While visiting my sister and brother-in-law’s mountain cabin retreat near West Jefferson, North Carolina, we pulled out his classic 69 Bronco for a photoshoot. I used Alien Skin’s Exposure software to emulate Agfa APX 100 for the monochrome images, and 70’s vintage Kodachrome for the color images.
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This post features my second set of compositions from Oak Island, North Carolina. Once or twice a day, I would leave the family for a “photography expedition”. Time by yourself, with no pressure to “hurry up and take that picture”.
This is when I find photography most fulfilling, the freedom to wander, explore, and just see what you can see. For example, on a rainy day whim, I turned left on a dirt road near Safe Harbor and eventually found this rustic old lifeboat overlooking the Lockwoods Folly River, just before it connects with the Intracostal Waterway.
Of course, sometimes seeing is anticipation of a situation or scene that has potential to develop into something visually interesting.
In early July, my wife and I visited Charlotte, NC for the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in a building originally built as a Ford Model T factory. During WWII, the US Army expanded the campus building five additional massive warehouses to serve as a Quartermaster Depot.
In the Cold War years, the campus was used to build missiles, where the site was referred to as Charlotte Area Missile Plant, or CAMP for short.
Now Camp North End is in the middle of a massive multi-year adaptive reuse project, and is now a mix between industrial art collective, shopping center, and an outdoor food hall.
With several parts of the campus in various stages of renovation, I enjoyed exploring numerous photographic opportunities as much as the Van Gogh Exhibit.
More compositions are in the works and will be featured in a future post, or in my Monochromia posts. Thanks for taking time to visit my photo blog. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high-resolution version.
You would think during the pandemic I would have more time to work on my photography. Well, it hasn’t worked out that way. Seems like I’ve been working more and more in my day job over the last year.
Last month, my family finally did take a long weekend with relatives on Oak Island, North Carolina. We got some well-deserved rest and I was able to explore the barrier island. This weekend, I finally got around to finishing the first batch of images.
I also have some nice monochrome images; you’ll be seeing those in forthcoming Monochromia posts. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high-resolution version.
Our hearts feel so heavy, we weep under a crushing sadness, our beautiful Casper is gone. I know this all-sounds cliché, but he was so loved by our family. He was so much more than a pet. Casper brought us so much joy, love, comfort and companionship.
We fondly remember him running wide open from one side of the backyard to the other, leaving an arched dirt trodden trail etched into the tall green fescue. Or, discovering him one day nonchalantly standing on top of our kitchen table.
We remember the warm embraces when leaving the house for the day, and the jubilance, both displayed and felt, on our eventual return later in the day. Lazy weekend mornings with all the snuggles, hugs and kissy kisses. We are so thankful for his relentless example of unconditional love.
As Adrienne often said, Casper was our “sweet, sweet boy”, or object of our love “who is the prettiest white puppy dog in the whole wide world?”. My Dad admiringly once said, you got a “good ole dog”. He was my “buddy”, he was family, he was a best friend. We love you and miss you Casper.
We know Casper is free from his broken body, running and playing in the great outdoors of Heaven. And then, coming to rest for a while on Dad’s lap, while giving big kissy kisses to Mom. I so look forward to seeing them all once again some glorious day.
More beach and landscapes from Hilton Head Island. This series is the first deep dive into my new Nikon z7ii and Nikkor Z 28 – 70mm f2.8 lens. Thus far I have been impressed by the extended dynamic range, low noise and detail as compared to my D720. With the extra resolution, I’m retraining myself to not crop in as close. Not only does it provide more composition opportunities in post, but this also allows squeezing out a little more depth of field when desired.
If you’re viewing on a monitor, you can really appreciate the output of the Z7ii by clicking on an image to see a high resolution version. Thank you for taking time to visit, and please stay safe. The end of the pandemic is in sight!
Last week my wife and I joined some friends for several days on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. This was my first visit to the island. I expected a commercially overdeveloped landscape, like many other popular beach destinations in North & South Carolina. To my surprise, local ordinances have subdued commercialization and preserved much of the island’s natural beauty.
When visiting a new location, I always take an interest in understanding the local history, culture and biodiversity. As my youngest son attends the University of South Carolina, I knew the SC was known as the Palmetto State. Before my trip, I would have identified the two trees below as two separate species. They are actually both Palmettos (Sabal Palm) trees. Palmettos loose their weaved “boot” barking once they mature.
The numerous stately live oaks, imbued with Spanish moss and reconstruction ferns, contribute to the island’s natural charm. The weather was overcast most of the week, but I’ve found such weather quite an opportunity for photography.
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