Fossum Studios: Blog https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Fossum Studios (Fossum Studios) Thu, 02 Sep 2021 06:12:00 GMT Thu, 02 Sep 2021 06:12:00 GMT https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u105434842-o403406974-50.jpg Fossum Studios: Blog https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog 120 80 Veramendi Pool - The Ledge https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/9/veramendi-pool---the-ledge Cool Topo Chico's, water fall pouring and great sunsets at Veramendi's, The Ledge.

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(Fossum Studios) Architectural Ledge Photography The Veramendi https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/9/veramendi-pool---the-ledge Thu, 02 Sep 2021 06:10:14 GMT
Photoshoot at M/I Homes Sweetwater - Lakeway, TX https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/photoshoot-at-m/i-homes-sweetwater---lakeway-tx This is photography of the model home at M/I Homes' Sweetwater location at 7009 Empresa Dr, Austin, TX. It's a chill master planned community with hillside views. M/I Homes always has excellent staging and themed bedrooms to show a little local knowledge of the neighborhood. This particular one had a bee room that highlighted the Bee Caves community. They really have beautiful and sophisticated homes with a fun flare for their customer experience. Nice work M/I!

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(Fossum Studios) Architechtural estate Fossum Homes M/I Photography Real Studios Sweetwater https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/photoshoot-at-m/i-homes-sweetwater---lakeway-tx Tue, 10 Aug 2021 20:50:24 GMT
Photographing architecture and semi-trucks from Houston to Dallas, Texas https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/photographing-architecture-and-semi-trucks-from-houston-to-dallas-texas It started at 4:30 a.m. as the dark roast coffee was brewing. I gave thanks for my day, for getting to photograph for Rush Truck Centers and prepared my mind for the opportunity the sun would bring in 2 hours and 10 minutes — sunrise began at 6:40 a.m.  With the drone, portable strobes and back up camera batteries changed, I packed it all up and headed to the site with the schedule fresh in my mind. The watering of the concrete began an hour ahead of shoot time. Photo-hydrology is a crude art that is something between creating a painting and getting solder to flow on an electrical wire. The water has to sink in and absorb on the concrete canvas until it saturates and holds a glossy sheen and if you are working with old decomposing asphalt or pea gravel pool decking, bring a fire truck to spray with. As you go, you watch for the dry spots and work the surface repeatedly with the hose until it all holds a constant saturation for as long as possible and then when the light is right, take the shots.

These shoots went particularly well as the staff on-site was prepared and eager. Troy Ottmer at the Houston Medium-Duty Rush Truck Centers even rented a water trailer for the parking lot. I also came prepared with an 8-pack of Black Magic Tire Shine, the best I've found.  The diesel technicians seemed to have fun with the pics and liked seeing the final shots in camera. But most importantly, my contacts who hired me back at corporate liked them as well. 

 

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(Fossum Studios) Architectural Centers Diesel Erik Fossum Mechanic PACCAR PETERBILT Photography Rush Semi-truck Studios Technician Truck https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/photographing-architecture-and-semi-trucks-from-houston-to-dallas-texas Mon, 18 Jan 2021 05:58:05 GMT
Photographing Crane and Refuse Trucks https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/12/photographing-crane-and-refuse-trucks Photographed these big boys this week for the best truck dealership in the nation, Rush Truck Centers. 12 hours shooting and 8 trucks inside and out. Now the post-processing begins to prep for publication. Thank you Rush! #FossumStudios #RushTrucksCenters #crane #MobileCrane #keepontruckin

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(Fossum Studios) https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/12/photographing-crane-and-refuse-trucks Thu, 31 Dec 2020 21:18:54 GMT
Rush Tech Skills Rodeo 2020 - Virtual Competition https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/12/rush-tech-skills-rodeo-2020---virtual-competition I was honored to shoot behind the scenes at this virtual conference. I've photographed the competition for several years at the convention center with tech's working with tools hands-on, but this year, with all the streaming/conference technology, the studio set up at ATX and overall coordination that went into it. I'm amazed. Rush Truck Centers always goes the extra mile....as they say, "Expect More.

 

#RushTruckCenters #FossumStudios #RushTechSkillsRodeo #productionfor #atxeventsystems
 

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(Fossum Studios) ATX Centers Event For Photography Production Rush Systems Truck https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/12/rush-tech-skills-rodeo-2020---virtual-competition Tue, 22 Dec 2020 05:05:22 GMT
Corner Star Lodge - Gateway to the Guadalupe https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/12/corner-star-lodge---gateway-to-the-guadalupe Corner Star Lodge - Sattler, TX Corner Star Lodge - Sattler, TX Corner Star Lodge - Sattler, TX Casey Ellis - New Braunfels, RealtorCasey Ellis - New Braunfels, Realtor Corner Star Lodge - Sattler, TX Corner Star Lodge - Sattler, TX Corner Star Lodge - Sattler, TX After working with New Braunfels Realtor, Casey Ellis, to photograph and videograph to sell this charming Cowboy Cabin, an amazing example of log cabin architecture, reminicent of the Timberline Lodge featured in The Shining. The new owner made some updates and hired Fossum Studios to rehoot. This VRBO cabin is located at the Sattler entrance to River Road, the gateway to summertime tubing, outdoor concerts and wintertime fly fishing, in between New Braunfels and Canyon Lake near the Guadalupe River. It is now open for business as with 6 Camper hook ups to bring the whole family. I mean the WHOLE family. Here is the VRBO link to reserve it: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/46770738/photos?check_in=2020-12-14&check_out=2020-12-16&s=67&unique_share_id=658ec97a-86d8-40ef-8054-1fce19727a0b&source_impression_id=p3_1607057564_qwu17AfWyHjUqwKy&guests=1&adults=1

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(Fossum Studios) https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/12/corner-star-lodge---gateway-to-the-guadalupe Fri, 04 Dec 2020 15:02:58 GMT
Amazing Greenbuilt Home - 132 Jordy Road, Huntsville, TX 77320 - 23 Acres https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/11/amazing-greenbuilt-home---132-jordy-road-huntsville-tx-77320---23-acres Hunstville, TX Luxury Real Estate - 132 Jordy Road https://huntsvillehome.net/
See if this is your new home!  Phone and text contact is (936)939-6295

Offered at $1,120,000

 

See if this is your new home!  Phone and text contact is (936)939-6295

Offered at $1,120,000

CONTACT US BY EMAIL

ABOUT

  

Are you looking for luxurious country living in a modern, energy efficient home? You will enjoy living in this stunning 4320 square foot, 4-bedroom 3.5 bathroom home on 23 acres with a pond in the beautiful East Texas Piney Woods in Huntsville, Texas, Walker County. Home to Sam Houston State University

 

Energy Saving Features

The house was designed from the ground up to be energy efficient.  It was also designed to be a beautiful space in which to live.  The energy saving SIPS envelope, OSB sandwiching 6 inch or 8 inch (roof) Styrofoam is also stronger than conventional construction.  The two attics are within conditioned space.  On the hottest summer day they may be one or two degrees warmer than the rooms below.   The house is so efficient that the 3 stage heat pump of 5 tons capacity keeps it cool in summer and warm in winter.  There are no annoying outside AC units; the silent heat exchange is with five 300 foot geothermal heat sink wells that were made by Looptech.  For safety, there is no natural gas or propane.  The house is all electric.  The outdoor kitchen in back has a 36 inch propane grill with two additional burners, a sink and a Primo fire / charcoal ceramic grill.  In the kitchens, the cooktops are magnetic induction, a technology that provides faster cooking than gas with better control.  Magnetic induction heats only the steel or iron pot or pan.  It does not waste heat into the air.  Nor does the cooktop heat other than by contact to a hot pot.  

 

About the Home.

This is a truly unique house, both inside and out. This 4320 square foot home in the East Texas Piney Woods was built  in 2012. It is a 4 bedroom/3.5 bathroom home with two studio/offices. The house follows ADA guidelines with 4 foot hallways and 3 foot doors. 

The house is separated into two wings and upon  entering, you will experience 20ft high great room with overlooking loft, where the space opens  up into the kitchen, with large walk-in pantry and is lit by 2 sets of  12 recessed can lights. The central or main part of the home has a half bath adjacent to one office, an ADA accessible guest bath opposite the guest  bedroom and another office. The two offices could be used as an artist studio or craft room. The recreational loft upstairs leads to 2  floored attics with 698 square feet of conditioned storage space. 

The kitchen itself is amazing with beautiful granite and X wood glassed in cabinets that that reach to the10-foot ceilings with pull drawers for storage; the island has a double sink and Thermidor quiet dishwasher. Appliances include an Electrolux Icon 17 cf upright freezer/17 cf upright refrigerator, Electrolux Icon double oven, Panasonic adjustable power microwave oven and an Electrolux Icon Induction cooktop with 5 burners.

One wing, which is a third of the house is laid  out to be a mother-in-law apartment with its own kitchen, living room,  bedroom with bath and guest room. The bathroom is ADA accessible and sized to admit a wheelchair. 

The other wing includes a stunning master bedroom with his and her closets, one is set up as a tornado room closet. The spa like master bathroom has a walk in dual head shower, toilet  room with bidet and an amazing 6-foot 95 gallon bathtub. 

On the north  and west ends there are porches, then 4 car carports. What was  originally a utility house with a Generac whole house backup generator was converted into a small  workshop. Water is provided by a 120 foot well with 8000 gallons a day  artesian overflow that keeps the pond at a constant level. Heating and  cooling is done with a 3 stage heat pump using 5 geothermal wells for  heat and cold storage. In the summer, the house heat is moved to the  ground while in the winter, heat is moved from the ground to the house.  The walls and roof are of structural insulated panels (SIPS) which  provides not only a thermal barrier, but also very strong  construction. The outside is white Austin limestone with a steel metalroof  by Mueller.   

 

About the land.

There are 23 acres with Little Sulfur Creek running to the west of the house from the northwest to the south.  The creek bottoms are heavily wooded with loblolly pine, oak, elm,  black gum, and sassafras.  The north and east are secluded by a 15,000 acre tree farm, far away from any major highways.  The water well provides plenty of clean spring water with an artesian overflow of 8000 gallons a day which is directed into the pond. Three easements are on the property.  A water easement for a 36 inch water pipeline goes from east to west just north of the house.  The City of Huntsville sells water to a power plant near College Station with this pipeline.  A power line and gas pipeline go diagonally northeast to southwest across the northwest corner of the property.  

 

Wildlife

Wild visitors have been deer, wild hogs, coyote,  racoon, bobcat, opossum, armadillo, fox squirrel, gray squirrel, cottontail rabbit and swamp rabbit.  Birds include tyrant flycatcher, indigo bunting, painted bunting, meadowlark, mourning dove, roadrunner, yellow billed cuckoo, mockingbird, cardinal, black vulture, great white egret, great blue heron, sharp shinned hawk, red shouldered hawk,  American kestrel, Merlin and bald eagle. 

 

The Gardens

Flowerbeds are in front of the house, with a butterfly garden to the east.  The fruit trees include apple, pear, peach, plum, paw paw, and persimmon.  Nut trees include pecan and hickory in the north woods.  An asparagus bed provides a month of asparagus in the spring, shortly followed by Brazos blackberries.  

Facts at a Glance

  Acres:  23

House square footage: 4320

  - Ground floor:  3688

  - Loft:  632

  - Walk in Attics :  two with 698 Sq ft each

  - Porches:  1223

  - Carports:  1440

  - Outdoor kitchen:  486

  - North wing apartment:  986

  - West bedroom wing:  994

  - Main:  1752

-----West Office (part of main): 230

-----North office (part of main): 164

-----Pantry (part of main, off kitchen): 129

-----Storm room (closet in west wing): 86

-----Main part and west wing floors are ceramic tile. 

North wing floor is sheet vinyl.  

The loft floor is vinyl snap in tile.  

The attics are unfinished, with plywood or OSB on the walls and floor.  

Total covered:  6837

  - Heating and cooling is by 3 stage heat pump with geothermal heat sink with five 300 foot geothermal wells. 

  - Emergency back up electric power is provided by a Generac 20KW propane generator with automatic switching. 

  - Hot water is provided by a 40 gallon electric water heater for the kitchen and north wing.  The west wing is served by an 80 gallon hot water heater for the two bathrooms. 

  - Internet is point-to-point wireless with Razer Wireless

Mid-South Electric plans to bring in fiber optic internet in 2021

Location

132 Jordy Road is north of Huntsville via Farm Road 247, then almost a mile on a one lane all weather gravel road.  The Jordy Road community is about 10 miles north of Huntsville, a town of about 40,000 people, and home to Sam Houston State University.  Walker county has about 70,000 people.  To the northwest 20 miles is Madisonville, which is mainly a farming community.  Just south of Madisonville is the Monterey mushroom farm,  one of the larger producers of mushrooms.  It is  a source for mushroom compost that works so well in the gardens.  The public schools are in Huntsville, with school bus service to Jordy Road.   Nelson Creek, a year round clear water spring fed creek, runs about 300 yards to the south and east.  Driving time to Huntsville is 15 minutes; to Conroe is 45 minutes; to Woodlands is 55 minutes; to Houston is 1 hour 30 minutes, and to Dallas is 2 1/2 hours.  

Photos are by Fossum Studios, New Braunfels, Texas fossumstudios.zenfolio.com

 

Offered at $1, 120,000

CONTACT US

Request a Private Tour (936) 939-6295

 If you have questions or would like to set up a private tour, please call or text (936) 939-6295 or email  info@huntsvillehome.net .  

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(Fossum Studios) Estate Hunstville Huntsville Ivy Keller Luxury Markham Ranch Real Realty Story Team The White Williams https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/11/amazing-greenbuilt-home---132-jordy-road-huntsville-tx-77320---23-acres Wed, 25 Nov 2020 23:29:33 GMT
Georgeous Headshots - Lisa Westerbeck, Realtor https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/georgeous-headshots---lisa-westerbeck-realtor Lisa Westerbeck, Realtor

A few days ago I wrote about how composition is everything in a good photo, subject matter can also make it an easy A. From the Grand Canyon, Glacier National Park or the Yosemite Valley, there's not a bad angle and that about sums up the good fortune I had of photographing this lady yesterday. XOX~! Follow her to see her final selection at #LisaWesterbeck or https://lisawesterbeck.kw.com/ (512) 210-3780 Yep, she's also a Realtor in New Braunfels, TX.

 

These were shot with two 500W octobox and umbrella modified strobes in the shade on the banks of the Guadalupe River. Some shots were with with a 150mm zoom and some just where the compositin was right with an 24-105 zoom.
 

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(Fossum Studios) Lisa Westerbeck New Braunfels Realtor https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/6/georgeous-headshots---lisa-westerbeck-realtor Sat, 15 Jun 2019 13:00:19 GMT
Photographing Audi, Dominion Cavender Dealership - San Antonio, Texas https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/photographing-audi-dominion-cavender-dealership---san-antonio-texas

Fossum Studios had the honor of photographing a brand new Cavender Audi Dealership over the course of three sessions. I received some apprapos direction from Rick Cavender and saw some amazing artistry by Malitz Construction — The cone in the corner is a sheetrocking wonder of the world and the concavity of the black 2nd floor balcony is also quite a feat.

The first session was to scope it out, the second for the actual photos and the third to capture the exteriors that were scoped on the first day — redundancy and photographer's instinct were the keystones here. The first session, yielded some great sunrise shots, as the angle of the building required sunrise, so the third session was planned. The second session was to capture interiors once the Audi's were delivered to the showroom floor. However, with weather rolling in that evening and the timing just perfect for a round of twilight exteriors, I rearranged my schedule and shot that evening successfully with the help of some post-production Photoshop work. The third session, as planned I showed up at sunrise, it was drizzling, overcast and the humidity had fogged up the showroom windows...as well as my lenses. (10 minutes in the car with the heater on equalized the temperatures so I could use the Canon lenses). The shots from the 3rd morning session were virtually useless due to the weather, as I had thought they would be. 

Gear used here was:

Canon 5D Mark IV camera body
Canon EF17mm and 24mm TSE lenses
DJI Phantom 4 drone
Camera on a elevated platform operated via WiFi.

 

"There's PROS and there's (ni)KONS" #yaycanon

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(Fossum Studios) Architectural Photography Audi Audi Dominion Cavender Audi New Braunfels San Antonio https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/9/photographing-audi-dominion-cavender-dealership---san-antonio-texas Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:49:06 GMT
Digital editing, how much is too much? https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/digital-editing-how-much-is-too-much A local photographer friend of mine, pointed out how some photographers in the Real Estate industry have photoshop images to be misleading (Real Estate Photography Article). It really just depends on what the client wants and of course, what's legal in advertising.  I put together a few examples of recent work I have done for Chevy, Brohn and The Jarrett Group to show a bit of my process and when I think retouching is appropriate.  Image editing case studyLevels of image retouching

 

 

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(Fossum Studios) architectural photography digital editing hill country new braunfels real estate photography retouching san antonio https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/5/digital-editing-how-much-is-too-much Sat, 19 May 2018 12:25:08 GMT
Video from New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/video-from-new-braunfels-chamber-of-commerce

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(Fossum Studios) https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/video-from-new-braunfels-chamber-of-commerce Sat, 17 Feb 2018 03:51:15 GMT
Ribbon Cutting - Now open full-time! https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/ribbon-cutting---now-open-full-time Fossum Studios has opened full-time with a ribbon cutting at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, January 31st, 2018. We offering stunning architectural photography, video (including drones), and 3D virtual tours with the Matterport system. Wether you sell real estate or build it, we will make your imagery stand out from the rest.  Check out the video at https://youtu.be/PSabfiylzN4

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(Fossum Studios) now open ribbon cutting https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/2/ribbon-cutting---now-open-full-time Mon, 05 Feb 2018 17:53:56 GMT
Real Estate Photography featured in Luxury Home Magazine - Chad Taylor https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/real-estate-photography-featured-in-luxury-home-magazine---chad-taylor

Fossum Studios’ photography featuring Chad Taylor’s 
“The Summit” (plus video by Fossum Studios) atop Jenkin’s Hill and El Rey in the Helotes Hill Country are inside this month’s edition of Luxury Home Magazine, San Antonio.
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More Information contact Chad Taylor at http://taylorluxurylifestyle.com or call (210) 875-8747

The Summit Video: https://youtu.be/WiG63gbEuu4

El Rey: http://chadtaylorluxury.com/property/chinquapin/

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(Fossum Studios) home luxury magazine https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/real-estate-photography-featured-in-luxury-home-magazine---chad-taylor Tue, 09 Jan 2018 20:53:21 GMT
First client of 2018: Amazing Realty real estate photography https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/first-client-of-2018-amazing-realty-real-estate-photography First client of 2018: Jennifer Welch of Amazing Realty, a realtor who really cares about her clients. I know because I’m not just her photographer, I’m also a client.

http://www.amazingrealty.com/about/

 

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(Fossum Studios) https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2018/1/first-client-of-2018-amazing-realty-real-estate-photography Fri, 05 Jan 2018 20:02:52 GMT
Purpose, passion and pride - Full-time employee to full-time business owner https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/purpose-passion-and-pride---full-time-employee-to-full-time-business-owner Several months ago I gave notice of my intentions to resign my day job of 4 years as a Graphic Designer at Rush Enterprises in order to pursue photography.   Basically the reasons behind it were three things....purpose, passion and pride, a concept Steve Gilliland educated me on when i saw him speak. I found that at my day job, my only purpose was to do a good job so my colleagues could depend on me. There was no more passion in the job and thus not much pride except for the fact that it's a well respected company. Rush is a wonderful company with great people and I'll never forget that. They gave me a great send off with an autographed Die-Cast model of Tony Stewart's #14 NASCAR car as that was a campaign I worked on through the years. 

In contrast with my photography, my purpose was making a difference in the people I served. Helping them sell a house, capture that moment with their newborn and family, or having something to be proud to show their friends and family before their wedding.  My purpose is making people happy, doing what I'm good at making beautiful images and paying the bills along the way. This drives my passion as well as an overall thrill to reach success and thus pride. Like climbing a mountain top or scaling up a cliff. I'm finding new challenges and learning about how to be a better businessman, from sales to number crunching and I'm thrilled with the prospect of having my future in my own hands. The world is what you make of it. Never say never.

So today, almost two weeks after my last day on the job, my previous employer has contracted me to photograph their Technician Skills Rodeo event and hopefully this will be a long lasting relationship. I can't imagine a better transition and I hope to give them some great images. As of now, we have done 215 headshots, one group shot, several large meetings a pool party at The Menger hotel, a quick hello to The Alamo (Amen) and two more days left to go.

Looking forward to the course ahead!

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(Fossum Studios) purpose passsion and pride quitting your day job take this job and shove it taking the plunge https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/12/purpose-passion-and-pride---full-time-employee-to-full-time-business-owner Mon, 11 Dec 2017 21:04:52 GMT
Interior Bounce Lighting https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/interior-bounce-lighting Help me out, which do you like better? It's 2 different lighting techniques. While I like the definition on the left couch, giant ottoman and the cleaner windows, the overall lightness and color of the first photo seems to be my favorite. What do you think?

 

 

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(Fossum Studios) https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/interior-bounce-lighting Sat, 14 Oct 2017 14:21:40 GMT
Direction of The Sun https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/direction-of-the-sun This is from one of my favorite builders and clients, Brohn Homes. The first shot was taken in the foggy AM with the light from behind. The second shot was in the evening with the sun setting about 45 degrees to the right of the home with a perfectly clear sky. I didn't have to do much of anything, just consistent photohydrologyTM, perfect timing and weather, after the shot...only minor color corrections.  Copyright Fossum Studios 2017.

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(Fossum Studios) brohn homes covered bridge fossum studios the enclave https://fossumstudios.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/10/direction-of-the-sun Fri, 13 Oct 2017 05:44:42 GMT