Archive | June 2013

Landmark in Lights at Bryn Athyn, Pa

I love to shoot at Bryn Athyn and last night was our workshop at their “Landmark in Lights” event. The lights go on about 8:00 pm and stay on till 11:00. Last year was packed with photographers all over the lawn. This year was definitely lighter. I was surprised since it was such a beautiful night to photograph.

I love to share and teach so off we went to check out our surroundings. The night sky was still light so it gave us ample opportunity to photograph some of the beautiful gardens there. (I happen to know the gardener and she does such a beautiful job here at all seasons).

As the sun went down and the lights came on, it was time to start shooting from the grounds. We started with Cairnwood Mansion (an old favorite of mine from shooting weddings in the day). It is just grande! Here’s one I shot and played with in Photoshop. The original image is gorgeous but I wanted to try something new.


Next door to this is the Pitcairn Estate

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The night sky was getting darker and we turned around to see the Cathedral all lit up. What a beautiful scene! My one student Christine had never been here before, only driven by, and she was so thrilled to be on these spectacular grounds.


Again getting darker, so one last shot, but let’s try a closer view. This is one of my favorites from the night.


So last but not least, I taught how to use your zoom lens to get some very cool abstracts. Here’s my version. Each one will look different.


All night scenes were photographed using long exposures, +/- adjustments, if necessary, self-timer and tripod. If you’d like to join me on a workshop shooting adventure, please check out my schedule at

Super Moon Photography

Fill the sky with light tonight! This month’s full moon called the Super Moon is also a perigee moon, meaning it is the closest that the moon comes to Earth during the satellite’s elliptical orbit. To boot, this year’s Supermoon, as it is known, comes right on the heels of the Summer Solstice, which happened on Friday June 21. You can still catch the super moon tonight. When the low hanging moon is near the horizon, it will appear larger. So the Super Moon will appear biggest to the naked eye on the U.S east coast during and just after the moonrise tonight over the Atlantic Ocean at:

Cocoa Beach, Florida: 8:41 p.m. EDT                                                      Miami, Florida:  8:34 p.m. EDT                                                          Charleston, South Carolina:  8:47 p.m. EDT                                               Virginia Beach, Virginia: 8:39 p.m. EDT                                                       New York City, New York: 8:40 p.m

For those planning a stroll along the beach to watch the Super Moon rise on Sunday night, this Full Moon brings along with it a 4-foot plus high tide that will occur around 8:42 p.m., with a few minutes of variation depending on your exact location.
Get your cameras out and ready.
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New DSLR Beginners Camera Class starting

KATYDID camera classBEGINNERS CAMERA CLASS Starts June 18, July 2, 9, 16. Four Tuesday evenings 7:00-9:00 pm plus a weekend Field Trip included. $249.00 pp or save 10% with 2 people. 
Lots of great information and Cheat Sheet and notes included. 
Great Reviews. Classes guaranteed or your money back.
Call 215-672-5686 to sign up.
Held at Katydid Photography Studio. 
Taught by CPP Certified Professional Photographer.