I was super excited to be able to shoot the Clemson vs Wofford game on Sat 09/05/15. In fact, I was so excited I couldn’t sleep at all the night before. I have to laugh at myself for getting so nervous, but it’s true those butterflies still flutter in my tummy. It was a beautiful, sweltering SC day to have the opening season game. The pending rain was kind enough to wait until after the game was over. After I set myself up in the dungeon of a media room and got over my camera and lens envy, (more…)
Another year in the books! I feel like it was just a few months ago that I was compiling my favorite images from 2013. Life is getting faster and faster. So without further ado, here are some of my favorite images from 2014. It usually is a hard process to weed down to a few of my favorites, however, this year wasn’t difficult at all because I didn’t travel as much. Some of the images probably shouldn’t be in here, but with a few of them I just said screw it, and so they are in there! It’s sometimes hard to be objective when they’re your own (more…)
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God. Because only then does one feel that all is as it should be and that God wishes to see people happy, amidst the simple beauty of nature. As longs as this exists, and it certainly always will, I know that then there will always be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be. And I firmly believe that nature brings solace in all troubles.”
― Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl (more…)
Ok, Truth be told this last week was a little difficult to stay motivated for my upcoming bike trip. I’d much rather start planning for my CA trip I will be taking in Nov. At the moment a photo trip sounds a lot less taxing physically than riding a bike down the coast of the Carolinas… Whenever I start talking myself out of something or allow fear, self-doubt, and others to get inside my head, I usually read (more…)
I was all packed and ready to leave today but I decided to delay my bike trip due to the next 10 days of nothing but thunderstorms predicted for the whole duration of my trip. I had planned on a few days of rain, but not 10 freakin days! There comes a point of how much of a challenge I want, and at this point I am already challenging myself with riding on busy roads everyday, riding through big cities I am unfamiliar with, riding with a not so good hip flexor and iliopsoas muscle, and just completing my 600 plus miles. (more…)
Here are a few images of around Charleston that I took last year. I will be riding through a few of these places on my Head to Head trip. It will be different not having my camera with me. It won’t be as good but I have to keep telling myself this is a bike trip! I will have to settle with my iPhone and a point-and-shoot.
Though things challenge and break us, we can still remain steadfast and beautiful.
I know this is late, but now that I have a fully organized, working and backed up computer I figured it was time to finish up this project I started shortly after Christmas before my computer went kaput! Back in October I spoke to someone about how I was a little disappointed with my year as a “photographer” because many of my plans never came to fruition. The conversation just left me a little hollow, because it was then I realized I was just letting a few of my life’s hardships put a damper (more…)
I have to give a big shout out to John Barclay for taking the time to help me open my eyes on how to bring a lifeless image alive with Photoshop and Nik software.
After I posting the “Before” lifeless image of Sparks Lane in Cades Cove on Facebook, John was kind enough to offer me some tips on how to bring it to life without me soliciting his help. Needless to say, I was extremely happy he was willing to share his expertise. John went over and beyond just the “Hey, you should adjust levels and add contrast, etc…” and took his time to make me a short video (more…)
It has been one year ago today that I started on my photography journey, and what a year it has been! Last year on April 21, 2012, I took a 1 day Spring workshop in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park given by Richard Bernabe. I had been doing some research on photography and light earlier last year and came across his website, Earth and Light. Within a short amount of time reading his blogs, which are humorous, looking at his images, which I get lost in, and looking at his workshop schedule, I knew