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Fine Art Collection


Some of my favorite subjects are the weathered remnants of this pier. For years these great timbers have greeted and parted the incoming and outgoing tides. The sea’s salty caress has eroded and chipped away at these once sturdy wooden goliaths. Yet still they remain through wind, rain, storms, low, and high tides. Maybe I spend too much time observing and thinking of how these old weary wooden stakes remind me of life….or maybe I should spend more time here just enjoying the lady of the sea as she constantly caresses and quietly takes from everything she touches. When she is peaceful, she conveys such a wonderful sense of calm and harmony. And when she is furious, she brings such a sense of perspective at just how small we really are in the grand scheme of life and nature. Still, I find it most theraputic to watch aas she slowly erases the lines in the sand, cleans and heals the scars on her shores. And, brings a fresh start to everything she touches.
Maybe, I should not sip as much wine while I am photographing seascapes…lolol !!
Have a safe (and peaceful) Easter Weekend everyone.


Laura


Sometimes, when the light is right and the camera position is right, and the exposure is right you get the most beautiful images. BUT….sometimes…if you pay attention, a photographer can actually capture the beautiful soul of a person regardless of the light, or camera angle, or exposure…just being there at that moment and being ready to press the shutter release.
As you can see, I removed all the color, the background and foreground, the scenery at the location, and still, her soul just comes shining through. As most of you know, I am recently retired from the military and have become a full time “college boy”, studying for my BA in Photography. Well, with all the math, English  design, and research work…I am painfully short on maintaining my photography skills (or, shutter release anxiety!!). So, when Laura asked if I could take some images of her wearing her mother’s wedding dress..of course I agreed. Then, she wanted to know if would mind shooting the images ..ON THE BEACH…near sunset….really??? NOW I was really excited about the photo-shoot  While Laura is not getting married anytime soon, I really had a chance to play around with camera angles, lighting, and even some editing tricks and ideas. I hear her and her mother are quite happy with the results (bonus!), and I am thrilled to be back out on the beach at my fav time of day, doing what I love to do. Several of her images are quite lovely (both color and black and white) but this one, just stood out to me to share with everyone. I hope you enjoy the image, and feel free to check my gallery of the entire shoot with her.

Location: Kiawah Island Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 VR lens
(back to the basics here; no reflector, no flash, no tripod)
note: this is nearly a 1:1 crop from a much larger total shot


Moments in Time


Someone once said that some days are like coal, and some days..are like diamonds. Some times your the windshield and some times your the bug…Today was a one of those days when I just wasn’t feeling very inspired until a friend of mine called me up and aasked me to go to the Lowcountry 30th Annual Oyster Boil in Mount Pleasant, SC.
I met several wonderful people, Mike and I shot tons of images, this couple was actually posing for thier friends to take a picture of them with thier “point and shoot” camera (may have been an iPhone). Luckily I had my telephoto and grabbed a few shots. If they email me, I will be glad to share these images with them! I hope everyone enjoys some of the images in my new Gallery “Moments in Time”. No telling what I will be posting in there, but it looks like I have taken on a new project…Street photography with a southern twist on it.


Fine Art Collection


Nautical ReflectionsNautical Reflections
The peaceful and easy feeling projected by this wonderful location in Folly Beach, SC just kept me shooting for nearly an hour. I am standing on a low bridge (yes, on a walkway), even some of the passing cars stopped to take in the beautiful scene. One or two more images from this series coming soon. Thanks so much for your visits and comments!

Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, full ND filter, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead.

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Landscapes and Seascapes


Tranquil BayTranquil Bay
Sometimes, we just need, to stop, lean back, relax, and be thankful for what we have……and just enjoy the moment.

Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkot 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Indure BHD2 ball head, and a full ND filter.

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Stills and digital artwork


Coastal twilight can be so peaceful. I had just finished up shooting a sunset swimwear shoot and we were walking back up the beach when we cam upon these two fisherman. the young boy disappeared in the shadow of his older brother, but his fishing pole shows sharply just below his big brother’s. Sometimes the beauty of family can simply add so gracefully to the beauty of Mother Nature and her evening colors. Luckily I still had my camera attached to my tripod so grabbing this shot was far too easy for the amount of pride I get from the capture. I know it is not perfect in it’s post production work, but the pure enjoyment of the moment is priceless!

Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT 213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead.

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Landscapes and Seascapes


The most peaceful feeling………
I posted a similar image in my blog already, but just could not decide which on I liked best…this has the sail boat sailing away from the sun, the previous image has it sailing into it (the benefit of being at the right place at the right time I guess!). Hope this one brings even warmer feelings for everyone.

Location: The Outer Banks (OBX) of North Carolina, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens
Camera settings: Focal length 70mm, f13, 1/500s, ISO 100

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Travel


Peaceful, Easy Feeling.

Location: OBX, NC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 VR lens

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Stills and digital artwork


Voyagers
for many…into the mystic, for others; simple and pure freedom.

Location: Key West, FL, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BDH2 ballhead

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Post Cards From the Road


Sunset over Key West, FL, USA
The sun is actually setting over Sunset Island. This image was shot from Zero Duval Street, Key West, FL, USA. The famous saying here is “Start your crawl, at Zero Duval”!
I chose to post this UN – filtered image to illustrate how we percieve life. Only minor adjustments in Adobe Lightroom. SO, we can call this Life- UN filtered. aka “it is what it is”, seeing things how they are, take nothing for granted, don’t read anything into it, here it is, take me as I am, etc..etc..
So very often in life, all of these things are true…at least to some degree. MODERATION I feel, it the key to success. Know when, how, and how much to apply…priceless!

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Landscapes and Seascapes


A New Day DawningA New Day Dawning
While I was busy working on my passion of photography, and concentrating on on focus, framing, exposure, white balance….I noticed a movement off to my right, and the sounds of geese…LOTS of geese…as I looked up from my camera and to the right towards the rising sun..this is what I saw. A huge formation of geese heading in a direction that would cross between me and the rising sun. No time to calculate and fidget with setting! I ripped my camera from the tripod, at the same time I dialed in the notorious “P” (Programmed Auto Setting) on my Nikon D700, pointed, framed, and fired off three snaps of the shutter. This was the third shot, only minor sharpening and plus 3 on the saturation was all I did in Lightroom, and now I present it here for you. Proof positive that Matrix metering, programmed auto, and some incredible good luck can produce some gorgeous images! I know it is not the “perfect shot” and given time I am sure I could get that, but this was just a luck and sometime we all could use a little luck!
Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, and one each..stroke of luck!
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Landscapes and Seascapes


Dawn's Early LightDawn’s Early Light
Somtimes, you just have to be there. Steaming hot coffee in hand, peace, quiet, the sounds of the surf calming the freyed ends of your nerves. The colors of of the pre dawn light change, dance, and play in the reflections of the sea, in the tidal pools on the sand, and in the playground of your mind. Each one of us is different, and for each of us the sea has it’s own meaning, it’s own beauty, it’s own sanctuary for our souls. They say that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder; I feel it is also in the hearts and minds of the beholden. The display before me happened without calculation for weather, tempertures with humidity, tidal calcuations…it just happened. And I was fortunate enough, to just be there.

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC USA
Equipement used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 85 1.8 prime lens, open heart, open mind, hot coffee, and patience.

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Landscapes and Seascapes


As promised, the color version of “Twisted”, hope you all like it.

Location: Edisto Island, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, and an Induro BHD2 ballhead.

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Landscapes and Seascapes


Tequila Sunrise in Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Yet another gorgeous sunrise, and here we are..me, the camera, the equipment, sun, sea, and surf, even the birds. But alas, the model has overslept and this gorgeous light…will be enjoyed by me and birds, and now you! I did not intent to be shooting seascapes and was prepared to start shoot the very second the model arrived…so the equipment section below will indicate I am NOT prepared to capture this gorgeous glimpse of the sun as it peeks over the horizon, but I do hope you like the image.

Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 85mm 1.8 prime lens, no filters, no tripod, just hand help point, frame, meter, and shoot. ISO 200, f/5, 1/100sec.
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Landscapes and Seascapes


Purple Haze – as this weekend rushes up to meet us, I would like to wish everyone an awesome, safe, and happy weekend! Also, a special announcement: This weekend will be my LAST weeekend of Active Federal Service. I will be signing out of the military onto my retirement leave next week! yay! As you all know, this means I will be moving…eww…packing and wrapping and sorting and ..well, you know what all has to be done! As a result, my blog entries may slow down for a couple of days until I can get my office set back up at home.
For now, this image has been extremely successful on my purchasing website so I hope all of you enjoy the color filter and the article. It just goes to prove that I have been around a while, and that I do love me some Jimmy Hendrix classic rock! Though one of my favorite tunes is Voodoo Child, I have not yet obtained a shot that I feel would accurately reflect that one. So, I will leave you with a portion of the lyrics;
“I am standing next to a mountain. chop it down, with the edge of my hand. well I can pick up all the pieces, might even make an island, might even..Raise a lil sand!” Happy weekend everyone!

Location: Edisto Island, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Iduro CT213 tripod, Indro BHD2 ballhead, and a purple sky filter.

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Landscapes and Seascapes


TWISTED – Today I read a post from a fellow blogger, and was moved by her article on “Entwined”. Thanks for the inspiration!

This is the black and white version of one of my images from “The Boneyard” and will mark my final monochrome article for this week. I have spent hours at this location and I am so ready to go back again! Please enjoy the post and realize that we are all in this life together, love one another, and never take anything for granted…life can turn on a dime.

Location: Edisto Island, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and a circular polarizing filter.

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Stills and digital artwork


My most new addition to the monochrome gallery. This image was shot at sunrise in Folly Beach, SC, USA and converted to black and white with Topaz Labs black and white plug in for Adode Lightroom.

Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod with an Induro BHD2 ballhead.

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Landscapes and Seascapes


The setting sun’s light on Edisto Island, SC, USA.

Location: Edisto Island, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Enduro BHD2 ballhead.

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Model Portfolio


There is just something about the light at sunrise. This image was shot about 10 minutes after the sun rose over the horizon. Heather is both a fitness model and a fitness instructor and models for swimwear, fitness, and lifestyle assignments.

Model: Heather
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8, and a soft gold reflector for fill light.

As always, I am available for assignments, model portfolio, bridal, and travel photography/ travel writing assignments work.


Landscapes and Seascapes


Sunrise; clear, clean, crisp light and air at Folly Beach, SC, USA.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, and an Induro BHD2 ballhead.


Landscapes and Seascapes


Solitude….serenity….peace..tranquility.
Just before sunrise, the sea has a way of bringing peace and tranquility, a sense of place and perspective. At times, she is quiet and peaceful, and always willing to listen. At other times, she can be forceful and raging leaving you humble; yet amazed. She vast and constantly changing. She is always beautful no matter her mood be it raging and wild or peaceful and relaxing.
She is nature, wild and free.


Landscapes and Seascapes


With the light almost gone, I just had to try one more shot of this amazing place on Edisto Island. SC, USA.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, ND filter, Induro CT213 tripod, and an Induro BDH2 ballhead.


Model Portfolio


A little something for all of you “Hot Rodders” out there. Everything in this image is real, some photoshop enhamcement to the tires, color and contrast, but the this image (and everything in it) is real.

Model: Kim
Auto and location: (secret) at the owner’s request; but are located in Coastal South Carolina.
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Soft Silver reflector used for fill light.


Landscapes and Seascapes


The setting sun on Editsto Island casts such gorgeous light on tidal flow. So peaceful and relaxing to be here phtographing it. Another long exposure image that would not have been possible without a tripod.

Location: Edisto Island, SC, USA

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro NHD2 ballhead, and an ND filter.

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