This is from Crosby’s shrimp company in Charleston South Carolina. This was the first time that I really shot anything more than a snap shot from Charleston and think that it was a great trip. I am planning to go back there on a photography only trip.
Shooting a lot lately!
So I have been shooting a lot lately, not of what I normally shoot, however I have been have a ton of fun with it. I have shot everything from Weddings to remote control airplanes to babies however I have not shot ANY landscapes or HDR as of late??? I might have to get back to that real soon.
As I am trying to build this – whatever it is and whatever it is to become – if you have suggestions of things you would like to see shot please feel free to let us know. I cant say that I will take the exact shot if you are detailed, however I will entertain and try to shoot my best a subject matter or location. I never take a shot that someone suggest if they are detailed to it, I would rather get inspiration from hearing a location or subject and then shoot that as there are no expectations to meet. I also like to find things that most people would not think to shoot and try to make that artistic.
Today’s Photo – The looking Glass
This is one that I really want to go back and take again. After looking at it and processing it I really have other ideas for shooting. I cant wait to get back and shoot this location again – in case you are not sure it is Folly Beach – South Carolina.
One of my most favorite places to visit is Charleston, South Carolina. If I could move tomorrow and live there I would. The heritage that they have there runs deep, every where you go you can find some history. I can remember going there as a kid, going downtown to the open air market and seeing these wonderfully talented people weaving baskets. Not just ordinary baskets – Sweet Grass Baskets.
If you would like to read a bit more on these I have provided two links -
This photo was taken at Patriots Point Naval Museum, I have never seen a weaver setup shop there, this was the first time and let me tell you she was not happy about getting this picture taken…
by Chris Lehman
This was taken at Crosby’s Shrimp company on the way to Folly Beach SC. This place is right off Folly road as you head towards the beach and is a great place to stop and shoot. There are a lot of places in Charleston like this, I will move there one day if I can.by Chris Lehman
This shot of the Ravenel Bridge was taken at the MT. Pleasant Pier in August of 2011. We had spent an entire day at the USS Yorktown and took the kids over to the park there. It is truly a wonderful place and if you have never been there I would highly suggest that you visit. The entire facility is just splendid.
Technical detail – this was a handheld 3 shot HDR from -2, 0, +2.by Chris Lehman
This was taken during a storm at Folly Beach Fishing Pier in August. The storm swelled in from the sea and made for very dramatic skies and added some wonderful lightening. Originally I was going to crop or clone out the fella taking the picture on the tripod but thought that it added life and character to shot so I kept it in there.by Chris Lehman
We were at the US Naval Museum in Charleston South Carolina, we were on the flight deck of this carrier. I remember vividly – why you ask? Because I had a broken foot from Thai Boxing. So there I was in wheel chair because that is what they give guys that hobble in on cruches…
Anyways, when it was first decided to go there I was thinking – ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? I dont want to hobble around a carrier that I have seen numerous times with a broken foot. Well, the kids wanted to go, so I went. And it was AWESOME. I normally get to spend most of my time with my oldest son but on this day he wanted to go and read everything and my youngest did not really care to be there. So I stayed with him while mom took the oldest. We had a blast. He pushed me around all over that thing – he had a blast. We went out and looked at the harbor, I let him use my camera to take photos, he then pushed me to the complete other side – only running my broken foot in things 7 or 8 times along the way – I would not trade this time with him for anything.
He got to the point that he wanted to go, so him and I took off and went back to shore. When my oldest and mom finally got there we decide to look at the base on land. As I turned around this storm rolled in so fast and this is what it looked like – sorry for the long post :)by Chris Lehman
Who doesn’t absolutely love the 80′s movies? Especially TopGun?? I know I do :)
Who doesn’t love a mighty F14 TomCat Fighter? I took this HDR handheld and pp it with almost a painting look and feel. Some do not like this type of processing, but I really liked how it turned out. This was taken atop of the USS Yorktown in Charleston South Carolina via the Naval Museum at Patriots Point.by Chris Lehman
This is one of those shots that just happened. It was not setup for this. While at the Morris Lighthouse in Folly Beach SC, my oldest son and I were walking along. I had an idea to shoot a few shadows. I took one with him looking up at me, me looking up at him then asked him to give me a hug. As we embraced this tender father/son moment revealed itself in the shadows. As I looked up I noticed that his face and head on mine created a heart shape and I was lucky enough to capture it. I thank God that he allowed it to happen and even more for me to capture it.by Chris Lehman
Motion is a funny thing when it comes to capturing it. At times you want to stop it, at times you want to blur it, sometimes you want to stop one thing and blur another – example – panning a race care – you stop the motion of the car but want the background to show motion. In the photo below, there is a lot going on. This is one of my favorite places to shoot – Waterfront Park Charleston South Carolina. I wanted to blur the motion of the water, not have the people in the shot but also capture the flag. It was a bit of a challenge however I did it done :). My wife and two boys wondered around aimlessly while giving me enough time to setup the tripod not be rushed and get the shot. Thanks to them all for tolerating my shooting…Also I plan on removing the watermarks from these – all images are Creative Commons non-commercial and the watermark just mucks up the viewing experience :)by Chris Lehman
Well, if you are like us the house is a cluttered mess after Christmas. Having two kids it looks as if a toy store somewhat exploded. What used to be the toy room was already packed, so now the other rooms have become sanctuaries for the new members of the toy family. In honor of that, this root system was spied while in Charleston South Carolina. We headed out to see the Light House at the end of Folly Beach – Morris Island Light House. The cluttered mess of roots was sitting there like an entangled fish net. I found it interesting and this is what I came up with.by Chris Lehman
The A-6 Intruder has served in many a conflicts and wars flying combat missions during the Vietnam War, The War on terrorism (Raid on Lebanon 12/4/83 ), and the Persian Gulf War. The A-6 Intruder is an American twin jet-engine, mid-wing attack aircraft built by Grumman Aerospace. In service between 1963 and 1997by Chris Lehman
The historic Wagener Building – Charleston South Carolina. This building now houses the Southend Brewery & Smokehouse.
Here is the story that I found while “Googling” the history of this building -
“The Wagener Building is located at 161 East Bay Street in Charleston, South Carolina.
Today the Wagener Building is home to the Southend Brewery and Smokehouse restaurant, but back in the early 1800′s it was home to offices. The office in the corner of the third floor facing East Bay Street was used by a cotton merchant. This man had borrowed too much money, and he was having debt problems. He finally caught a break and thought he would be able to repay his outstanding bills with a huge cotton shipment. However, the night the cotton was being shipped away, he looked out of his office window and saw smoke rising from his ship in the Charleston Harbor. The ship hauling his cotton had caught fire! He watched his one hope of paying his debts burn up and sink. He didn’t know what he could do – the bill collectors were running out of patience. He decided there was only one solution. He pushed all of his office furniture up against the wall to clear up the room, with the exception of a leather chair. He then took bailing wire and tied one end around his neck. He stood up on the leather chair and tossed the other end of the wire over the rafters and tied it there. He then kicked the chair out from under his body, ending his life and smashing the office window. However, this was no normal hanging. Since he used wire instead of rope he didn’t suffocate or snap his neck…the wire sliced through his flesh and he was decapitated! The blood pooled on the floor, and dripped down to the second floor. It pooled there and dripped down to the first floor. Early the next morning a paperboy noticed seagulls flying in and out of the smashed third floor window. When he looked closer, he noticed they were carrying strips of human flesh in their beaks. The police came and found the man’s body, along with a note that said “I had no other choice.”
Legend has it that the blood stain on the first floor could never be removed. The buildings owners scrubbed it so much over the years that today there is an indentation in the floor. If you look close at the indentation, you may notice small red flecks of dried blood. Also, people dining in that corner of the third floor witness silverware being moved on it’s own, and sometimes even chairs are moved.”
Credit to http://www.graveaddiction.com/wagener.html
The inspiration for this shot also came from the very talented Rod Pasibe. His rendition had my jaw drop and I knew that I had to try to shoot this beast. Technically it was a bit of a challenge for me as I do not have the wide angle “L” that I really wanted to capture this shot. However I was pleased with the outcome. I shot it a different angle than Rod did and I like his image much better than mine. It was a fun challenge for me to try and I will one day capture it the way that I have it in my head – it just was not to be this time.by Chris Lehman
God’s light is beaming through. I took this this year in Charleston South Carolina, I remember taking this vividly, I was walking across the lawn to washrooms, I turned around to see this absolute beautiful scene. I turned right around, hobbled back to the truck as fast I could (my foot was broken at the time), grabbed my tripod and camera and went back to shoot this. This was one of the images that I shot.by Chris Lehman