Sunrise on the bridge

I took a trip down to Charleston to shoot the sunrise from this beautiful piece of art in itself, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. Spanning 1,546 feet, it's the largest cable-stayed bridge in the western hemisphere. Quite a walk from the parking lot, too--one mile to the first pylon.

I got there about twenty minutes before daybreak and had just enough time to snap a few long exposures of traffic. It's really interesting to see how a fisheye lens can put an entirely new spin on an old subject. Straight lines, for example, become curvy, flowing patterns that you wouldn't normally see.

After the sun broke, I turned around and got some great gold light on the bridge.

That's it for now. What do you think of this watermark? I've been signing my initials like this for years and it just dawned on me a few weeks ago that it might make a good logo.

Creepy sights at the old naval base

Last night I was invited to come out shooting by a couple of fellow local photographers. It's always great to shoot, and even better to shoot with friends who enjoy it too! So the three of us brainstormed ideas for a while (actually, since I'm new to the area I basically just stood there and said, 'uh huh') and then went down to the old naval base to see what we could find.

I always pack heavy. I'd rather carry too much than not enough.

So after we found this building (which creeped me out from the moment we drove up), the first thing that came to mind was if I could possibly make the shot any more creepy. Eerie. Spooky. Whatever.

I pulled out a 580EXII, gelled it red, and stuck it in various doorways to get that look. For the later shots, I added a 430EX to light the outside walls and add some depth to the scene. Not much, but a subtle light to kinda show you where the ominous glow of red spookiness is coming from.

Chrys was actually shooting bulbs at f22, so I was trying to give him an opportunity to get some shots without flash. He got a great one by taking advantage of them, though!

Shooting Ken, Stacey, and wonderful little Harper Grace

Over Christmas, I had a chance to set up a quick photo shoot for my sister Stacey and her husband Ken. They recently had a beautiful little baby girl, Harper Grace, so I set up a single Canon 580EXIIon a stand and we started clicking. Of course newborns aren't ones to sit quietly very long, but we ended up making some good shots.

Special thanks and congratulations to the new parents. :)

The Right to Sublicense Derivative Works?!

If you post a photo to Facebook, you're basically giving them worldwide free reign over reproduction of your pictures--for free.

I should have seriously read the fine print in Facebook's Terms of Use more carefully.

"By posting User Content to any part of the Site, you automatically grant, and you represent and warrant that you have the right to grant, to the Company an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, publicly perform, publicly display, reformat, translate, excerpt (in whole or in part) and distribute such User Content for any purpose, commercial, advertising, or otherwise, on or in connection with the Site or the promotion thereof, to prepare derivative works of, or incorporate into other works, such User Content, and to grant and authorize sublicenses of the foregoing."

Are you serious?

Funny how they throw the words fully paid into the mix. I don't ever remember receiving a check for such an exhaustive license. Hell, if any other business wanted to license one of my images with all those options, they'd be paying thousands for it. Now if I could just find such a business...

I think I'll be pulling a few images off Facebook now. At least until they can look at the issue from a photographer's perspective.

Photowalk @ Waterfront Park

I went downtown this morning to meet up with the 21st Century Photography Meetup Group for a photowalk. There's a bunch of great, fun people in the group and if you're looking for local shooters to rub elbows with, this is the group for you.

We were hoping for a good sunrise, but instead we were greeted by a dense fog that just didn't quit.
So after a little while of waiting for the fog to clear, some of us decided to walk around the streets and see what we could find. Being an overcast day helped diffuse and soften the light.

Here's a few I came out with. These are also available as prints in my online gallery.
That's all for now. 21st Century Photography's next meetup is on January 14. If you aren't doing anything, come on out!