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On the Road



It’s cold in my room. And it’s cold because I’m too lazy to walk over and turn down the air conditioning. Honestly, it probably doesn’t need to be on because I’m in a hotel near Pittsburgh and it’s 50 degrees outside in July. At the same time, the hum it makes while running is keeping me company.

The photo above was taken around 4:00 AM this morning. I woke up around 3:30, because I always wake up at 3:30 and after a half hour of tossing and turning, decided to make a photo.

I’m on the road today, in Monroeville, PA. I’ll be photographing a wedding with Leslie Gilbert Photography, and am looking forward to second shooting for her. But right now, I’m awake and my mind is turning with ideas, thoughts, and hopes. There’s so much I want to accomplish in this world of photography and sometimes I feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. So I wake up at crazy hours and start planning for the next day, week, month, year… and the funny thing is, I love it. I honestly love what I do and being awake isn’t an annoyance at all. Sure, I’d love to fall right back to sleep. I love the nights when I sleep the whole way through without waking up. But most of the time, I wake up at 3:30. And that’s fine with me.

So here’s a photo from this morning’s adventure. Taken around 4:10 AM, I figured since my room overlooked the Pennsylvania turnpike I would capture the scene. There’s the hotel room, the highway, a light trail from a passing car, the toll booths are reflected in the picture over the bed, and I’m checking my to-do list for the day. This was photographed using a tripod, of course, and shot at ISO 100, f/13, and a 30 second exposure. And now that I’ve shared my early morning with you, I’m off to decide about going back to sleep, or heading outside to see if I can catch a sunrise over the turnpike.


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