Total Solar Eclipse As Seen in South Carolina USA


Total solar eclipse over the State Capitol in Columbia, SC USA

I’ve been discussing the limitations of language for some time, actually. If you stop on my home page at, the first image you see has the words, “There are some experiences for which there are no words.”  That’s been my experience. In the English language, we tend to overuse certain words. “Awesome” is a prime example. Most events to which that descriptor are applied aren’t really awesome at all, but are Continue reading “Total Solar Eclipse As Seen in South Carolina USA”

Dreamers of Dreams; Keepers of Secrets

“The sun hides not the ocean, which is the dark side of the earth, and which is two thirds of the earth. Therefore, any mortal man who hath more of joy than sorrow in him, that mortal man cannot be true–not true, nor undeveloped.”

That passage from Herman Melville’s Moby Dick expresses the two sides of  creative personalities  Continue reading “Dreamers of Dreams; Keepers of Secrets”

Focus Stacking a Peacock Feather With Helicon Focus

Peacock feather copyright James Henderson

Several years ago, when I first began photographing feathers, I tried some software called Helicon Focus. It was good, and I used it for a while, then switched to another program. Time passed, and I don’t even remember why I first switched. But I was successfully using the other software and Photoshop to stack my images. Recently, however, I was preparing to be a guest lecturer Continue reading “Focus Stacking a Peacock Feather With Helicon Focus”

Giving Away Your Energies

A number of  years ago I read an article about Yousuf Karsh, the great portrait photographer. He was doing a workshop in some place I don’t recall, and was walking and talking with a few of the participants. They walked along the beach. At some point some tourists interrupted them, handing a camera to Karsh and asking him to take their picture. I can imagine the short exchange, Continue reading “Giving Away Your Energies”

To Those Who Would Seek Crowd Funding

I’m a fairly generous person. I can be convinced to share with others, and most of the time I enjoy the sharing, even if it’s my chocolate. In the case of chocolate, I don’t really expect anything in return. I share my chocolate because I like you, or you are in need, or it simply makes me feel good to see you smile when you eat chocolate. When it comes to money, Continue reading “To Those Who Would Seek Crowd Funding”

The Feathers Travel to South Florida

photo copyright Valerie Lockwood Moran
The opening reception at Studio 18 In the Pines. Here I am talking about feathers. Photographer Sunny Bak is on the far left. Photo courtesy Valerie Lockwood Moran.

My feather photographs were incorporated into a show called Rock, Paper, Photo at Studio18 in the Pines in Pembroke Pines, Florida. The show opened September 5 and closes October 16. The great Beastie Boys photographer, Sunny Bak, also has photos Continue reading “The Feathers Travel to South Florida”

Darkness, Night and Small Lights in the Sky

A shrimp boat under a (mostly) starry sky off the coast of South Carolina
A shrimp boat under a (mostly) starry sky off the coast of South Carolina.

One of the greatest feelings I get is to go out on the beach to photograph during  darkness. It would be easy to say it’s the solitude, but it’s so much more than that. The world is a different place Continue reading “Darkness, Night and Small Lights in the Sky”