Monthly Archives: September 2013

Featured Photographer – Kenny McKeithan

My Featured Photographer today is Kenny McKeithan!

Kenny’s interest in photography began when his parents bought him his first box camera while he was still a kid. He taught himself photography in those early years, and when he was old enough, began working in local camera shops, learning all he could about the many different aspects of photography. Kenny is an award-winning photographer whose portfolio includes fashion and glamour images, portraits, and aviation images. His favorite work is wildlife and nature photography. He is an instructor at the Charleston Center for Photography, a Regional Co-Coordinator for the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association, and leads photography workshops throughout the southeast.

Kenny’s work can be seen at his website and on his
FaceBook page:

Here are some images that Kenny has shared with us.
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Posted in Charleston, CNPA, Featured Photographer, outdoor, photography, South Carolina

Featured Photographer – Terry Shoemaker

Todays Featured Photographer is Murrells Inlet artist Terry Shoemaker moved to Murrells Inlet in 2007 from Pennsylvania.  He really enjoys the wildlife at Huntington Beach State Park and it became his main photographic interest. In the last couple years he also found a lot of the natural beauty in the area from the historic tobacco barns and related farm buildings to plantations and seascapes. Terry is an active member of the Carolinas’ Nature Photography Association where he is quick to share his skills and knowledge with others.

More of his images can be seen at:

His Fine Art Site:

His Flickr page:

His Charleston Art Shop page:

Here are some images that Terry has shared with you.

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Posted in art and entertainment, causeway, CNPA, Featured Photographer, huntington beach, murrells inlet, Night photography, outdoor

Truchas Peak

Truchas (Spanish for “trout”) Peak, also known as South Truchas Peak, is the highest peak in the remote Truchas Peaks group, which is located in the Pecos Wilderness Area in the Sangre de Cristo mountain range, about 20 miles north of Santa Fe. In this group are found South Truchas Peak, Middle Truchas Peak, West Truchas Peak (or West Middle Truchas) and North Truchas Peak.

Despite being one of the few peaks in New Mexico of over 13,000′, Truchas Peak is seldom visited. The Truchas Peaks are not even covered in the books “50 Hikes in New Mexico” or “100 Hikes in New Mexico”

The Truchas group is truly a beautiful group of mountains. Unlike many of the broad, dome-shaped mountains of northern New Mexico, the Truchas mountains are craggy, steep mountains that are more reminiscent of their neighbors to the north in Colorado. The easiest route to the summit is only a class 3 route, but many more difficult routes could be developed in this mountain group.

NOTE: there is a great deal of confusion regarding the nomenclature of Middle and West Truchas. These two peaks are really separate high points on a connecting ridge. On many maps, the true Middle Truchas Peak is not named, but West Truchas is erroneously called Middle Truchas. Imagine a “Y” with the upper right line being longer than the upper left. This “Y” represents the ridge system connecting all of Truchas Peaks At the top of the right line is North Truchas, quite a bit farther north than Middle or West Truchas. At the point where the three lines of the “Y” intersect is Middle Truchas. At the top of the left line of the “Y” is West Truchas, and South Truchas is obviously located at the bottom of the “Y.”

Truchas Peak is really the second highest peak in New Mexico, behind Wheeler Peak. Official lists place Truchas at the fourth highest, but the two peaks between Wheeler and Truchas are really mere subpeaks of Wheeler and not really mountains in their own right.

Because of its close proximity to these two peaks, Truchas Peak is often climbed together with West Truchas Peak (13,066′) and Middle Truchas Peak (13,000+’) along the ridge connecting the mountains.

If you access Truchas Peak from the West, expect a total round trip hike of about 12 miles. If you decide to access Truchas Peak from the south or the northeast, expect to hike about 24 miles round trip.

For an excellent trip report on Truchas Peak by Scott Surgent, click here.

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Posted in New Mexico, outdoor, photography

Featured Photographer – Donna Allen Fiocca

Over the next month or so I will be featuring other photographers for you. Some are strictly hobbyists who simply enjoy creating photographic images and sharing them with others. Some will be seasoned professionals whom I have asked to showcase some of their work here for your pleasure. If it applies, I will include links to websites or other venues where you can see more of an artists work. I hope you will enjoy these “features” and if you have the chance, let the artists know you saw their work here and enjoyed it!

FIRST FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER (drum roll please)……….



Donna is a dedicated hobbyist who loves trying new and different techniques. Although a yankee by birth, she has found her true home in South Carolina and you can see that love reflected in her photography. Donna is an active member of the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association where her images have often won praise and awards.  

Here are some of her favorite images. Click on image for larger view:

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Posted in CNPA, photography, South Carolina

Shrimp Boats

The commercial fishery in South Carolina is dominated by shrimp boats (trawlers), which may range in length from 17 to 85 feet. The larger boats are the most recognizable and account for most of the shrimp caught in the fishery. Trawling is allowed only in the ocean, except for limited periods during fall when trawlers may work in the lower areas of Winyah and North Santee Bays. Most shrimpers work within three or four miles of the beach.

The commercial shrimp trawling fishery has three basic seasons. The first is the so-called roe shrimp season in May or June.This season is opened when management biologists determine that an adequate supply of eggs has been spawned. The roe shrimp season is usually less than a month in duration and landings are dependent upon the severity of the previous winter. Following mild winters, heads-off landings are often 400 to 600 thousand pounds. Following severe winters, landings of roe shrimp are usually less than 50 thousand pounds and often zero.

The second season is for brown shrimp. This fishery usually begins in June and ends in August, although significant quantities of brown shrimp have been landed in October when stock abundance was very high. Good years for brown shrimp have landings of 1.3 to 2.0 million pounds (heads off).

The fall white shrimp season is typically the largest except in years following severe winters. These shrimp are the offspring of the spring spawn. Landings of young white shrimp by the commercial fleet usually begin in August and peak in September and October. The season usually lasts through December and into January in some years.

You can learn more about the South Carolina shrimping industry when you follow this link!

Shown below is an image I captured of the Miss Nichole, ready to go get some more shrimp!

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Posted in Georgetown, outdoor, Shrimp Boats, South Carolina

Belin Memorial United Methodist Church

Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, named for the Reverend James L. Belin, Methodist Minister and benefactor to the entire Waccamaw Neck, was built in 1925 with materials salvaged from the dismantling of the Oatland Methodist Church near Pawleys Island. Mrs. W.L. Oliver was instrumental in having the building literally moved piece by piece to the present site. The work was done during the ministry of the Reverend W.T. Bedenbaugh who lived at Cedar Hill parsonage. The church sanctuary was first renovated in 1955 during the ministry of the Reverend J. H. Armburst. In 1967, an education and administration building was completed during  the pastorate of the Reverend Needham Williamson. In 1977, the sanctuary was moved approximately 75 ft. to the center of the Cedar Hill location and more than doubled in size. This ambitious project was completed in  the spring of 1978 during the pastorate of the Reverend Wesley Farr.

In 1991, during the ministry of the Reverend W. Robert Morris, the Belin Church family approved plans for the construction of a new sanctuary to be designed to mirror the older structure. The first worship service was held in the new sanctuary on September 6, 1992, by the Reverend Harold P. Lewis, newly appointed pastor of Belin. On May 2, 1993, a Belin church conference voted to donate the original Belin sanctuary to the Joseph B. Bethea United Methodist Church located off Highway 501, west of Myrtle Beach. The indebtedness on the new sanctuary was quickly and gracefully paid off, and the church was dedicated on March 29, 1998, by Bishop J. Lawrence

Almost immediately, the Belin family of faith determined to build a state-of-the-art Family Life Center, and it was completed and consecrated on December 12, 1999, under the leadership of the Reverend Harold P. Lewis.
Belin Memorial United Methodist Church is now a congregation of more than 2,000 members with an ongoing vision for both the present and the future.

Shown below is the present day (September 2013) Belin Memorial UMC Sanctuary as it appears at night.

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Posted in Belin, murrells inlet, Night photography, outdoor, photography, South Carolina, UMC

More Milk and Food Coloring

Toward the end of July I told you about a little milk & food coloring experiment I did. I gave you some directions on how to do your own and showed  you some examples of my meager efforts.

Yesterday I pulled up one of these images and ran it through the NIK Plugin Color Efex Pro 4.  Color Efex Pro 4 is part of the Nik Collection and provides a comprehensive set of filters for color correction, retouching, and creative effects.

After combining several of these filters here is what I achieved!

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Posted in abstract, Digital Art, Fun Stuff, photography