Bird, Bird, Bird, Bird is the Word

A couple years ago I got the wild idea it would be interesting to start a new hobby. Bird watching sounded good. I purchased a decent pair of Bushnell (waterproof, just to make sure) binoculars for 100 bucks and set out to spot some bird species as well as flora and fauna. The great outdoors! I didn’t see many birds the first few weekends with my new (waterproof) binoculars. I became bored rather quickly and soon those Bushnell’s were gathering dust on my closet shelf. Shortly thereafter I relocated from Missouri to South Carolina. Surely there were birds in the south. I also thought to myself that there must be an easier way to view birds other than walking through the woods and searching the tree tops for whistling sounds or flying creatures rustling the limbs. Eureka! ( As Archimedes once exclaimed) I have it! So guess what I did? I set up a bird feeder in my front yard. I had more birds the first day than I did in weeks of tree-top watching with those Bushnell’s. My first seed was a variety seed which attracted many birds but I learned very quickly what most birds really love. Sunflower seeds! Sunflower seeds seem to work the best and I am well on my way to identifying nearly 20 different species of birds in my little bird community and having a great time. Photographing birds is a bit trickier. Even with a telephoto lens patience is not only a virtue but a must! But the rewards are well worth it. I still use the Bushnell binoculars and I hope you enjoy (just a few images) I have recorded here this summer here in Florence, South Carolina.

CLIcK on First Image to VIEW ALL Fully!!! 🙂

Disclaimer: I have done my best to identify these birds properly. I do have a B.S. degree but I’m certainly not an ornithologist. Please feel free to comment or correct me (I won’t be offended) if I have made any errors. I am still learning. Birds are kewl! Photography is the bomb!

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On-Location

Spring seems elusive this year here in Florence, SC. It gets nice and warm, then turns cold…and so on. March 11th was a pretty nice day to finally begin the first stage of what will result in a three-part modeling project. This is a fashion shoot project aimed at my new teenage model Sara. Sara’s mom is on-board with the project as is my S/O. My significant other has been so supportive as I continue to struggle to get Studio 63 up and off the ground. Need JOBS!

With this shoot my Impact receiver on my soft box kept misfiring. (Yes, had new batteries) I was forced to to go straight to the shoe and my speedlight. My S/O was my assistant. We made good use of the 5 in one reflector (worth its weight in gold) and still managed to pull off the shoot. My S/O was critical in helping me to get catchlight(s) in my young models eyes. (Thank you Margie!!!) It was the day before Daylight savings and the sun at times kept disappearing behind cloud cover which had me adjusting my ISO or F-stop.

Here are the results. I am still saving up money to get my battery head monolights and C-Stands. So expensive! I love the Profoto line but will likely end up with the Baja, Impact, or other brand. Researching your equipment is crucial. Anyway, this part one of three part session with Studio 63’s new teenage model Sara. Stay tuned for session two (weather permitting) as Studio 63 will venture outdoors for an “Urban Shoot.”

Studio 63

For the year 2016 I saw a lot of challenges, overcame more obstacles, relocated to the east coast, and even weathered through hurricane Matthew! After much contemplation, I have finally decided to quit running from what always seemed my true destiny and become the professional photographer. Yes indeed. I’m confident that Studio 63 will bring a breath of fresh air to SC and provide a new, affordable option for those seeking professional photography and video services here in the Pee Dee region. Please check out our Facebook site at https://www.facebook.com/studiophoto63/

I will be posting the home site for Studio 63 in early 2017 when we officially launch! Thanks for your support!cd8b4686

Creative in Charleston

Different environments can do strange things to the eye of a photographer. I was visiting Charleston, S.C. It was a hot, humid, and overcast day. There was something in the air down there. It was very bright and hazy. My creative eye kicked into high gear. I seemed drawn to shadows and lines like I have never been before. My exposure meter was going bananas and I finally just ignored the meter and set to manual. I was breaking many of the standard rules of photography, (taught in my classroom) primarily composition and exposure, but I just didn’t give a damn. Heck! I was on vacation and enjoying every minute of my adventures in the southeastern US. Here are a few of the fair to good shots. They appear interesting. At least they did at the time. 😉
Creative in Charleston