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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.

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.

Knee Deep Tricolor

For some reason he did not fly off. Just the opposite, he plodded right through the marsh. Tricolored Herons, when adult, have ‘ruby red’ eyes. They are amazing.

I judge a Tricolored photograph by how vivid the eye colors, and neck feathers are. A young bird has a less colorful eye, but more distinct shading on their neck.

Knee Deep Tricolor
Knee Deep Tricolor

I’m certainly OK with this shot.

 

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