Changed to a short lens while walking through an old cemetery.
From An Old Cemetery
I stopped to sit on an old brick wall. These views and subjects were all around me.
Charleston, South Carolina.
Taken in the First Scots Presbyterian church yard. One of the many churches in the center of town here, Charleston.
Founded in 1731, this current building of brick was finished in 1814. Wooden structures don’t last long here. Only a single bell is here now, donated from St. Johns Church in Preston, Lancashire, England around 1886. The original bells were melted during the US Civil War. The earthquake of 1886 damaged most of Charleston but one tower in First Scots remained strong enough to hang a single St. Johns bell.
Note; Above, a Polaroid filter image of the entrance to First Scots.
Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina.
October 31st being Halloween it seemed a good day to publish some old stones (Headstones).
No real information, but at least markers.
Walking through the old sections of southern marsh cemetery.
Every walk should be a slow meandering trip here. You will miss things like this.
Rust, and some ruin, have hit the old wrought iron fences. However it just adds a bit more interest and beauty.
Taken on a walk, old Charleston Cemetery.
Shooting scenes like this is where I much prefer black and white. The images are busy for this type of photograph but using both dodge and burn they work out well.
When I first started to shoot around Charleston only prime lens were used. That turned out to be very limiting and some shots I wanted could not even be done due to space constraints.
Now I give myself a huge range by carrying an 18-400mm. Most photos are still taken wide but now I don’t have any space problems.
Old Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.
Found in the Bull family cemetery, Anglican chapel, St. Helena barrier island.
Both the Bull and Heyward families are found throughout Charleston and South Carolina history. In Charleston several of the larger manor houses were owned by family members. They were plantation owners here until the union army came up through Georgia.
Many barrier islands were abandoned ahead of the army’s arrival.
You never know what you may find out here.
Brig-General Ripley did just about anything a man of his time could do. He was a General in the southern CSA army, but that is just a piece. I have seen his grave site numerous times but never really researched him.
These are just the highlights of his life.
He lived, worked, and fought wars all around the world… in the 1800’s.
Magnolia Cemetery, Charleston, South Carolina.
I think some of the best places to shoot in Black and White are the old Victorian cemeteries around Charleston.
I learned photography shooting 35mm film in the 1960’s (yep, the olden days). Still prefer it for scenes like these.