Monthly Archives: February 2014

“K” is for

KALEIDOSCOPES!  One of the best things of digital photography is the ability to do so much with your images. Sometimes I like to do some “fun” stuff such as making kaleidoscopes from my images.

In 1816, the kaleidoscope was invented by Scottish scientist, Sir David Brewster, and patented by him in 1817 (GB 4136).

David Brewster named his invention after the Greek words, kalos or beautiful, eidos or form, and scopos or watcher. So kaleidoscope means the beautiful form watcher.

Brewster’s kaleidoscope was a tube containing loose pieces of colored glass and other pretty objects, reflected by mirrors or glass lenses set at angles, that created patterns when viewed through the end of the tube.

Today you can create your own kaleidiscopes using Photoshop (32-bit) or Photoshop Elements. If you want to learn how I have a video and written tutorial in my “Tutorials” section. See the menu above, or just click here to be taken directly to the tutorial. Be aware that what I have given you only works on a PC.  If you work on a Mac, contact me for instructions.

Below is a kaleidoscope I created just this evening, others can be seen in my gallery here.



Posted in abstract, Digital Art, Fun Stuff, kaleidoscope, Project A-Z

“J” is for

Jacks – as in Drunken Jacks!   One of Murrells Inlet’s fabulous eateries is named Drunken Jacks. The name is derived from a legend of a drunken pirate and like many legends there are variations depending on who is telling the tale. Here is my version:

In the 1600’s bands of pirates and privateers roamed the Carolinas, Florida and the Caribbean in search of ships laden with treasure. One of the most infamous was Edward Teach, better known as “Blackbeard”.  According to legend, Blackbeard stopped at a small island just off Murrells Inlet to bury a load of surplus hijacked rum. Of course some of the rum was kept above ground and the pirate crew celebrated quite heartily afterwards, feasting on oysters and shrimps and washed down with massive quantities of rum. Gradually a drunken stupor overtook the crew and they slept the night away. The next morning they boarded their ship and sailed away, forgetting about a crewman named Jack who was still “sleeping it off”. Eventually Jack was missed but by this time Blackbeards ship was being chased deep into the Caribbean. Eventually (some say two years later) the ship and crew found their way back to Murrells Inlet and decided to dig up their treasure of rum and check on Jack. What they found were 32 empty rum casks scattered up and down the beach and over by the myrtle and palmetto scrubs they discovered the bleached bones of “Old Jack”. Hence the name ‘Drunken Jacks Island”.  And that my friends is my version of this historic legend!



Posted in inlet images, marshwalk, murells inlet, Project A-Z

“I” is for


I spent this past weekend in Raleigh, North Carolina, attending the Carolinas’ Nature Photography Association Annual Meeting. This yearly gathering of photographers from North and South Carolina is always jam-packed with great workshops, lectures, new ideas, and of course the fellowship of like-minded photographers. This year our Keynote Speaker was Charles Needle. Charles is a highly acclaimed fine art and editorial nature photographer with a unique eye for design and artistic interpretation. Although he gave several presentations, his primary topic was Impressionistic Photography. Think Claude Monet. The audience of close to 400 photographers was electrified and filled with enthusiasm after Mr. Needles presentations. As soon as I got home I had to delve into some impressionism. Below you can see my first attempt.

If yo are interested in seeing some of Charles Needles work, you can visit his webpage by clicking this link! If you want to learn more about the Carolinas’ Nature Photographers Association, click this link!

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Posted in abstract, art and entertainment, Charleston, CNPA, flowers

“H” is for

“H” is for HDR!  What does HDR mean? The three letters stand for High Dynamic Range. As applies to photography it means that you can see details in the bright highlights as well as in the dark shadows and everything in between. Just like you can with your naked eyes. In some forms of lighting, a camera does not have the dynamic range that your eyes do. In simple terms you make several shots of the same image but with different exposures and then combine the different exposures together so the final image portrays the scene as your eyes saw it.

HDR is not new – far from it! The first recorded photograph that was the result of combining two images to achieve detail in the brightest and darkest parts of an image was created in 1850 by Gustave Le Gray.

HDR can have a stylized “look”, which can be the subject of debate in photography circles. The range can vary widely, it’s all up to the maker. I believe that HDR has a place in your darkroom toolbox.

Each of the below examples was created with some degree of HDR.

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Posted in art and entertainment, photography, Project A-Z

Photography Classes

I will be teaching two different photography classes. The first is for rank beginners who may have received a camera for Christmas or birthday and want to know how to use it. It may be a “Point & Shoot” or it could be a DSLR. If you want to know how to get the best out of it and learn what all those funny lookin symbols mean, then this is the class for you.

The second class is for those who are already familiar with their camera and want to learn something a little more specialized. See description below and sign up soon. Read the fliers for sign up info.

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Posted in cameras, hobbies, macro, photography, Seacoast Artists Guild

“G” is for

“G” is for GEARS!

The project A-Z moves along after having taken a brief pause. There were a lot of possibilities for “G”, but I thought these watch gears would work well. Shot them this afternoon and then ran them through NIKs CEF4 Solarization filter.

Hope you enjoy it!



Posted in art and entertainment, macro, photography, Project A-Z