The show goes on through June 7th in our gallery. Don't miss it.
The things we take for granted can often be the most fascinating when seen from a new perspective. In this series of photographs, Jack Alterman combines the landscapes of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers with with the colors that mark a mariners course. In this collection of large canvas prints, Jack presents a new appreciation for the objects that define the rules of the aquatic roads.
This uniquely Charleston exhibit can be seen at
The Charleston Center for Photography
654 King Street suite D
from May 19th thru June 7th, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.
(843) 720-3105 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for the opening reception from 6-8 pm Thursday May 21st.
Image © Jack Alterman 2009
We also had four very talented dancers from the Charleston Ballet Theater. If you haven't seen them perform, you really shouldn't miss one of their performances.
The students broke up into groups and made some really great portraits. Each dancer showcased their flexibility and each photographer showed their new-and-improved lighting knowledge!
The workshop was a great success thanks to Joe McNally, Anne Cahill and my CCforP staff (Andy, Laura and Sally). I hope you join us for another one of these great events in the future.
I would like to give the Charleston Ballet Theater (www.charlestonballet.com) a special thanks for letting us shoot four of their very accomplished dancers.
We started off with Looking Glass Falls this morning, easily the most photographed and most accessible falls in the area, before the crowds got there and, sure enough, we had the place to ourselves for about the first hour we were there. Looking Glass is one of the largest falls in the area at about 60 feet and is literally on the side of US 276 about 8 miles from Brevard. We shot this falls from the roadside for a while before descending the stone steps to the mid-level observation platform and then further down to stream level. There are numerous great vantage points from which to shoot the falls as well as abundant smaller cascades in the stream and wildflowers along the banks of Looking Glass Creek. As many times as I have visited this falls in particular, it's still hard not to be overwhelmed by the beauty of this place. From Looking Glass we went to Moore Cove falls. Moore Cove is almost the complete opposite of Looking Glass. Where Looking Glass is wide and powerful with a tremendous water flow, Moore Cove is almost dainty by comparison, falling in smaller trickles with much less water. It has its own unique beauty. Moore Cove is not as easily accessible either. It's at the end of a 3/4 mile walk through a hardwood forest criss-crossed by smaller streams and carpeted by a new growth of ferns and wildflowers.
After a quick lunch break we visited Slick Rock Falls. In some ways similar to Moore Cove Falls, Slick Rock Falls is actually two separate falls with smaller trickles in between. Nestled deep in the Pisgah Forest, Slick Rock requires a short drive up a gravel road and a short hike to the base of the falls. Once again the beauty of new spring growth was all over. Fresh green ferns sprinkled with Galax and both red and white Trillium blanketed the forest floor. The base of Slick Rock falls is in the shade most of the time it stays wet constantly so the boulders and rock formations are covered with thick mats of deep green ferns. After the days shooting we got together for around an hour and a half for a short classroom and critique session and then headed off for dinner.
Got to go now, we have another big day planned for tomorrow!
We then visited several of our favorite locations looking for the best places to for wildflowers. They're all over. Because of differences in altitude and weather patterns most of this area is about a month to six weeks behind the Charleston area in terms of flowers blooming and other Springtime activity. We're going to get an early start tomorrow, our first day of shooting, in order to take in as much of the area as we can. There are four waterfalls on our shoot list for tomorrow, enough to take up a whole days shooting. Look for more tomorrow as I report in on the day's activities.
Later that evening, Joe McNally and Anne Cahill came down from up North. Joe gave a lecture and it was a packed house. Anne showed off some Nikon gear and we all 'talked shop'.
The next day was the first day of the Joe McNally workshop. We went to the 'Old City Jail' and had some really beautiful models.
Oh, and to top it all off, we had Dr. Glenn Rand from Brooks Institute in California. He gave an amazing lecture about metering, exposing, zoning.....oh my gosh. I knew it was going to be good. But, I have to be honest, it really blew me away. If you didn't make it Friday to hear him, you need to come on Monday!
Tomorrow, the Joe McNally workshop folks will be going to the Charleston Towne Landing. It's the original colonial site of Charleston and Sunday well will be shooting some ballarinas out at the Old Navy Yard.
What a day!!!! More to come!!!
Check out how many Nikon cameras Bill Frakes has....WHAT??!?!? I wish I had those! By the way, I gave the studio a new coat of paint.
Every single seat was filled during Joe's lecture. Well, except for mine. But, I had to get up and take a picture for posterity! What a great talk. Anne Cahill from Nikon shared some of her great gear and we all got to 'geek-out'.
The workshop crew broke up into teams with their models and got to be really creative. Joe took the time to stop and give really good hands-on instruction to everyone.
We had some really beautiful girls and they were so patient. We also had two very great guys too with some great tattoos. They were great and I can't wait to work with each of them in the future!