Street Photography: on the University of South Carolina Campus, pt 2

This is the second part of my street photography post from the University of South Carolina campus. I’ve mixed in some architectural abstracts captured as well.

USC Columbia: Longstreet Theater Abstract
USC Columbia: Longstreet Theater Abstract
USC Columbia: Thomas Cooper Library Fountain Composition
USC Columbia: Thomas Cooper Library Fountain Composition
USC Columbia: Thomas Cooper Library Abstract
USC Columbia: Thomas Cooper Library Abstract
USC Columbia: Palmer Center Walkway Composition
USC Columbia: Palmer Center Walkway Composition
USC Columbia: Honors College Residence Composition
USC Columbia: Honors College Residence Composition
USC Columbia: Gibbs Green Composition
USC Columbia: Gibbs Green Composition
USC Columbia: Capstone Sunset Abstract Vignette 1
USC Columbia: Capstone Sunset Abstract Vignette 1
USC Columbia: Capstone Sunset Abstract Vignette 3
USC Columbia: Capstone Sunset Abstract Vignette 3

If you like these images, please see part 1 of this post, there you’ll fine more behind the scenes info about this shoot. For the best viewing experience, click on a image to see the high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

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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.

Gamecock Game-day, pt 3.

Well, I had a few more compositions left to make up a third post in this series. Well call this my Mostly Monochrome Monday post.

Stadium Fan Vignette 2
Stadium Fan Vignette 2

Enjoying the Rain 2 Monochrome
Enjoying the Rain 2 Monochrome

Rain Shower Relief
Rain Shower Relief

3rd Quarter Hardy Fans Composition
3rd Quarter Hardy Fans Composition

Stadium Fan Vignette 3
Stadium Fan Vignette 3

Rain Shower Relief 3
Rain Shower Relief 3

While working on this series, my wife asked me why I would travel all the way to Columbia for a USC Parents Day Football weekend and not include any pictures of our son Parker. I told her I did, he’s in the middle of the student section cheer photo below!

Sandstorm Towel Wave in the Student Section
Sandstorm Towel Wave in the Student Section

There's Parker
There’s Parker

Cheers,

C.S.

Gamecock Game-day, pt 2 – USC Marching Band Sections

As the rain poured in the 3rd quarter, the USC Marching Band took refuge under the stadium.  They had neatly laid down their instruments by section – what a find!

Horn Section Composition
Horn Section Composition

Sax Section Composition
Sax Section Composition

Tuba Section Composition
Tuba Section Composition

Trombone Section Composition
Trombone Section Composition

During the first half, you would never had known it was going to rain.  Weather.com showed only a 15% chance of rain!  Here are a few pre-game snaps of the Marching Band in the sweltering heat.

Marching Band Composition 1
Marching Band Composition 1

Marching Band Composition 3
Marching Band Composition 3

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view the high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Gamecock Game-day, pt 1.

Thomas Sumter was a a brigadier general in the South Carolina militia during the American War of Independence. Because of his fierce fighting, the British named him the Carolina Gamecock. The British had earlier burnt down his house – that probably had something to do with the name.

Williams-Bryce Stadium Abstract Composition
Williams-Bryce Stadium Abstract Composition

Last Sunday, my wife and I visited our freshman son Parker at the University of South Carolina (USC) Gamecocks home football game against the Missouri Tigers. What started as a blistering hot first half quickly became a heavy steady rain from half-time through the middle of the 4th quarter.

3rd Quarter Hardy Fans 2
3rd Quarter Hardy Fans 2

I brought my Nikon in hopes of capturing a few game and people shots. The rain turned out to be a significant photograph bonanza! Here’s the first of a two part post featuring Gamecock game-day photos.

Enjoying the Rain
Enjoying the Rain

Stadium Waterfall
Stadium Waterfall

Rain Shower Relief 2
Rain Shower Relief 2

3rd Quarter Hardy Fans 3
3rd Quarter Hardy Fans 3

Thanks for stopping by today. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.