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Moss Draped Trees

Charleston Views

Antebellum Shadows

Waiting for the Bus

Forsyth Fountain

10/16-23/2015 - Gary Potts, MPSA, EFIAP - There’s a whole other world in the southeastern part of the US, reachable by flying to Savannah, Georgia and renting a car.  You’re a short drive to Hilton Head Island, but for a photographer, more awaits you in Savannah and Charleston.

Speaking of photography, there are guides and outings that focus on getting you to the right place at the right time.  I chose
Frank Barevich to make sure I saw the historical Savannah from a photographer’s viewpoint.  I enjoyed a very pleasant morning with Frank.  A day later I took a tour coach around the town that was also filled with photo opportunities and history: http://www.oldsavannahtours.com/. The big plus of the local tour operators is the ability to do ‘on/off’ stops at places you want to photograph before moving on to the next one and depending on your guide, it could be filled with lighthearted commentary, a slice of history or both!  We even had “Forest Gump” join us at one of the stops and give us a life lesson about it all being “just a box of chocolates.” Great fun, superb actor, and a nice change of pace…the original movie with Tom Hanks was mostly filmed right in town in the historic district.

Charleston, South Carolina, is another stop with significant photo opportunities.  Check out this tour operator for a horse-drawn carriage ride through history and sit on the outside to be able to shoot the various sites and scenes before you. You can also easily walk many of the areas of town, particularly the old downtown, and create images at your leisure. The American Civil War began at Fort Sumter, still visited as a National Park site. Both cities are a Google click away for more in terms of history, tours, and photo opportunities. 

The Livin Is Easy

Basket Lady in Charleston

Savannah Proposal