Sep 07

Charming Charleston

by in Architecture, Culture, Photography

Charleston is a beautiful and charming city. I love it here! But in this post I will also have to deal with the darker sides of the city’s history – not least concerning slavery…

Pineapple is the symbol of southern hospitality - so why not a Pineapple Fountain to show it off? I had to stack a few neutral density filters on the TS-E 24mm lens to get a slow enough shutter speed to show off the flowing water. I love this shot. How about you?


How about this set of balls?


Here is the Canon that goes with it in Charleston's Battery Park. For this and the previous shot I used the Canon (no pun intended) 50mm f/1.4 lens, which I really have neglected to use so far. Here I am using it wide open to achieve a nice shallow depth of field.


Here is a prime (pun intended) example of the shallow depth of field that you can achieve with the Canon 50mm f/1.4 wide open. The bokeh (background blur) is admittedly a bit nervous. But there is a lot of it, and you really get bang (!) for the buck considering the fair price of this lens. It makes me crave the Canon 85mm f/1.2 for portraits and/or the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II. Oh, man...


The Confederate flag still flies in Charleston. We will get into all that when I get my post up!


Not least we will get into the dark sides of Charleston and South Carolina's history concerning slavery. Here is the Old Slave Mart (Museum), where people were held, inspected and sold like cattle. Think of the destinies that came through this place...


The United States Custom House in Charleston. As you probably can tell, I took this with the TS-E 24mm and quite a bit of tilt. Remember to click on any photo to enlarge!

Come back to read my post and see more photos that will shed light on different perspectives of Charleston!


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4 Responses to “Charming Charleston”

  1. From Jacob Klausen:

    Very nice Mr. ET. Love the pictures..

    Posted on September 8, 2011 at 14:01 #
    • From Erik Thrane:

      Thanks for the positive feedback, my friend! :-)

      And there is more to come, when I get the photos processed…

      Best regards

      Posted on September 8, 2011 at 14:13 #
  2. From John Locks:

    Great job on Charleston as well, love seeing one of my formers homes and the beauty of it again. About the National CSA flag. I’ve been raised a Virginia Gentleman and one from an old Southern Virginia family. I’m glad that the southern states still remember our heritage. The majority of us fought for our states and homes, not for slavery. Were you able to stop at any of the Virginia Battlefields, I hope you were.

    Posted on September 26, 2011 at 10:36 #
    • From Erik Thrane:

      Hi John

      Thanks again for commenting. There will be a few more photos coming up on Charleston and the whole story. I have to say I kind of fell in love with Charleston and enjoyed the great Southern hospitality. Such beautiful historic city, everything is so well maintained and the city is so clean.

      Unfortunately, I did not get to see any battlefields while in Virginia. But earlier on I was able to see Vicksburg and the gunboat there. Would have liked to see the Hunley submarine in Charleston, but unfortunately I was not there during the weekend, when it is open to the public.
      So there is something to catch up on, when I go back! :-)

      Best regards

      Posted on September 26, 2011 at 10:50 #