Georgia Winter

Winter in Georgia

Yes, we do get winter down here in Georgia. Sometimes we even get snow. Here is my story of “winter” in Georgia in 2020.

On February 3rd our first daffodil greeted the new year.

The next day three more blossoms joined the chorus singing to the coming of spring.

Alas, it wasn’t spring that came. It was a cold rain “event” that beat down the flowers two days later and reminded us all of the official season.

The daffodils are a hardy bunch and determined to do their job. By evening they stated to lift their blossoms back up. But then, surprise, on the following morning, February 8, at around 9:30 snow started falling. It had been 750 days, according to one of the Atlanta meteorologists, since the last snow fall in our area. And it wasn’t just a light dusting. We got the full deal! By eleven o’clock that morning about an inch of the white stuff covered the ground and our spring messengers.

Winter snow had come! Of course, hereabouts that’s to be enjoyed quickly. It doesn’t last very long. By five in the afternoon the melting was on its way.

By nine-thirty the next morning it was back to work for our persistent friends.

Our trumpeter of spring proudly stands tall and bright.

… And so do its friends.

Our daffodils, my iPhone (which captured all but one of these images), my shadow and I wish you a happy Valentine’s Day and a glorious spring time!

.:. © 2020 Ludwig Keck

Veterans Day

Veterans Day in Peachtree Corners

The new Veterans Memorial at the Peachtree Corners Town Center saw its first Veterans Day ceremony. Here is a selection of photos from this event.

 

 


.:. © 2019 Ludwig Keck

Departure on the Green

Our Peachtree Corners Town Center concert with Departure

Our live music series on “the Green” brought Departure – the Journey Tribute Band to town

Evening concerts are a challenge for me, my aging eyesight and bones. Here is a selection from my “take”. I tried to bring out the feeling of the music with the colorful lighting and some “enhancements”.

One photo just seemed too “colorful” – here with an added B&W version

The crowd really got into the music. There was dancing in the aisles.

In keeping with the testing the week before all photos were taken at f/4. Shutter speed and ISO to accommodate the fading light and lighting conditions.

 

.:. © 2019 Ludwig Keck

Music in the Rain

Concert in the Rain

– on the Town Green in Peachtree Corners

My plan was to swing by the concert for some test shots trying out some techniques for low light photography. Photography in in the evening has become troublesome for me, my old eyes just don’t do as well any more.

It had rained on and off and to my surprise the town green was pretty much deserted. The audience had fled to get under cover. Just a few hardy holdouts were on the grass.

I have always prided myself in being unobtrusive when shooting events. Of course, with no one there to mingle with that didn’t work that evening. Clearly I was noticed.

When folks are waving at you, you are no longer that “invisible observer”. But they were good sports. The band, the Mar-Tans, continued to perform even though the fans had retreated a bit.

One young fan had the “dance floor” all to himself.

Oh, about my “technique”? I wanted to see if I could get decent photos without the usual adjustments and fussing. All these were shot at f/4 and 1/125 sec. I let the camera set the ISO which ranged from 300 to 8000. Focusing was auto, single spot, there is no way I can do manual focusing in the dark. I do move the focus spot around to manage the composition, but that was all. My set was satisfactory to me.

 

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© 2019 Ludwig Keck

Photography at Highway Speed

Instead of the freeways we took the byways one recent afternoon. Route US78 east of Athens, Georgia, took us through rural areas, small towns, as well as Athens itself. Photographing from the back seat is quite a challenge. The countryside rushes by allowing just a few seconds to recognize an interesting scene. Signs, berms, fences, trees and power poles are constantly in the way. Then there are the wires, lots and lots of wires always hanging into the view.

Rural Georgia

My approach to photography is not to shoot rapid-fire sequences. I prefer to find the “decisive moment” when taking the picture, not afterward selecting it from reams of exposures. Shooting from a moving car makes that more the “frantic moment”, but I had fun.

Boutique

Store Fronts

This “style” is not for the contemplative artist. The technical aspects are a bit different. I used an aperture of f/8 throughout. My shutter speed was mostly at 1/500 second with a few at 1/250 second. I let the camera set the ISO for automatic exposure. Exposure was often unduly affected by the bright sky and I had to “dig out” some of my images from the deep shadows.

Washington-Wilkes Airport – Elevation 645

There was, of course, no way to compose a photo. I did not use the viewfinder. I used a wide angle setting, mostly 24mm on my full-frame camera, pointing the camera at my subject, panning with it as we drove by. Hoping that I didn’t rotate the camera too much and got my shot before some foreground object interferred. That also caused close buildings to “fall over” due the low viewpoint from the car window necessitating pointing the camera upwards. Perspective correction to the rescue. I like using “ICE”, Image Composite Editor, as it allows so many different was to reshape the view.

Here is a collection of my photos. They may not be masterpieces of landscape and cityscape photography, but they are fun mementos and unusual views from along our byways.

Downtown Athens

This post is shared on two of my blogs so I can reach more of my fans, maybe both of them!

 

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© 2019 Ludwig Keck