Eerie, spooky, creepy, are all good words to describe the historic district of Savannah at night. While in the daytime, the whole area could be more appropriately described as, romantic and charming. When a location can transform itself like this, from day to night, it provides me with so many more photographic possibilities. It’s like the difference between daydreaming and nightmares. During the day I’ll tend to daydream about all the nice things I’d like to do, and wonderful places I want to visit. At night while asleep, my dreams can often be hair-raising and this is similar to the way I see Savannah through my lens. This is just the first of a nice long series of images, taken in the beautiful city of Savannah. I’m looking forward to finishing the post production on all the images from my recent road trip, but that will take some time. Having visited six cities, you can imagine how many photos I was able to take.
This particular shot is almost like two photos in one. The big tree with all that beautiful Spanish moss, divides the image in a way that allows the viewer to concentrate on the road, or the tree lined sidewalk. It took some time to get the right exposures with no car driving through, but I finally got the shot. While there were people walking or jogging through the shot, they leave little but a ghost image, like you see at the very back of the sidewalk. Cars on the other hand will leave those streaks of light that sometime look very nice in night photography. However, in this case I wanted more of a timeless look to the image and I think the streaks of light would have been a distraction.
One of the keys of travel photography is patience. I won’t say that I don’t get frustrated when people or cars go through my framed shot while I’m taking an exposure. But all the grumbling, teeth grinding, and swearing in the world is not going to change the fact that sometimes I just have to wait, and wait, and wait for that perfect moment. Sadly, some times I just can’t get that perfect shot and have to move on. But I’ll still attempt the shot. After all, it makes more sense to delete images that didn’t work out, than to never know if it would have been a success if I had just made the attempt. That’s another key to successful travel photography. Attempt the shot, no matter what. Back in the days of film, I would have to justify taking another frame, or roll of film because of the cost. Now, I have to justify not taking that extra photo or photos, since CF and SD cards are not that expensive and you only have to pay for them once.
The historic center of Savannah is one of the most pleasant places I have ever had the pleasure of walking around in. There are parks (like the one just to the left of the photo), or as they call them squares every few blocks. Each one is named after a famous person or event and they each has it’s own unique monument, fountain, or statue that commemorates the historical figures or event. There are twenty two of these beautiful squares in all. Some places are awe inspiring, and to me… Savannah is ahhhh inspiring.
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