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Luck is When Preparation Meets Opportunity

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We have sailed out of beautiful Bayonne, New Jersey, many times. It is a very frustrating sail away because the potential for a great shot is always there, but the conditions for a great shot are rare. But even during the worst weather, I have been able to capture a view of the Manhattan and Jersey City skylines and make it interesting.

If you are Ansel Adams, you can keep coming back to the same location, however often it takes to get the perfect conditions. The rest of us have to make the best of the conditions we are given…


It’s More Than Just Biltmore

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Asheville is a city in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. It is located in the eastern central part of the state in the mountainous regions and has a somewhat cooler climate than other parts of the state. The city is serviced by air from Asheville Regional Airport and lies at the intersection of three interstate highways. Asheville, North Carolina, is one of our go-to spots in the summer as it is much cooler, even in August. …


A Photographer’s Paradise

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Savannah, Georgia is located on the north end of the coast of Georgia, in the United States, at the southeast corner of the state. It is located where the Savannah River, which creates the border between Georgia and South Carolina, enters into the Atlantic Ocean. The temperatures are milder than most of Georgia due to its location on the coast. The winds coming in from the ocean will keep it a little warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. Savannah International Airport is located just outside the city and brings in tourists from all over the world. …


Monastery of the Holy Spirit

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It’s hard to find a truly peaceful place in a metropolitan city like Atlanta. Even as far out as Conyers, Georgia, malls, strip centers, and car dealerships vie for your attention as the nearby interstate drones on. But just a few miles down the road, you can find the Monastery of the Holy Spirit. And the best news is that all are welcome.

In 1944, 21 Trappist monks left Gethsemani Abbey in Kentucky and set out on a sojourn no different than those from back in the days of early Christianity. …


On Saint Simons Island

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There are many beautiful places to visit and photograph near Brunswick, Georgia, but my favorite has to be the old Christ Church, on Saint Simons Island. This active Episcopal parish has been offering worship services since 1736 and is one of Georgia’s oldest churches. Most tourists and even many natives of the island aren’t even aware of its existence. I was on my way to Fort Frederica one day many years ago when I stumbled across it.


Last Two Sections Remain to be Salvaged

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Salvage operations have been ongoing since September 2019, when the Golden Ray, a Korean freighter, capsized off the coast of Brunswick, Georgia. The ship, which is the size of a 70-story building, carried 4,200 cars, and pieces of those are now showing up along the coast.

Despite salvage crews thinking that could be finished by January, four months later, the third of seven cuts are just now complete. Now car parts are being found from St Simons to Cumberland island; a pristine nature preserve off the coast of St Marys Island.

With the Ever Given ship in the Suez Canal…


Know Where and When to Go

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Within 100 miles or so from where you are right now, there is a fantastic place to photograph. You’ve never been there, and you may not even know it exists.

Where is this place?

How should I know? I don’t know where you live. But you do. Break out Google Maps and look around. Bring up Satellite View and scroll through your area. Search photography sites with nearby cities and towns and see what people have shot.


And When to Shoot There

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As a photographer, I am always looking for new places to shoot, so I was amazed when I stumbled on this hidden location on St Simons Island, Georgia.

Besides being a writer, I am also a professional photographer, mostly doing stock and travel photography. I often combine the two, writing articles and tutorials about the art and craft of photography.

I have been a frequent visitor to St Simons Island, Georgia, for about 20 years, and it seemed like I had shot everything multiple times. The iconic lighthouse, the pier, even the little Christ Church, tucked away on the way…


Still Going Strong After 93 Years the heart of Atlanta, Georgia

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What’ll Ya Have? What’ll Ya Have? What’ll Ya Have?

Amid a cacophony of sights, smells, and sounds, the famous catch-phrase rings out above the din. No matter what time you show up at the world’s largest drive-in, at North Avenue in Atlanta, you can be assured of the smell of fried onion rings, and the constant call of What’ll Ya Have?

In 1928, a man named Frank Gordy, with $2,000 in his pocket opened the original Varsity. It was initially called The Yellow Jacket in homage to the Georgia Tech campus it bordered on but swiftly outgrew the name and…

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