Category Archives: What I Saw

Portrait Of A Lady, Anhinga

She was very popular for a while. Several of us photographed her as she sat and posed. While she was not thrilled to have us walk by there was no panic at being close. Actually I think she was posing when we left.

Portrait Of A Lady, Anhinga
Portrait Of A Lady, Anhinga

This ‘snake bird’ is not attractive at all when swimming and diving. But look at the soft colors and bright eyes here.

A stunner.

Portrait Of A Lady, Anhinga
Portrait Of A Lady, Anhinga

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.

Floating Along, Pelican

A bird that everyone loves, a Pelican. The Brown Pelicans are the ones we have the most of. They nest on sand bars and unfortunately around here the bars change on a yearly basis. Each new storm rearranges the shape of the coast.

This photograph is of an adult in water almost shallow enough for him to stand.

Floating Along, Pelican
Floating Along, Pelican

Charleston Harbor, Charleston, South Carolina.

Great Blue Flight

This is one of my favorite subjects.

Long, lean, and elegant in flight.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

They can be surprisingly fast, especially so if close and trying to fit them into your viewfinder.

Great Blue Flight
Great Blue Flight

This time of year it’s difficult to get these photographs. Early spring is best when they are out looking for nesting sites.

Great Blue Heron, Charleston, South Carolina.

Big Local, Handsome Fella

Some days out there it’s like all the locals turn out at the same time. This was one of them. He was much too large to be a female, hence the title here.

Nobody really knows how many Alligator are around the Lowcountry, but I have heard over 110,000. Not sure where the number came from, it stuck in my head as a lot, but considering the marsh sizes and what we see that may be low.

Big Local, Alligator
Big Local, Alligator

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