Halo Effect

Earlier in the week, I actually had a break from running tours and workshops and made my way to Folly Beach to get some early morning shooting in with a close friend. We had it scheduled for a few days and the conditions looked promising. After hitting snooze on my phone's alarm a couple of times, I awoke to check my usual sources and the local radar to find a few small storms along the coast. A perfect scenario was brewing.

The Folly Pier is iconic to the Lowcountry and has been photographed a gajillion times. But, I had yet to shoot it and walk away with a unique capture. It looked like this may be my opportunity. From the side of the pier, I wanted to capture the movement of the waves as they swept back into the sea, along with the pounding waves rushing in. They were short of what they were when Irma came to town, but definitely held their own. The glow appearing in the distance had me rushing with anticipation. The cloud coverage was heavy and I knew the show wouldn't last long.

The attempt did not disappoint.  I had packed my Nikon D810 along with my new Tokina AT-X 17-35MM F/4 PRO FX.  I was eager to try this new lens out.  What a perfect way to break her in. I had gone to battle with my Nikon 14-24 mm many times and the necessity of adapters for filter use had just worn me out. When the opportunity presented itself to have a quality wide angle lens, giving me the option to use both circular and drop-in filters, I jumped on it.  It is clearly one of the sharper lenses I've ever used. I'm super stoked to add this lens to the arsenal. I look forward to many new opportunities. 

Rooftop Review: Eleve

Rooftop bars are scattered throughout downtown Charleston, and when I had meetings scheduled downtown on a Monday afternoon, I decided to visit Eleve, sit down with my laptop and finish some work that was waiting for me.  Here’s a recap and observations from of my visit.


Eleve is located on the fourth floor of the new Grand Bohemian Hotel, located on Meeting St. & Wentworth.  The rooftop bar is easily accessed through the hotel or by entering the café entrance. 

The rooftop is scattered with white umbrellas, couches, chaises and a turf grass.  In addition, there is a lovely long coffee table surrounded by 6 wing backed chairs for an informal meeting. 

Whether your thirst is going to be quenched with cocktails, wine, or what’s on tap, there’s a wide selection.  The Boheme, their signature cocktail includes Espolon Tequila, Pineapple Shrub Fresno Pepper Simple Syrup, with fresh lime and is priced at $14. 

My meetings had me visiting the rooftop at 3:00 and a ‘small bites’ menu was offered that included Frites, Escargot, Chilled Oysters, Calamari, Charcuterie & Artisan Cheese, and Beef Carpacio. 


The dinner menu and their dining room were luxurious.   Features such as the Grilled Australian Lamb Chops ($34), Filet De Boeuf ($33), Steak Au Poivre ($38) Ginger Honey Chicken Nicoise ($24), or Seared Grouper ($33). The full menu can be viewed here

My visit was nearing a close around 4:30. Keith was working from our home office, and my work day was coming to a completion.  I’m fully planning on returning with Keith though and already have my eye on the Steak Au Poivre.  The ambiance was lovely, not overcrowded, quiet and inviting.  The staff and service was exceptional. 

As with all our reviews, if during your stay in Charleston found you at Eleve, please let us know about your experience in the comments below!