New name
01st January 2018
The same photography with a new name. For years I tried to come up with a name that really reflected the main emphasis of my photography. After many attempts at new age, weird names, I have settled on common sense and a name that truly defines what my work is about. "The Southern Lens". Let me know what you think at
The spoonbills have landed
25th November 2017
A banner year locally for Roseate Spoonbills in our area this year. This summer and fall afforded some of the best photographic opportunities to capture these colorful birds. I have added several of the best shots to my gallery for your viewing enjoyment.

Canvas Prints are now available!
13th November 2017
Due to many requests I am now able to print and ship custom canvas prints of most of my work. Sizes range from 5"X 7" all the way to 40"x 60". Shipping cost will vary depending on the size of the print. Orders for canvas prints usually take about two weeks to receive from the the time an order is placed. All canvas prints are borderless on a 1 1/2 inch deep solid wood frame with a gallery wrap extending over all exposed sides.
Sunrise photo shoot at Myrtle Beach State Park
22nd February 2017
Favorable sunrise sky conditions and a low tide made it the perfect winter morning to head to Myrtle Beach State Park and do a sunrise photo shoot of the park pier. Somehow the park's pier survived hurricane Matthew with no damage. Just a 1/2 mile further north the Iconic Springmaid Pier was heavily damaged as more than half was destroyed in Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew Damage
23rd October 2016
As you probably know by now, the entire southeast coast of the US greatly affected by the recent hurricane named Matthew. Locally our area known as the Grand Strand suffered damage to just about every inch of our ocean front area. One place that took a hard blow was the Springmaid Pier complex. This old wooden pier is part of the Springmaid hotel, and convention center and was the longest wooden pier on the Grand Strand. As you can see from the photos I shot just a couple of days after the storms passing, it's a total loss. Hilton Hotels had recently purchased the Springmaid Complex and are undecided as to what to do. Rebuild the pier, rebuild and shorten it considerably, Tear it down completely, or replace with a stronger concrete structure.

These are a couple of early morning shots taken several days after Hurricane Matthew passed.

Here is shot from the left side of the pier later in the day. This should help to give you some perspective as to how much of the pier was lost due to the storm.

Tybee Island Georgia
26th September 2016
My very first and long over due trip to Tybee Island Georgia. The weather was less than perfect, but you go with what you are given. Tybee Island is eclectic, and different from most barrier islands that are vacation spots, and I mean this in a god way. No high rise condos, no big chain hotels and resorts. Tybee has a very good mom and pop feel to it. It also seems like a suburb of Savannah. There are a large number of year round houses and condos. Nice wide beach offers plenty of room for privacy. These shots are all from an early morning visit in late September.

Tybee Island Light house sits on the North Beach end of the island.

The Tybee Island Pier from underneath looking out to a threatening sky.
Another trip to Florida's First Coast
17th May 2016
It's been too long, but finally got to return to Florida's first coast. If you're not familiar with the Northeast corner of Florida you miss some great locations. Amelia Island, Jacksonville, Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Augustine, Flagler County and Palm Coast Florida. For a Nature and wildlife Photographer these are just a few of the outstanding places to find great subjects and location to capture with your camera.

Cattle Egret Close Up

Wood Stork in flight
Atalayah Revisted
22nd December 2015
Had the chance to return to one of my favorite local sights to re-shoot a great subject,the Ruins of Atalayah. This is the ocean front mansion/estate/compound located in Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet South Carolina. Each capture was done as 5 bracketed shots, then processed in Photomatix HDR software.
I returned on this December day for the heavy cloudy sky. Against the old walls of the compound I think it adds a rather dramatic touch.

St. Augustine Florida Alligator Zoo
29th April 2015
For nature and bird photographers this location is just about as close to perfect as you can get. My recent visit was in mid April and the wadding bird Rookery was going nuts with activity. Great White Egrets, Wood Storks, Roseate Spoonbills, Tri Color Herons were everywhere. Even if you are not in to photography and birds, it is well worth the ticket price for a day of family fun and education. Here is a link to their website for additional information.

I will be adding a bunch of photos from my recent trip very soon.
Beaufort South Carolina special sites
07th March 2014
If you haven't been to Beaufort and the surrounding area, then go! So much culture for a small town. This trip allowed me to revisit a few sites for photography that I haven't been to in four years. I also made time to finally visit and shoot the beautiful Sheldon Church Ruins located just north of Beaufort. I will be adding several more images from this trip in the next few days. Meanwhile visit my HDR portfolio to see some of the natural beauty of the Beaufort South Carolina Area.

Twilight bridge shoot
10th December 2013
A very mild evening with almost no wind made for a great capture as the very last bit of light left in the sky. This is the historic Surf City North Carolina Swing Bridge, which connects Topsail Island with the mainland of North Carolina on route NC 50.

New wall of art display
07th December 2013
Art Exposure in Hampstead North Carolina has graciously allowed me to do a wall of art display with a bunch of new framed prints, and an expanded bin area for matted prints. Everything on display is for sale of course! Stop in and talk to Ellen.
Foggy day at the pier
05th December 2013
After we have had a few colder days at the beach you can count on a warm humid day or two to generate some heavy fogged in nights and mornings. The sun has been up about an hour and not much of the Marine Fog has been able to burn off today. This is the Surf City North Carolina Fishing Pier encased in the heavy fog this morning.

Chapel of Ease revisit
26th November 2013
If you are not familiar with the low country area in and around Beaufort South Carolina, then there is a site well worth your time as a side trip. I encourage you to take a couple hours and seek out the ruins of The Chapel of Ease. Located near Beaufort in the tiny village known as Frogmore South Carolina on St. Helena Island. (Not sure if this is where Frogmore Stew originates from). We stumbled upon The Chapel of Ease by accident when heading down to Harbor Island and Hunting Island to do a day of shooting the beaches and the light house. When you consider the location, the number of storms this area has had is some 400 years it is amazing that the ruins of the chapel are this well preserved considering they date back to 1740. This Anglican Chapel was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1988. Oddly, the site is wide open just sitting on the side of the road with no gate, no guard, and no cost to walk the grounds or go through the remains of the building. Take your camera along as it is well worth taking a few shots to remember it by. I have posted two shots below. It is the same capture, one is black and white, while the other has been processed using HDR software. After you have a chance to study both photos, drop me a line and let me know which one you prefer.

Bald Head Island visit
23rd November 2013
Just a few weeks ago we had he chance to take a day trip to a very scenic location not far from Wilmington. Our destination for this day trip was Bald Head Island. Getting there can be half the fun as you can take a ferry from Ft. Fisher on the tip of Pleasure Island, then go straight to the Bald Head Island ferry just about a mile or so from the state run Ft. Fisher ferry. The Bald Head Island ferry is a short ride from it's mainland location just outside of Southport North Carolina. What makes Bald Head Island special is the fact no cars are allowed. You can either rent a bike, or for the very lazy (like myself) you can rent a golf cart for the day or for a few hours. If you are really up to it, then you can walk anywhere for free!

Most of the island is being retained as a nature preserve. The only development is along the ocean front, and the south side of the island. The ferry ride takes about 25 minutes, and you arrive at the modern terminal with a few shops, and eateries within a short stroll. One of the main attractions on the island is "Old Baldy" The lighthouse not far from the ferry docks. For a small admission fee you can walk the grounds, and tour the lighthouse. Not the tallest, but still a bit of a challenge to make it to the top. Once you get to the top soak in the view of all the surrounding areas. Oak Island, Southport, the cape fear river, and of course Bald Head Island.

I have added several shots of the lighthouse on my site. But just in case you can't find them I have posted a shot here.