Red Tailed Hawk

This hawk is wearing the Jess (leg wrap) used to secure a bird during falconry. Also a transmitter halter is used to track the bird if they should fly too far.

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Red Tailed Hawk – Click To Enlarge
Red Tailed Hawk - Click To Enlarge
Red Tailed Hawk – Click To Enlarge

A transmitter will allow a handler to track a bird if they should need to fly away for safety reasons. Birds are often attacked by other raptors while flying loose.

Photographed at The Avian Conservation Center, South Carolina.

Wood Ducks Gathered On A Stump

The entire brood piled on each other to sit on the stump, a little bump really.

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Wood Ducks Gathered On A Stump – Click To Enlarge

This ‘bump’ is in the open water of a swamp. No place to hide.

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Wood Ducks Gathered On A Stump – Click To Enlarge

I have recently seen an alligator go from sound asleep one moment, to 50 feet away on an Anhinga in 6 seconds on this water. How does this species survive?

 

Unitarian Church in Charleston

Its construction began in 1772 when the Society of Dissenters (now known as the Circular Congregational Church) needed more space than its Meeting Street location could provide. It was nearly complete in 1776 when the Revolutionary War began, finally being repaired and officially dedicated in 1787.

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Unitarian Church in Charleston – Click To Enlarge

During the past several years we photographed the interiors, focusing on lighting from stained glass, of multiple cathedrals and historic churches. So when given the chance to just walk in and shoot we jumped at it.

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Unitarian Church in Charleston – Click To Enlarge

The fan vaulted ceiling (see above) is rare and considered one the best built.

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Unitarian Church in Charleston – Click To Enlarge

Since this wasn’t a planned shoot we could not really ask them to turn all the lights off. A little pushy, so we went with what we had.

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Unitarian Church in Charleston – Click To Enlarge

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Below Deck On An Aircraft Carrier

I have taken photographs on the lower decks of this ship before. These life jackets probably more than once. Each time I try for a different angle and this time we used soft flash.

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Below Deck On An Aircraft Carrier – Click To Enlarge

The radar rooms are especially difficult because of the low red lights used.

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Below Deck On An Aircraft Carrier – Click To Enlarge

Below Deck On An Aircraft Carrier - Click To Enlarge

Using flash did give the final images a different feel, and allowed more options when finishing the look. In the past I shot very slow and hand held. Most details were lost in the photos.

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Below Deck On An Aircraft Carrier – Click To Enlarge

One issue shooting here. The stairs were not made for heavy cameras and back packs. And there are many levels.

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Below Deck On An Aircraft Carrier – Click To Enlarge
Below Deck On An Aircraft Carrier - Click To Enlarge
Below Deck On An Aircraft Carrier – Click To Enlarge

Flash shooting helped color work in lower light. But shooting here is really best done in black and white.

 

TPJ Photography