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Soft Sun

As I was working on this image setting it up as a Post Card, a I got a request to have a family member, an art & photography teacher, added to our Post Card list. Complimentary indeed. Perhaps it was a subliminal hint because I looked at this image more analytically and became rather fond of it.
This really is an image for art teachers. It has complementary leading lines with the shore & waves receding off left and shadows expanding/advancing forward down left. I would like to say I carefully crafted the composition for these lines. Nope. I wanted the shadows under tree. That’s it. The filter I had on the camera to knock down light so I could shoot straight into the light obscured the shadow tones anywhere other than looking dead into the sun. I was basically along for the ride. Had to be right where I was and take whatever that gave me. Worked out quite well if I do say so and I just did.
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Horizon Job

If one is not a professional photographer on assignment, all it takes to have a successful shoot is one shot. Just one shot. And that’s what we send out a single shot and then we move on. Sometimes we do indeed get just one acceptable shot. Edisto Beach was kind to us. Gave us keepers. Light evolved gently and the incoming tide waited a bit before it ate up the beach.

So at the risk of boring people we will do a series from our bone yard experience – dead trees and light. Dee has another tree so I will stay with our buddy the cloud machine. It’s that wisp of a linear cloud to the right that drove this image Monday morning. The clouds seem to dissipate into almost blah negative space moving away from our sunrise. And then there was that little guy wanting some attention. The original idea was to merge three shots running the horizon from sunrise out to my cloud. Seems better now to let the sun be the unseen sponsor of all that gentle color.

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Beach Treest

The dawn was lovely but I was having trouble with the color using a new filter on my camera lens.  The images were too blue.  Time to retreat and try something else so on to software and textures.  This felt like the scene I saw even if it wasn’t.

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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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More Discovery

We continue the discovery theme. Seems I need to return to a photo site at least once because it takes reflecting on the inevitable disappointments and insights of the first visit. Then return visits offer up new possibilities, discoveries if you will, each time particularly when the light varies. Maybe I am, at least, making progress on what is now something like our sixth visit to Sheldon Church.
Saturday morning produced heavily misting conditions. Heavily footed in would have been a delight but what we got was just fine – soft shadows and softer backgrounds. So it’s time to see how this light guides the eye. We could get in shadows and under trees. This shot would not be possible on a clear day even if overcast. Maybe I’m making progress.
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East Battery

It was a dark & stormy night . . .  Oops. No, not that. I have the wrong story. It wasn’t stormy. It wasn’t night. It was a bright and sunny morning. Nice one with clouds on the southern horizon which is unusual. And, never being one to leave well enough alone, I went to work. This is an infrared shot which means it started out pink-magenta then converted to high contrast black & white and then color toned. Why? Because it’s so much fun. Helps to have great material to work with.

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