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Shrimping                                                                      9/29/10

I was able to get out last week for a fall lowcountry tradition, shrimping. I've wanted to go shrimping (shrimp baiting) ever since I moved here but had never had the chance. Shrimp baiting is usually done at night when the shrimp are more active, but there are several areas where you can have success during the day. So my friend Captain Adam Paul of GillznFinz TV (www.gillznfinz.com) and I headed north of town to a daytime shrimping location with a boat full of gear.

We made our way to the spot and set out poles and bait and waited a little while. After 15 minutes or so, we started running the poles throwing our cast net over the bait. Each cast would net 10-20 monster shrimp. After a couple of hours it slowed down and we called it a day with almost a full cooler of jumbo shrimp. After cleaning and splitting them up we each ended up with a freezer full of 10-15 pounds of tasty shrimps.


A Handful of Lowcountry Jumbo Shrimp
A Handful of Lowcountry Jumbo Shrimp


Captain Adam Paul Throwing the Cast Net on Some Shrimp
Captain Adam Paul Throwing the Cast Net on Some Shrimp


Two Passes on the Poles Started us Off With a Quarter of a Cooler Full
Two Passes on the Poles Started us Off With a Quarter of a Cooler Full







Abstract Fun                                                                  9/27/10

I took a quick morning trip last week down to the ACE Basin, Bear Island specifically, to see if there was any wildlife activity there this time of year. It was a pretty slow morning wildlife-wise, so I spent a little time shooting some close-ups and abstract shots.

Dew Covered Spider Web in the Marsh
Dew Covered Spider Web in the Marsh


Backlit Marsh Grass
Backlit Marsh Grass


Abstract Cloud Reflections in an ACE Basin Pond
Abstract Cloud Reflections in an ACE Basin Pond


Abstract Reflections



Commercial Work                                                         9/20/10

I had 2 commercial shoots last week, one was for Kit Active Apparel, and the other was for The Brick's (a downtown bar) new website being built by KMK Web. Kit Active Apparel is a line of tennis clothing, so we hit the courts for some posed and action shots of Kit's new ACE Breast Cancer line. Then on Friday it was to the bar for a shoot before the crowds got there then back when it was crowded at night.

Kit Menis of Kit Active Apparel is joined by Kristen on the way to the courts
Kit Menis of Kit Active Apparel is joined by Kristen on the way to the courts


Kristen hitting a backhand in the official ACE Breat Cancer Tennis Outfit
Kristen hitting a backhand in the official ACE Breat Cancer Tennis Outfit


Kit Menis in her Kit Active Apparel Outfit
Kit Menis in her Kit Active Apparel Outfit


The Brick on East Bay, Charleston SC
The Brick on Bustling East Bay Street, Charleston SC


The Brick is Ready for the Photoshoot, and a Busy Friday Night
The Brick is Ready for the Photoshoot, and a Busy Friday Night


Backroom Pool Table at The Brick
Backroom Pool Table at The Brick


Late Night Photoshoot for KMK Web at The Brick
Late Night Photoshoot for KMK Web at The Brick


Smoke and Lights Make the Shot at The Brick
Smoke and Lights Make the Shot at The Brick



Fishing Photography                                                      9/14/10

Between commercial shoots I put in some time doing some fishing photography in the last couple of weeks. I spent some time chasing tailing redfish by boat and by soggy feet. For those that don't know, on high summer tides redfish (aka red drum, spottail bass) follow the tide up into flooded spartina grass flats to chase fiddler crabs, shrimp and other tasty treats. When the fish tip up to root around on the bottom for crabs, their tails break the surface giving away their position to anglers, this is called tailing and is one of the most enjoyable times to chase them with a flyrod.

So here are few shots of tailing redfish and some shark fishing adventures:

Tailing Redfish in the Spartina Grass Flats of the South Carolina Lowcountry
Tailing Redfish in the Spartina Grass Flats


Redish Tail on an Open Flat
Redish Tail on an Open Flat


Tailing Redfish
Tailing Redfish


Redfish Cruising on a Greass Flat
Redfish Cruising on a Greass Flat


Fly-Caught Redfish Preparing for Release
Fly-Caught Redfish Preparing for Release


Flats Boat on a Lowcountry Grass Flat
Flats Boat on a Lowcountry Grass Flat


Redfish Release
Redfish Release


Young Angler Admiring Her Catch
Young Angler Admiring Her Catch


Sandbar Shark After Release Six Foot Sandbar Shark After Release


Francis Beidler Forest                                                      9/7/10

I made a little trip out to The Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest last week. I'd been meaning to visit for a long time and finally made the 30 mile drive inland. They have a 2 mile long boarwalk through the heart of the Four Holes Swamp, a beautiful patch of old growth forest with huge bald cypress trees up to 1500 years old.

The temperatures had finally dropped out of the upper 90s so the walk was survivable. I didn't see much in the way of wildlife for a while but the scenery was amazing, huge trees everywhere and amazing reflections. It took me a while to get the hang of searching for wildlife in such a closed in environment. I guess I've gotten used to the open marshes and waterways I've been spending most of my time in this summer.

By the end of the walk I managed to see a few deer, several prothonotary warblers, 1 alligator and a watersnake. I will be back soon for another visit.


A Wild Turkey in a pasture on the way to Francis Biedler Forest
A Wild Turkey in a pasture on the way to Francis Biedler Forest

A Yellow Leaf Floating Through the Swamp at the Francis Beidler Forest
A Yellow Leaf Floating Through the Swamp

A White Tailed Doe Resting in a rare dry spot
A White Tailed Doe Resting in a Rare Dry Spot


A Prothonotary Warbler Over the Boardwalk at Four Holes Swamp
A Prothonotary Warbler Over the Boardwalk at Four Holes Swamp

Cypress Tree Reflections in a Small Pool of Open Water
Cypress Tree Reflections in a Small Pool of Open Water

A Small Black Water Snake Sunning Himself on a Stump A Small Black Water Snake Sunning Himself on a Stump




Slide Show                                                                     8/31/10

I've been working on putting together a slide show for a friend to embed on a her site and it's been a bit of a pain trying to get it to look the way I want it to and still be easily embedded. Here is my latest attempt at it:


South of Broad Morning                                                8/23/10

I did a quick shoot South of Broad this morning after dropping my daughters off at school. I messed around with a few gates, the colors of Rainbow Row and a few little nooks and crannies you can find when you poke around in the alleys and peak into hidden gardens downtown. It was a nice way to spend a couple of hours and I was home for breakfast by 9:30.

Rainbow Row, South of Broad Charleston SC
Rainbow Row, South of Broad Charleston, SC


The Colors of Rainbow Row
The Colors of Rainbow Row



Just the Colors of Rainbow Row
Just the Colors of Rainbow Row


The Sign Post at the Corner of East Bay Street and Stoll's Alley
The Sign Post at the Corner of East Bay Street and Stoll's Alley


Centuries Old Wall inStoll's Alley Centuries Old Wall inStoll's Alley


Secret Garden/Alley off of East Bay Street
Secret Garden/Alley off of East Bay Street


Hedges Growing Through Some Fat Banisters
Hedges Growing Through Some Fat Banisters


Gas Lantern and an Old Glass Window
Gas Lantern and an Old Glass Window




More From The Water                                                   8/19/10

As I discussed in my last post I spent Tuesday morning with Captain Jeremy Mehlhaff (charlestonshallows.com) exploring the inshore waters looking for photographic opportunities and redfish to shoot and cast a fly at. We were in the spot before sunrise and the fish were there. They were in groups of 2-20 pushing wakes down the grass and oyster banks sending shrimp and mullet flying through the air, many of which were getting picked off by the gulls that would follow the fish closely. Unfortunately as the sun prepared to rise a few dolphins came a little too close and the fish settled down. We were treated to a great sunrise, but once the sun was up, the fish were not cooperating enough for decent tailing photos.

So, we left those fish in search of better models. We found the next school quickly, (Jeremy has the fish dialed in)
but they were not in a tailing mood either. They were however, set up for a great shot on a flyrod, so I took the bow with Jeremy on the poling platform, and laid out the fly 15 feet in front of the school on my second cast. Strip, strip set the hook and fish on. A few minutes later, Jeremy, a great photographer in his own right, gets a few shots of me releasing the fish-I'm not often on the other side of the camera.

After that we cruised around exploring some new areas and shooting some boating and fishing shots. Here are a few shots from the morning, the tailing shots will have to wait for another day.

Sunrise over the bow of Captain Jeremy Mehlhaff's Skiff
Sunrise over the bow of Captain Jeremy Mehlhaff's Skiff


Sunrise in the home of the redfish
Sunrise in the home of the redfish


A lone oyster bar just before the sun rises
A lone oyster bar just before the sun rises


The sun finally rises after a long wait
The sun finally rises after a long wait


Cruising through the creeks to the next spot
Cruising through the creeks to the next spot


Zoom, Zoom
Zoom, Zoom


Captain Jeremy Mehlhaff casting to a school of redfish Captain Jeremy Mehlhaff working a school of redfish


Shot of me releasing a fly caught redfish Shot of me releasing a fly caught redfish by Jeremy Mehlhaff




Abstract Sunrise                                                             8/17/10

I went out on my friend, Captain Jeremy Mehlhaff's (charlestonshallows.com) boat today to shoot some fishing/boating photos (and perhaps do a little fishing). We were out early (really early) and were able to witness a great sunrise from the water before we could start the fishing photography. I haven't had time to go through all the photos yet, so for now, here are some nice abstract shots I got of the predawn light reflecting in the riffled water, more photos and fishing talk later.

Abstract Predwan Reflection
Abstract Predwan Reflection


Abstract Predwan Reflection



Abstract Predwan Reflection



Abstract Sunrise Reflection in the Lowcountry



Fishing Photos                                                                8/13/10

I went out on the boat yesterday with my daughter Caroline for a little fishing and photography. She's always happy to go fishing and loves a photoshoot as well. The tide was right for tailing redfish and I was hoping for photos like this:

But the fish weren't tailing enough for great tailing photos, so we made do with catching a few fish before finishing off the day with a little shark fishing.


Caroline Fishing a Grass Flat for Tailing Redfish
Caroline on the Bow Fishing a Grass Flat for Tailing Redfish


Fly Caught Redfish on a Lowcountry Grass Flat Fly Caught Redfish on a Lowcountry Grass Flat


Releasing a Redfish Back into the Flooded Spartina
Releasing a Redfish Back into the Flooded Spartina


Caroline Releasing a Small Redfish (AKA Puppy Drum)
Caroline Releasing a Small Redfish (AKA Puppy Drum)


Six Foot Sandbar Shark in the Stono River
Six Foot Sandbar Shark in the Stono River


Closeup of Shark Face Closeup of Shark Face




Back Yard Macro                                                           8/10/10

I did a quick shoot yesterday for Kit of Kit Creative Marketing, KMK Web and coming soon Kit Active Apparel. We shot her on a tennis court in Mt. Pleasant dressed in her new line of tennis apparel, just before some rain showers drove us away. This morning I went out in the yard with my daughters to find some of the baby lizards we have been seeing for the last week or two. So I went out with my daughters, my dog Murray and my 105mm macro lens.

After a quick rain shower and a huge swarm of mosquitoes I found myself alone with my camera and a few not-so cooperative 2 inch lizards. I ended up with a dozen bug bites and a few fun shots.

Baby Green Anole Perched on an Azalea Leaf
Baby Green Anole Perched on an Azalea Leaf


Baby Green Anole Shadow
Baby Green Anole Shadow


Macro Flower Photograph



Macro Flower Photography







Quick Bridge Walk                                                          8/6/10

I've been stuck staring at my computer for far too many days in a row dealing with the fun business side of being a freelance photographer, but truth be told, it's been way too hot to be outside shooting anyway. I did manage to get out fishing yesterday, but not much to show for it photographically or otherwise. So with a bit of cabin fever I braved the heat and took my daughters for a little walk to the top of the bridge for a breath of fresh air and a few quick photos. The weather at the top was fine but when we returned to the ground the lack of wind and blazing heat sent us scurrying for the air conditioning.

A Mud Flat on the Edge of Charleston Harbor From the Cooper River Bridge
A Mud Flat on the Edge of Charleston Harbor From the Cooper River Bridge


A Boat Headed for the Ocean out of Charleston Harbor From the Cooper River Bridge
A Boat Headed for the Ocean out of Charleston Harbor From the Cooper River Bridge


My Girls at the Top of the Cooper River Bridge
My Girls at the Top of the Cooper River Bridge







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