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Purple Lily’s

I have always thought my backup camera, a Canon 70D,  captured colors more vibrant than any others we use.

Purple Lily's - click to enlarge
Purple Lily’s – click to enlarge

Now I’m convinced.

Purple Lily's - click to enlarge
Purple Lily’s – click to enlarge

These photographs were taken using spot metering and exposure compensation down 1/3 stop. I also used the custom mode of ‘Landscape’ from the Canon menu. Something I only do with the 70D.

The dark backgrounds were due to having a pond directly behind the plants.

Purple Lily's - click to enlarge
Purple Lily’s – click to enlarge

The Tamron 18-400 mm lens at around 100 mm also proved it is a worthy generalist lens.

Charleston Galleries Black And White

A walk around town near the galleries.

Charleston Galleries Black And White - click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White – click to enlarge

I admit to not having the ‘chutzpah’ to walk inside a few and start shooting. Probably wouldn’t go well.

Charleston Galleries Black And White - click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White – click to enlarge

I do have friends, but it seems pushy. The artists on display might frown on it.

Charleston Galleries Black And White - click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White – click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White - click to enlarge
Charleston Galleries Black And White – click to enlarge

For now I’ll be a tourist.

 

Deep In A Swamp

Swamp; a forest in standing water. That’s the technical definition. That does not include mud, insects, wildlife, and the powerful humid smells found only here.

Deep In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Deep In A Swamp – click to enlarge

These photographs present part of the Four Hole Swamp, 16,000 acres in Beidler Forest, South Carolina.

Deep In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Deep In A Swamp – click to enlarge

The image above could be called a trail here. It is open and no standing water, however the mud is deep and thick.

Deep In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Deep In A Swamp – click to enlarge

Every type of ‘critter’ you might imagine can and does live here.

Deep In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Deep In A Swamp – click to enlarge

Cypress and Tupelo trees are thick and their ‘knees’ (the root system growing above the water) don’t allow for many open spots.

Deep In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Deep In A Swamp – click to enlarge
Deep In A Swamp - click to enlarge
Deep In A Swamp – click to enlarge

There are trees here over 1,000 years old (you can walk by and touch them) and the swamp flows for 62 miles without having any kind of real channel. A large number of rare and endangered species live in this swamp.

All the photographs above are best viewed full screen to see the details.

Note: If you have seen the Mel Gibson movie ‘The Patriot’ you know a little about this place already. The film was based on Francis Marion (the Swamp Fox) of the US Revolutionary War. These are the swamps of the real Swamp Fox. Marion Forest is here also.

 

In A City Fountain, Black And White

When the weather has turned back to the southern warmth, fountains in Charleston are filled with fun and photo opportunities.

In A City Fountain - click to enlarge
In A City Fountain – click to enlarge
In A City Fountain - click to enlarge
In A City Fountain – click to enlarge
In A City Fountain - click to enlarge
In A City Fountain – click to enlarge
In A City Fountain - click to enlarge
In A City Fountain – click to enlarge