Photographing Savannah’s Wetlands
One of the things I really love about Savannah is the diversity of locations to photographs. In a span of 5 minutes you can be photographing downtown Savannah and then a swamp spanning hundreds of acres filled with alligators and an assortment of birds. It is great! For a photographer, there isn’t much more I could ask for…well, maybe there is, but I will keep those wishes to myself, haha…
One night I was walking a long a nature trail not far from Savannah. The sun was setting, the bugs were doing their best to drain me of every drop of blood and I was loving it. The scene before me was gorgeous. It was one of those sunsets where you endure the bug bites knowing that the week of scratching to follow will be worth it. The sky started it’s light show and I stayed for the whole performance.
Photographing the Ballastone Inn, Savannah
During my time in Savannah I may dare say that the Ballastone Inn, on Oglethorpe Avenue, is the most beautiful ‘home’ I have photographed while here. Inside and out, the Ballastone Inn is immaculately cared for. It is easy to see that when the Ballastone was being decorated and renovated that the pharse ‘Only the best will do.’ must have been tossed around many many times. I have photographed the Ballastone on a number of occasions and really enjoy doing so..
The Ballastone Inn has a courtyard area with a beautiful garden area. Guests to this Savannah Bed and Breakfast can enjoy calm evening out in the gardens or even elect to enjoy their breakfast in the courtyard. I know I would be eating out there every day!
If you are looking for the best in Bed and Breakfast accommodations in Savannah, check out the Ballastone Inn. It may not be the cheapest place in town to rest your head for the night…but isn’t that kind of the point? Highly recommended!
Backstage at the Lucas Theatre
Today I had an opportunity to photograph the inside of the Lucas Theatre here in Savannah Georgia. First off, I want to thank the gang at the Lucas Theatre for allowing me access to areas the tours were not allowed. I also want to thank my friend Jessica for helping to arrange this. Without them I wouldn’t have been able to spend the time I did inside taking some kick ass photographs.
This area is backstage at the Lucas Theatre. There are all sorts of ropes and pulleys I could never make sense of along this wall. I have always wondered what a real theatre looked like behind the curtain…my experience on stage is limited to Mary Poppins in 4th grade.
Over the next few weeks I will leak a few photos of the Lucas Theatre here and there. I took some killer photos of the interior. I can’t wait to share them!
Photographing the Pier on Tybee Island
Tybee Island is a great place for photographers. Not only can you make a living photographing weddings there like my friend Shannon but it also has some incredible landscapes and ocean views. It is still my favorite place to photograph the sunrise…
When photographing something as bare as a beach you should really try to find something to anchor the foreground of your photograph too. You just need something there. Or, you can find lines to help add definition to your photograph. That is what I did with the Pier on Tybee Beach. I really like how the pillars of the pier form a path for your eyes to follow…all the way ’til the end. In February, there were 3 days when the sun rose perfectly symetrical with the opening at the end of the pier. I waited months to get that photograph. I went all three mornings and all three mornings there was no real sunrise due to the clouds. It was one time I was cursing the clouds in my photograph. So…I guess there is always next year.
Sidewalks in Savannah
There is something about the pathways in Savannah that allow you to escape to a time when horses were the means of transportation and when women didn’t smell as good as they do now ( I am guessing, ha). Many of the walkways, especially in the Squares that dot the Historic District have large oak trees with Spanish Moss hanging freely. It is easy to imagine that you’re back in the 1800′s. The horse drawn carriages and historic houses/buildings help with that mental image. I guess this is part of Savannah’s charm.
The main sidewalks in the city offer little of this old-time’ charm. Usually it is touristy (is that a word) shops accompanied by the smell of horse piss. You have to get off the beaten path a bit to find these ‘trails’. Try the eastern part of town. Washington Square and Warren Square (pictured below) are two of my favorites.
Photographing the Lucas Theatre in Savannah
The Lucas Theatre, in Savannah Georgia, is a historic theatre on Abercorn Street in Savannah Georgia. With its illuminated sign, it is a great place to photograph after the sun goes down. Just make sure you have a tripod!
I took this photograph a few months ago while wondering the streets of Savannah at night. I haven’t put it up, but now I have a reason to…what is that reason? Well, I guess you will have to wait and see, but I can promise it will be all kinds of awesome!
Photographing the Independent Presbyterian Church
A few weeks back I was walking on the streets of Savannah looking for my next good photograph. I have to tell you…it is tough! I know I have said it before but it is worth repeating. When you make your living photographing a city that millions of people photograph every year it is a lot of work to come up with new photographs that nobody has taken before. And if I am not taking unique and high quality photographs of Savannah then I am no different than Tourist Bob. So, I am always on the look-out for new subjects and compositions in Savannah. This is a new one I found.
In the background you can see the steeple of the Independent Presbyterian Church on Bull Street. You may remember it from this photograph of the Independent Presbyterian Church. You may also remember this church from the opening scene in Forrest Gump. The feather that is floating during the opening sequence floats by this steeple.
Photographing the Sunset near Savannah Georgia
Sunset is the perfect time to photograph landscapes..for me anyways. I don’t have to get up early, the light is beautiful, and once I am finished I get to go home and eat dinner. What more can you ask for?!
I have talked about it many times before. How simply photographing outdoors close to sunrise and sunset will instantly improve your landscape photography. And I cannot emphasize how important it is. In addition to the soft light that falls all around you, the colors cannot be beat. Far and away, my sunset and sunrise photographs are the most popular on my website. So, it seems that I am not alone in my love for these beautiful photographs.
Photographing Grand Oaks
Grand Oaks is a beautiful community. The other night you may have checked out my photograph of sunset from Grand Oaks. Well, here is a different photograph of the sunset at Grand Oaks. I love the colors in these photographs. The blues and oranges work together really well.
Photographing the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Savannah
Yesterday was St. Patrick’s Day in Savannah..well, everywhere else too I guess. But, in Savannah, St. Patrick’s Day takes on a whole new meaning. With a lot of people in Savannah for the parade, the beer, the fun and the outrageous, Savannah is home to the largest St. Patrick’s Day celebration in the world. (According to Savannah, Ha)
Yukon Cornelius was a Leprechaun?
This car was one of 350 entries in the Savannah St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Aside from the fact it was a green car, what caught my attention were those little dolls on the wheel wells. They look just like Yukon Cornelius from the old Rudolph cartoon. Anyways….
Photographing River Street at Night
The other night my photo friend Megan and I went down to River Street here in Savannah to do some night photography. I took a break from shooting all HDR to play around with some long exposure photography. One of the great things that can happen with long exposure is that people will not appear in your photo…if the exposure is long enough and they don’t stand in the same place for too long.
Making People Disappear
While this photo was being made about 40 people walked in front of the camera…but none of them showed up. How is this possible?! Well, when you are photographing at night your shutter is left open for a long period of time to collect all of the light the camera needs to take the photo. So, when people walk in front of the camera, unless they stay in one spot they do not bounce enough light back to the camera for them to be picked up. Hence, they don’t even appear.
To make this technique even more effective use the lowest ISO and smallest aperture you can. I photograph River Street Sweets in Savannah at ISO 100 and f22. The shutter was open for 20 seconds.