Photography in Pearls – Lens-Artists: Creepy

This week, Ann-Christine has asked us to share something creepy.  I had a hard time finding anything creepy in my recent photos and had to go back to 2017 to find photos for this post.  

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I am not an early riser so I couldn’t believe it when I signed up for a sunrise excursion  to Boneyard Beach in Awendaw.  My best friend who is also a photographer convinced me to go.  It meant a 2AM wakeup to get to the rendezvous point.  But it turned out to be a great day with lots of good photos to show for it.

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So much so that I convinced my daughter (also a photography who is also not a morning person) to go.  Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate and we had an overcast sunrise and it extremely cold.  (I can’t convince her to go again!)

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Boneyard Beach is on Bull Island which is 7 miles of undeveloped land.  It’s accessible by ferry only.  Because of tides and erosions, the forest on Bull Island is now water stranded and the beach is full of driftwood and dead trees.  

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You have to admit that with the rain, cold temperature and overcast sky that at least on this day Boneyard Beach looks very creepy.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Monochrome

This week Patti has asked us to post in monochrome.

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I don’t understand why some people think that monochrome/black and white is dull and boring.  It often picks us nuances that would otherwise be unseen.

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As an example, I never saw the clouds in the beach photo above until I converted it to black and white.

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It was an overcast day when I took this photo so it was no surprise that it came out of the camera very blah.  Converting the photo to black and white brought out the clouds and the birds in the foreground.

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Bright, colorful flowers are always beautiful and can cheer anyone up but I get just as many comments on these coneflowers in black and white that I display at art shows.

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Sometimes, I convert a photo to black and white just because I can.  This is a photo of the Murrells Inlet pier taken on another overcast day.  The color photo below is more true to the subject that day but the black and white is much more dramatic.

Murrells Inlet Pier

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Photo Challenge: Lens-Artists – Seashores or Lakeshores

This week Amy has asked us to share our favorite seashore or lakeshore.  As I live at the beach, it was difficult to narrow my selections.

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It’s the busy season for us now but it pays to be a local.  We know a few places that are usually pretty quiet.

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The view is just as beautiful when a storm approaches….

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,,, in the middle of the day… 

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…or when the tide comes in or when it goes out.

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The beach is the only place I want to be.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Harmony

This week, Tina has asked us to reflect on the meaning of harmony – “a pleasing combination or arrangement of different things”.

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The perfect day is sitting under an umbrella on the beach – a cool breeze, sunscreen and shades….. 

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…..the latest best selling novel, a cooler with plenty of water and sandwiches…..

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and great company is the best recipe for perfect harmony.

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Photographic Review

To wrap up 2018, we are asked to share our favorite pictures from this past year.  All my pictures are special to me so it was hard to pick out just a few. 

For this post, I picked out pictures where I learned something new or tried some new editing in Photoshop.  That’s my grandson standing on a leaf with a dragonfly for Amy’s prompt of “small is beautiful”.  The black and white photo is a statute in Brookgreen Gardens called the Cycle of Life by Paul Howard Manship.  It’s my oldest daughter’s favorite and I think I have photographed it for her a hundred times at different times of day, seasons, etc.  It was taken for Cee’s Black and White Challenge “sculpture”.  

The four folks sitting on the edge of America is from Amy’s prompt of “time to relax”.  I shared the original photo as well as this edit.  I think I took every beach photo from this past summer and used Photoshop to edit each one this way – I know, I got carried away.  But I did put them all together in an album and you can see them here: http://www.blurb.com/b/8953828-beach-etchings 

The father and daughter on the beach is from a response to a prompt “face in the crowd”.  We were asked to share a face but it had to be masked and yet still tell a story.  I got these shots one evening over a year ago while taking a walk on the beach and then did some editing for the post.  I wish that I had gotten the father’s contact info – it would be a wonderful memory for both the father and daughter.

The last photo is from our rare snowstorm back in January for the prompt “growth”.  Work was closed for a couple of days and I spent most of that time getting photos.  It was so bony chilling cold that I could only stay out for a few minutes at a time.  But it was worth it – I love the bokeh and softness in this one.

So these are my favorites.  Are they yours?

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Fun

This week we are asked to share a little fun.

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It’s hard to believe that the summer is over, fall is in the air and I’ve already started Christmas shopping.  But for now, I’m going to follow Patti’s request and share some fun. 

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Most of my summer was spent at the beach under an umbrella enjoying the cool breeze and watching the children play in the sand and surf.  Part of the fun for me is watching the pure joy on their faces as they enjoy the water.  Oh, to be so young again!

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I kept my camera out and snapped happily away….

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You can see responses from other bloggers here:  https://pilotfishblog.com/2018/10/27/lens-artists-weekly-photo-challenge-17-just-for-fun/

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Photo Challenge – Lens-Artists: Action

So this week we are asked to share some “action” photos – anything on the move.  

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Saturday was a beach day for us.  We packed a small cooler, grabbed the towels, chairs and umbrella and headed out to a relatively quiet stretch of beach.  That’s where my “action” ended for the day – well, at least the next few hours.  

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Occasionally, I would lift my head up to check out the clouds and the kids playing around us. 

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And  I managed a few shots of this osprey in action…

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but unfortunately, both the osprey and I missed the perfect capture.

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And the last shot of the day….

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Lens-Artists Challenge – Patterns

This week Ann-Christine has given us the prompt of patterns.  My choices this week all come courtesy of Mother Nature.

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The tide was going out as we got to the beach and we set up shop directly behind a small tide pool.  The tide pool was a favorite gathering place as small children played in it, the balls from a bocche game ended up in it and the birds came to check it out also.  

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I had watched this seagull for quite some time as he tried and failed to catch dinner.  So I was just as excited to see him catch his meal as I was to capture the shot.

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This gull was afraid to get his wings wet.  He would venture out into the surf but immediately turn around as the next wave came in so I’m not quite sure how he expected to eat that night.  But the pattern and colors under his wings are beautiful.

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Lens-Artist Challenge – Blue

For this week’s challenge, Patti has asked us to share out interpretation of blue – whether it’s the time of day, the color or the mood.

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The beach is different every day.  The sky can be any color imaginable.  The surf can quietly lay down or thunder as the waves hit the beach.  Sometimes the air is so still and oppressive that it’s unbearable without the shade of an umbrella and sometimes the wind blows so hard that the grains of sand pellet you mercilessly.   So there’s always a sense of anticipation as you walk through the access to see the mood of the beach that day. 

Blue Sunset

The most vivid colors of the sky are at sunrise and sunset.  I’m not a morning person at all so sunrise photos are a rarity for me.  This photo was taken at Huntington Beach State Park.  I had gone there to get photos of the birds coming home to roost and stayed to watch the last traces of the sun. 

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This last photo is my latest Photoshop effort.  I would play with it 24/7 if I could.  It’s definitely blue!

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