Street Photography: on the University of South Carolina Campus, pt 1 and New PC

The drought is finally over! Outside of family photos and portraiture, I haven’t really shot any new street or field photography in the last four months. Instead, I’ve spent that time processing and posting photos from last year which I never got around to.

USC Columbia: Pickens St Bridge to Gibbs Green
USC Columbia: Pickens St Bridge to Gibbs Green

A few weeks ago, my wife Adrienne, dog Casper and I traveled to Columbia SC to visit my son Parker at USC. While Adrienne helped Parker straighten up his dorm room, Casper and I headed out to explore campus. The light was almost perfect; it was late afternoon, the sun was low and slightly diffused by thin clouds.

USC Columbia: Horseshoe Composition 1
USC Columbia: Horseshoe Composition 1

It was a lazy Sunday afternoon, and the mild high 60’s (approx 20 degrees C) temperature offered a preview of spring weather. After weeks of cold rain, you could tell folks were really enjoying the warm sun. Oh, and so did Casper, he was also quite patient with me stopping frequently to photograph.

USC Columbia: Horseshoe Composition 2
USC Columbia: Horseshoe Composition 2

During my shoot, I was conscious of maintaining a medium depth of field. Unfortunately though, I missed a few compositions because the subject was slightly out of focus. I had been shooting in shutter priority and let my depth of field dropped to around f5.6. Rookie mistake.

USC Columbia: Horseshoe Composition 3
USC Columbia: Horseshoe Composition 3

That’s what happens when you’re not on the street or in the field for 4 months! In the past, aperture priority between f8 & f11, depending on focal length, had worked well in these situations. I also need to relearn my Nikon auto focus modes. Perhaps I’m just getting old.

USC Columbia: Lieber College on The Horseshoe Composition
USC Columbia: Lieber College on The Horseshoe Composition

Big news on the computer tool front. I just finished building a monster PC! Actually my oldest son Austin did most of the building, I watched. My 4th Gen i7 and 960 Nivida video card were just getting bogged down trying to crunch photography workflows.

USC Columbia: Thomas Cooper Library Composition
USC Columbia: Thomas Cooper Library Composition

For you computer geeks like me, the new build was in a NZXT H700i case with Core i7 9700, 16GB 3000 Mhz RAM, 1TB Samsung 970 PRO NVMe M.2, 1TB Western Digital SSD and Nvidia Quadro P2000 graphics card. The PC OS, software and Lightroom catalog & libraries are all on the Samsung Samsung 970 Pro (7x faster than SSD drives); the system takes about 7 seconds to boot, as does the start for Lightroom. The Quadro P2000 enables 10bit color display on my BenQ monitor. And for the young folks, its all about the LED lights! Well, I did spend an extra $30 to get LED RAM. Oh, I should recognize Adrienne and the Amazon Store Card for enabling this purchase!

NZXT Photo Computer
NZXT Photo Computer

I have a few more compositions from this series to post later in the week. Thanks for taking time to visit. For the best viewing experience click on a image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

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