Tag Archives: Hilton Head

Three Gulls

150223_3SeaGulls_Hilton Head by Karl Graf. Canon 5D MkIII, EF70-200mm f2.8L IS @ 200mm, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 800

As I look out the window to a a cold snow covered landscape, I recall the warm South Carolina beach were we spent late February/ early March last year.  My mind went out to the warm walks on the beautiful Hilton Head beach in front of the Surf Watch resort where we were staying.  We hope to be able to return there this  year.

Thanks Mom!

140604_Sea Gull Pan by Karl Graf. Canon 5D MkIII, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS @ 170mm, f/32, 1/10 sec, ISO 200 – Motion Pan

Thanks Mom for teaching us to always look for beauty in the simple things in life.  What can be more simple than a sea gull flying along the sea shore.  What can be more beautiful than a sea gull flying along the sea shore.  You will always be remembered!

A Feather in the Milky Way

140422_Feather in the Milky Way by Karl Graf. Canon 5D MkIII, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS @ 195mm, f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO 800

I was walking along a Hilton Head Island beach one evening when I looked up and saw this white feather floating above me against the stars of the Milky Way.  I quickly threw up my camera and snapped away.  It was an amazing sight!

Now getting back to reality, I saw this white feather laying on the sand.  Not too much contrast, but I thought it still might make a good image.  A little work in NIK Silver Efex Pro did the trick.

Sand Ripples

140306_Sand Ripples by Karl Graf. Canon 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS @ 200mm, f/16, 1/60 sec, ISO 200

Looking down the beach, I saw this interesting shadow pattern on these sand ripples  as the sun broke the horizon.  This highlight-shadow pattern just lasted a few moments.  There is always something of interest if I am open to what the moment brings.  I just need to be patient and wait for that moment.  It was a nice morning.

I worked on this image to convert it to B&W.  I was a nice pattern of white and black contrasts.  But, the warm sun made the image for me.


Riding on the Beach

140305_Riding on the Beach by Karl Graf. Canon 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L @ 80mm, f/16, 1/80 sec, ISO 200

The sunrise was not spectacular, but there was a nice warm glow that brightened the sky and ocean.  As I was absorbing the warmth of the early morning sun in South Carolina, I was thinking of the cold and snow that we were currently experiencing in Philadelphia.  I was glad to be at Hilton Head Island.  There were just a few of dawn walkers and bikers.  I waited several moments as this biker and her dog first rode up the beach (I missed her the first time) then turned around and came back down.  It added a little interest to what would have been a very nondescript photo.


A Walk on the Beach

140226_SandPipers by Karl Graf. Canon 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS @ 180mm, f/5.6, 1/640 sec, IS0 1600

Strolling along a hard sand beach is sure a lot easier that trudging through calf-deep snow.  I enjoyed sharing my walk with these little sandpipers.  At first when I tried to get close, they rapidly ran along ahead of me.  I learned quick to move back, walk around in front of them and let them come to me.  I guess this is a corollary to “Let the image come to you”.


Enough Snow, Now For Some Fun

140225_PalmetoBarkAbstract by Karl Graf. Canon 5D Mark III, EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS @ 155mm, f/4.5, 1/160 sec, ISO 1600
In camera, 9 frame multiple exposure

Enough of posting snow images.  Spring is only four weeks away.  It is time to have a little photographic fun!

When the images are not coming to me, I love to experiment with various special camera effects.  In this case, I did a 9 image vertical pan of a Palmetto tree trunk.  The vertical movement was very slight giving this relative smooth multiple exposure texture.  A small amount of tonal contrast was added with NIK Color EFEX Pro.