Keeping an Eye on Charleston, SC

I really don’t get downtown enough these days with my photography and have plans to change that.  I consider myself more of a landscape photographer than a cityscape type photographer but as beautiful as the beach and coastal waterways are sometimes it’s good to switch things up.  I set out (early) yesterday morning to capture something different than I have before.  I have shot quite a bit at Waterfront Park, the Battery, etc. but haven’t done much within the city itself.   Because I use my DSLR camera all the time I decided to a break from it and leave it at home and get creative with the drone.  Charleston, “aka” as the Holy City, gets the name from its churches, so I decided I wanted to do something with a church and the city.    My goal was to time the image so that there was a great color in the sky and the city lights still on, including the one in St. Michaels Church Steeple.  The final result is below.  Enjoy!

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Charleston Lowcountry Living

I just finished up a portfolio job for K C Wood Custom Homes in Mt. Pleasant.  I have photographed over 200 homes in the last 3 years and this is one of my favorites.  From the detailed custom design to the beautiful pool and expansive marsh view, it has it all.

 

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Dawn from Ellis Creek Bridge on James Island

This morning was one of those mornings I really considered rolling back over in bed.  The only thing that saved my photography effort was my first cup of coffee.  Yesterday I made my way over to James Island to shoot an image of Charleston with docks in the foreground and the Ravenel Bridge in the background but the conditions weren’t right, so I wasn’t able to capture anything worth writing home about and the few images I took I just deleted.  I will return another time when the light is better, maybe for a twilight shoot.  With that said, while there it dawned (no pun intended) on me that perhaps a cool image to take would be with the drone flying behind the bridge up high enough to show the “S” curve in the creek leading out to the Ashley River and facing downtown.  This shot would probably work in the morning or evening but since I didn’t get my shot yesterday I was itching to get up early and see what I could do.   I shot from dawn until after sunrise and the image below is probably my favorite because of the reflection from the cloud and beautiful colors just before sunrise.  If you live on James Island or have been over the bridge in the photos you know how great of a view you get while driving over it.  Happy weekend!

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Morris Island Lighthouse Sunrise

I am often asked my favorite places on the Charleston Coast to watch the sunrise.  While there are many great spots, it’s hard to beat the northern end of Folly Beach looking toward Morris Island and the Morris Island Lighthouse.   After a short (5 to 10 minutes) walk down an old closed road or along the beach you get to the end where you will find lots of old driftwood trees, rock jetties, marsh, wildlife and of course the best view of the lighthouse in town.  Make sure to arrive at least 30 minutes before sunrise to give yourself enough time to walk out and find the perfect spot.  This is an image I captured on June 1, 2018, as the sun rose next to the lighthouse.

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Image available for purchase at Donnie Whitaker Photography.

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Pitt Steet Bridge in Mt. Pleasant

A nearby favorite spot of mine to visit is Pitt Street Bridge in Mt. Pleasant.  Pitt Street Bridge once provided access to Sullivan’s Island but was eventually closed and turned into a scenic walkway for residents of the Charleston area to enjoy.    Although not much of a secret to locals, it’s not exactly a spot tourist visit making it a somewhat hidden gem.  It is a great spot to walk, take your dog, fish, bird watch, bike, or just eat lunch and take in the beautiful scenery.  Here are a few recent images of mine from the location!  Next time you are in town make a point to visit.  Just keep it on the hush hush!

 

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