Monthly Archives: November 2012

And Then…..

After I shot the sunset, I looked behind me and shot this!

 

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Posted in causeway, huntington beach, murrells inlet, outdoor, photography, South Carolina, state park

Huntington Beach Sunset

It seems to me that there are not a lot of places nearby where one can shoot decent sunsets. There are lots of places for really nice sunrise shots, it just seems that locations for sunsets are lacking. This evening I decided to stop along the causeway at Huntington Beach State Park to make some sunset images. Here’s one of them, hope you enjoy!

 

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Posted in art and entertainment, causeway, huntington beach, murrells inlet, outdoor, photography, state park

Rose with Texture Overlay

A year and a half ago, liz and I made a trip out west and one of our stops was Sedona, AZ. Neither of us had been before and we both were mesmerized by the jaw-dropping beauty of it all. We stayed at a fantastic B&B. One morning I was strolling the grounds of the B&B and saw some very nice roses in their flower garden. I was fortunate enough to capture several nice images here.

This afternoon, between ballgames, I pulled up one of these roses and applied a French Kiss texture to it. Posted below is the result. Hope you enjoy!

 

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Posted in art and entertainment, flowers, garden, outdoor, sedona, texture

Conway Riverwalk

Many vacationers pass through the city of Conway on their way to the beach, but only a few of them stop to visit. For those who do, however, the walk along the Waccamaw River provides a special treat.

Strolling along the riverbanks and the boardwalks, you will encounter a constantly changing variety or scenery. See several rustic wooden buildings, a playground, marinas, picnic tables, and an elegant inn as you make your way. Finally, you come upon the Riverwalk’s magnificent arboretum, featuring a wide variety of trees and plants.

 

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Posted in Conway, outdoor, photography, South Carolina

I’ve Been Framed!

I normally do not “frame” my images. However, earlier today I was inspired to try something different. So I have created “frames” for a few images. What do you think? Like? Not like?

 

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Posted in art and entertainment, flowers, garden, macro, photography

Gerbera Daisy Up Close and Personal

Gerbera is a genus of ornamental plants from the sunflower family (Asteraceae). It was named in honor of the German botanist and naturalist Traugott Gerber who traveled extensively in Russia.

It has approximately 30 species in the wild, extending to South America, Africa and tropical Asia. Gerbera is also commonly known as the African Daisy.

Gerbera species bear a large capitulum with striking, two-lipped ray florets in yellow, orange, white, pink or red colors. The capitilum, which has the appearance of a single flower, is actually composed of hundreds of individual flowers. The flower heads can be as small as 7 cm (Gerbera mini ‘Harley’) in diameter or up to 12 cm (Gerbera ‘Golden Serena’).

Gerbera is very popular and widely used as a decorative garden plant or as cut flowers. The domesticated cultivars are mostly a result of a cross between Gerbera jamesonii and another South African species Gerbera viridifolia. The cross is known as Gerbera hybrida. Thousands of cultivars exist. They vary greatly in shape and size. Colors include white, yellow, orange, red, and pink. The center of the flower is sometimes black. Often the same flower can have petals of several different colors.

Gerbera is also important commercially. It is the fifth most used cut flower in the world (after rose, carnation, chrysanthemum, and tulip). Gerbera contains naturally occurring coumarin derivatives. Gerbera is a tender perennial plant.  It is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds, but resistant to deer.

This specimen was growing in front of my home and was just begging for a little macro treatment. Enjoy!

 

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Posted in art and entertainment, flowers, garden, macro, outdoor, photography

Christmas Cactus

Known for years as Zygocactus, the Christmas cactus has been reclassified as Schlumbergera. Its stems are segmented and flat and are pendulous when bearing the typically pink, magenta or reddish-orange colored blossoms. It is native to tropical rain forests where it grows as an epiphyte, attaching itself by its roots to trees and shrubs rather than rooting into the ground.

A common problem experienced with Christmas cacti is flower buds dropping before blooming. To prevent this premature bud drop, protect the plant from drafts and rapid temperature fluctuations after the buds are set. Avoid moving or rotating the plant once the flower buds are showing color. Proper watering and providing extra humidity are most important when the cactus is in bud.

 We have a Christmas Cactus in our living room and right now it is FULL of blooms and buds. I shot some of these today so you could enjoy them too!

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Posted in art and entertainment, cactus, Christmas, photography, South Carolina

The Solarization Filter

My friend Mike Moats is a guest blogger on the NIK software blog. Mike blogs about the Solarization Filter found in NIKs Color Efex 4 software. You can read this blog HERE.  You can also read Mike’s regular blog HERE.

After reading Mike’s post I recalled that PS also has a Solarization filter and I decided to play with it. I first opened an image of a yellow rose that I had taken some time ago, and then applied the solarization filter and played with it a little. The result was a little “other wordly” and will remind you a litttle of the results after applying the “Sabattier Effect”.  Anyway, here’s my result. Enjoy!

 

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Posted in abstract, art and entertainment, flowers, macro

Chatham Lighthouse

Chatham, nestled at Cape Cod’s southeast corner, was named for an English seaport and incorporated in 1712. Maritime traffic passing the Cape was heavy by the nineteenth century. The waters off Chatham were a menace, with strong currents and dangerous shoals. Mariners talked of a ghostly rider on a white horse who appeared on stormy nights, swinging a lantern that lured mariners to their doom.  Located on the grounds of Coast Guard Station Chatham, Chatham Light has a long and rich history and is available to tour during select months.

 

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Posted in art and entertainment, Black and White, cape cod, photography

The Day is Done

Well, not really. That is the title of an image captured by my friend Donna Eaton. I don’t normally have “guest photographers” featured here, I think the last time was two years ago. But this image “spoke” to me in such a way that I just had to share it with you.

Donna is such a gifted photographer and has been honored with awards across the nation. She also leads workshops from time to time with great success. If you want to see more of her work take a look at her website at http://www.donnaeatonphoto.com/  You can also see her work and purchase it at http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/donna-eaton.html

 

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