This river-side farm scene, the May picture in Rosewood's 2016 calendar, was shot with our DJI Phantom 3 drone. If you dropped in your canoe at this spot on the Conestoga River, you might recognize our February picture of the month two bridges downstream. Learn more about the area and the making of this picture below.
Kurtz Road, Ephrata, PA
The Conestoga shares its name with a small Native American tribe that inhabited the area until the eighteenth century. Today, the Conestoga is frequented by canoes and kayaks on a winding journey through the heart of Lancaster County.
The river accommodated America’s first steamboat in 1763.
Photographer: Adrian M. Nolt
Gear: DJI Phantom 3 Professional
When Rosewood Marketing acquired an aerial camera, I knew I wanted to capture a Lancaster County farm scene at sunrise with a river flowing through the picture. In my mind I could see layers of morning river fog sliced with long shadows from the surrounding trees. So various mornings on my way to work I took riverside detours looking for photogenic locations. This picture was taken facing northeast on the bridge where Kurtz Road crosses the Conestoga River between Hinkletown and Martindale, PA. The quadcopter was hovering about tree-height next to the trees on the south side of the river. So while it does not feature fog, this picture still made it into Rosewood's 2016 calendar.
Tip: It's the middle of the day, and you are standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon trying to capture a beautiful image for your wall. Why doesn't the picture on the back of your camera match the postcard at the visitors' center? Here is the secret! You should have come at a different time. Many times your most interesting light occurs from a half hour on the dark side to two hours on the sunny side of sunrise and sunset. For example, this would have been a different scene two hours earlier or later. Because light is what makes the picture, you don't have anything if you don't have great light.