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Anticipation

 

Early morning in Charleston–gallery windows.  Was this the Orient Express?  Was she waiting for you?

 

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IR Time

It’s a scene I have shown a couple ways so now let’s change the tempo. We’ll do this nice walk of Charleston style urban seclusion in infrared. Changes the story. The image now sings a different song if you will.

And why do this scene this way? Some would say, “Well I have a vision.” I say, “Because I must. Can’t leave well enough alone. Got to experiment. Got to find out.”

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Our Buddy

I had to make a quick run to Florida this past week. Could have rocketed down, attended to my business and rocketed right back to Charleston. That’s no fun as in really no fun. So I recruited a shooting partner to go back to Kanapaha Botanical Gardens to spend a morning wandering and shooting. Glad I did as it was Steve who saw this shot of a Gecko buddy. They are all over the place in the South but not often do they offer up compelling images. So thanks go to my various buddies.

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Our fundamental approach to these Post Cards is a realization that the world around us is fundamentally more interesting than we are. This approach is obviously flawed because we only show what interests us. At least you folks get no shots of us in front of some random ice cream shop or, worse yet, by some random piling. That said  here goes . . . us. Rub A Dub Dub. Three old timers in a yellow tub.

And there’s a story behind all this. Last year on Labor Day Sunday we went up to the Olympic whitewater course in Tennessee to see what was coming down the course. It was a day for thrills and lots of spills. Clay brought his crew through Humongous and Godzilla sets on the course with apparent ease. At lunch we got to hang out with him and his crew. Locals, who come out regularly to see who gets pilled, told us his company was good and Clay was really good. That was enough for us, let’s do it next year.

And so we did. Signed up and ran the Upper and Middle Ocoee this year, a total of 10 miles. Ran the upper section, the Olympic course, stopped for lunch and then swept on down. The run has multiple Class 3 and Class 4 rapids with interesting and intimidating names like the Washing Machine, the Roach Motel (as in you go in & don’t come out) and Table Saw. Running with Clay was great. We were never threatened. He made sure we got plenty wet. Oh yes, certainly in no part because we had two 13 year girl first timers. He would take us back into rapids, jamb us there and hold us almost going over, totally swamped and then off we would go.

As Clay was senior guide for Quest Expeditions, we often went first and then would hang out off to the side making sure everyone came down safely. Taking a break to watch others run rapids was a bonus. And I am here to tell you that, even with uncoordinated giggly girls, being in a raft with a good crew makes all the difference. Some crews looked a bit like a drunk spider.

Wet and wild. Great fun.

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All the Cool Tools

Old Car City is such an over the top place and I’m such a sucker for junk. There’s junker cars  & trucks everywhere – rust, peeling paint, missing body parts, overgrown weeds and poison ivy. Just a great place to play and be creative. The challenge is not joining in the mood of the place and totally rocketing over the top.

So, with all the cool tools at work, we have a fish eye lens shot on the infrared camera. Seemed the thing to do with the wide shed and all that late season weed overgrowth.

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Saturday night Special

We’re back up in the Georgia Mountains which means we are back at Old Car City, this time armed with new gear, the infrared camera and a borrowed fish eye lens. And we have a model, Tune Up Ted. This posed scene has been staged often at OCC, usually with some nice young thing doing her best imitation of Daisy Duke. Our model fits the bill (as well as sorta blends in) much better.

And what does one do to reward a volunteer model and to keep him entertained for three hours while we shoot and shoot? Why put a camera in his hands of course. With only a minimal amount of guidance Ted produced our guest Post Card today. And that was from the first car he worked.

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