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First Light, First Peak

Drive an hour. Wait for the Wildlife Management Area gate down on Edisto Island to open. Go out to the bone yard. And then hope the for some clouds, just some clouds. We know we have low tide so we should get color sheen in reflections. We have waited all summer for the sun to come around to the east positioned for better composition. We have learned that clouds often hang low on the eastern horizon at dawn and then soon burn off. But what will we get today?

Ah, the cloud machine has done its act. So we get sunrise color and have evolving light conditions when the clouds burn off as scheduled and as we wander down the beach to more dead trees.  Want to dial up the light? Go ahead. Soon it’s very bright but not yet harsh. Super. Let’s shoot tree shapes and shadows aiming directly into the sun. So many opportunities. A good morning.

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Lone Tree

The trees on the beach have been battered by storms for decades but remain to entrance us in the morning light.  Stark in black and white this one lays at the waters edge until the next big hurricane rips it away from our view.

 

 

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Cool Tool

We have a new tool or perhaps a new gadget or maybe a new toy . We converted an unused camera to a full infrared sensor.  Now we can turn those green leaves white and other oddities with speed and control. Cool tool.

And we are more than willing to put our feet where our wallet has been. Note well the time stamp on this post card. We are about to be off to photograph a dead tree on the beach at dawn (conventionally as it has no leaves of course) and then hang out on Botany Bay Road with live oaks. Infrared is rad. Cool tool.

Editorial Note: Image is from a visit to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville, Florida. Cool garden.
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The Game

Wednesday is senior night at the Charleston Riverdogs, so we head off for the game.  Hot dog, chips (crackerjacks as they ran out of the others) and a soda, all for $5 each.  This year there was an added charge for parking! What’s up with that?  The fielding on these Single A teams was terrible, the little leaguers are better. The Riverdogs mascot drummed up enthusiasm from the crowd and lead us in Take Me Out to the Ballgame at the 7th inning stretch. Finish up those crackerjacks!  Fun night out for all.

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Discovery

We know, sorta know, some of Charleston’s streets so going back to check what’s going on has it’s rewards.  Last year one property with a lovely iron gate had a For Sale sign on the gate. This year no sign but when we checked the gate was open and a parked car filled what would have been the scene. So we can remember to check again.

And then there’s the Sword Gate, quite well known but difficult to photograph. When the gate is closed it’s an in-your-face situation. And one with a dark background. This morning the gate was open just enough; the light was just right. What more could one ask for? What’s most interesting is the two differing images – same time same place – differing stories to tell.

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