Shelter Cove Harbour

There was a beautiful sunset at the Harbor across from Palmetto Dunes.  We had gone out to dinner and saw the color start to tint the horizon and went over to see what it looked like.  At first, we thought we had missed it but then the sky turned orange and things were really nice.  It was a great way to spend our last evening on Hilton Head.

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC
16mm @ f/13 – 1/5 sec – ISO 400

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St Augustine sunset

Sunrises were easier to see than sunset when we were at St Augustine because of the weather.  We had rain or overcast skies every day except for this one.  Since the weather was nice we Googled “best place for sunsets” and it said Vilano Beach so, that’s where we went.

Vilano Beach is located on a peninsula of land just north of downtown St Augustine that sits between the Tolomato River and the Atlantic Ocean.  It is pretty much ideal for sunsets since you can look back west over the river and see the sunset over St Augustine.  (Not going to get sunsets over the Atlantic looking east, right?)

We found a small park with a walkway out over the marsh area that leads out to the river and enjoyed the colors in the sky.  It was definitely a beautiful evening.

Vilano Beach sunset

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
26mm @ f25 –  1/5 sec – ISO 100

Junkyard sunset

Light painting by Mother Nature

The Roswell Photographic Society trip I went on to Old Car City was for the purpose of learning more about night photography techniques.  It is always good to be open to what’s going on around you even if that is not what you are currently focusing on or you can miss some great stuff.

While our instructor, Roman Kurywczak was talking about light painting, Mother Nature was painting the sky with a beautiful sunset behind us.  I turned around and saw this and got a few images.  I really like the sunset light that is glowing through the rear window of the one car here.  One more example of how everything looks better in the right light.

Roswell Photographic Society
3-day Workshop with Roman Kurywczak
Old Car City
3098 Highway 411 Northeast
White, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm at f/7.12 – 1/60 sec – ISO 400

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Oh no, Cloudy skies

The clouds can be just as interesting as the setting sun

Looks like a huge storm brewing with these clouds darkening the sky and seeming to swirl into the sunset on the horizon.  As it turned out, the sky cleared up and there was no rain on this evening at the summit of Brasstown Bald, the highest point in the State of Georgia.

Working the scene

In this image, I moved away from the western-most point of the observation deck where you could get the best views of the Blue Ridge mountains, and focused on the textures of the wooden deck and the patterns in the sky.  It was very interesting to me to see the colors and patterns displayed against this magnificent vista.

My favorite image from this shoot was a mountain skyline with the sun just above the horizon, casting sunbeams across the landscape.  While that might have been “the shot” I always want to work the scene for other angles and perspectives.

It amazes me when people go out to shoot the sunset and what they capture is one orange ball against a blank sky.  The colors are pretty but the composition is bland and everyone has seen the sun set.  It happens every day.  So, being patient, experiment with different views, and include foreground and background objects that are interesting, that can really make a shot special.

The photographer’s least favorite comment: Wow, you have a great camera

The equipment you use can certainly make a difference in capturing the image.  In this case, I am using a Nikon D7100 and a wide-angle Tamron 10-24mm lens mounted on a Vanguard tripod.  Still, it’s more about seeing the image you want to capture than about the equipment.  It’s just like the golfer who buys new clubs to make their game better.  If you don’t have the basics down and focus on the right stuff, no amount of expensive gear will make you better.  Full-sized cameras do not guarantee you a good picture and that stuff is heavy to lug around!

You can get equally nice shots with much smaller camera equipment (though, I still recommend that you get a good stable tripod for night shots).  Anything from your cell phone, a decent point-and-shoot, to a mirrorless (often called micro 4/3) camera to special lightweight cameras like the Light L16  compact camera  that my friends at  Light.co offer can get you good images if you learn how to use them properly and learn how to work a scene for the best views.  So, don’t quit after the first shot and don’t show me 500 pictures of a red dot on an orange background.  Find something interesting and work it!

Cloudy skies
Brasstown Bald Mountain
Towns and Union Counties, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm at f/3.5 – 1/8 sec – ISO 400

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Mountain sunset panorama

Sunset colors are sometimes more vivid after the sun goes down.

I have been busy this past week and it’s taken me a while to work through my images from last week’s trip up to Brasstown Bald.  This is a panoramic view of the what the sky looked like just after sunset from the observation deck at the peak of Brasstown Bald.

I have also posted a collection of sunset and Milky Way shots on my Facebook page if anyone wants to look these over.  It is so wonderful to view nature’s beauty from high places and since Brasstown Bald is Georgia’s highest point, the scenery doesn’t get any better.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

Sunset Panorama
Observation Deck at summit of
Brasstown Bald Mountain
Towns and Union Counties, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
21mm at f/4.5 – 1/10 sec – ISO 400 (3-shots merged into panorama)

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Sunset from the Summit

Mountain sunsets are gorgeous and clouds add a lot of drama to the sky

If you haven’t been to Brasstown Bald, let me tell you a few things.  First, this is the highest point in the State of Georgia.  Second, you get great views of the Blue Ridge Mountains from here.  Third, the climb up to the summit from the parking lot is pretty steep!

Once you get to the top though, it is worth the effort.  Joyce and I made the trip to do some night-time photography with the North Georgia Photography Club here.  We were hoping for beautiful clear skies away from the city lights.  It wasn’t looking like we would get the clear skies when sunset rolled around.  This made for a stunning sunset with all the color and light reflected off the clouds but made me think the stars would be hard to see.

There were a good number of photographers out on the observation platform to watch this gorgeous event.  We all marveled as the sky was painted in vibrant hues and even the Blue Ridge mountains were tinted in red, orange, and yellow.  It was an amazing sight.

Sunset from the Summit
Brasstown Bald Mountain
Towns and Union Counties, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II
10mm at f/20 – 1/30 sec – ISO 400

#Georgia #BrasstownBald #BlueRidge #Appalachian #mountains #sunset #southern #photography #WithMyTamron #Nikon

Brasstown Bald sunset

When you go for a photo shoot there really shouldn’t be such a thing as just waiting around.  There is always something to see even if it’s not what you planned on going for.

We were waiting for all of the group from North Georgia Photo Club to arrive and for night to fall before we headed up the trail to the observation tower at Brasstown Bald.  So, I wandered around the visitor’s center area and parking lot wondering what to do.  Of course, the sun would be setting now.. in the mountains… Get your camera out stupid!!

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One of the things that I should have paid more attention to was the plant life around the area.  Actually, I was looking at it but didn’t think to try to capture it until it was too dark.  The mountain seems to be covered with rhododendron and one of the varieties was in full bloom.  There were also many other smaller plants in flower but I missed the chance to capture them.  I think another trip to Brasstown Bald is in our future.

Sunset from the Visitor’s Center
Brasstown Bald Mountain
Towns and Union Counties, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Tamron SP 10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II

#Georgia #BrasstownBald #BlueRidge #Appalachian #mountains #sunset #southern #photography #WithMyTamron #Nikon