Charleston Architectural Details

by Blake Robinson

March 31st, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Recently we spent a few days in one of our favorite cities, Charleston, South Carolina. I love shooting in the historic district, and on this trip I focused on just parts of houses and small architectural details. In the image above, we have three iconic Charleston ingredients: a flag, a palm tree and a piazza (or porch in non-Charleston lingo).

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Mercury, was the Roman god of shopkeepers, travelers, thieves and tricksters. (He must have been very busy!) This statue of Mercury is in the garden of the Calhoun Mansion. During Hurricane Hugo (1989) it was thrown a few blocks away in the storm and both arms were broken off. When it was repaired, the arms were mistakenly reversed, so the dagger is now held aloft, rather than in the arm behind him. No one seemed too concerned about the change.

A couple more flag images, above and below.

I always marvel at how well-maintained the houses are in the historic district, South of Broad Street. Hard to imagine the expense of keeping these houses looking sharp, especially with regular storms and floods hitting the area.

In the photograph below, I could have moved slightly to get the sun behind the house, but I kind of like the effect of the sun’s rays wrapping around the house.

The people of Charleston are always so gracious and welcoming to visitors. To me, this open doorway below is a good symbol of their openness and friendliness.

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

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Great Egrets – Part Two

by Blake Robinson

March 26th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Well, I’ve continued to go out to Pinckney Island to photograph these gorgeous great egrets in mating season. Here are some more photographs, but if you missed my first blog post, be sure to see Great Egrets.

It’s amazing to compare how the egrets look at rest, as in the image above, versus in flight, as in the first picture. At rest, the wings are pulled in tight to a sleek, compact package, but when they take flight, the huge graceful wings open up – it looks like a completely different bird (to this neophyte birder, anyway!)

In the image above, I shot on an overcast day, and it was hard to pick out the birds against the flat, dull sky. Their legs also camouflaged well with the branches they stood on. This one is just coming in for a smooth landing.

That same dull day, some of the images came out with very little color. So, with this one, I took the little bit of color out and made a black and white photograph.

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Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Great Egrets

by Blake Robinson

March 12th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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For the last couple of weeks, I have been photographing great egrets, a majestic, graceful bird, with a wingspan of up to four feet. Right now, the egrets are in their mating finery, with gorgeous feathers and bright green coloring around the eyes.


These pictures were all taken at Pinckney Island, a wildlife refuge island that sits between the mainland and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The fellow above was taking sticks back to a nest he was building.

The plumes of great egrets were highly prized for hat feathers in the early part of the 20th Century, to point where the birds faced the real possibility of extinction. One of the very first federal conservation laws protected these birds and egrets have, thankfully, come back in big numbers.

What a joy it has been for me to be with, observe and photograph these magnificent birds. Can’t wait to get out shooting again in the next few days!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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