Charleston Stop Over …

Barb and I have been back from our road trip south for several weeks, but this is the first time I have had to work on the photos taken from our stop over in Charleston, SC.  This is the third time I have been to Charleston in the last couple of years, and each time I have been there, it has only been for a day, and I have had limited time to explore the pace and take advantage of early morning or evening light.  It has always been hot  and humid, and at the wrong time of day.  Be that as it may, we took a walk along Bay Street to the East Battery, and then back up on Meeting Street, and I managed to get a couple of images I want to share.

This first image is of the sea wall and elevated walkway that runs along the East Battery.  Beyond the wall is Charleston Harbor, and Ft. Sumter in the distance.  I like the linearity of the walkway, and the almost mirrored effect of the stairs leading up.  The sun was low and the lighting was very harsh, but the sky was a vivid blue and there was this great palm tree shadow extending across the street.  I wanted to take real advantage of the shorter end of the 16-35mm lens, but had to settle for 31mm because of some distracting shadows and cars just outside the frame.

We spotted this facade on our walk back from the Battery, along Meeting Street.  At first, we were more interested in the gate for this house and the gate to the neighboring yard, but my eye was soon caught by the Yuengling beer bottle below the door, and from there the colors and textures of the facade just took over.  The house was in shade, making the colors flat, but the reflections in the windows were bright and vivid.  So, in post processing I enhanced the color saturation and contrast moderately to more evenly match the contrast in the windows, and I used Nik Software’s structure control to bring texture to the various surfaces.

We are planning to get back to both Charleston and Savannah next spring, when the temperatures are livable and when I can devote at least a couple of days to exploring and photographing.