Many of those that visit our website know that Dora and I are friends with Steve and Beverly Rich and their extended family. Steve is a fellow photographer whose work I greatly admire. Recently we were contacted by Steve and Beverly's daughters, Jennifer Steller and Lauren Batte, to photograph their children as a surprise for Steve and Beverly. Dora and I traveled to Aiken, SC the following Saturday to spend the afternoon with Jennifer and Lauren, and their children, Hayden, Millie, and Mason.

Those of you that know Steve know that he photographs the three grandchildren every chance he gets. I wasn't quite sure how this was going to go but all three of the grandchildren really got into it. Each one contributed their ideas as to what would make a good photo and their ideas are incorporated into the photographs. I picked up a lot of wisdom from the Rich family grands. 

 

  

Dora and I are always on the lookout for adventure and exploration. We have participated in a number of Mountains to Sea Photography workshops hosted by Tommy White and Alistair Nicol. Workshops led by Tommy and Alistair are packed with photographic opportunities, locations, lots of tips, and hands on instruction. When we saw an opportunity to go with them to the Outer Banks we signed up. This year Tommy and Alistair were joined by Athena Carey, a well-known landscape photographer who makes her home in Switzerland. Athena is known for long exposure, B & W, fine art photography. We looked forward to meeting and working with Athena.

The Outer Banks consists of a string of barrier islands mainly off the coast of North Carolina. The northern most portion of the Outer Banks extends into the southeast corner of Virginia. The Outer Banks are rich in history, including the original Roanoke Colony established in 1584, only to vanish in 1587, and the Wright brother's famous flight from Kill Devil Hills on December 17, 1903. Wild horses can be found around the islands, which according to legend, are descendants of horses either left by the Spanish or washed ashore from a shipwreck. Ocracoke Island was the last refuge of Edward Teach. We know him as the pirate Blackbeard. Edward Teach was killed in a battle on Okracoke in 1718.

Sibley Mill

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Sibley Mill is an old textile mill located in Augusta, GA and situated alongside the Augusta Canal. Sibley Mill occupies the old site of the Confederate Powder Works facility. The Confederate Powder Works was constructed in 1862 and supplied approximately 2,750,000 pounds of gunpowder to the Confederate Army. The Federal Government confiscated the land and sold it off. By 1872 the remaining buildings had been deemed useless and most were demolished. The tall chimney in front of Sibley Mill is the only structure remaining of the old Confederate Powder Works.

Dora and I just returned from an astrophotography workshop in Charleston, SC. The workshop was presented by Mountains to Sea Photography Workshops and presented by photographers Tommy White and Alistair Nichol. This is the third workshop we have participated in. The Milky Way is just starting to be visible again and we hoped to capture it.

Dora and I recently participated in the Autumn Waterfall photography workshop hosted by Mountains to Sea Workshops. The workshop was led by professional photographers Alistair Nicol and Tommy White. The photograph featured above is Shoal Creek Falls and was taken at Living Waters.

Although the workshop officially started on Friday afternoon October 9, Dora and I arrived a day early to get the lay of the land and setup camp. Several of us were sharing a campsite at Davidson River Campground in Brevard, NC. Dora and I had just finished pitching our tent when we were joined by fellow photographer Amy Little.

Ansel Adams was a photographer and environmentalist. His photographic work spanned 60 years from the 1920s until the 1980s. Ansel Adams strove for a realistic approach to photography relying on focus, contrast, exposure, and darkroom technique to create incrediable landscape images. Ansel Adams and Fred Archer developed the zone system used to determine proper exposure and development of a photographic image. His work is showcased to this day as pioneering examples of photography as an art medium, historical record, and a powerful and influencial tool to shape opinion.

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