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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”

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”

Charleston History

by Blake Robinson

December 19th, 2017    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Last weekend, we traveled to Charleston, one of our favorite places in our new Low Country surroundings.  This is the Nathaniel Russell House, built in the early 1800’s. By the way, please click on each image, to see it LARGER and clearer. 

This cantilevered three-story staircase is a marvel – there are no nails in it, and each step rests on the one below. When they were renovating the house, experts were brought in to look at the staircase and see what might be done to strengthen it. All the experts replied – “Just leave it alone!”

The house cost about $80,000 to build over five years, at a time when the average house was valued at under $300. 

Mr. Russell had been a British loyalist in the period leading up to the Revolutionary War. He wisely chose to go to England during the war. On his return, the Charleston town fathers made him wait on his ship in the harbor for two months, deciding whether to let him back into the city. They finally did. Likely still feeling on somewhat tenuous ground, Russell made another wise move – he married a woman from one of the best families in Charleston. He became “one of us!”

To read more about this historic house, see Nathaniel Russell House

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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