Amish Drive-By by Gene Walls

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This young Amish couple was racing up the snowy hill in an open buggy. It immediately made me think of an odd phrase… “Amish Hot Rod”!

She was holding the big umbrella over both of their heads as he was “encouraging” the horse around a sharp turn.

This action shot was captured just east of Clarkstown, PA, in the beautiful Muncy Valley region.


Uncropped, Untouched Original Photo

The photo was shot “handheld” through my windshield, with a Canon EOS 10D DSLR camera fitted with a Canon EF 35-350mm f/3.5-5.6L telephoto zoom lens @ 35mm focal length. The shutter speed was 1/125th sec at f/9.5. The camera’s ISO was set to 100.

Unfortunately, my camera was locked on to a heavy tripod when this unusual sight appeared in front of me, so I had to wrestle the whole contraption up to my eye to catch the shot.

No chance to change any settings… just a quick grab, aim, manually focus and shoot! (…the lens was still in “manual” from the last photos I had taken.) The shutter speed was too slow to totally “freeze” the motion, but I like the “energy” that the slight blur portrays.

Your comments are always welcome! Constructive criticism is appreciated.

© 2009 Gene Walls

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Hello, My name is Gene. I live in the Susquehanna river valley (West Branch), in the mountains of north central Pennsylvania. I strive to produce photographic images that are simply “true” to the subject, usually with minimal post processing. If something is beautiful or interesting enough to deserve a viewer’s attention, it justifies being captured just as it is …or as close to reality as possible.

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Comments

  • David  Hibberd
    David Hibberdover 4 years ago

    Cool shot Gene!

  • Thank you very much, David! It was a big surprise when this buggy zipped past me in the snow!

    All of New Year’s best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CanyonWind
    CanyonWindover 4 years ago

    One of my favorites Gene.
    POP’s

  • Thanks a bunch, Pop’s! Glad you like it!

    Happy New Year!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • clizzio
    clizzioover 4 years ago

    Beautiful Gene. Great snow storm shot! It looks like the road could have been slippery too. It was worth going out in the elements to get this shot.

  • Thank you very kindly, Cindy! It was a bit slippery, but it was definitely worth the risk for me. I took over 400 shots that day… I’m still sorting through them.

    All the best for 2010!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Wanda Raines
    Wanda Rainesover 4 years ago
    Hard to believe that they live that way. They are hard working people. What a wonderful capture of their everyday life.
  • Much appreciated, Wanda! Yes, they are amazing people. I have a lot of respect for them and their beliefs. They certainly do work hard, that’s for sure.

    Best wishes,

    Gene

    Happy New Year!

    – Gene Walls

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Great capture Gene!!! :D

  • Thanks a bunch, Cee!

    Happiest of New Years!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago


    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Thanks!

    – Gene Walls

  • Digidi
    Digidiover 4 years ago

    great capture gene, i love the title it made me smile :))))

  • Thank you very much, Di! I’m so pleased that it made you smile!!! That’s the best compliment of all!

    Happy New Year!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Digidi
    Digidiover 4 years ago

    same to you my redbubble friend

  • Thanks!

    – Gene Walls

  • dove99
    dove99over 4 years ago

    Perfect capture!

  • Thank you so much, DiDi!

    Have a Happy New Year!

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 4 years ago

    This would make a great addition to the Horse and Rider group

  • Thanks! It’s there now!

    All my best,

    Gene

    – Gene Walls

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