Monochrome Monday, Hilton Head Island, pt 4

My next set of photos from the lovely Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Bass Beach Dune Fence Composition 2
Salty Dog Café Deck Abstract
Salty Dog Café Deck Abstract
South Beach Marina Pier 1
South Beach Marina Pier 1
Live Oak, Reconstruction Fern, and Spanish Moss Composition 1
Live Oak, Reconstruction Fern, and Spanish Moss Composition 1
Large Leaf Tropical Ground Plant 1
Large Leaf Tropical Ground Plant 1

For the best viewing experience, click to see a high resolution version. Please stay safe.

Cheers!

C. S.

Hilton Head Island, pt 3

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.

Bass Beach Dune Fence Composition 1
Bass Beach Dune Fence Composition 1
Palmatto Composition 1
Palmatto Composition 1
Shipyard Dr Pond Composition 2
Shipyard Dr Pond Composition 2
Palmetto Tree and Beach Composition 2
Palmetto Tree and Beach Composition 2
Live Oak, Reconstruction Fern, and Spanish Moss Sculpture 1
Live Oak, Reconstruction Fern, and Spanish Moss Sculpture 1

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!

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Hilton Head Island

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.

Palmetto Tree and Beach Composition 1
Palmetto Tree and Beach Composition 1

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.

Two Palmettos Composition
Two Palmettos Composition
Calibogue Sound Fog Composition 2
Calibogue Sound Fog Composition 2

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.

Live Oak and Spanish Moss Composition 1
Live Oak and Spanish Moss Composition 1
Calibogue Sound Fog Composition 3
Calibogue Sound Fog Composition 3
Live Oak and Reconstruction Fern Detail 1
Live Oak and Reconstruction Fern Detail 1

Thank you for visiting and please stay safe! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

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.

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.

Downtown Kershaw Abandoned Building Study

While recently traveling the back roads of the South Carolina Midlands, I took time to explore the downtown area of Kershaw. You can bet older small towns, off the beaten path, will usually have some interesting old or abandoned structures to photograph. Along E Marion St., I found a string of cool abandoned brick buildings to capture.

Kershaw Brick and Mortar Composition 1
Kershaw Brick and Mortar Composition 1
Kershaw Abandoned Building Brick Composition 2
Kershaw Abandoned Building Brick Composition 2
Kershaw Abandoned Building Composition 1
Kershaw Abandoned Building Composition 1
Kershaw Abandoned, Boarded Up Building
Kershaw Abandoned, Boarded Up Building
Kershaw Abandoned Building Composition 2
Kershaw Abandoned Building Composition 2
Kershaw Brick and Mortar Composition 2
Kershaw Brick and Mortar Composition 2
Kershaw Abandoned Building Brick Composition
Kershaw Abandoned Building Brick Composition

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view the high resolution version from my portfolio site. Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog!

Cheers,

C. S.

Street Vignettes from Greene St in Five Points

As in much of my work, this post features the unique surfaces and textures resulting from continuous human use and and interaction over the passage of time.

Papa Jazz Record Shoppe Window Vignette
Papa Jazz Record Shoppe Window Vignette

These urban cityscape vignettes were captured outside of Papa Jazz Record Shoppe on Greene St in the Five Points area of Columbia, adjacent to the University of South Carolina.  My wife, and her parents, were in town to have a birthday lunch in Five Points with our freshman son Parker at the University of South Carolina.  While waiting on our table, I excused myself the cover the local cityscape.

Five Points Gallery of Staples
Five Points Gallery of Staples

Over past several visits, I had eyed this exterior wall outside of Papa Jazz Record Shoppe on Greene St.  Luckily, it was only a block away from our restaurant.  This is definitely your typical college town, old school record/CD store.  Perhaps next time, I’ll have time to checkout the racks of new and used recordings inside.

Five Points Gallery of Staples Detail
Five Points Gallery of Staples Detail

Five Points Pipe Pop Art
Five Points Pipe Pop Art

Five Points Pipe Pop Art Detail
Five Points Pipe Pop Art Detail

Five Points Pipe Pop Art Detail Extended
Five Points Pipe Pop Art Detail Extended

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.  Thanks for taking time to visit!

Cheers,

C. S.

South Carolina Backroad Abandoned Building

While deliberately seeking out backroads on a return trip from Sumter, South Carolina, I was rewarded by finding this cool, abandoned structure on North Kings Highway (State Highway 261).  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any background info, it does appear to have been some type of manufacturing facility.

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 1
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 1

I shot with both my Nikon 28 – 300mm and my Tamron 15 – 30mm lens.  There was an abundance of cool light, shapes, textures and patterns.

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 6
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 6

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 4
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 4

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 5
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 5

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 3
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 3

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road 7
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road 7

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 2
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 2

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

Cheers,

C. S.