Category Archives: Charleston

Sunrise And A Coastal Storm

A contradiction here, bright sunrise over the Atlantic with a squall adding some drama.

Sunrise And A Coastal Storm
Sunrise And A Coastal Storm

Photographed from a ‘bone yard’ in a coastal wildlife management area.

Sunrise And A Coastal Storm
Sunrise And A Coastal Storm

Eventually the storm moved north hugging the shore.

A Flash Of Green, Heron

I’m not even sure I knew what this was when I grabbed the shots.

A Flash Of Green, Heron
A Flash Of Green, Heron

A fast bird going by, and I pointed and pressed the shutter…a bunch.

Having missed thousands of opportunities like this I now (try) to remember to have my camera / lens focused and active at about half length all the time.

Just have a lens pointed away and press the back button to focus on anything while standing around. A subject is not important, I am keeping the camera focused and the lens working. If I lift up suddenly to shoot the work is half done already. The lens has no need to hunt and seek when I get something in the view finder. It’s almost focused already.

A Flash Of Green, Heron
A Flash Of Green, Heron

The real trick is remembering to do it. Extra batteries are a good idea too.

Inside A Charleston Grand House

When we shoot the old homes most of the work is wide, full room, photographs. I do think that’s the best way to give someone an idea what these houses are like.

Inside A Charleston Grand House
Inside A Charleston Grand House

I also feel many of the important details are buried within the big view, almost overwhelmed.

These photographs are not wide. In fact they were taken with my ‘kit’ lens (18-135). A kit lens was looked down on for years, it’s the inexpensive one that can be bundled with a camera body.

Inside A Charleston Grand House
Inside A Charleston Grand House

I thought that way until I found shooting like this I always needed something longer, or shorter. Space is at a premium, and distance changes in every room.

It turns out my better lens are all staying in my bag more and more.

Inside A Charleston Grand House
Inside A Charleston Grand House

 

 

Great Blue Making His Escape

One of my favorite series types, a Great Blue Heron taking flight.

Great Blue Making His Escape
Great Blue Making His Escape

When they want to leave in a hurry it’s just a quick jump and a push with those powerful wings.

Great Blue Making His Escape
Great Blue Making His Escape

I did not expect this fast flight. The bird was comfortable with me and the other wading birds.

Great Blue Making His Escape
Great Blue Making His Escape

I was pointing in the right direction so I caught the move. For all the noise he also didn’t go far. Just to the other side of the wetlands.

Under The Oaks And Moss

On the marsh, and edge of the peninsula, around Charleston is a series of old cemeteries. Old walls line the lanes heavy with stately Live Oaks and Spanish Moss.

Under The Oaks And Moss
Under The Oaks And Moss

Everything you have ever read about of the old south is right here.

Taken at Bethany Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.