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Fashion and Glamour Gallery


Tres AmigasTres Amigas

Greetings everyone! It has been some time since my last post… it appears I have fallen into a creative “Bubble”. My task and assignment for these past three weeks was to create some classic based fashion and glamour images. Apparently I have not done so well, after presenting an 84 image slide show; my instructor referred to my work as more “pinup” style than true fashion (granted, a majority of my work was accomplished on the beach). So, I am appealing to my colleagues  followers and friends, and visitors to provide some feedback (constructive criticism please).  And as usual, I do hope that my images move you, spark imagination, and ignite some creativity! A few more images coming up, thanks again for your visit and comments!

 

Location: Folly Beach, SC

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


South Carolina


Peaceful seas and a gentle breeze at Sunset
One of my favorite images! A huge hello and thank you to all of my several new followers, and great big thank you to all of my dear long term followers! I hope this image finds each of you safe and heppy and much hope for a safe and productive (drama free) work week!
On a side note, it has come to my attenton that several of my images are being used on other websites (business and personal). I need to take a moment to remind those individuals that my images are copyright protected and unauthorized use is prohibited by law. For those of you who want to use my image, you may surely do so provided you link the image back to my website and please give me credit as photographer (I would not steal your work, so please do not steal mine). If you want to purchase royalty free rights to use the images or want to purchase prints for your home or office: please see my About page for info on how to do that.
On the bright side: My school has bestowed upon my a Mimiya medium format camera with a digital back! So now, I need to find a few locations to shoot seascapes and landscape! If anyone if familiar with Coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and even Florida…please send me your suggested locations. I will do my best to get some of them uploaded for your enjoyment!
Thanks to every one of you for your time, suggestions, input, consideration, and suggestions! Have a safe week everyone!
And on the lighter side


South Carolina


Sunrise in Shem Creek
Hope the sunrise today brings joy and happiness to you.
Image taken near Charleston, SC

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-27 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead.


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


Smoky Mountain ColorSmoky Mountain Color
Sometime even a wide angle lens cannot even come close to capturing all the splenor! Looks like I will be trying my hand at Fall Panoramas this year!

Location: Great Smoky Mountains, Gatlinburg, TN

For more fall colors from Gatlinburg: you can click the link at the top of the page for my WEBSITE or, you can click on any of my image and go right to the HIGHRES version. Or, you can go to http://www.stanshillingburg.com and click on my photography gallery. The Landscapes, Fine Art, and other galleries are available for your viewing pleasure!

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).


Landscapes and Seascapes


Mountain Stream in Fall ColorsMountain Stream in Fall Colors
Maybe I am over anxious for the splendor of Fall and all of her warm colors and crisp clean air….but I feel like I am like a kid at Christmas about it.
Stay safe and please visit often!

Location: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Gatlinburg, TN.

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


With Fall finally on the approach, I am re-posting this image to keep us all looking forward to the warm and brilliant colors of fall! The sights, smell, sounds, and fashion of Fall are things I look forward to every year. I hope to return to Gatlingburg again this year at the peak of the Fall colors, and maybe my camera and I can capture more of these colorful images for you! Stay safe, peace, love, and Happiness to all of you!

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, 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!


Landscapes and Seascapes


Early morning on the marsh near Beaufort, SC, USA

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, iNDURO ct213 tripod, Induro BHD2 Ballhead.
Camera settings: Focal length 24mm, f13, 1/500s, ISO 100

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


Waterfall in North Carolina
Sorry guys, not exactly sure which park this was in (whirlwind photo safari, many stops!) I was trying my hand at the “post card edit” style of editing, hope this is good enough for you guys! I can tell you there is an upper falls (with an overlook) and a lower falls (where this shot was taken) and I hiking all the way down to the plunge basin for this image. I will caution anyone who make the hikes up here…take plenty of water! It is a long way down, the change of socks came in handy, as did the trail mix and protien bars! And the hike back out is…steep! The portion of the falls visible here is about eighty feet, there are two more smaller falls about this final drop bt those remain hidden in the rocks. The river above that feeds this looks so calm and peaceful, then it drops rapidly down and makes a couple of twists before finally flowing out from this lowest level of the falls.

Location: North Carolina, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, 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!


Stills and digital artwork


The final light of the day, and a lone star.

Note: This image was grabbed under duress! lolol…the ferry was about to leave, I had one chance to get this. Shot this image at ISO 6400, f/3, shutter speed 1/60th, minus 1/3 exposure compensation, hand held! Focal length 24mm.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens.

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


Knock, knock, knocking on Heavan’s door

Location: Gatlinburg, TN, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BDH2 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!


Stills and digital artwork


Big Sky Country
Driving across the Pan Handle region of Texas.

Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BDH2 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


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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Landscapes and Seascapes


Full view of the amazing and beautiful Triple Falls found in the Dupont State Forest of North Carolina. This is from the only vantage point on the trail (a STEEP trail), heading up to High Falls. If you have been following my blog, then up to this point you have seen several images of Triple Falls, this is the only one that shows all three levels of the falls. All of the other images were taken at the very base of these gorgeous falls and from that point, almost none of the upper levels are visible. My apologies in advance to those who know that I have over exposed the white water, but getting a proper exposure (or correct) exposure, although important), was not quite as important to me at that time. My son can attest that my only real concern was trying to catch my breath! This trail is a steep one, and we were hiking up instead of down to get this shot.
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 25-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and a circular polarizing filter (mainly to cut down as much as possible on shutter speed).
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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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Landscapes and Seascapes


One of My favorite places ever for a photoshoot. Either for seascapes or lanscapes, or fashio and glamor; Folly Beach, SC, USA is amazing, and only a mile or so away they also have surfing (I will be posting a couple of those next week), fishing, a marina, and several great places to eat.
This Image was taken just before sunrise and is still one of my favorite images in the gallery. I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and quiet Holiday.

Location: Folly Beach, SC, USA near the Morris Lighthouse
Equipmwnt used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, ND GRAD filter, Induro CT213 tripod, and an Induro BHD2 ballhead.

As always, the images here are for your viewing pleasure and available for veiw in High Res by clicking on the image. This (and all of my images) are available for your purchase to be wall art, puzzles, coffee mugs, whatever you would like them printed on (please select the “buy” button to see print sizes, style, and merchandise available). Showing your support with a purchase greatly helps me to travel and photograph more beautiful images and bring them here for you. Thanks again for your visit and support!


Landscapes and Seascapes


Six Seconds of WaterSix Seconds of Water
This image is from a series. The waterfall here is about 35 feet tall, and it is the lowest level of a three level falls. This is Triple Falls located in the Dupont State Forest of North Carolina, USA.

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, and a ND filter. The exposure at f/22 was 5.8 seconds.