For my first real foray on this blog, I took an early morning trip downtown. I had in mind to do a series on the churches in the area (and I still may do that). But along the way I got distracted and ended up shooting a lot of other stuff as well. Photo walks can be like that. Sometimes you start out with one thing in mind, but you end up in an entirely different situation. It's easy to come up with some really interesting shots that way. I always urge photographers to keep an open mind when they go out to shoot. Unless you are on an assignment, (sometimes even then!), keep your eyes open for that unexpected shot that seems to pop up out of nowhere. Below are just a few of the shots I took this morning.I typically take 200-300 shots on one of these walks. But I usually pare it down to a handful to show. Some are filed away if they are useable, the rest tossed. Hey, storage is cheap, but it's not that cheap! So take a look and let me know what you think. I am looking for suggestions for unique and interesting things to shoot in Saratoga, so share your thoughts!
Bethesda Episcopal Church on Washington Street (1/52s/F8/ISO 64)
Bethesda Episcopal on Washington (1/80s/F8/ISO 64)
Detail of Bethesda front windows. (1/160s/F4.6/ISO 200)
Hattie's Chicken Shack. Best. Chicken. Ever!!! Don't try to go during the season, unless you want to be with 100 of your closet friends elbow to elbow. (It's a small place!). After the season, it's easy to get a table. If you don't want to wait, try the Express location in Wilton. (1/210s/F3.1/ISO 64)
So if you don't want to brave the crowds at the track, but still want to see some horses, you can drive around and count the painted ponies in Saratoga. (Hint-there are rumored to be 2 dozen of these around town). (1/110s/F4.5/ISO 64) Here's another:
Here's the Batchellor Mansion. A B&B located on Circular near Congress Park. I have always loved the architecture of this building and admired the color.
Here is a detail showing the unique color scheme and the fantastic roofline!
After the Batchellor, I shot up to North Broadway to see if I could find any good shots in Mansion Row. Alas, due to the cloud cover and the trees, there were not a lot of good shots to be had. I did manage to take this one, though. According to the legend I have been told, this house was owned by two elderly sisters who did not get along, each occupying one wing of the house until their deaths. Note the identical sides of the house down to the porches! (Can anyone confirm this?)
After my foray into North Broadway, I drifted down to Franklin Square, another well known area in Saratoga, and for good reason. Check out the row houses below:
Here's my house in Franklin Square (just kidding! I wish!!):
Here's the fountain in the Square. Luckily no homeless people taking a bath as has been a problem in the past! :(
After leaving the Square, I moved on to the Visitors Center and shot this wide angle view. I really like how this turned out!
And last but not least, a shot of the famous jockey statue outside of Palio Communications:
So that's about all for now. As you can see Saratoga is a great place to take pictures. So I urge you all to get your cameras out and take a photowalk. It's a great way to see the city and get some really nice shots. I used two cameras for these photos. One is a Nikon D50 with a 28-80 zoom lens, and the other is a Fujifilm S4000 with a 30x zoom. Both nice cameras and both fairly easy to use. The Nikon is a bit heavy, and with the lens, downright bulky, but is is a fast camera and I use it to get a lot of action shots. The Fuji is a lot ligher, but it's slower, so I tend to use it on stationary items. What do you use? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts and experiences. I'd love to hear your stories! Bye for now!