I’ve written before about that nagging sense that most landscape photographers have that tells them that the best photographic locations are somewhere out “there”. Anywhere but “here.” Far from home. And as much as I love my home state, the phrase “South Carolina Landscape Photography” is hardly ever uttered. Maybe it’s time we do something about that. The Palmetto State has some beautiful scenery. And, as I found out a few days ago, some of it isn’t that far off the beaten path! For those of you who find this blog post in the future, I will remind you that […]
This is why I came back to photography, and it fast becoming my most challenging genre. It’s one thing to find a beautiful view. It’s another thing to capture the emotion of the moment, and pass it along to the viewer.
It seems hard to believe, but it was exactly one year ago this week that I spent a couple of days in America’s most visited national park. I don’t live that far from The Great Smoky Mountains, but I rarely seem to be able to find the time to get there. I had a couple of open days last February, so I thought I would head over and see if I could be lucky enough to get some snow-filled landscape photography. That was not to be. In fact, heavy rains and flooding cut my trip a bit short. Particularly after […]
Believe it or not, the second decade of the 21st century is about to come to a close. But before I can attack the ’20’s, I need to take a minute to reflect back over the past year. Part of the process, as it has been for a number of years, is to choose my Top Ten Images of the Year. To be clear, this is an exercise that benefits no one other than me. In fact, in past years as I have asked others to participate in the process I came to realize that all of us have our […]
It’s taken long enough. This should have been done at least a month ago, but it has been a difficult process. I have worked through all of the images that I took last year and finally compiled my list of my 2018 Top Ten photos. Honestly, this is far more important to me, than it is to you. I recognize that. But it is a necessary experiment, I believe, in order for me to continually work at improving my work. The Process The process of choosing the top ten for 2018 wasn’t difficult because I am such a masterful photographer, […]
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 […]
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 […]
After studying German for five years of my youth, you would think that I would remember more than a few odd words and spurious phrases. However, when you consider just how long ago my youth was, and how little I have used my German over the years decades, you probably shouldn’t be that surprised. One of the few things that I remember is particularly relevant this week’s entry for the photo challenge. “Besser spät als nie.“ I know this post is late. Week 5 officially ended a couple of days ago. I didn’t get out to take the shot until […]
It snowed yesterday. I don’t know where you live, so maybe that’s not a big deal to you. After all, snowfall in January in the northern hemisphere isn’t really that unusual. Unless you live where I do, in South Carolina. Every couple of years we get enough snow to notice, and yesterday was that day. Schools, government offices and most businesses around here shut down at the mention of the possibility of a snowflake sighting, so that leaves time to get outside. For me, it also meant a chance to complete the third week of this year’s photography challenge.
It was landscape photography that motivated me to pick up a camera again. I enjoy the woods, the mountains, and the serenity of hearing nothing but birds, brooks and my boots on a trail. I wanted to be able to bring back some of the views that I saw along the way to share with others and to spark my own memories. So you would think that the idea of taking a landscape photograph every third week as a part of the 52 Week Photography Challenge would be particularly exciting for me. It is. And it isn’t. This week’s challenge […]