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South Carolina


The iconic bridge in Charleston, SC. HDR technique (very sparingly), also completed in monochrome.

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


Fashion and Glamour Gallery


natural light with a single reflector. Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 lens, hand held.


Stills and digital artwork


SirenSiren
side by side, the Siren and her shadow bring peace, calm, and beauty to all who behold them.

Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 lens.


Fashion and Glamour Gallery


TigressTigress

Location: Charleston, SC (Studio work)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 50mm lens, two monolights, one PLM and one Softbox.


Fashion and Glamour Gallery


Cross RoadsCross Roads

Another image from the collection. Feedback, constructive criticism, and comments greatly appreciated. Only a couple more and the set will be complete. Thanks so much to all my followers, visitors, and collegues for all your support and assistance as I try and grow in this challenging profession!

Location: Loris, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 lens, soft silver reflector.


Fashion and Glamour Gallery


Wind SongWind Song
Another of my attempts referenced in my previous post. Input, comments, and suggestions greatly appreciated!

Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 85mm 1.4 lens, Nikon SB900 speedlight camera left.


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.


Nature and Wildlife


Portrait of a PachydermPortrait of a Pachyderm
I was able to capture this image after waiting patiently for nearly an hour. This big guy finally decided to give me a much appreciated short span of his attention. The more I waited, watched, and studied this huge subject, the more I was simply amazed by the texture and roughness of his skin. The fine details of the texture on his forehead and trunk were amazing. I found it quite magical at how gracefully and silently they can move their great frames and bulk! Heartfelt thanks to this “gentle giant” for his time and cooperation at my attempts to capture the moments he offered my lens.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, nikkor 70-200 2.8 lens, nikkor x2 teleconverter.
Software Used: Adobe Lightroom 4, Adobe Photoshop, Topaz Labs Details Extractor, Topaz Labs Black and white Effects 2.


Nature and Wildlife


Kodiak Bear PlayKodiak Bear Play
I can relate to this Brown Bear…it’s the way I feel before coffee! lolol…had a great time photographing some Nature and Wildlife this weekend. It was the perfect excure to try out my new Nikkor x2 teleconverter (I am just not real comfortable actually being this close to all those claws and teeth!)

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Nikkor x2 teleconverter.


Nature and Wildlife


Reptile LoungeReptile Lounge
Had some fun so far this weekend photographing some wildlife and nature images. I caught this guy lounging around in the sun.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200mm 2.8 VR lens, Nikkor x2 telecoverter.


Stills and digital artwork


Recovery RoomRecovery Room
When I first saw this portion of the fire station, my first thought was, “looks like all the bunker gear is taking a break”, to which one of the firefighters responded, “Recovering!” lolol…
This is image number two of a small series I did to honor our brave and tireless FireFighters and Emergency Responders. Based on some feedback, I feel I may not be finished with this series yet. More on this next week. For now, I hope you enjoy the image and remember to say thanks, and stay safe out there this weekend! Oh, and have a Happy St Patricks Day everyone!

Equipmnt used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead.
** A HUGE thank you to all of my followers, guests, visitors, and commentors! Photography for me is made extra special when I see and hear that my images are appreciated. The input I recieve from my guests and commentors helps to inspire me to look in other directions, and to see things in a different way and light. Then bring those thoughts and ideas to my imagery. So thanks again to each of you!


Stills and digital artwork


Rainy Day TravelRainy Day Travel
No matter where you go or how you get there, it’s the good and the bad that make the journey worthwhile. In the words of Frankie Beverly and Maze, “Joy and pain, are like sunshine and rain”.
Hoping everyone has a safe and happy Friday and also a wonderful and safe weekend.

Location: Charleston, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens
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Great Smoky Mountains


Pathways Through the ForestPathways Through the Forest
As I stood there in the delightful morning chill composing this image, I was concentrating on the water trough that flows water from the creek (barely visible from camera left). Cursing under my breath that “how dare they put pavement so close to all this natural beauty!”, then I thought…wait a minute…exactly what am I looking at here? As you all know, learning to “see” can be a trying and tricky time…and as I reflected on how many different paths I have taken over these many years I realized…that no matter how numerous the paths, they all seem to end up placing me right here where I am. Like the snow that melts and travels down the road, down the water trough, and down the creeks, streams, and rivers…eventually to the ocean and then back up to the clouds. falling as snow and rain, to travel many paths right back to the ocean to start it’s journey all over again. Flowing down many different paths just to do it all over again while assuming different forms as liqied, ice, and snow.
So as they say out west, “Happy trails to you”, and as each of us travel our many paths of life try to remember that while destinations are important, the paths you chose to get there….can be even more exciting than the destinations themselves. Just my two cents worth, hope this makes sense to those who need to hear this (like me!).

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 12-24mm 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and my trust Stanley thermos.

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Fall


Fall Flowing InFall Flowing In
Okay, one more..( I say that so often, especially during a photo shoot!)

Oh, and I almost forgot: I created a Fall Gallery just for those of you who love the rich colors of Fall. Click below and I would suggest clicking on the slideshow button (top right)

http://www.stanshillingburg.com/WallArt/Fall/25359507_8Sp7TH#!i=2097312504&k=7pWhchc

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 12-24mm 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and my trusty Stanley thermos.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting! (note: if you click on the image to view it in HIGHRES, you only need to click the back button on your browser to return to this page).


Great Smoky Mountains


Mountain Stream LullabyeMountain Stream Lullabye
This image is primarily “right from the camera”. I did add some contrast and a small amount of highlight recovery. This will mark a break in my Great Smoky Mountains collection. However, I will be adding to this collection on my webpage if you would like to visit. I plan to add a little more diversity on my blog pages and for sure, I will be featuring more of this gallery on my blog pages in the near future!
Since I purchased Nikkor’s 12-24 2.8 lens, I have been absolutely in love with it’s ability to capture such wide angles of view while maintaining is “corner to corner” tack sharpness. I am going to be heading out to try this lens in some of my Seascape images (keep your fingers crossed, the huge bubble on the end of this lens does not allow for any filter use).

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 12-24mm 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and my trusty Stanley thermos.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting! (note: if you click on the image to view it in HIGHRES, you only need to click the back button on your browser to return to this page).


Great Smoky Mountains


Rustic CabinRustic Cabin
Just a little something different…trying a softer image style, hope you like it. Comments welcomed to your preference of sharp and clear, or allowing and enjoying the occassional use of a softer image style.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 12-24mm 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and my trust Stanley thermos.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting! (note: if you click on the image to view it in HIGHRES, you only need to click the back button on your browser to return to this page).


Great Smoky Mountains


Fall Colors BeginFall Colors Begin
One of my favorite things to do is to hike through the woods where the silence and solitude can be deafening. The sound of the wind blowing through the trees is a haunting reminder of small we are in totality of nature. The chill of the air stings our cheeks warning us that “old man winter” is on the way. The feeling of solitude fill our mind as we wonder about those that have walked the paths, stood by the streams, and lived through the harshness of nature’s frosty blanket. Behind me I can hear the roar of a waterfall. Setting up my camera and tripod for this shot, the animals surely thought I was crazy…moving from side to side, the forward and backward, until I finally found a spot I was happy with for the photograph. This shot was something I wanted to savor and enjoy…the rich warm colors of fall as they began to show themselves in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 12-24mm 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and my trusty Stanley thermos.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting! (note: if you click on the image to view it in HIGHRES, you only need to click the back button on your browser to return to this page).


Great Smoky Mountains


Enchanted PathEnchanted Path to the Woodshed
Chilly and misty morning in Gatlinburg, TN. This old wood shed was ighlighte by the rocks, colors, and even the mist and trees. Drawing my eye and my lens to spend some time trying to capture it. Well, and a thermos full of coffee to ward off the wet chill in the air.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 12-24mm 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and my trusty Stanley thermos.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting! (note: if you click on the image to view it in HIGHRES, you only need to click the back button on your browser to return to this page).


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.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting! (note: if you click on the image to view it in HIGHRES, you only need to click the back button on your browser to return to this page).


Fine Art Collection


Ravenel BridgeRavenel Bridge
One of the great Icons of Charleston, SC is the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Under this bridge is Waterfront Park, and it does have some wonderful photo ops. This shot is just another of my attempts to fine tune my eye for some true fine art imagery, many thanks for your visits and comments!

Assignment: Here we are at the park, find a subject and compose your shot.
Location: Charleston, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, full ND filter, Induro CT213 tripod, and an Induro BHD2 ballhead.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting!


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.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting!


Stills and digital artwork


Low angle of view of a dock, rope and cleat with the clouds in the back ground.

As you may have guessed already, this is not my usual camera gear. Our instructor wanted us to get out of our “comfort zone” and get back to the basics. So, this was shot with an entry level Nikon (of course Nikon!), it is a D5000 with an 18-200 VR zoom lens. The perfect lil combo for a “walk around” camera and lens. More images coming with my full frame Nikon and lenses, but for now…I hope this one doesn’t dissappoint my friends and followers. Stay safe and get out there!

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting! Y’all come back now, ya hear?


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.

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting! Y’all come back now, ya hear?


Travel- Grandfather Mountain


Another view of the Mile High Swing Bridge.

 

As always, my images are copyright protected and available to you as wall art prints, wraps, and other merchadise. More info available on my “About” page. You can click on any of my images to see them in HIGH RES. Thanks for visiting!