Magnolia Plantation and Gardens' Bridge

One of the stops on my recent trip to Charleston, SC was to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  

This was a place I had initially kinda put on the back burner in order to get to other places.  Well, after getting to Charleston and seeing some brochures and other images of it, it quickly moved up the list and I'm certainly glad it did!  It was absolutely gorgeous when we were there!  

ISO 100, 33mm, F/11 @ 1/20th second

Above is an image of a bridge that crosses one of the water areas on the plantation grounds.  I choose to shoot it from this angle to include as much color from the azaleas as I could.  The water was a bit choppy, so the reflection could have been better, but the trade off of the azaleas was worth it.

I shot this with my Sony A7R, Metabones adapter and Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.  All mounted on my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT Tripod.

Folly Beach Long Exposure

Sticking with the Folly Beach theme from yesterday...

After sunrise we stuck around for a bit and I got the chance to try out my new 16 stop Firecrest ND filter by Formatt Hitech.  Although I had ordered this and the mounting system for it some time ago, I really hadn't gotten much of a chance to try it out yet.

What a better place than the ocean?  It seems water, especially moving back and forth water, goes very well with longer exposures.  It creates a very surreal look that everyone seems to like.

ISO 400, 51mm, F/8 @ 4 Minutes and 6 seconds

This exposure was over 4 minutes long.  If you think waiting on a 30 second exposure is long, try a 4 or 5 minute one!

I used my Sony A7R, Metabones adapter and Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.  Of course the ND Filter was the new Formatt Hitech Firecrest 16 stop ND.  All of this was resting atop my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT tripod.

I also processed the image in Lightroom and On1's Perfect Black and White.

Folly Beach Pier

One of the stops on my trip along the East Coast was at Folly Beach, SC.  I went to photograph the pier at sunrise.  I always try to get to a location well in advance to give myself plenty of time to prepare and be ready for the action.  Being early....real early, enabled me to shoot some "blue hour" shots.  

Blue hour is basically like the "golden hour", only the atmosphere has a very blue tone.  It is caused by the sun being a significant distance below the earth's horizon at twilight either before sunrise or after sunset.  The indirect sunlight takes on a very blue hue.

ISO 100, 24mm, F/16 @ 20 seconds

This image was taken with my Sony A7R, Metabones Adapter and Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD Lens.  The setup was mounted on my Vanguard Abeo Plus 323CT Tripod.

A Couple of Updates

So, I've been on the road for the last few weeks without access to a computer.  Good news, though...I got some great shots and had a great time traveling for a week along the East Coast from Charleston, SC to St. Augustine, FL.

Tonight I will be giving a presentation at Huntsville Photographic Society and will we sharing many images from this trip!  This will be my second time presenting to this group.  If you are in the Huntsville, AL area and want to hang out with a genuine good group of folks and photographers, check them out.

In latest software news, On1 has updated their Perfect Photo Suite to version 9.5.  I have been using this software for the last few years and have grown to love it.  It is a very quick way to greatly enhance your images!  To check it out, or download a free trial, go to this link.

Speaking of Charleston...and's one of the images I managed to gt at a place called Dixie Plantation.  

ISO 400, 57mm, F/11 @ 1/6th second

I normally shoot a scene like this with an ISO as close to 100 as possible, however the wind this evening was causing the Spanish moss to blow around and blur quite a bit, so I raised my ISO until I got a "fast enough" shutter speed to prevent this.

I also processed this image in the new On1 Perfect Effects 9.5.  I used a preset called "Big Softy"  then added a filter to enhance the greens.  This software save me time and is pretty dang easy to use to boot!