Monday, May 30, 2011

Ossabaw Weekend Photo Adventure, April 28th-May1-Chris Kirk

  Bradley Beach Buoy – A must have shot – after all, where else would you see one of these?

  Bradley Beach Dunes – Very white sand with high dunes and natural anchoring grass. Beyond the dunes you find grassy meadows and palmetto/palm tree forests so close to the shoreline.

  Bradley Beach Jelly Fish in Surf - A partially submerged jelly fish hanging on for survival until high tide returns. The continual waves afforded a kaleidoscope of patterns.

  Bradley Beach Jelly Fish – Stranded at low tide allowing in a macabre way for an appreciation of its simplistic beauty. Do we rescue each one we see or let nature take its course?

  1.     Bradley Beach Road Oak Tree – Driving along, this ages old tree stands sentinel as you climb the hill. Why couldn’t my yard growing up have one of these for climbing?
  Bradley Beach Sunrise Palms – Sunrise over the ocean took a back seat to this palm forest lit by the progressing dawn. I was so fascinated as the light show unfolded that I had to remember to push the shutter button. The rustic road weaves from the sand dunes along the meadow back into the forest.

  Bradley Beach Vista – The full morning sun highlights the vegetation expanse with the spring green spreading. The palms’ glow has receded until the next dawn. I visualize a shampoo commercial with clean-haired people running through the ocean side field.

    Donkey in Building – A real “Ossabawian” taking a reprise from the sun. His shelter a monument to days gone by. Thanks to Jill for alerting me to this photo opportunity.
  Middle Place Fire Palm – Through a woody thicket I could see a small clearing amongst a closely grouped set of palms. I crawled through and was rewarded with the setting sun finding its own way in; joining me to provide a natural spotlight. I just had to make sure to find my way out before the shadows deepened too much.

  Rookery Lushness – The island at this time of year made me think often of Jurassic Park (in the good way). Greens were really green, and the topography varied from open to dense. The lack of spring rains keeping this area dry allowed us to traipse across the incredibly dark, rich soil of what is normally a water fowl rookery. The native wild pigs forage here.

  South Beach Algae & Reflections – I became enamored with the tidal pools as the early morning high tide receded. Directly and indirectly this scene captures the essence of this bone yard beach – the water, the encroaching algae, the driftwood, the barnacles, the log shapes, and the reflected towering still standing trees. Maybe one of those “guess you had to be there?” photos.

 South Beach Red Blooms – A classic scene at this remote location. With the juxtaposition of the blooming tree as a back-drop to those that have seen their day.
South Beach Road Interior Oak – Due to recent showers the resurrection ferns were fully leafed throughout the island. Yet another grand oak – standing over a rustic camping area. Marshes and beaches can quickly take a back seat to the wooded acreage of Ossabaw.
  South Beach Shore Scene – The warm weather afforded wading to gain a different perspective on the shoreline. When will these live trees join their downed brethren as a causality themselves of the ocean’s ebb and flow?

  South Beach Silhouette – While waiting for our transportation I turned and caught sight of the sun at an interesting angle. The tide had deposited a set of linear pools that the blue sky colored. The tree remnant shows how far out the forest once ruled.
  South Beach Sluice – Waterways ring the island bridging the gap between beach and marsh. They make for pleasant, calm walks. Why did we invent concrete and asphalt?

  South Beach Water Trees – Tired of South Beach yet? I guess I’m not since I included yet one more – after all we are allowed twenty photos to post. This would have worked well in Eric’s class to demonstrate that I listened to the composition lecture that taught natural framing, and receding subjects providing depth to the picture.

  Willow Pond Egrets & Reflections – A nice surprise on the way back to the bunkhouse. Bunches of egrets hanging out in the pond for our visual enjoyment. Flying, feeding, resting – a real treat. One of the many “most” scenic spots on the island. The causeway provides wonderful access.

  Willow Pond Grass – Did I mention the island is lush? What a transition from our winter trip to the budding spring. So many tonal variations of the basic colors. One can only wonder what all uses this area as its annual nursery.

Wood Stork Perched – I had expected to see thousands of wood storks nesting on the island (based on prior reports from a caretaker on the property on our last trip), but alas the lack of water ponds foiled that this spring. But climbing out of the Middle Place palm thicket to   work my way over to the meandering creek for sunset I spotted this lone fellow. I crept stealthily toward his very high tree. Forced to use a wide aperture, full zoom, high ISO, and slow shutter speed, I propped against a tree and was fortunate out of three attempts to get this shot. All was not lost!


Thank-you for a WONDERFUL trip to Ossabaw Island. While photography was the excuse to go, the multi-day stay is a true experience in itself. Including the boat trips to and from, the island itself, the camaraderie, the meals, the learning, and the relaxing. A truly unique opportunity in life. A time I will always cherish ...

Chris Kirk
St. Helena Island, SC

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Ossabaw Weekend Photo Adventure, April 28th-May1-Steven Gold

 I like this Cormorants in flight shot.  Used Nikon 70-200 with 1.7x TC.  Jim had set the autofocus setting properly 2 days before, and, of course you got us in good position on the water. In retrospect I would have used smaller aperture to get both birds eyes in focus. No catch light as they were flying away from the sun, I believe.
 Dead Fall-South Beach
 Jelly Ball
I get WOWs (from staff at work) on the Ossabaw Main Road shot.  Thanks to Suzanne for lending me her tripod for that shot.  The overcast sky was perfect for the shot. I plan on putting it up in our local Catawba Valley Camera Club (landscape theme) competition in couple weeks.
Oyster Catcher
  South Beach

 The Willows
 The pelican shot is interesting in that the subjects are on the perimeter of the image, breaking the usual rule. I kinda like the effect.
Hi Eric-I thoroughly enjoyed Ossabaw and would love to see it in the fall- Best regards...Steven Gold

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Ossabaw Weekend Photo Adventure, April 28th-May1-Suzanne Wolf

 The rusting paint and the location of this buoy tell a story. This buoy has ridden the waves of stormy seas. One wonders how the ocean waves tossed it so far up on the beach.
 Donkeys Domain
 Golden Palms
 Great Oak
 Oak and Palmetto
 One’s eye is drawn toward the red buoy.
 sanddollar and light
 This is the other side of the tool shed. The old fan makes the picture.
While you were looking up in the trees for for birds, I was looking down in the grass for snakes.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Ossabaw Weekend Photo Adventure, April 28th-May1-Tom Korbutt

 Born To Soar

 I selected a variety of photos that depicted my stay on Ossabaw island from birds to island settings and the barrier island beaches.  The stay on the island brought me closer to mother nature and solidified my passion to continue my love of photography, especially the wildlife which I love to watch in their habitat and have the privilege to photograph..  The barrier island is a unique place to visit and  I  plan to return in the fall to enjoy a different season and flavor of the island.

The experience was great but what made it outstanding was the interaction with you, Marvin, Jan, Jill, and the other photographers especially in the field as well as at home base where we shared our experiences and photos.  In addition helping each other with computers, cameras and getting in and out of our open air safari truck as we lumbered out into the dark each day on our  photo safaris.  The photos I have seen so far are really great as each of us found different ways to present what we saw and experienced.  My congrats to you all, your photos which made this island trip special to me.
Best Regards to All,

Tom Korbutt
Sun City Hilton Head

 Can You Hear Me Now
 Eric on the Ball
 Flaps Down Comin In
 High 5
 Lift Off
Long Road Home
 Maze In wood
 Night Heron Watching
 Ossabaw Sunrise @ South End Beach
 Pelican Beach Race
 Praying for a Better Shot
 Reflection Broken View
 Sky Birds Ballet
 Soft Palette of Color
 Sunlight thru the Moss
 Sunrise at Bradley Beach
 Sunset on Fire
 Sunset on Middle Place
 Trying to Blend In
Woodstock VW Pot Mobile