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The Battle of Huck’s Defeat 2018

I’ve begun volunteering with our local museums. The Cultural & Heritage Museums of York County, South Carolina is a family of four separate museums, including Historic Brattonsville, a 775-acre Revolutionary War site. One of the highlights of the year at Brattonsville is the reenactment of the Battle of Huck’s Defeat. I’ll leave the facts and significance of the battle to the experts and focus our attention here on the reenactment and the photographic opportunities it presents. Kevin Lynch, the site manager at Brattonsville, describes the home site as a “target rich environment” for photographers. Candid portraits of historic interpreters, landscape photographs, architecture, wildlife, macro […]

Blacksmiths at Historic Brattonsville

Environmental Portrait

So the 52 week photo challenge that I began as one of this year’s goals has proven to be… um… challenging. It’s not that the assignments are too difficult. It’s the time thing. You would think that with seven days in the week that there would be plenty of time to conceive of an idea, plan it and then execute it. Especially something as interesting as an environmental portrait. That has not proven to be the case. But that was part of the reason for taking on the challenge. I know I need to spend more time with my camera […]

Hemlock Falls – It’s a matter of perspective

When I first began to try to take pictures of landscapes, I would inevitably try to capture an image of wide, sweeping vistas. You know, those epic mountain ranges, or cloudscapes or tree lines.  Somehow, what I saw with my eye never quite appeared on the back of my camera after I took the shot. Since then I have learned a bit more about cameras and specific lenses and how they “see”. In a nutshell, I can tell you that they don’t see like our eyes do.  More importantly, I have learned that I rarely want a picture of that […]

Week 17 – Urbanscape

This weeks assignment from the 52 week photo challenge was a bit of a change up. It’s landscape week, but instead of heading to the woods or the mountains, the challenge was to shoot a “landscape style” shot in the city. As it turns out, I have another project in mind that calls for a skyline and a waterway, so that meant that I could – possibly – kill two birds with the same shoot. We’ll see how the other project develops, but as for a cityscape I was fairly pleased. The subject is Jacksonville, Florida. I often travel to […]

Milky Way – Take 2

One of my goals this year has been to learn astrophotography. Well, at least to begin to learn. I suspect I will spend the rest of my life on the process. I had my first opportunity to photograph the Milky Way last month, and I was relatively pleased with the process. By that I mean you could actually see the Milky Way and it was reasonably in focus! Those are low expectations, I know, but they were realistic. I wanted to get back out as quickly as I could to try to build on that first experience. My wife and […]

Why Go to a Photography Workshop?

Let’s face it, there are a hundred ways to learn new things. Well, maybe there are really only three or four, but one of those ways is “online” and there are hundreds of places online to learn just about anything. Want to learn math, or cooking, or French or how to change your oil? No problem. A quick Google search and a few YouTube videos later you are on your way. Of course you can still learn by taking a class, or reading a book, or watching someone else in real life. You can even pick up the old “trial […]

Week 12: Transportation

This week’s assignment for the 52 week photo challenge was from the artistic category: Transportation – Our world is one defined by how we get around. Literal or interpretative, find inspiration in transportation. As it happened, I found myself over on the South Carolina Coast with some time in front of one our state’s most iconic sites: the Arthur Ravenel Bridge, which spans the Cooper River along the Charleston Peninsula. There is no shortage of imagery of this bridge. It has become the de facto logo for Charleston and it’s likeness is everywhere. Aside from graphic representations, photographers have shot […]

Week 11: Landscape Reflection

The 52 week photo challenge from Dogwood Photography rotates between 3 distinct categories: portraits, landscapes, and artistic shots. It only stands to reason that there will be some overlap between those genres. Week 11, a landscape week, is a good example. Here’s the assignment: Find a way to show your landscape/natural beauty in reflection. The mirror world revealed. So we’re looking at a landscape through an artistic lens. No pun intended. I found my subject at Middleton Place in Charleston, SC. Any place that has a body of water referred to as the “Reflection Pool” is probably a good place to start for finding reflection images. The setting sun illuminated this tree, highlighting […]

Week 7: Faceless Portrait

So the 52 Week Photo Challenge assignment this week was pretty straightforward: Tell someone’s story without showing their face. Photojournalism, or even street photography, came to mind this week. Literal storytelling. I could envision a heart-broken person, face buried in his hands. Or perhaps someone who is overjoyed, with his face turned toward the heavens, or buried in an embrace with a loved one. I probably should have grabbed a picture of a small boy playing peek-a-boo. But, then, I saw something. I was out, working on a shot, when I noticed my shadow. Candidly a picture like this is […]