will spend the day walking the vast acreage of the farm looking for something to photograph or just talking with someone I may meet. As for the hat? I remember the day her friend gave her the hat and she loved it because while being a Thai person and living here in the USA you do not see Lao style things such as hats or clothing that often. She talked in the days leading up to the veggie picking day that she looked forward to wearing the hat while out in the sun and how she would look as if she was back home in Thailand. And she did. Actually I have more photos of her walking down the dusty dirt roads on the farm carrying bags of vegetables and you would think she was in Thailand or Laos.

So in the end it may not be that interesting of an image to most, but it reminds me of a great summer day.

The image was captured on a using a Canon T1i and a Canon EF70-300 f/4-5.6 IS USM lens at 1/640 sec at f/5.0 ISO 100 200mm. Original was done in Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 with Nik Color Efex Pro.3 .

Thanks for reading and have a great day.