Category Archives: This and That

Black And White, Old Cemetery

From a walk around an old southern cemetery.

Black And White, Old Cemetery
Black And White, Old Cemetery

Above is an old mausoleum sitting among the headstones. Most of these old structures are brickwork, but covered in a thick plaster/cement finish. It is very similar to the tabby work of the 1700’s.

Black And White, Old Cemetery
Black And White, Old Cemetery

Unlike a modern cemetery the different sections are not in neat organized rows. Here old wrought iron fences and brick work separate plots.

The brick walls have held up, the old iron is now rusted out and in places leaning over.

Black And White, Old Cemetery
Black And White, Old Cemetery

A group in Charleston is organizing night time visits to these cemeteries. We are thinking of joining one. Besides the fun ‘old ghost stories’ they will tell historical details will be included. That is of great interest to me. Now I constantly dig around web sites looking for small tidbits.

Shadows And Light

These images are all about finishing the process. The photograph starts the flow, then depending on the subject post processing completes it. Not that all my, or others, photographs get heavy editing. But some will require it.

Shadows And Light
Shadows And Light

These are images that I had set aside for a rainy day project. It rained, got cold, hence the project.

Shadows And Light
Shadows And Light

Basically the photo was shot in a RAW format, light and contrast updated in Adobe Lightroom, NIK was used for some shading, and finally a bit of fine tuning again in Lightroom.

Not as complicated as it sounds. Over time I have created my own custom ‘themes’, or presets, in all my editing software. I start with a custom set and fine tune from there.

Shadows And Light
Shadows And Light

 

Book Ends, Heron And Egret

Here a photograph I could not have have taken a few weeks ago, the fall weather has pushed down the high grasses. Now the old wooden structures can be seen. They may have been used to dry nets or as a duck blind years ago when this was still private plantation lands.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

Both the Great Blue and Egret moved around on the old posts catching the first rays of morning sun.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

In a few weeks all these reeds and grasses will become a dull brown, but for now everything is golden.

Book Ends, Heron And Egret
Book Ends, Heron And Egret

These were some of the last photographs of the year in these marshes. Rangers close the dike roads, tens of thousands of acres, each winter to protect the habitat and migrating birds.

Bear Island WMA, South Carolina.