Tag Archives: Southeast

Main Street Is Disappearing

Christmas lights in July, wide streets with no cars, and people gone.

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Main Street Is Disappearing – Click To Enlarge

It’s usually never as bleak as the black and white photograph can portray it. I admit to slanting my B&W images that way. It’s the medium and how I like to use it.

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Main Street Is Disappearing – Click To Enlarge

Of course there are locations that a soft color shot is just as effective.

 

Storm Rolling Over A Marsh, 3 Images

A late afternoon storm came by while we were out in the marshes. Heavy rains had already passed by. Now the weather had moved away.

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Storm Rolling Over A Marsh, 3 Images – Click To Enlarge

All 3 images are from the same relative spot, I just walked further down the berm for a different angle.

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Storm Rolling Over A Marsh, 3 Images – Click To Enlarge
Storm Rolling Over A Marsh, 3 Images - Click To Enlarge
Storm Rolling Over A Marsh, 3 Images – Click To Enlarge

I didn’t stay out there long but no lightning was around, just wind and far off thunder.

Painted Bunting

As expected, every time we looked specifically for this bird…nothing. Not entirely true, several times we heard it and ‘maybe’ saw a flash of color.

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Painted Bunting – Click To Enlarge

Here I was hurrying to find a better vantage point to shoot some Wood Storks. I caught the colors by accident.

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Painted Bunting – Click To Enlarge

The male was alone and striping seeds from inside the grasses along the edge of the trail.

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Painted Bunting – Click To Enlarge
Painted Bunting - Click To Enlarge
Painted Bunting – Click To Enlarge

Since I was standing out in the open there was no option to get closer or more light. I followed rule # 1…get the shot.

Maybe a dozen quick shots and he was gone. Still this is more than I have had before.

 

Alligators, Kodak 400 Film Filter

The photographs of the Alligator gathering still fascinate me. Better yet, I haven’t even looked at the second set taken from a different location.

Black and white film is perfect for this type of raw image. Having given up film a long time ago I use digital filters that look the same as many of the traditional film ASA and manufacturers.

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Alligators, Kodak 400 Film Filter – Click To Enlarge

This image is a standard Kodak 400. About as basic B&W and there is. I plan on creating an article using various B&W films as an example of the digital options available.

 

Alligators, Open Flood Gate

The ‘trunk’, or flood gates, were opened to allow this section of a marsh to drain and clean out grasses. Of course it was also an opportunity to go fishing while the water rushed out.

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Alligators, Open Flood Gate – Click To Enlarge

It was very simple to stand on top of the dike and have the water drain underneath our feet. Directly below us was a congregation of Alligators like never before.  No long lens here, only portrait or wide angle since it was so close.

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Alligators, Open Flood Gate – Click To Enlarge

The photograph above was taken at 50 mm, the same as with the naked eye. About 25 adults are in this image, the ones straight down were out of view.

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Alligators, Open Flood Gate – Click To Enlarge
Alligators, Open Flood Gate - Click To Enlarge
Alligators, Open Flood Gate – Click To Enlarge

The local wading birds were not about to be left out either.

Amazing but not a single Alligator went after another, a few scuffles, nothing else. More so was the birds. They poked around just barely out of reach. A few Alligators snapped, but not even trying really.

Anything in the streams on water was fair game though.

I did go to another vantage point with a long lens later on. All these images were shot between 35 – 70 mm. Basically at portrait length.