Great Egrets

by Blake Robinson

March 12th, 2019    2 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”

Erin in Charleston

by Blake Robinson

January 2nd, 2019    1 Comment     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”

Looking at People Looking at Art

by Blake Robinson

December 7th, 2018    2 Comments     Add Comment
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It’s great fun to watch – and photograph – people interacting with art. One of my favorite places to do this is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. We were there last week. 

My rules are as follows: 1) Don’t let the subjects know you are photographing them,  2) try to just get the person or persons in the frame (with the art) without any extra people, and 3) imagine what the person is thinking about the art. 

This young man above was studying the Marc Chagall painting intently – and probably thinking to himself- Huh???

With this couple looking at one of my favorite Henri Rousseau paintings, I imagine the man is trying to explain the meaning of the piece to his girlfriend, but she has a bit of a skeptical look on her face – like – Do you really know what you are talking about?

This woman spent a lot of time trying to figure out this Rene Magritte painting. Here she is nose-to-nose with the hooded figure. Notice how close she is to the work – I expected a guard to come over and yell at her to back away. I’m hoping her close proximity gave her some clarity about the painting’s meaning!

The boy below was hamming it up for his friend, who was taking an iPhone picture of him off to my right.  The boy’s shirt is about the same color as the painting. And, by covering his face, he was perhaps trying to present a blank picture – much as he perceived the painting behind him. 

Can you see how much fun this is 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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