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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Thanks for taking time to visit!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Thanks for stopping by today. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.
My youngest son Parker, a graduating high school senior, visited the University of South Carolina in Columbia this past spring. I heard “Dad, are you coming” as I paused to capture this architectural abstract with my Tamron 15-30mm lens. I love the extreme perspectives offered by this super-wide angle lens.
Parker will be attending USC this fall. I wish I could go with him an experience college life all over again! He said I could be his roommate, but I’m not really sure he meant it.