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Edisto Beach Roots

We have perhaps become a bit too serious about this camera stuff when we go location scouting mid-day on a cloudless day in the south in the summer. Not yet certifiable, at least not yet. We wanted to get down there before this heat wave hits. So can’t say we were out in the sun too long. The purpose was to check out a dirt road with a lovely live oak canopy and an eroded beach that has beautifully sculpted dead tress in the water at high tide. Makes for a really artsy shot when light and clouds are right. But in harsh light? The live oak allée with its spray of light and shadow on the road was nothing if not visually confusing. That’s OK. We got our location set and run timed out. There will be a misty rainy day or foggy morning.

The beach: Cool breeze for a cloudless day. Dead trees in the water. Dead trees with upturned root fans on the beach. Bleached out colors except for the sky. No distracting background. A target rich environment. What a treat.

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Moody Monday

I have been playing with processing techniques. The latest victim of my experiments is the windjammer Mercantile slipping off into the fog. It’s fun and occasionally rewarding to work over images. Often the process is just a left turn to nowhere. Sometimes I wind up with an entirely new image.

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Daniel Ridge Falls

Before we left someone asked me how we know when it is summer in Florida. I gave all sorts of qualifications including a heat index. Now that we are back down form the mountains, I can safely say my index was way off, too premature. I reported summer is here when it gets hot. Not good enough. Let’s say blisteringly hot as it is now. No wonder half of Highlands, North Carolina is reputedly owned by people from Florida.

I don’t think Charleston will be much different. That’s OK – well not OK but we can charge back up to the mountains. There, on a sunny day, we can take a pleasant (though sometimes long) walk up a hill or up the side of a mountain to a nice waterfall. We can walk right to up many as we could the one at Danial Ridge. Just need to find enough semi-flat sections of rock for the tripod. Set it down and twirl the polarizing filter. No rock color and pretty much all reflected glare without such a filter so the filter is a good deal. The weather is a good deal. The falls are a great deal.
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Morning Rain

What to do on a rainy morning? Work the interplay of rain and fog with the R-A-R effect of the mountains. We never knew of scientifically described effect created by mountains. A Post card recipient was kind enough to provide a detailed explanation: Ridge after ridge after ridge . . .  Often easy to see and enjoy – difficult to record.

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