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. 

Staying Inspired: Find the light!

Recently Keith spent the morning out at Folly Beach with a guest and came home with this beautiful image.  Since the damage at Botany Bay, we've been spending more time at Folly capturing sunrises if we're wanting to include the ocean.  Although often overlooked, Folly has her charms if you know where to look.   Towards the end of the beach you'll find numerous wood and rock jetties that can add to your compositions if you tide is in your favor.  

Even while living in a beautiful place like Charleston, it can be hard to stay inspired when you see the same locations on a very regular basis.  No doubt you feel the same way about where you live.  Regardless of whether you've lived there all your life or only for a couple years, we become desensitized to the beauty that surrounds us.  

Light is one element Keith and I rely on to stay inspired.  Light has the power to dramatically change the mood, look and composition to a picture.   While a location may be very familiar to you, you might find your inspiration is renewed by the presence of a powerful sunrise or sunset. For us, we are fueled by a passion to capturing moments in nature that only God can create. 

So rather than watching the calendar for your next photo adventure to a new location try watching for a storm that's coming your way or billowing clouds that might mean a spectacular sunrise or sunset in your home town.   Remember, you have the home advantage because you know your area and you can easily navigate your way to a spot to make a beautiful image.  Use the familiarity of your home as a tool to equip you to capture amazing light.