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Charleston Magnolia Plantation 2012 Photo contest winners

Charleston comes into bloom in late March and early April each year. During the winter I display at several art fairs in Florida and Alabama and on my way home I spend time shooting and teaching a Photographic Workshop. The old sections of Charleston and the surrounding plantations come alive in the spring and the images that can be captured are amazing.   

This year in the Spring Magnolia Photo contest Linda Smith and I both won honorable mentions with images we captured.

Linda S. Smith, Galena, Ohio, “Magnolias Majesty”

Linda S. Smith, Galena, Ohio, "Magnolias Majesty"

Peacock – South Carolina

Paul James, Chelsea, Mich., “Follow the Light”

"Follow the Light"

“Follow the Light”

This link will take you to images of the 2012 award winners.


Magnolia Plantation created a very nice video of all the award winners.


Charleston, South Carolina – Photographic Workshop Tour March 27-April 1

     Charleston, South Carolina

               March 27 – April 1 2012

              $700.00, Limited to 8 Students

Charleston, South Carolina


Charleston is a city rich in history, tradition, Southern charm and beauty. The Battery Park area is one of the oldest communities in the U.S. and offers a wide range of photographic opportunities. We will be spending time photographing gardens, reflection ponds and cypress swamps. Angle Oak a 1500 year old Live Oak is the oldest living tree east of the Rockies and is one of the locations we will be visiting during the workshop. Our field time will be spent on composition and proper use of light. We will spend sometime processing images using Photoshop and Nik Software to help you with your processing skills. A training video is included that you will be able reference when you are processing images at home. Our goal is to teach you how to capture beautiful images and explore how to create the images that continue to inspire.

• Learn tips and tricks used by the professionals to create impressive photographs.
• Discover new viewpoints, interesting details which might be overlooked, see the
world photographically.
• Learn to sense the direction of light and how to capture the magic moment.
• Improve your photographic technique.
• Learn your camera and how to get the most out of it.
• Have fun!

Brief Itinerary:

Day One: 5 pm get together in Charleston to go over equipment and if time allows Photograph at sunset.
Day Two– Five: Photograph at sunrise in the Old Charleston and when the light is right.
Day six: Photograph Sunrise and go over final thoughts before saying goodbye.

A Journey shared is truly a Journey remembered

Sunset on the Ashley River

The Spring Charleston photographic workshop has ended after our morning shoot on the 9th of April. We started our last morning shoot photographing Rainbow Row, in the historic Battery Park section of Charleston. As the light shifted we zigzagged our way through the narrow streets capturing a few last images before the morning light was gone. After the soft morning light had gone we walked down to White Point Gardens and enjoyed the walk up Meeting St. enjoying each others company and taking a few last images along the way. When we arrived at Meeting St. and Broad St. we found a breakfast spot to have coffee, tea and a chocolate muffin while we spent a little time going over the locations we had enjoyed together before saying our goodbye’s.

We enjoyed good weather and shooting conditions through most of the trip and we were able to capture some extraordinary images. After everyone experienced photographing on a cloudy morning where we have extended shooting time before the morning sun oversaturated the colors they started to understand the concept of soft light.

“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take,

but by the moments that take our breath away”

One of the sunsets we were able to capture was truly exceptional

  It started out with a subtle beauty that often happens at sunset

Subtle Sunset on the Ashley River Charleston, South Carolina

The reflections in the Water were amazing to watch as the day changed into night

Reflections on the Ashley River

Reflections on the Ashley River

 This sunset over the Ashley River was truly one of those moments for me
       That Took My Breath Away
Moments that take your breath away - Last Light, Ashley River

Moments that take your breath away - Last Light, Ashley River

 I want to thank everyone in the group for their Friendship and the experiences we

shared in Charleston

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