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Landed | Hilton Head Island South Carolina

It’s finally over, but now just beginning. My big move actually began in early February, with the sale of my home in Centerville, Ohio. From there I was in a temporary apartment in Kettering until finally making the decision to not only move from Dayton but also from Ohio.

Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Palmetto, maritime forests, scenic skyscapes over tidelands, wildlife everywhere I look. Right outside the back porch of my second floor apartment is a daily dance of herons and egrets. There’s the resident alligator who patrols the pond every afternoon. Within walking distance is the Broad Creek Marina and Up the Creek Pub, a favorite hangout of the locals.

Moving is not easy, but sometimes the need to make trumps inconvenience and expense. I’m still working on getting settled here in a place where there’s an obvious distinction between “visitors” and residents. Surprisingly I’m discovering that moving or establishing a business in South Carolina is actually a little bit more difficult process as compared to Ohio. The good news is that local tourism traffic is as strong as it has ever been despite the ongoing recession. I also have my eyes on a retail space in a prime location for fine art print photography.

Updating my online marketing “presence” is proving to be quite a task, however, I’m making some headway now that my household is out of boxes, in place and plugged-in. Facebook hasn’t done me any favors though by restricting me from updating the title of my business page due to the fact that I have over 150 “likes,” therefor I’ve had to start a new Facebook fan page for the online marketing of my photography and photography services here in South Carolina. Please “like” as there will be content and updates that aren’t just about Hilton Head but lots of good tips and links on digital imaging and the art of nature photography.

All in all I’m happy with my decision to relocate and I’m anxious to get moving along with Photography by Jim Crotty here on Hilton Head.

Deep in the Heart of Winter | Finding Light in the Darkness

The middle of January. Gone are the last signs of the festive holiday season. Yet to begin is the first signs of the gradual shift toward the light of spring. It’s a time when deep shadows and muted tones take a firm hold on the Ohio landscape. This is when people truly hunker down inside, staying warm from the relentless cold while they count the days on the calendar till the end of the season, growing ever more impatient with a January and February that seem to linger with long, dark evenings.

Last Saturday I presented another in my ongoing series of photography workshops at nearby Cox Arboretum MetroPark. Most other times the main building and sprawling, beautifully maintained gardens are full of visitors. Even the trails leading back through the woodlands and meadow contain a steady stream of families enjoying one of what I consider Dayton’s best assets for outdoor recreation, the Five Rivers MetroPark. During my workshops held on Saturdays throughout spring and autumn there is almost always at least two weddings going on. Not last Saturday, January 15. It was just myself and my group of about 25 workshop students. Even the park gift shop was locked-up with the sign”closed for the season – see you on February 1st.”

But as I stated in my previous post, winter in Ohio still offers a variety of opportunities for the nature and landscape photographer. You just have to know where – and when – to look. The next day following the workshop I noticed a late afternoon sky taking shape that indicated to me the possibility of a colorful sunset full of dynamic, interesting shapes. I’m fortunate to live very close to another of my favorite locations amongst the Five Rivers system of parks, Sugarcreek MetroPark. It’s where I head-off to when I see the conditions coming together for the type of landscape and skycscape photography I like to do this time of year. Despite the cold I’ve found that it’s well worth the short hike along an ice-covered trail to capture the often overlooked beauty of a sunset in Ohio during winter. It’s just a brief hint of color splashed against the low clouds with a natural foreground of dark, reaching tree limbs and the tans and reds of the remains of tall grass and prairie plants.

The photographic technique employed was that of High Dynamic Range (HDR) multiple exposure photography using a Canon 1D Mark III DSLR camera with lenses that include Canon 17-35mm f2.8 L, 28-70mm f2.8 and 70-200mm f4 L IS. I always shoot using a pro-level tripod with Kirk ballhead. Multiple exposures are auto-bracketed with a usual difference of about two and half stops. Always raw file format. Programs used include Photomatix Pro and Photoshop CS4, with image file management maintained in Apple Aperture. With some of these images I also used custom, textured and framed actions in CS4.

The Art of Nature

Fine art nature and landscape photography. Current print installations include Wooster Community Hospital, Wooster, Ohio; Buckeye Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Mt. Vernon, Ohio; Miami Valley Hospital, Dayton, Ohio; St. Rita’s Hospital, Lima, Ohio; Zangmeister Center, Columbus, Ohio; Portsmouth Family Care Center, Portsmouth, Ohio
and Grayson Family Center, Grayson, Kentucky.

Calming, serene, peaceful, original. I welcome inquiries from commercial art consultants, designers and decorators. Professional fine art nature photography back by professional service. jim@calmphotos.com

JPG Feature Story: Retreat in the Woods: When a Place Becomes Us

May 2003. I was not that far removed from the multiple-day trips I made while living in Utah, to photograph the national parks out west, which for a landscape photographer necessitated much more then the simple day hike. I had learned to love and appreciate the soft, even light that lies within the margins of the day. Dawn and dusk is the natural habitat of the ethereal light that moves the soul of the visual artist. I had returned to my home of Dayton, Ohio and was anxious to get back to the area where I first explored the creative outlet of nature and landscape photography – the edge of the Appalachian foothills in the Southeastern part of a Midwest state better known for flatlands of corn and soybean fields. More specifically, Hocking Hills State Park. But where in Hocking Hills could I stay where I would have the access to the landscape at those hours of the “good light ?”

More at – JPG: Stories: Feature Story: Retreat in the Woods: When a Place Becomes Us.