Images of Charleston

by Blake Robinson

December 12th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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This week, we spent a few days in Charleston, SC, one of our favorite cities. What a joy it is to explore around the historic district, south of Broad Street. It didn’t hurt that we had fabulous weather, including a balmy high of 75 degrees one day – not bad for mid-December!

These images were taken with my Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera, with a 24-70mm lens. This amazing camera is perfect for street photography – it is light, focuses quickly and takes beautifully sharp pictures.

Some of these images are just architectural details, while others show complete buildings. I simply responded to what was in front of me -especially strong graphical elements – and grabbed pictures that caught my attention.

I’m always amazed with how well maintained all the buildings are in Charleston, many of them dating back to the 1700’s. This is a very special city that plays an important role in our nation’s history.

Fort Sumter is just visible on the horizon, on the left side of this photograph.

The colors of the buildings, the trees and the sky were just spectacular. Most of these pictures “right out of the camera,” with no color adjustments added in Photoshop.

I’d love to hear from you what you think of these pictures or any stories you might have of your own time in Charleston.

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”

Looking Back – Portraits of Women

by Blake Robinson

October 5th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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In this blog post, I’m looking back at some of my favorite portraits of women – of all ages. Most photographers will tell you that when they look at older work, they can find many things they’d do differently if the opportunity arose to take the same photograph again. And so it is with me. Hopefully, as our experience and skills grow, we get better at this craft, and so we easily find fault with the older pictures.

I chose these seven portraits because – for me – they still hold up under my usually harsh self-critical eye. In each of these pictures, something serendipitous happened to make the photograph “work.” These are portraits I’m still proud of.

The first image above is a corporate headshot for Michele, a principal in a marketing firm. Michele is a true professional and very good at what she does. But she is also personable, approachable and a joy to spend time with. These were the qualities I was aiming for in the pose and the facial expression.

The portrait above is of a 16-year old model I worked with in Sante Fe. She was a confident, serious young woman with a penetrating gaze. You will note in both the first two pictures I show part of the subject’s hands. Hands can be tricky but if used properly can be very expressive.

This is my wife, Marjorie, taken at Lincoln Center in NYC, just before we went into a performance at the Metropolitan Opera. The picture was taken quickly with an inexpensive point-and-shoot camera. I posed her in front of the ballet poster for many reasons – the romantic feel, the blue matching the blue of Marjorie’s outfit, and because ballet is another love of hers. I like her expression of joyful anticipation for the performance. This is a favorite image of Marjorie’s and of many who know her because it captures something of who she is.

Wilhelmina in this picture is a senior in high school and an experienced ballet dancer. Perhaps some would argue this is not strictly a portrait – a matter of opinion. I was going for a dream-like quality. One wonders – if she was actually dreaming – what the dream looked like!

This adorable 2-year old, Elora, was going through her “terrible” stage during most of our shoot. But she is a joyful and adventurous and playful young lady, and when she showed me those qualities, I was lucky enough to grab them.

Martha, age 8, and Margot, age 10, are full of fun and exuberance. This picture shows a lot about the relationship of these sisters – little sister looking up to big sister, big sister taking care of her but also looking straight ahead- literally and figuratively. This image was the family Christmas card.

The last portrait below is of my friend, Christina, a professional singer and voice coach. We shot together several times and I made a video of some of those images, with Christina singing a classic Buddy Holly song in the background. You can view the video here.

In all of these portraits, I’m trying to capture something of the subject’s personality. I’d love to know what you think and answer any questions you might have. Now, I’m ready to take my next portrait!

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”

My Anhinga Friend

by Blake Robinson

September 22nd, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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This weekend, I went to Jarvis Creek Park here on Hilton Head Island, looking for birds. I found this anhinga, perched on a branch at the water’s edge. Having been coached by some of the local Audubon Club members, I tried to approach him very slowly, giving him (him?) a chance to get comfortable with me. After just a few minutes, I was within about 10 feet of this amazing bird.

Occasionally he would look over at me, but mostly he was just looking out over the pond or cleaning his feathers.

It’s fun to imagine what a bird might be thinking, such as, “What is that guy doing with that black metal thing that keeps making a clicking sound?”

After a while, he got bored and took off, looking for fish in the pond for dinner. Thank you, my new friend, for posing for me.

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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