Happy Friday Everyone, it is finally here! Any cool plans this weekend anyone care to share? I don’t think we have any big plans, probably going to stay in town and just chill. But I’m typing this on Thursday night and might change mind about weekend plans by Friday night, that is possible. We are spontaneous like that, hehe.
OK, back to our mystery photo. Where is that? or even better, what this little alley called? No clues to give you, as any would probably give it right away.
Last Friday I posted a photo with non-disclosed location, sort of a mystery photo. It did not take too long for you guys to figure out where it was actually taken at. So this Friday I’ll do the same. Where did I take this one?
Walking around historic downtown Charleston will present you with many little courtyards of those million dollar houses. Most of them are very well maintained with some cool landscaping and lighting. When I see them I always wish I had one of those. It almost looks like real one.
We were walking around Charleston historic district when we passed this light. I thought the shadow and the light fixture had pretty cool effect. Sometimes walking random streets and keeping your eyes open can lead to some cool shots. I have no idea where exactly I took it, but I’m sure that this light fixture on this wall, with this shadow is one of a kind.
This is HDR from a single capture. I like how HDR brings out all the textures on the stucco wall and made it really more dynamic. With most of my single shots I try to process them straight in CS5 as well, without HDR, and compare look and feel of them. Sometimes straight processing wins hands down, sometimes HDR is better. In this situation HDR processing was so much more interesting and reminded me of the actual place.
For anyone who does not like to walk a lot or travel with small kids and want to see more of historic Charleston will find horse carriage tours very useful. I took one with my daughter a few years back and it was a cool way to see this beautiful holy city. Most tours depart from the Market street. From my observation Charleston probably has at least 3-4 different companies providing this service, some with smaller and more intimate setting, some much bigger. Another interesting part is that there are a few different routes that this carriage can take, some are more interesting than others, but it is not up to he carriage driver to decide which one to take. Before departure they have to go through a little check out booth, where City appointed person will tell them which route they have to take. There are a lot of carriages and they don’t want to send all of them to the same route. So it is a bit of a lottery for all the riders on what they are going to see on their specific trip.
Here is one of the carriages passing by me on a nice bright sunny day. Do you think those kids paying attention to anything their guide talks about or they are more interested in what happens on the street, ie some guy crouching down and doing something odd with a three legged eye glass?