Thursday, June 30, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
|Antebellum Mansions, South Battery, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
|Corinthian Capital, US Customs House, East Bay Street, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
|Ironwork Gate Shadow, Dock Street Theatre, Church Street, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
|Rainbow Row Carpet, Market Street, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
|Carriage Horse and Tourists, East Bay Street, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
|Pirate House Fan Window, Church Street, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
|Elliott Street Windows, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
A few sights you might see walking around Charleston.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Monday, June 27, 2011
|Old Jetty and Clouds, Folly Beach, SC © Doug Hickok|
The sea is beautiful to behold, but its forces are relentless. This old jetty, which stood here for many years trying to slow beach erosion, will soon be nothing but driftwood. The power of nature persists, but the works of man are as fleeting as clouds scuttling across the sky.
Quick take: Speaking of nature's forces, here's a link to some amazing images of an erupting volcano in Chile.
Sunday, June 26, 2011
|Oculus and Dome, Pantheon, Rome, Italy © Doug Hickok|
The magnificent dome of Rome's Pantheon is one of the architectural wonders of western civilization. Beyond the fact that it is the world's largest unreinforced concrete dome, it is still intact after nearly 2000 years (and looking as handsome as ever). The entire space beneath the dome is awe inspiring, a man-made space like no other I've experienced. Perhaps it is the shear size of the rotunda or perhaps something even greater. There is a palpable all-encompassing energy that can be felt during certain clear headed moments. As I recall, the feeling gave me a little shiver of excitement.
The ancient Romans dedicated this temple to all the gods.
In the 7th century, Pope Boniface IV preserved the Pantheon from destruction and had it converted into a Catholic church, dedicated to Mary and all the martyrs.
Needless to say, the Pantheon has deep spiritual gravitas.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
|Waves 1, Folly Beach, SC © Doug Hickok|
|Waves 2, Folly Beach, SC © Doug Hickok|
|Waves 3, Folly Beach, SC © Doug Hickok|
These three images were made at dawn using long exposures between 2.5 and 4 seconds.
They remind me of Popsicle flavors (artificial colors added, but no sugars, preservatives or peanuts added).
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
|Fisherman's Bastion, Castle Hill, Budapest, Hungary © Doug Hickok|
The Fisherman's Bastion (Halaszbastya) of Budapest displays a stone carved lion and an ornate column. The steeple of Saint Matthias Church rises above in the background.
|Red and Yellow Houses, Castle Hill, Budapest, Hungary © Doug Hickok|
A pair of colorfully painted houses on Castle Hill, with their characteristic tile roofs, near Vienna Gate Square.
|Dome, Saint Stephen's Cathedral, Budapest, Hungary © Doug Hickok|
The interior of Saint Stephen's Basilica shows the splendor of its architecture. It was named after the first king of Hungary.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
|Prospect Harbor Lighthouse, Schoodic Peninsula, Maine © Doug Hickok|
"We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine."
- Dwight L. Moody -
Prospect Harbor Lighthouse stands near the Schoodic Peninsula Scenic Byway in Maine. It was established in 1850 and is still in use today, though it is operated automatically. The keeper's house is called Gull Cottage. It looks like a place I'd love to stay, even if only for a day.
Our summer temperatures here in Charleston are over 100 degrees these days. Remembering the cool blue sea in this picture helps me feel less broiled.
Quick take: Speaking of beautiful settings by the sea, here is a link to images of Italy's top beaches. You will simply love this one!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Friday, June 17, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
|Birch Forest Road, Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada © Doug Hickok|
There is a familiar poem by Robert Frost that discusses roads taken and not taken. It's true life offers an endless array of choices. We make them practically every moment of the day. Sometimes choices are easy, sometimes not. Regardless, they usually come with expectations of a particular outcome.
Yet, along the road taken, you're sure to find the unexpected as well. And occasionally you'll find the unexpected to be surprisingly pleasant. This was so when my wife and I chose to drive down this quiet forest road in New Brunswick, where we were soon rewarded with a beautiful sylvan scene. Some folks call this kind of discovery serendipity. I call it looking closely at the road map... and as photographers often do, imagining the possibilities.
Quick take: This short article poses the question, "What kind of picture taker are you?"
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
|Prato della Valle, Padua, Italy © Doug Hickok|
The picturesque city of Padua is the oldest city of northern Italy. Tradition says it was founded by the Trojan prince Antenor in the year 1183 BC.
Pictured above is the canal of the Prato della Valle (Il Prato), the elliptical public square built over the remains of an ancient Roman theater. This canal is lined with statues of town luminaries and surrounded by beautiful palazzi dating from the 14th century.
Padua's famous university (1222 AD) had among its professors Copernicus and Galileo. The school also boasts the world's oldest botanical garden (1545 AD). Artists such as Giotto, Donatello, Mantegna and Canova have contributed to the city's cultural legacy. The great architect Palladio was born here... and so on and so forth.
The neighborhood I live in (a suburb of Charleston) was developed only about 40 years ago (circa 1970 AD). Before that it was primarily woodlands and wetlands. The only known luminary was the Swamp Thing (see this post for details).
Hmm, no wonder America is called the New World.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Saturday, June 11, 2011
Friday, June 10, 2011
Balcony, Dock Street Theatre, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok
Pictured above is the Dock Street Theatre bathed by the warm light of early morning. This weekend is the last weekend of Charleston's Spoleto Festival USA, and this historic theatre is a featured venue of the famous international arts festival. Events this weekend include a presentation by Ireland's Druid Theatre of their play "The Cripple of Inishmaan", an opera by Spoleto founder Gian Carlo Menotti called "The Medium" and several Chamber Music concerts. These concerts are favorites of festival goers, and will include works by Beethoven, Schubert, Paganini, and Farrenc.
Today's Favorite Photographer Friday selection is another fabulous National Geographic photographer, Michael Yamashita. Mr. Yamashita has an uncanny ability to capture exceptional light and atmosphere in his travel images, mostly from Asia. You can see samples of his images on his official website. He has a fascinating photo blog as well.
Thank you very much for all your visits and kind comments!
Hope you have a nice weekend!
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
|Mount Hood in Summer, Oregon © Doug Hickok|
Mount Hood is a remarkable landmark. It is Oregon's tallest mountain (11,239 ft), visible up to one hundred miles away. It is covered by 12 glaciers or permanent snow fields and is the only mountain in North America with year round snow. The ancient cone-shaped volcano is estimated to be the one most likely to erupt in Oregon.
When we visited Mount Hood a few years ago, I made this image using a 300 mm lens mounted on a Nikon F3HP camera, with Velvia RVP 100 slide film, pushed one stop.
We also searched high and low for a view of Bigfoot (aka Sasquatch), but found only foot prints. We weren't 100% sure of who or what left them. For all we knew, they could have been my foot prints, since I normally wear big, ape-sized hiking boots with hairy toes. I know it sounds far fetched, but it's true.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
|Red Canopy, Taco Boy Restaurant, Folly Beach, SC © Doug Hickok|
(Canon 5D Mark II camera, 24-105mm f/4L lens, at 105mm, 3.2 secs., f11, ISO 100, tripod)
There are certain hues that catch the eye no matter where you are.
One of those hues is red.
The seam of a canvas canopy on a Folly Beach restaurant offered an opportunity for a simple color abstract, one which couldn't be ignored.
Quick take: What's it like to parachute off a mountain? Take a look at this 2 min. video and leap into your day with a thrill!
Monday, June 6, 2011
Sunday, June 5, 2011
|Ceiling, Church of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy © Doug Hickok|
Dating from the year 548, this early Christian church is one of 8 buildings in Ravenna that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Although begun under the rule of the Ostrogoths, it was completed during the reign of the Byzantines, and is one of the few churches to survive undamaged from the period of Emperor Justinian I.
I was traveling with the choir of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist (Charleston) when we stopped in San Vitale to admire the beauty of the church. Shortly after, the choir director assembled the singers for an impromptu piece (Morten Lauridsen's O Magnum Mysterium) at the alter. I'll never forget that moment, because I've never heard such magnificent music! The combination of the talented singers and the acoustics of the church made the voices sound etherial. For a moment I thought I was in heaven.
This image of the interior shows the ornate dome from below. The light being quite low, and not having a tripod, I set my camera in the middle of the floor with a wide angle lens pointing upward, and made a long exposure of about 30 seconds. The photograph was made on slide film which rendered the mostly ambient incandescent lighting a glowing warm color.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
|Two Busts in Two Windows, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
Two heads are better than one.
(Nevertheless, she's still always right.)
|Walking Man Sign, Folly Beach, SC © Doug Hickok|
Yo! Surf's up!
(But first I need a doughnut!)
|Curbside Sign, Charleston, SC © Doug Hickok|
"Here you must not!"
(Scoop your poop!)
Friday, June 3, 2011
Thursday, June 2, 2011
|Shrimp Boats at Dawn, Folly Beach, SC © Doug Hickok |
(Canon 5D Mark II camera, 24-105mm f4 lens, at 32mm, 3.2 sec, f8, ISO 100, tripod)
Dawn or dusk. The blue hour of twilight is my favorite time of day to photograph. Whether you're shooting film or digital, the cool tones of the light spectrum are easily recorded. This image shows a pair of shrimp boats at dawn reflected in a tidal creek near Folly Beach.
I'm often fascinated by the psychology of color and its emotional impact on the mind. Blue is traditionally a color of calm and tranquility, but can also be a color of sadness. Like so much in our world, color is subjective. Its emotional impact is relative to the surroundings.
Quick take: If you're interested in really retro photography, National Geographic has a cool feature article about Abelardo Morell's camera obscura photographs.
Maybe you can try this at home. Enjoy!