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More Beach Impressions

Sunset on the beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Sunset on the beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

We’re getting ready for a return to Hilton Head in a few weeks, so for some inspiration I decided to work on some of the files from our last visit in February.  These are a few more of the “blurry” photos that always seem so popular.

Sunrise on the beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Sunrise on the beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Sunrise on the beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Sunrise on the beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Unless I get really motivated, it’s unlikely that I’ll do much of this type of shooting in late May, especially in the mornings.  Sunrise is a relatively inhospitable 6:19am, which means I would need to be up and on the beach by 5:15am.  And that is made unlikely by a sunset time of 8:20pm that tends to interfere with cocktail time and usually makes for a late dinner.  I am on vacation, after all! 😉

Sunset on the beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina
Sunset on the beach, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina

Color or Black & White?

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I mentioned in an earlier post about how I struggle between color photos and black & white photos.  While the black & white versions are OK, I tend to see and feel in color so the color versions of my photos often win out over the black & white versions.  Here are some sets of images from that same post, along with their counterparts.  I’d love to hear some feedback on the pros and cons.  I know that ultimately my photos need to reflect my voice, but I also know that I have lived a pretty sheltered existence when it comes to my experience with black & white photography.

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Christmas 2015 Wallpaper

Sunrise along the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina
Sunrise along the waterfront in Belhaven, North Carolina

I was looking at my desktop the other day, and realized that I wanted something “Christmas-y” instead of the one I had been using.  I thought I had used this image before as a wallpaper, but as it turns out I never did.  So here you go!

Believe it or not, this photo was taken back in January 2010 in Belhaven, NC. I included it on my paper calendar for that year, and it was such a hit in town that the woman who owns the house and dock where this photo was taken bought calendars to give out to her friends!  As a Thank You I took her a print of this photo.  Hopefully she is enjoying that print.  And she gave me her permission to photograph from this dock whenever I’m in town, which I try to do whenever we are in Belhaven.  The tree isn’t there any more, but it’s a great place for sunrise at certain times of the year.  I think we’re due for a return visit!

Kathy & I want to wish all of our readers a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2016!

Aspen Impressions

Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park
Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park

I’ve been working on finishing up my photos from our Colorado adventure in June, and I’m just about there!

I didn’t have a lot of things that I had pre-visualized for our trip, but one of the things that I wanted to come back with was some nice photos of Aspen trees.  I’d eventually love to go back in the fall, but June was a great time for some spring green.  We get that here in April & May, but of course we don’t have Aspen.  We do have Birch, but it’s just not the same.

Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park
Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park

I have a few more Aspen photos that I like a lot, but they are going to require a lot more work to see if they can be made presentable.  It’s kind of a funny story in a Murphy’s Law sort of way.  There was one grove of Aspen that I liked a lot, but there was a blue wire fence running through them, I think it was part of an elk enclosure.  As I was shooting I assured myself that the blue fence would be rendered invisible by the motion.  But wouldn’t you know it, the vertical movement of the camera tracked parallel to the fence, so the fence is perfectly rendered in the background.  Crap!  I’m going to have to spend some time in Photoshop to see if I can do an adequate job of erasing the fence.  I’m quite rusty with my skills but I’ll see what I can do.

Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park
Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park

Kathy & I are off on our latest adventure next week.  Photos and stories to follow!

Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park
Aspen motion blur in Rocky Mountains National Park

Looking Out My Back Door

Photos of fall color in the trees behind our house.
Photos of fall color in the trees behind our house.

Technically, we don’t have a back door.  But we do have a screened porch at the back of our house that overlooks the woods next to our neighborhood.  Kathy & I spend a lot of time on that screened porch, it is our outdoor space where we relax and unwind after a long day or a long week.

This past weekend was just about the ideal weather here in Charlotte – temperatures in the upper 70’s on Saturday, low 70’s on Sunday.  We spent a lot of time on the porch.

These trees are directly behind our porch, and this is the second fall since we moved in.  They sometimes call my name, and the call got especially loud on Saturday so I got out my camera.  Nothing special artistic-wise, but it was good to answer the call and take a few shots.  In a couple more weeks the leaves will all be gone.

Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door….

Photos of fall color in the trees behind our house.
Photos of fall color in the trees behind our house.

A Weekend In Waynesville

Pumpkin Patch at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina
Pumpkin Patch at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville, North Carolina

This past weekend, Kathy & I made one of our periodic visits to Waynesville, North Carolina.  Waynesville is our favorite mountain town to visit for a weekend, because it is easy to get to, there is a nice little motel right in town that we like to stay at, and there are a number of excellent hometown restaurants that we enjoy checking in at.

Random photographs while wandering around Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photographs while wandering around Waynesville, North Carolina
Vine covered bench in Waynesville, North Carolina
Vine covered bench in Waynesville, North Carolina
Dew-covered webs, Waynesville, North Carolina
Dew-covered webs, Waynesville, North Carolina

As it turned out, Saturday was supposed to be a craft fair, where they close Main Street for the day and fill it with vendors and craftspeople. Unfortunately this year’s show was a bit of a washout, although I understand the craft vendors did very well in spite of the rain, but the food vendors didn’t fare as well because no one wanted to eat standing in the rain.  Can’t blame them!

Abandoned chair on the sidewalk in Waynesville, North Carolina
Abandoned chair on the sidewalk in Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photographs while wandering around Waynesville, North Carolina
Random photographs while wandering around Waynesville, North Carolina

I did manage to take some photos around town, and on Sunday we drove to Asheville for the afternoon.  That will be the subject of another post, because I have a completely different set of photos.  So for now, here is a little taste of fall from Waynesville, North Carolina, courtesy of me!

Pictures of people taking pictures, Waynesville, North Carolina
Pictures of people taking pictures, Waynesville, North Carolina

Farmer’s Market

Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina

Kathy & I paid a visit to the Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market yesterday.  We don’t get there often enough, and every time we go I’m reminded of the availability of fresh foods from local and regional farms.  It’s also an interesting place to take photographs, although from a few of the pictures, a few of the people didn’t look too happy to see the front of my camera.  Maybe they were Nikon or Olympus fans. 😉

Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina

It probably wasn’t the best place to use a wide angle lens, but I hadn’t had much time to use the 10-24 and decided to use it there. All in all I think the photos came out pretty well.

Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer's Market, Charlotte, North Carolina
Charlotte Regional Farmer’s Market, Charlotte, North Carolina

May 2015 Wallpaper

Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam, Nova Scotia
Seafoam Lavender Farm in Seafoam, Nova Scotia

I said I was going to post wallpapers less regularly, and I passed on April.  But I was getting tired of that scene and wanted something springy.  Spring has sprung here in North Carolina, although the usual spring-almost-summer temperatures haven’t decided to stay yet.  We’re still in that “heat in the morning, AC in the afternoon” stage that usually ends in April.  That’s OK with me!

There isn’t a lot of lavender here in North Carolina.  This is a lavender field in Seafoam, Nova Scotia from a few years back.  I’ve been reliving 2013 lately and this seemed like a good candidate to occupy my desktop for a while.  I hope it goes well on yours, too if  you are so inclined.