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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.


Location Bridal Portfolio


Did I ever mention about how much I just love the light at sunrise? Chelbie and I had just finished shooting on the beach with the rising sun over the ocean as her background and we were driving back in to civilization to grab some MUCH needed coffee..when we spotted this old boat dock jutting out into the marsh. The light was incredible, so I asked if she could just jump out and run to the end of the dock and turn around. This was the first exposure I took, she didin’t even want to put her shoes on. She is a true girl from the country and wanted to be as natural as possible in some of her images.
For everyone who believes they need all this expensive gear (now I know for some imagery, there are many items I could use to really bring a different look and feel to this image), but, i really like this capture. The only equipment I used (or just grabbed while I chased after her! lolol) was my Nikon camera nd my lens (thank goodness I still had my trusty 70-200 2.8 VR attached to the camera) I photographed this back in the summer, and I am SO looking forward to warmer weather soon.

Model: Chelbie
Location: Folly Beach, SC
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR lens
Photographer: Stan Shillingburg http://www.stanshillingburg.com


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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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.

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Travel- Sheldon Church Ruins


Location: Sheldon Church Historical Site (near Beaufort, SC, USA)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, Cokin ND Grad filter….and some sweet tea!

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Travel- Sheldon Church Ruins


Please be kind with your comments guys…I am still trying to learn this world of HDR and still retain the realism of the shot. This is a compilation of five exposures to try and keep the highlights in balance and the details in the shadows. This image was shot at the Sheldon Church Ruins on the way to Beaufort, SC. This area is marked as a Historical Site..but, that little old site marker is the ONLY thing marking the lcoation of the beautiful area. It is said that many, many weddings are held here and there is a phone number available to reserve this site for such events.
Doesn’t just looking at this make ya want to take a sip of some fine Mint Julip or some Sweeeet ice Teeea? lolol..lucky for me a had some sweet ice tea, ’cause is was sure hot out there! I do have to give credit to those grand shade trees though, VERY comforting sitting in thier shade with that southern breeze blowing though….

Location: Sheldon Church Historical Site (near Beaufort, SC, USA)
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BHD2 ballhead, Cokin ND Grad filter….and some sweet tea!

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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

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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.

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Travel


From the Summit of the Zugspitz, it seems you can see forever. The frozen breath, the snow covered ladder, cables and ledges…crevasses adorned in icles and snow that has yet to be touched by man…solitude, peace, and one’s perspective on life can be felt and pondered.

Location: Garmisch, Germany atop the Zugspitz.
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 VR lens, lots of cold weather gear.

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Travel


And here is the color version of the cabin in Garmisch Germany.

Location: Garmisch, Germany
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens.

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Travel


The bench! Time for a break in the steep trail of Garmisch, Germany.

Location: Garmisch, Germany
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens.

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Travel


Steep trails and snow everywhere, hiking along this trail in Garmisch I stumbled upon the cabin. No one home but the break in the steep climbing was much enjoyed!

Location: Garmisch, Germany
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens.

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Travel


Where Earth and Sky collide in Gatlinburg, TN Fall colors

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BDH2 ballhead

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Stills and digital artwork


Mountain Home with a view

Location: Gatlinburg, TN, USA

Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BDH2 ballhead

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Travel


Sunrise over Charleston, SC, USA

Location: Charleston, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BDH2 ballhead

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Travel


Charleston Skyline and bridge at night

Location: Charleston, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, Induro CT213 tripod, Induro BDH2 ballhead

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Travel


Charleston, SC, USA, Night photography
More to come, but wanted to share this one with everybody..
This image to me overall is nearly exactly what I was going for. However; in my excitement of all of the conditions being right for this shot….I made a major technical error……I left my camera cable release 15 floors down and half a parking lot away! I fired this one manually (hence the trail of lights in the image), and then I remembered….hey, why not use the camera’s self timer? DUH? well, by the time the fog lifted in my brain and I actually applied that change, the half of the bridge went dark…(I had NO idea they turned off the lights on the bridge!)

Location: Charleston, SC, USA

Equipment used: Nikon D700, 70-200 2.8 VR lens, Iduro CT213 tripod, Induro BDH2 ballhead. Camera settings: f/18@ 30s, ISO100.

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Travel


Pathways….
I shot this image (back when I was just a novice at digital photography) on one of my hikes in Garmisch Germany. As I was really clueless on proper exposure and graduated ND filters, I shot this bare through a lens and a Nikon D90 camera. I had to use some HDR processing (luckily I was at least smart enough to shoot in RAW), and it was the only way I could bring out the details of what I saw. I hope it is not too over processed for you all, just taking a walk back through some of my old files and found this, wanted to share, enjoy!

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Stills and digital artwork


24 cents a gallon….remember when?
There I was just driving along a back road when there it was, an old gas station with an original gas pump still in it’s place, and the per gallon price was frozen at 24 cents per gallon. I have the color version available on my website as well.

Location: Rural South Carolina
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 24-70 2.8 lens, ISO 100, f/8, 1/60th

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Stills and digital artwork


Just taking a walk down memory lane…
Travelling along Route 66 in Texas, I found this old restored fuel station, today as I ramble through some of my images I began reflecting. Things are not and never will be what they used to be “back in the good ole days”, so making the most of the present is really beginning to bloom in my life.
I hope you all enjoy the image!

Location: Route 66, Texas, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens

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Travel


Bridal Viel Falls, DuPont State Forest, NC, USA


Stills and digital artwork


Mother Nature descends on Key West. Woke up…in the afternoon (big surprise in Key West, right?, only to walk out on the balcony to see this. Grabbed my trusty walk around camera and snapped this shot of a crazy raging storms rapidly moving in on Key West. I did enhance the contrast to show two things in particular: some people have said they can actually see “mother nature” in the dark cloud formation, and two; I needed to bring out the form of that waterspout in the background. I just can’t say enough about Key West, always a true pleasure to visit there (so yes, I do it often!), and the photo ops are incredible.

Location: Key West, FL, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D300, 18-200 VR lens, Mother Natures lighting and fury.

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Stills and digital artwork


Key West and loving it!
I shot this images about a year ago, and as the saying goes…Key West and Key Wasted, lololol…I can offer little as to the details of this shot. I will say that this was shot while standing on the balcony of my hotel room and I am putting together a travel blog article about this great hotel and all of the wonderful sights, sounds, and smells of Key Wesy, FL, USA.

Location: Key West, FL, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D300, 70-200 2.8 VR lens

All of the images in my blog are available to you for your veiwing pleasure by clicking on the image to veiw the HIGH RES version. They are also available for purchase as prints, gallery wraps, wall art, puzzles, mugs, etc. Showing your support by purching will greatly help in funding my travels and equipment to better bring more images of this beautful world we live in. Stay safe and enjoy!


Model Portfolio


Danielle classic glamor and travel image. I have posted this one in color already, but I feel the black and white seems to have more impact. The theme was for some nostalgia and a traveller via sea or land. Commercial work, maybe stock, but a favorite of mine either way.

Model: Danielle
Location: Myrtle Beach, SC, USA
Equipment used: Nikon D700, Nikkor 70-200 2.8, single strobe fire thu an umbrella.