Tall ship sailing through the harbor. The Charleston skyline is still church spires from this side.
I grew up with, and lived in, old brick buildings, 1800-1850. Even attached just like these.
For some reason none looked like this, ever.
All the following photographs were shot using a 50 MM prime lens. No zoom here so if I needed to be closer, or further, it was zoomed with the feet.
Besides making you think and plan a little more a prime lens will always be crisper than a zoom. In addition the f stops will be wider.
The wider f stops allowed me to get this reflection in the window.
And the ship here in the gallery across the street.
A prime is also limiting if you don’t have space, or angle, to get the right shot. The images here were from the same street location in the French Quarter of Charleston, South Carolina. The streets are narrow, sometimes busy, and options for moving around limited.
A 50mm lens is not expensive (a third party lens like Yongnuo about $ 50.00), and small. It takes up no room in a bag.
For real work outside it will not replace my zooms. But if you are shooting portraits or a subject that is not moving/changing it’s a great option.
This building, though restored, has added false shutters and what looks to be siding in the rear. Both compliment the original brick though.
Every building here has had years of work. Hurricanes and floods are common in old Charleston. The city is about sea level and on a peninsula surrounded by water.
This particular composition has been taken before (me and hundreds of others) but each has it’s own little interesting twist.
After a few minutes with this photograph I realized there were no people. I usually try my best to take shots with no people. At times I’ll will just not shoot. This is different.
Even in the dead of winter someone is at the fountain. Karma.
This would have never been photographed without the blue.
Cypress, reflections of the bank, all are beautiful. But, it’s not a good photograph. Add the blue and it gets interesting.