August 19 is known by photographers everywhere as World Photography Day. It originates from the invention of the Daguerreotype, a photographic process by Louis Daguerre and Nicephore Niepce in 1837. On January 9, 1839, the French Academy of Sciences announced the Daguerreotype Process. On August 19, 1839 the French government purchased the patent and announced the invention as a gift, "free to the world". Since that time photography has become an ever-increasing medium of personal expression and appreciation for millions of people around the world.
The church is The Episcopal Church of Our Savior, located in the town of Trenton, SC. This is a beautiful church with wood interior. The building was consecrated on June 30, 1882 by Bishop William B.W. Howe. The bell tower was a later addition. The Episcopal Church of Our Savior is one of three churches that make up The Episcopal Church of the Ridge. The Episcopal Church of the Ridge was formed in 1973 under the suggestion of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina. Smaller churches were encouraged to form a cluster under one priest and one governing board. The name "Church of the Ridge" came from a ridge that runs through the area. The other two churches that make up The Episcopal Church of the Ridge are Trinity Episcopal Church in the town of Edgefield, SC and Grace Episcopal Church in the town of Ridge Spring, SC. Worship takes place every Sunday in one of the three churches on a rotating basis.
Friend and fellow photographer Steve Rich and I try to get together at least once a year for a great adventure of exploration, adventure, and photography. The past few years took us in to the Great Smokey Mountains National Park where we visited Pigeon Forge, Cades Cove, and Roaring Fork.
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 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.
If I were to put a label on the type of photography I enjoy most it would be Adventure Photography. Dora and I both enjoy getting out and exploring the natural beauty of the world around us. We learned about the Mountains to Sea Photography Workshops through fellow photographer and friend Tony Gouge. Tony had been on several of their outings and spoke highly of them. Dora and I are avid sailors as well as love getting out and exploring the mountains and wilderness areas we can get to. The workshops sounded perfect.
On August 14 Dora and I headed to Boone, NC to join 10 other photographers for an astrophotography workshop. We were met by Mountains to Sea host Alistair Nicol and Tommy White. Alistair and Tommy are professional photographers and would be our mentors and guides for the weekend. We were joined by Carrie Chiu, Mike Baggett, Laura Marsh, Sara Chase, Anita Perzan Mosteller, Bruce Heldman, Tony Gouge, and Amy Little, adventure photographers all.