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Picture of the Month: June 2016

After nearly crashing the quadcopter at the Acrigg's waterfall, we tried again here at this new bridge on Sand Siding Trail in Swatara State Park. Question: Can you find 4 people hiding somewhere on the bridge? (Hint: it's not the camera case or the man riding his bike near the far end of the bridge.)

Sand Siding Bridge in Swatara State Park, PA
If you want to walk with God, you must go God’s way.
Swatara Creek

Sand Siding Trail, Swatara State Park, Jonestown, PA
Located within the stellar Swatara State Park, the Sand Siding Trail is just one of many trails, including the Appalachian Trail. This area was settled by Europeans in the 1750s. The Swatara Rail-Trail reveals parts of the old canal and railroad beds from the coal mining era.

Photo Notes: 

Photographer: Adrian M. Nolt
Gear: DJI Phantom 3 Professional

Answer: Adrian, Roy, and Roy's two sons are huddled together against the side of the bridge above the near side of the river. The Phantom 3, as is the case with most drones, has a very wide-angle lens. Since we were shooting various angles of this scene as the sun was setting, it would have been difficult for us to get out of every picture. But to our benefit, it can be easy to hide in plain view in a wide-angle shot.

I like the slight c-shape of the bridge taking the viewer's eye through the picture into the upper-left quarter of the frame. The river creates an x with the bridge, adding interest to the composition.