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Great Egrets, Part Three – With Babies!

by Blake Robinson

May 15th, 2019    0 Comments     Add Comment
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This is my third post about great egrets – I’ve gotten pretty hooked on photographing them. If you missed the first two posts, see the links to the right under “Recent Articles” to read those posts. As you can see above, the newborns have arrived over the past few weeks.

All these pictures have been taken at Pinckney Island National Wildlife Refuge, a glorious place to observe birds, between Hilton Head Island and the mainland.

I’ve probably been out to the island with my camera 12 or 15 times already. It’s always a treat to see what I’ll discover on each trip. The egrets are amazingly elegant and graceful in flight.

The newborns are a kick. They certainly know how to express their desire for food, perhaps like all babies! As yet I have not seen any of them try to fly out of the nest. One of my birding friends suggests it’s usually 40-50 days before they take the leap.

I have been shooting other species of birds too – stay tuned for an upcoming post! Thanks, as always, for taking a look at my photographs.

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”

Charleston Architectural Details

by Blake Robinson

March 31st, 2019    4 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.

 “Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

Erin in Charleston

by Blake Robinson

January 2nd, 2019    2 Comments     Add Comment
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Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing my new friend, Erin, out on the streets of Charleston, South Carolina. I was using my new mirrorless camera, the Nikon Z6.

We had great fun walking around the older part of the city, South of Broad as the locals say. Erin is a naturally happy young woman and it didn’t take much encouragement to get a big smile out of her.

We shot late in the day, with the sun coming in and out. In the image above, we are in the garden of one of the historic old homes and just caught a bright bit of light – in the “golden hour” of warm light just before sunset.

This image was taken on the Battery at the bottom of the peninsula. Behind Erin but not visible here is Fort Sumter, the site of two important Civil War battles.

I was thrilled with the new camera – it’s light, small and focuses very fast. The Z6 was perfect for this shoot as we moved around quickly capturing images at various places.

This antique (early 1900’s?) Ford is usually on the street in a neighborhood just off the Battery. A great backdrop for our image, but Erin was very careful not to touch the car!

Thanks, Erin, for a great shoot!

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”