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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crazy sexy fun traveler says
I’m just reading E. A. Poe and the photo is exactly that kind of gothic scary scene. Very nice Ken!
Marco Fischer says
Great Work!I Like it…
greeting from Germany :)
Jeff Titelius says
What a magnificent shot my friend! You’ve really captured the essence of the mystique that surrounds Savannah especially with your ghostly image on the sidewalk. Another incredible shot. I am really looking forward to seeing the rest of your photos from your journey to the south and back!
Tonya Keitt Kalule says
Glad you loved taking photos of my home towm. I had done it for years before. I wanted to take some when I was home back in Sept, but between family obligations I never got around to it inspite of taking a truck load of camera equipment. You captured it beautifully. I will share this on my blogs.
This is fantastic Ken! It makes me long to visit again, my two stays there so far have only made me fall in love with its charm and yes, at times – creepy cool factor. So glad you were given the chance to get to know Savannah!
Stunning! But I still love my Chaz more ;-)
I agree with you, patience is an important thing :)
I absolutely love your pictures!
As someone from Savannah, I think that you have captured her beauty perfectly.
Mary Ross says
I think the photo of Savannah at night is lovely. Would it be ok if I print it off my computer to place on my bulletin board at work? I know this is how you make a living, and I respect that.
I had the opportunity to visit Savannah last spring and I can say it is one of my favorite places! Beautiful, charming city! This photo makes me want to go back there as soon as possible.
Dave and Deb says
I agree that patience is the key to Travel Photography. Dave is the photographer in this relationship and I have to say, I have a lot of patience waiting for him all the time :-)
But when you get shots like this it is worth every moment of waiting that there is. Beautiful.
I really like the style of the houses, they add a lot to the mystery in this image.
Very nice shot!
Dang! I should have passed by Savannah when I had the chance not long ago… Didn’t know what I was missing!
Carlos Garcia says
So nice Ken. Great composition and framing.
Ken Kaminesky says
CSFT, I was reminded of Poe on many occasions in Savannah. At one point, I swear I could hear the beating of a heart, from under the floor at my hotel ;)
Marco, thanks! Glad to hear that you enjoyed the photo. Come back again soon, there are a lot more on the way.
Jeff, cheers! Savannah is well described by the word “Mystique” well said!
Tonya, thanks so much. Sharing is caring ;)
Kirsten, thank you :) I hope to be back there soon myself. I’m not done photographing Savannah, not even close!
Andi, Just wait till you see what i did in Charleston. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed ;)
Gaby, I absolutely love that you love my photos :^D
Anastasia,Nice to hear such a nice comment from a Savannah native. Thanks so much.
Mary, I don’t allow downloads or prints to be done in this way. The quality would be horrible for one and I do sell prints. Please check out the print section of the website. There is a button in the sidebar and links in the menu. Thanks for understanding.
Christian, Spring must have been awesome in Savannah! All the blooming magnolias and flowers make it look like a fantasy land.
Deb, thank you! Good to know that you’re patient with Dave and his photography. It is well worth it, even if at times it seems like a bit of a drag to wait. Years from now you will both have such amazing memories to look back on, the photos will be a testament to that. Hope you’re having a great day in Thailand :)
Nicolas, thanks! It felt very mysterious at night in Savannah. Almost like I was in a horror movie. Lucky for me, no vampires!
Johannes, look at it this way. Now you have a reason to go back! :)
Carlos, thank you! Hope you’re having a great day.
I am new to your blog and hope every entry is like this. It’s wonderful to slip, even for a little bit, into the mind of the photographer. Can’t wait to see the rest of your photos from your recent road trip….
Michael Hodson says
Really great shot from one of my favorite Southern towns.
Rob Dweck says
Beautifully done, Ken. I share your frustration waiting for people and cars to pass through the frame, especially when it’s at the fringes of the day and the light changes quickly. I always remind myself that they have the same right to be there that I do, even if I wished they weren’t there, and sooner or later (preferably sooner) I’ll get my shot.
Tim Shey says
Beautiful photograph. I hitchhiked through Savannah, Georgia back in 1996. Very old city; lots of history.
Vicky A says
Love this pic. I love Savannah. After my first visit, I honestly have no desire to visit anywhere else. Everyone says go to Charleston, SC and I did and hated it. All I could think about was getting back to Savannah. In my opinion, there’s no place like it.