Project – Doors

Canon EOS 5D Mark II 1/10 f/10 ISO 320


Whenever I photograph, I always have some photo projects in the back of my mind. With these projects, I always have something to fall back on when I’m not feeling particularly inspired. With that in mind, I try to keep these projects fairly simple. They are always ongoing. Some of them really don’t pan out and others just take some time to build up a decent collection. The one thing that I have had the most success with are doors.


Enter If You Dare – New Orleans


The two photos above were from Charleston, SC & New Orleans respectively. It was never really much of a challenge in either of those cities to find really great subjects. It felt like cheating. I certainly am aware that the “door” thing has been done before, but that never stopped me from taking a photo. And when your project is simple, you can pretty much get a few shots wherever you might be. In the above cities, I could nearly spend an entire day just photographing doors. But sometimes, you just run across something interesting when you’re not looking.



I will most certainly make a book of these one day, at the very least just for myself. I am always thinking of new minor projects like these and I just build a collection over time. That’s the cool thing about these kinds of projects – no deadlines, no timetable – just shooting for myself.


The Bridge to the Garden

Bonus Post – Photos Premiere Here First

I have been posting photos backwards I think. I have put all new photos up on social media before posting to the blog here. So I am switching gears. All new photos will show up here first. This blog/website has always been my main hub, so I think it’s appropriate to post here with a little more info for those interested in the photo.


Magnolia Plantation

I could spend hours with my camera just strolling gardens like this. This is a nice, little bridge that spans some of the swampy southern waters here on The Magnolia Plantation near Charleston, South Carolina. My advice, if you ever visit these plantations, is to forego the house tour and stroll the gardens. Maybe that is because I am often frustrated they never allow photos inside these houses. But I do find the tours to be all the same. I have much more freedom wandering the grounds in search of scenes like this.


A bridge spans a swampy area of The Magnolia Plantation gardens in Charleston, South Carolina



Photo Details:


Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Settings: 24mm Focal Length, f/4.0, 1/80 sec exposure

This was one handheld shot. Processed in Lightroom 5, Photoshop CS6, as well as NIK software and OnOne Software.

Through the trees was only grey sky unfortunately, hence the slight texture (OnOne Software- Perfect Effects) added at the top of the frame to give color and well, texture. I used NIK ColorEfX Pro for color enhancement and correction. NIK Sharpener Pro was used for sharpening. I also softened up the water a bit to give it a more dreamy feel. Final touches were back in Lightroom where I used the new radial filter to add a bit of an offset vignette to match the bridge’s placement in the frame.