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My Wyoming Chronicles, rain, wind and snow... by John Sabatier

Day 4 of my Grand Teton/Yellowstone adventure began with a 4:00 A.M. wake up and we headed to Jenny Lake for a sunrise shoot. When we got to Jenny Lake the wind was blowing a bit making the water a bit choppy and we had clear skies making for a non dramatic image. But as they say, “A bad day of photography is better than a day at work.” 

Around mid-morning we headed into Jackson Hole and walked around a bit. We walked into The Wyoming Camera Outfitters store and met with some great bunch of photographers who operate the store. These guys are very familiar with the area and told us were to go to get some great shots. If you ever find yourself in Jackson and want some photo locations or camera gear check them out. https://wyomingcameraoutfitters.com/jackson-location/

We then walked into The Bookover Gallery. If you want to see some amazing images head over to his website,  https://www.brookovergallery.com/  As I walked around his gallery I was just in awe from the images to the framing. Thanks Ben Osborne and Marta Echazarreta for showing me what to look for in good matting and framing. There are several galleries in Jackson Hole to get some inspiration. And I look forward to walking into them. 

After some discussion and weather observing, we decide what to go around the Tetons over to Taghee National Forrest and to the Grand Taghee Resort which overlooks the west side of the Tetons. After an hour drive in pouring rain, we made it to the top of Grand Taghee Resort only to see that the rain was still coming down and there was fresh white powder on the ground. Unfortunately the sunset was a wash, no pun intended, but it was a great scout outing. So we hope to be back for a sunset shot. The weekend is upon us and that means that the park will be packed with tourists with their selfie sticks. So  I’m not sure what we’re going do so stick around and find out.  

Sunrise at Jenny Lake I used a 10 stop ND filter to smooth out the water and a circular polarizer to make the water clear.   

Sunrise at Jenny Lake I used a 10 stop ND filter to smooth out the water and a circular polarizer to make the water clear.   

Jason Eldridge of Nature Photography setting up a shot.  

Jason Eldridge of Nature Photography setting up a shot.  

The sunset that didn’t happen. Somewhere behind those grey skies is The Gran Teton. We’ll be back when there is better light.  

The sunset that didn’t happen. Somewhere behind those grey skies is The Gran Teton. We’ll be back when there is better light.  

This week in my Charleston Chronicles by John Sabatier

Well, I’ll categorize this week as a semi productive week. We drove back on Tuesday from spending the weekend down in Miami. I then got to work more on the business side of things. Man, it’s what they all say about entrepreneurship. Owning your own business is rough. I spend more time sitting in the chair typing away then behind the lens. I guess in order to build a good business you need a solid foundation.

Over this past weekend, Malena and I visited the Francis Marion National Forrest. We did part of the Palmetto Trail system which starts here in the low country and ends up near Columbia. I was scoping out good spots for some astrophotography so there might be some Milky Way shots coming.  We then headed to Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant for a sunset dinner. On Sunday, I met with some potential clients and viewed some homes for sale.

 I have two business meetings this week, one with my business mentor, and the other with a realtor and their broker. Things are starting to look good here in Charleston. It’s been a month now and I’m really excited to be living here in the Low Country. So I’m going to leave you with this image taken on Saturday evening during the sunset. Now, I have to say it’s one of the best ones I’ve seen yet. 

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Sunset at Shem Creek Park. That’s the Ravenel Bridge in the background. The colors were amazing that  day. I’m looking forward to seeing more of these.   

This week in my Charleston Chronicles 04/18 by John Sabatier

Another week has come and gone and I hope the cold weather as well. This week was a short week form me, nothing too exciting to report other than we closed on our Miami home and I have officially become a South Carolina residence with that dreaded visit to the DMV. Wow, I guess they’re all the same experience. 

On Friday, we drove down to Miami for a long weekend and catch up with family and friends. This week is going to be a much more productive week. I’m hoping to upload a few new images I have in mind to shoot and a business meeting towards the end of the week. I’m looking forward to the challenges I face this week and everyday as I continue to grow as a photographer and business owner. For now, I’ll leave you with a simple shot of a nice home in downtown Charleston that I want to go back and properly photograph her. 

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One of the many historical homes in downtown Charleston. Shot on an iPhone. 

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Lots of these alleys to explore.  Shot on an iPhone. 

How I took the Shot by John Sabatier

How I took this shot?

St. Michael’s Church in downtown Charleston

St. Michael’s Church in downtown Charleston

 

 

So how do you get those clouds to streak across the sky you ask? Well it’s by using a 10 stop neutral density (ND) filter. It’s like sunglasses for your camera. What a ND filter does is it slows down your shutter speed, which is the amount the aperture stays open, giving time for the clouds to move across the sensor of your camera. There are several ND filters that offer different “stops” of light. 3, 6, 10, 15 stops are the most common ones out there. They also come in round, screw in, or square. The round ones screw into the thread on the end of your lens. The square filter requires a filter holder. He’s a tip, if you do buy the round filters, go with the largest diameter of the lens you have. Then buy step down rings for the other lenses. If you’re good with math it’ll be easy to figure out, but we are in the age of technology so there’s an app for that.

 

Figuring out the right exposure

 

When trying to calculate the correct exposure with a ND filter, you have to figure out what the “proper” exposure is without the ND filter first. In the case of the image used, I got a proper exposure of 1/400th of a second at a F/Stop of f10. So if I use a 10 stop filter I would get an exposure of 2.5 seconds. Now I’ll be honest here, as an artist, I went with a longer exposure to really get those clouds moving across the sensor creating movement. I used a 30 second exposure. That’s 5 stops longer then what the filter is for. But since the day was overcast and showers were forecasted, I knew I can get away with a 30 second exposure and not “blow” out, most of the image will be overexposed,  my image.

A ND filter can also be used on smoothing water movement making it nice and silky. One other important thing; Prior to you putting on the ND Filter, make sure your subject is in focus then turn off the autofocus on your lens. This will prevent the lens from trying to focus through that dark piece of glass. 

So go out there and play around with ND filters and long exposures and let’s see what you get. As a fellow photographer says “hey, pixels are free.”

 

Location: Broad Street/ Meeting Street Charleston SC 03/30/18

Subject: St. Michael Church

Camera: Canon 6D

Focal length: 28mm Tamron 28-75 f2.8

Aperture: f/10

Exposure: 30 second time exposure

ISO: 100

10 Stop ND (neutral density)

Here I am exposing for the shot. As you can see there are a few cars, but with a long exposure those cars disappear or can add motion to the photo. 

Here I am exposing for the shot. As you can see there are a few cars, but with a long exposure those cars disappear or can add motion to the photo. 

Here’s my setup. I use square filters. I use a Colin filter holder with a Haida 10 stop ND filter. 

Here’s my setup. I use square filters. I use a Colin filter holder with a Haida 10 stop ND filter. 

This week in my Charleston Chronicles by John Sabatier

Well another week has gone by living here in Charleston. This past weekend was great, on Saturday my wife, Malena, ran her first event here in Charleston. It was the 41 annual Cooper River Bridge run. A run that starts in Mt. Pleasant just across the Cooper River and finished in downtown Charleston. Approximately 40,000 runner turned out this year. As she ran the the course, I headed out to do what I like to do, take pictures. Well, the light wasn’t all the best but as that old saying goes, “A bad day of photography is better than a day at work”. Then I headed over to King Street and see the runners come by. I had found a great donut shop, imaging that, and hung out and did a bit of people watching. 

Sunday, we headed out to Summerville, a little town just north of Charleston where there was the Azalea Festival going on. We went with some friendly neighbors here in our complex. Greg and Nancy are transplants from Minnesota and are the unofficial welcomers of our apartment complex. Well the festival was great, lots of people walking around but no flowers to been seen. As I walked around I was getting ideas for next year of possibly doing a booth here and showing off some of my art, so stay tuned for that. Well another week has started and I’m officially a South Carolina resident, as I did that dreaded line at the DMV. Man, they’re all about the same no matter what state you live in. Okay folks thanks for reading. Maybe my next post I’ll do it from the MIA? Catch y’all on the flip side. 

Bed & Breakfast up for sale

Bed & Breakfast up for sale

We saw this nice Bed and Breakfast that’s currently up on the market. If anyone is interested in. 

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Lots and lots of people walking at the #Azalea Festival

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a little #BTS of my Sunrise during Saturday morning 

Look Ma, here come the tourist...

Look Ma, here come the tourist...

Royal Caribbean Cruise line Grandeur of the Seas coming in for the day. Carnival Cruise also comes to Charleston.