Gone to Seed. Friday Photograph

Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax


 Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

These little beauties were hiding along a rock wall at dusk on a beautiful 7 acre parcel of Loudoun County VA countryside.

The sunset and vistas were great but I have a thousand shots like that.

I was looking for small treasures.

A tripod was used for stability along with a 300mm telephoto lens. When the light is low and you have a cheap lens, a tripod and a inexpensive shutter release can help you get a clean shot.

Most folks new to photography have a tough time with low light and night shots..they come out blurry, if at all.

Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

When there is so little light, your camera's shutter needs to stay open a couple seconds or more to let in enough light to make an image.

If you move during this time...there goes your shot.

Even the pros cannot hold a camera steady that long. They use a tripod. Mine folds to 18 inches and is very light.

I stick it in the back of my camera back pack when roaming around looking for opportunity.

Sometimes even the act of depressing the shutter button can contribute blur to your shot by causing camera shake.

An inexpensive cable or wireless shutter release keeps your hands off the camera.

Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve BachmanIf you are thinking about getting a telephoto lens, it can do more than make the far away horses bigger...it can do a decent job on a shot like this.

Specialty close up lenses that can make sharp, crisp amazing shots of butterfly eyes can be $1000 or above.

Until you snag one of those, the telephoto will do a serviceable job.

This particular lens came free with the camera and while it won't win any awards for clarity and sharpness...it can still make art.

Just not National Geographic art :-)

Loudoun and Fairfax county real estate agents Jan and Steve Bachman

Just mowed...

I had to put in a sunset shot.

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Why pay more and get less when selling your home? Jan and Steve Bachman of RE/MAX Gateway use professional photographers, create interactive photo floor plans, print full color brochures, and make an individual property website for your listing that goes out to 40+ public real estate search sites including Realtor.com, Trulia, Zillow etc.


We also create a custom photo tour that is sent to other agents and prospective buyers.



RE/MAX Hall of Fame, Platinum Club, A Washingtonian Magazine Top Agent 2018

Happy to Help. No Hassle, No Pressure.

Jan and Steve Bachman are full time Realtors® with RE/MAX, specializing in Homes for Sale in Fairfax, Loudoun, Prince William and Arlington Counties.



Our 3 rescue dogs have been GREAT! Go get a couple.

Comments (16)

Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Great pictures. Picture taking is an art. People with a good eye can find things that we lay people just don't see.

Jun 21, 2012 10:47 PM
Edward Gilmartin
CRE - Boston, MA

Nice photos. Digital cameras have made taking lots of great photos a bit easier since you can do a lot with the camera and take a lot of photos not worrying about costly film development.

Jun 21, 2012 10:52 PM
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
Honesty, Integrity, Results, Experienced. HIRE Me!

Good morning Jan and Steve -

All your photo's are awesome but I have to admit that first one really jumped out at me.  Simply beautiful and so very unique!

Hope you both enjoy a fantastic Friday my friends.


Jun 21, 2012 10:55 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Good eye candy.

Jun 21, 2012 11:01 PM
Karin Lundeen
Keller Williams Realty - Denver Southlands - Centennial, CO
Realtor Centennial Homes For Sale

Great shots!  I just bought myself a new camera and I'm looking forward to learn how to take great shots like these!

Jun 21, 2012 11:10 PM
Diane Daley
Caron's Gateway Real Estate - Northumberland, NH

What kind of plant was the first one?  Looks like it was really nice, I might what to find some seeds.

Jun 22, 2012 01:54 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

A little advice and some experimentaion and the photo's get better and better!

Jun 22, 2012 03:19 AM
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, Broker/Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Huntsville AL - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Steve, you have become quite the photographer...these are all really nice, but I'm especially drawn to the bottom photo.

Jun 22, 2012 09:19 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Jan and Steve - I am quickly becoming a major fan of your photography work.  Great stuff!  CONGRATULATIONS on having this blog FEATURED in the Photos group!

Jun 22, 2012 09:58 AM
Tony & Darcy Cannon
Aubrey and Associates Realty - Layton, UT
The C Team

Steve & Jan, Those are some great shots!  I love the close ups on the small flowers!

Jun 22, 2012 12:22 PM
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Doug, I have reallly changed the way I look for opportunity since I beganphotography seriously a couple years ago.

Ed, Indeed, One of the secrets of good photography is too take 100 photos and throw 98 away :-)

John you are such a nice guy.

Jun 22, 2012 11:46 PM
Steve and Jan Bachman
RE/MAX Gateway, Reston, Herndon, Ashburn, Sterling, Fairfax - Herndon, VA
Realtors - Northern Virginia

Thanks Andy.

Karen, Just take lots of shots, and learn alll you can free from the Internet. The resources there are amazing.

Caron's- I believe that they are Alium a member of the onion family.

Bill, I am learning new things every time I take a photo.

Nick thanks, good thing I put that last one in there.

Myrl, Thank you for the feature. I am enjoying the journey oof improvement.

Thanks Tony, one day I hope to get a proper close up lens.


Jun 22, 2012 11:56 PM
Kristin Hamilton CA REALTOR
Berkshire Hathaway California Realty - Beaumont, CA
(909) 557-6966- Specialize 55+ Communties Banning

Hi Steve,

All the photos are lovely but I am especially fond of the first one as it is so unusual and the colors so vibrant. Thanks for the hints on taking photos. I sometimes use a tripod but it gets in my way too. Thanks for all the tips.

Jun 23, 2012 01:09 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives


Your photos are a work of art. You see through the lens of what others do not see and bring forth all the beauty that others miss.

Thank you for sharing your gift!

Jun 24, 2012 03:22 PM
Than Maynard
Coldwell Banker Heart of Oklahoma - Purcell, OK
Broker - Licensed to List & Sell - 405-990-8862

Very crispy and clear. Love your shots. I keep planning on following some of your suggestions, but I always seem to be in a rush.

Nov 19, 2013 11:49 PM
Michael Cole
CPG Tours - Corona, CA

The first shot is awesome! Nothing can match the beauty of some things is nature.

Oct 14, 2022 08:12 AM