This is Nathaniel

Daily Photo – This is Nathaniel

Nathaniel’s dream is to get closer to God and to make sure his mom is happy.

Nathaniel is currently four years old and carrying wood with his two sisters down a dusty cart-road in an unmarked Amish village somewhere between Allegheny and Tionesta, Pennsylvania. In pauses between talking to me, he looks sideways at his older sisters, who peacefully nod towards him. I tell him that he looks big and strong and then I help him carry the wood to his parents’ home, where he lives with his other nine brothers and sisters.

This is Nathaniel

Photo Information

  • Date Taken2018-01-06 03:36:32
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  • Aperturef/4.5
  • ISO200
  • Focal Length50mm (75mm in 35mm)
  • Flashflash did not fire
  • Exposure Programunknown
  • Exposure Bias

  • Bianca

    What are you doing in PA?? We just came from there!

  • Hehe – I am up here for a conference on economics and meeting with a bunch of think-tanks.

  • Mari

    This photo made me cry a little bit.

  • Mimi

    Hey Trey — he looks like he’s about to slug you. (Did he?)

  • No… He was a nice kid. I think what you are seeing is general confusion, a look I am used to seeing in the mirror.

  • Jen

    That is an amazing image, I love the expression and tones of this

  • I am so impressed with your work…I accidentally stumbled on HDR photography a couple of hours ago and somehow ended up on your site…your images are amazing. His eyes are so striking in this one..

  • PJ

    Did you need to get a model release form from him?

  • david

    dumb question…..but is this RAW or JPEG?

  • Megan

    Hi there, I love your photos… wondering if you’ve ever done one of Texas Bluebonnets… I bet it would be beautiful!

  • Daisy

    The boy’s photo looks like a painting. Great work.

  • Ron Greene

    Do you know that your huge header doesn’t show up on the iPad? At least on mine.

    Another reason to get rid of it.

  • Hello(:
    I love your art and I was just wondering if you have a profile on
    It is a great sight and I am sure you would get alot of new fans if you made one(:

  • Tom

    Sorry Trey but this picture just doesn’t do it for me.

    It looks too painterly, which is of course fine if you want a painting, but I prefer a photo to look like a photo.

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  • lk ludwig

    Gorgeous images!
    We have a weekend/summer place in Kennerdell on the Allegheny (not far from Oil City & Franklin)- which is not too far from where you were ;> and live in Zelienople (more South- toward Pittsburgh). We have several Amish communities in the the Western side of PA. I’m curious (in a positive way) about your being permitted to take full on portrait shots. Was it because they are of the children? The Amish have a prohibition about posing for photos. (Some say this is based in the 2nd commandment, but others say it is based in the concept of humility and not being prideful. Since Amish are baptized as adults, children aren’t held to church rules, but I’ve heard stories that parents get pretty mad. And some communities are more old order Amish and more strict than others… ( Here’s an article that gives a quick overview- )

    Anyway, I’m curious about your experience in a good way. We interact with Amish neighbors at the local grocery and other places (the nearby WalMart & the McDonalds have hitching posts in a designated horse & buggy area). The way they dress, and the buggies are such an anachronism … and those adorable faces lined up in the back of a wagon, peeping out of the back of a buggy window, or swinging on the gate to their farm are quite striking.

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  • Guest

    I am unsure of the licensing terms for this photograph; however, it is being used Here without attribution. I was uncertain as to whether the rights for commercial use had been purchased or not, so I just wanted you to be aware.

  • Thanks so much for the heads up – we’ll get this taken care of.

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