>> Aug 25, 2008
Some friends and I traveled down to Charleston, South Carolina on Friday, intending to stay through the weekend and leave on Monday. But, the rains from Fay made the first day and a half not so great. So we ditched Charleston and made our way back through the Carolinas on Sunday and traveled through the Blue Ridge Mountains. These photos down are from the top of Clingmans Dome in the Smokies, right on the Tennessee-North Carolina border. Over 6,000 feet tall, its the tallest mountain in the Smokies and the 3rd largest in the Appalachians. Thanks Wikipedia. The scenery up there was breathtaking, certainly matching anything I saw in Scotland. I've been through the area plenty of times before, but for some reason, everything seemed more incredible this time around.
I found the PhotoMerge button.
All was not lost in Charleston though, photo-wise. I decided no digital while I was down there and shot a few rolls of Hogla while in town and on the beach. Who knows what those will look like though, since I got caught in more than one downpour and the camera was drenched several times. Also, I hopped in the ocean and realized I had a roll of 120 in my pocket when I got out. It was still in the plastic, all sealed up, so I put it in my camera anyway and kept shooting. Looking forward to see if anything at all comes out of those, but it was fun anyway.
>> Aug 18, 2008
Arrived back in the States on Friday. It's such a weird feeling going from having so much stress, so much to get done and so much work to do, to coming home and having absolutely nothing that needs to get done.
Here are a few frames from Perth from my essay on the Highland Games.
>> Aug 8, 2008
We've been really lucky with the weather since we have been here. There really hasn't been a rough weather day until Thursday...
I'm headed to more Highland Games on Saturday and Sunday, and then back to Berwick-Upon-Tweed on Monday to finish up a story on salmon net fishermen.
>> Aug 3, 2008
Went to the Bridge of Allan Highland Games on Sunday, and once again I was denied access to shoot photos on the field. So, I found this guy instead. His name is Iain Spink and he's kind of a big deal in the Scottish food world. He's won all sorts of awards and accolades for his "Arbroath Smokies." He travels around to different events, sets up shop and smokes haddock all day long. The line for his booth was packed all day and he didn't stop working and cooking the entire time.
Uncle Dan, if you are reading this and want his more information on smokin' haddock so you can cook me a delicious smoked haddock meal next time I visit, click here.
>> Aug 1, 2008
We had our 2nd one day shoot on Thursday, this time in Stirling. I found some kids who were at a week long rugby camp and photographed them for a couple of hours. Here are a couple frames I liked.
This weekend I'm going to Inverkeithing on Saturday for a Highland Games and another Highland Games on Sunday in Bridge of Allan. Then hopefully I can find a day that works next week when I can go out with the lobster fisherman and do a small story on him.