Monthly Archives: March 2013

Oriental Cherry Tree with Spanish Moss – Spring Charleston Photographic Workshop

While out scouting for images this morning I found a white Oriental Cherry tree with Spanish moss hanging form its braches. The backdrop was a combination of red and purple azaleas which had an elegant look I try to find in the gardens and villages while I am out capturing images.

Cherry and Azelia blossems

Cherry and Azelia blossems

This image was processed using Photoshop CS6 and Film Effects and Tonal Contrast in Nik software Color Efex Pro

The Charleston Workshop starts tomorrow and the flowers are looking great. It was 37 degrees Fahrenheit again this morning when I was out shooting but tells me that it will be in the 50’s for the first morning shoot with the clients which will make it a little more pleasant for everyone and speed up the blooms. This weekend the gardens of Charleston will be at their prime and I am excited to work with everyone.

Battery Park Wisteria – Charleston Spring Photographic Workshop

I have arrived in Charleston, South Carolina a few days before my workshop clients arrive and spent the morning capturing images on this brisk spring morning. The temp was probably around 38 degrees Fahrenheit this morning but will be in the mid 40’s to 50’s when the clients arrive. Both the weather and garden conditions are going to be great for the workshops! The Wister and Azaleas are just starting to bloom and will be at its prime this weekend. It will be great capturing images going into and through Charleston’s prime shooting time.

This Wisteria in the Battery Park section of Charleston is just staring to bloom. By the weekend it will be an explosion of color and aroma. This is a great time to be photographing in the South!

Wisteria - Charleston South, Carolina

Wisteria – Charleston South, Carolina

Life is a dance – Great Egrets mating dance

Last week I spent time photographing birds and the photographic techniques necessary to capture them in flight. Fortunately I had spent some time years ago photographing children who move even faster than birds in flight. I captured a quite a few nice images but there were one or two that were different than the normal birding images and stood out from the others.

Life is a dance

Life is a dance

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Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine, Florida

This morning I spent time photographing the Castillo de San Marcos in Saint Augustine, Florida. It is an interesting structure but what made the morning were the interesting cloud formations that rolled in over the fort and water while I was shooting.

Castillo de San Marcos - Saint Augustine, Florida

I turned this image into Sepia black and white using Nix Software’s Silver Efex Pro and then merged the image with the original color image.

Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United   States. Located on the shore of Matanzas Bay in the city of St. Augustine, Florida, construction was begun in 1672, 107 years after the cities founding by Spanish Admiral and conquistador Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, when Florida was part of the Spanish Empire.

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Egret – St. Augustine Alligator Farm

This week I am spending a little time in Saint Augustine photographing Sunrise and Sunsets near in the historic sections and in the harbor. Shortly after sunrise I spent a little time at the Alligator farm photographing some of the birds. It is the mating season and tall of the males are showing off which makes it a fun time to photograph the Rookery. This little Egret was putting a lot in energy looking for a mate and provided entertainment and quite a few images.

Egret - St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery

Egret – St. Augustine Alligator Farm Rookery


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Everyone’s Waiting – Seaside

Last weekend I displayed my work in Gulf Breeze, Florida and have time to take a few sunset images on the beaches in the Florida Panhandle. It is a great location to capture a few images the sands are sugar white and the waters are beautiful. This Florida beaches have less traffic than the southern Florida beaches and I find them more relaxing. While walking the beaches looking for that perfect shot I found this Pavilion with its wonderful Adirondack chairs that was deserted at Sunset and it was so inviting that I spent some time photographing this location as the light changes. This is a location I will return too and spend time photographing under different lighting conditions.

Everyone's waiting

Everyone’s waiting

I captured this image on my Canon 5d mark 2 my Tokina 12-24 wide-angle lens was set at 21mm which gave me the coverage of the area that I wanted and also gave me the infinite depth of field allowing for both the foreground and the background to remain in focus. The shutter speed was set for 1/25th of a second and the ISO was set for 200.

EEveryones Waiting raw CR2 file

Everyones Waiting raw CR2 file

The Exposure was perfect and the only post processing I did on this image was to run it through Nik software’s Film Effects in Color Efex Pro.

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Sunset – Grayton Beach State Park, Florida

Sunset at Grayton Beach State-Park, unprocessed

Sunset at Grayton Beach State-Park, unprocessed

Last night I stopped by Grayton State park one of my favorite parks in the Panhandle of Florida to capture a sunset image and enjoy the park for a day before setting up for a small show in Gulf Breeze for the weekend.

The unprocessed image looked nice but I decided to enhance the images using the Film Effects and Pro Contrast filters in Nik software’s Color Effects Pro

Sunset at Grayton Beach State Park, processed

Sunset at Grayton Beach State Park, processed

I set my f stop for F 22 with the lens set at 24mm which is a wide angle setting. By focusing 1/3 into the image I am capturing I will have everything in the image in perfect focus. The term for this is “Hyper Focal”. My ISO was set at 100 which gave me the longest shutter speed of 1.3seconds that available light would allow without using a neutral density filter. I wanted to have a little motion in the water without smoothing out the water with a longer exposure.

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