Fine-art Food

Try turning your dinner ingredients into photo art using just a lightbox and a very sharp knife. Slice fruit and vegetables as thinly and evenly as possible, then place them on the lightbox. With the camera positioned directly above, use Live View to focus manually on the details. Set an aperture of f/8 to give adequate depth of field, and dial in some exposure compensation of +1 to +3 stops as the bright light can fool the camera’s meter into underexposure.

food photo

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Worldwide Photowalk 2017

This past Saturday, October 7th, I got up early and drove to Southport, North Carolina, and participated in of Scott Kelby’s Workwide Photowalk. On the first Saturday of October each year, photographers and enthusiasts around the world get out their cameras and meet up at a designated location in their town to walk around and take photographs, socialize, make new friends, win prizes and be a part of a great cause during Scott Kelby’s Worldwide Photowalk®. This year was particularly special because it marks the 10th Anniversary of the Worldwide Photowalk®. Some of my friends from the St James Plantation Photo Club and from the Coastal Carolina Camera Club were attending and had asked me to join in with them.  Other camera bugs from the surrounding area participated as well.

Founded in the mid-1700s with the establishment of Fort Johnston, and officially designated as the town of Southport in 1792, this coastal community is dotted with centuries of history around every corner. Visitors will find a myriad of ways to soak up the local legends and stories via walking tours, bus / vehicle tours, and even boat tours, or can set out on their own adventure by popping by some of the town’s quintessential sites. The Fort Johnston Museum & Visitors Center offers an inside glimpse into the fort’s 250+ year history, (as well as plenty of visitor information for newcomers), while the Old Brunswick County Jail is a fascinating jail-turned-museum that operated for 70 years after it was first built in 1904. For a far-reaching perspective of the local culture, head to the NC Maritime Museum which features artifacts from the Civil War, the American Revolution, and even the original Native American residents. Suffice it to say, in a town as old and historically rich as Southport, history can be uncovered around every corner.

Here are a few images I made from this years Photowalk.

casting casting skelton anchor shrimper shrimpers

Posted in art and entertainment, outdoor, photography, Shrimp Boats, travel

Great Christmas Present Ideas

OK, Christmas will be here before you know it and even folks who do not celebrate the birth of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, will still participate in gift exchanges.  What to gift? That can be a difficult question. Did you know that my photography can become your gift and in many shapes and forms, not just a 8×10 glossy (although you can do that too). 

Here are some examples of a few of the products you can purchase and solve your Christmas dilemma. 

Tote bags are always handy for trips to the beach and just running daily errands. Here are two examples.

Lily Tote Bag Bull Island Tote Bag

Coffee Cups are available to two sizes.

 

Coffee Cup

Greeting Cards are always a hit and you can order as few as one!

Greeting Card

 

Everyone has a cell phone these days, and who wouldn’t like a unique cell phone protective cover?

Phone Case

Throw pillows can add to the decor of any home. Throw Pillow

In addition to regular prints you can get canvas prints, acrylic prints, or even wood prints as shown here.

Wood Print

How do yo get these fabulous items? In the header at the top of this page, click on “Purchase”. or simply go to InletImages.com and find the images you want. Happy shopping and thank you for your continued support!

Posted in Christmas, huntington beach, inlet images, marshwalk, murrells inlet, Night photography, photography, UMC

Why Amazon Warehouse Deals is Awesome!

When people ask me were to find great deals online, I typically tell them about warehouse deals. The majority of people I speak with have never heard of it, yet they have Amazon accounts. I think this is a great opportunity to find great deals on products that you want or need. Yes, you do have to be careful of what you order, but if you find the right product condition, then you will most likely be OK. Amazon has warehouse deals for many great and popular categories like consumer electronics, baby products, sports & outdoor, home & garden, shoes, and much more.

You still get the same great service from Amazon, but you can save a good amount of money. When a friend bought a camera lens for his wife, he was able to save $75 off the regular price just because the shipping box was damaged. The lens had no issues and his wife loved the gift. Some products you can save 5%, while others you can save 40%. It really all depends on the item and how long Amazon has had it in their inventory. So, if you are looking for a good deal while shopping online, then check out Amazon warehouse deals!

Shop Amazon Warehouse Deals – Deep Discounts on Open-box and Used Electronics


 

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Along the Causeway

The causeway at Huntington Beach State Park is a great place even if you don’t have a lot of time. Today was another rainy, grey, dreary kind of day and I took advantage in a break in the rain to make a run to the causeway. It was also low tide so I was hopeful that there would be a lot of feeding activity from the local birds. I was also hopeful that I would see a Rosette Spoonbill as one has been seen the past several days.

Much to my disappointment there was not a lot of activity AND the Spoonbill had not made an appearance, at least not while I was there. I was able to get a few shots and thought I would share them with you.

swimming gator gator head observation deck egret ibis orb spider

Posted in art and entertainment, huntington beach, inlet images, murrells inlet, outdoor, South Carolina, state park

Seville Spain

While visiting Seville, Spain this spring, we were able to see the Plaza de España. The Plaza was built for the Ibero-American Exhibition of 1929 (Expo 29) and includes 48 alcoves with benches, one for each province of Spain, each with a relevant tableau and map, all designed on colourful azulejos (painted ceramic tiles). Spanish tourists have photographs taken of themselves with family and friends on their home province’s bench. Everywhere you look is some fantastic artwork. The ceilings, the walls, murals, even the floors are all works of art. Shown below is just one ceiling shot I took. Stay tuned, I will post more soon!

seville ceiling

Posted in art and entertainment, spain

CNPA Wildlife Presentation

If you attended the CNPA-Myrtle Beach June meeting today, you were subjected to a “Wildlife” presentation from Yours Truly. If you weren’t able to attend, here is one of the wildlife images you missed and a little information about this guy —

 

Wildlife - Green Iguana

Green Iguana

 

The green iguana (Iguana iguana), also known as the American iguana, is a large, arboreal, mostly herbivorous species of lizard of the genus Iguana. It is native to Central, South America, and the Caribbean. Usually, this animal is simply called the iguana. The green iguana ranges over a large geographic area, from southern Brazil and Paraguay as far north as Mexico and the Caribbean Islands. They have been introduced from South America to Puerto Rico and are very common throughout the island, where they are colloquially known as “Gallina de palo” and considered an invasive species; in the United States feral populations also exist in South Florida (including the Florida Keys), Hawaii, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Rio Grande Valley of Texas.
An herbivore, it has adapted significantly with regard to locomotion and osmoregulation as a result of its diet. It grows to 1.5 meters (4.9 ft) in length from head to tail, although a few specimens have grown more than 2 metres (6.6 ft) with bodyweights upward of 20 pounds (9.1 kg).
Commonly found in captivity as a pet due to its calm disposition and bright colors, it can be very demanding to care for properly. Space requirements and the need for special lighting and heat can prove challenging to an amateur hobbyist.

Posted in outdoor, photography, travel

Prague Gardens

While in Prague a couple of weeks ago, my wife and I explored the Prague Castle. However, before we toured the castle we took some time to visit the gardens outside the castle. There were blooms everywhere! 

The first image you see below you may have seen on my personal FaceBook page. After looking at it I thought it might be a good candidate for Fractalius treatment. I have not played with Fractalius for a while but think I like the result, seen in the second image below. 

prague gardens

prague gardens

The Royal Gardens are historically the most valuable of all the castle gardens. Founded in 1534 by Ferdinand I. Habsburg, they were inspired by Italian designs; the current form of the garden, however, follows the English adaptation of the 19th century. One of its greatest treasures is the Singing Fountain, one of the most beautiful fountains in Renaissance Europe. The southern gardens (Paradise, Ramparts and Hartig Gardens) spreading along the southern facade of the Prague Castle offer striking views of the Lesser Quarter, Old Town and nearby Petřín.

Posted in art and entertainment, Camera phone, flowers, outdoor

Travelling Cars

A friend recently sent a link to this posting of “travelling cars”. It is from an aspiring photographer, Kim Leuenberger, who works hard on bringing something unique to the world of photography, something we do not get to see every day in the never-ending sea of imagery on the Internet. 

Go see this post yourself. I think you will find it most fascinating.

Adventures of Traveling Cars by Kim Leuenberger

 

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Different Strokes ……

We have all heard the phrase “Different strokes for different folks” or “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” or “One persons treasure is another persons junk”. All of this is true with art also. Artistic creativity has many ways of expressing itself and often is dependant on the mood of the artist at the time. Back in the days of film photography (yes I know it still exists) many folks altered their photographs in the darkroom. Nowadays the digital darkroom makes some of these manipulations easier.

Still, what one person likes another will turn their nose up at. Here are some examples. The first image below is photo almost “straight out of camera”. All that has been done to it is a little sharpening and a little increased vibrance, nothing major by any means. The images following that one are different presentations of the original. 

Not everybody will like all the variants. Some of you will most likely like several of the edits and maybe some will even like all of the presentations. Clicking on any image will allow you a larger view. Wherever your tastes may fall I hope you can enjoy them.

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Posted in Digital Art, Fun Stuff, photography