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Boneyard Beach at Sunrise

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Julie L. Brown, Photobirder (Indianapolis, Indiana, United States) on 29 July 2016 in Landscape & Rural and Portfolio.

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Charleston, South Carolina
March 28, 2016

This beach is another popular spot for photographers in Charleston's low country. The remnants of dead trees stand in salt water at Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area on Edisto Island, South Carolina.

Camera notes: The 42.4 MP Sony a7rII has a full frame sensor that is enabling photographers to capture images with an expanded dynamic range in one shot. For many scenes, there is no need to shoot multiple frames at different exposures for HDR or create compositie images later in post-processing. The lens used was a Canon 70-200 f4L mounted on a Metabones T-Smart IV lens adaptor for Sony FE.

One of the most important aspects of the Sony mirrorless bodies , in my opinion, is a feature called Focus Peaking . In manual focus, the edge areas in the scene are illuminated by red or yellow, so that you can clearly see what is in focus. This is extremely helpful in getting sharp images, especially in low light or at night.

Since I am now about two years behind in processing and posting images from my photobirding and landscape image-making trips, I have decided that in 2016 I was going to take a different approach. Many photographers periodically reflect on their work and at the end of 2015 I started to realize that it was time to get out of my rut. Instead of trying to post every image from an outing or trip, I am going to select images that I find most compelling, and talk about where, why, and how in my narratives. What I enjoy most about my immersion in photography is that every image represents a unique place in time for me, and there is a story to tell within and behind each subject and composition. Along with the motivation to take my craft up another level in the field, I have also spent some time trying to become faster and more proficient in my processing workflow, both in the programs that I use everyday (Lightroom and Photoshop), and in learning to use new ones (ON1 Photo 10 and Capture One Pro). Why do we make images? Is it a fascination with the gear-the technology, the process, or is it both a purposeful and serendipitous way of seeing and sharing our personal experiences? For me, it is all of that, and more. What is it for you?

SONY ILCE-7RM2 1/8 second F/14.0 ISO 64 24 mm (35mm equiv.)

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This photoblog is my nature journal and travelogue. Many of my wildlife images were made in environments impacted by humans. My goal is to feature each animal in a way that allows the viewer to sense the essence of its life in the wild. The purpose of the accompanying narratives is to enhance awareness and appreciation of our natural world, as well as to inspire everyone to protect and care for it.

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a unique experience this offers and the 1/8th sec. has added so much more than it takes away.

29 Jul 2016 6:15am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

Beautiful composition and choice of shutter speed !

29 Jul 2016 6:23am

Le Krop from Charenton-le-Pont, France


29 Jul 2016 9:32am

Marie Le Corre from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Fantastic landscape and atmosphere

29 Jul 2016 9:44am

Devi from Chennai, India

wonder impact this has!!! Wonder how long these stumps would wait...and perhaps become fossils ? One never knows!

29 Jul 2016 10:50am

Colette from Alsace, France

Couleurs et graphisme superbes! J'aime beaucoup l'arbre qui semble résister...

29 Jul 2016 1:02pm

Robert D. Burr from Kingston, Ontario, Canada

Sea levels are rising.

29 Jul 2016 2:22pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Lovely shot, and interesting name for this beach. I am very interested in the mirrorless cameras, and am watching to see how they progress.

29 Jul 2016 2:50pm

@B. Thomas: Hi Barbara. There are quite a few mirrorless cameras on the market. I love my Sony!

jean pierre a from France

superbe photo!! amitiés

29 Jul 2016 5:34pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A beautiful composition of this beach which adds so much drama with the foamy water!! I love the lone tree spotted here.

29 Jul 2016 8:25pm

Darkelf Photography from Perth, Australia

The foamy water has a fantastic texture to it! Excellent photo.

29 Jul 2016 11:42pm

L'Angevine from Angers, France


30 Jul 2016 7:36am

Aigleloup from Rebecq, Belgium

Extraordinaire comme paysage

1 Aug 2016 2:39pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a super shot, Julie!! I love the tones and variation of color blended with the waves here

4 Aug 2016 3:19am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

1/8 second worked beautifully here, creating blur for movement but retaining shape in the water. I love how the same colors are in sea and sky.
I, too, like the focus peaking of mirrorless. I'm now using an Olympus OM-DE-5II. I also like how small and light it is.

9 Aug 2016 2:44pm

@Anita: Thanks, Anita. I like comments such as this-it makes me look at my image from a fresh perspective. How did you come to choose the Olympus OM-DE-5II?

Dimitrios from ATHENS, Greece

most impressive***

11 Aug 2016 6:51am

Anita from West Nottingham, Pennsylvania, United States

In response to your question of how I came to choose the Olympus OM DE M5II: My Nikon D300 quit working; I wanted a lighter camera; I liked the image stabilization built into the camera; I debated between various mirrorless cameras and somehow ended up with this one. I probably would have been happy with another. I didn't go with the Sony a7RII because of the cost--I couldn't bring myself to spend that much money, plus, my images don't depend on sharpness.

12 Aug 2016 8:40pm

@Anita: Thanks for the reply to my question. We all have different requirements in camera features. There certainly are a lot of mirrorless cameras on the market now, and I love the technology as well as the reduction in weight.

Babzy from Besançon, France

wonderful pic !

21 Aug 2016 8:46am

jean pierre a from France

magnifique image!! amitiés

22 Aug 2016 4:47am

omid from mashhad, Iran

Wonderful shot !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

22 Aug 2016 7:28pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Julie, I know I already commented on this, but just wanted to tell you that I have been traveling to Colorado. We visited a breeder and came home with two beautiful Somali kittens. (The plan was to get one, but we could not choose so brought both!) I will be posting photos of them in a few days, and can't wait for you to meet them. ;-)

29 Aug 2016 2:01pm

@B. Thomas: Barbara, you can comment as many times as you like! Congrats on your new babies-can't wait to see them!

k@ from Paris, France

Ooooh, I even prefer this one, so original !

13 Sep 2016 5:35pm

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Long exposure 2016 by omid

Wild Wide World by Anna Cherer

1/8 second
ISO 64
24 mm (35mm equiv.)