Author Archives: Mark Walter

Battery Park Pier at Apalachicola, FL

Battery Park Pier at Apalachicola, FL
I spent Sunday evening through Wednesday morning with 4 other photo friends in Apalachicola, Florida. We spent our time in the area photographing just about everything!

This image was taken Tuesday morning when Keith and I chose not to sleep in (as the others did). It was a beautiful sunrise, but I was pleasantly surprised with this pier and the lights shimmering in the water just before sunrise. With a 30 second exposure it makes the waves smooth out to almost ice or silk like texture.

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Piedmont Park and Atlanta Skyline

Piedmont Park and Atlanta Skyline

I haven’t shot Piedmont Park since January 2009 so I’ve been planning a return visit for a few months. I decided to give tonight a try because daylight savings time just ended, the trees are still full of leaves and I knew the office lights would be shining bright once the sun set.

Although there was no spectacular color in the sky and no visible clouds I still made the most of the situation and scouted locations in a couple of weeks when the trees will be at peak. I decided to turn this into a B&W, which I think makes it more serene anyway. I like to think of the park as ‘Central Park of the South’ because of the skyline backdrop to the beautiful park setting.

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Sunflower Farm

Summer is definitely here and one place that is quickly becoming part of my summer routine is the Sunflower Farm out in Rutledge, Georgia. This beautiful farm has a field of sunflowers that is breathtakingly beautiful. Not only are there several acres of sunflowers, but there is a good variety or types of sunflowers as well.

Soft Yellow Sunflower

Soft Yellow Sunflower

In addition to the sunflower field, the farm has a gorgeous wildflower garden, vintage tractors, an historic farm cottage and a planting cottage. All of which make for a beautiful setting to capture photos.

I photographed this particular flower because it was a lighter, softer, hue of yellow. It reminded me of an antique or vintage look. It’s difficult to tell scale in this photo but it was smaller, maybe about the size of an adult hand. I like how the sharp lines and detail of the flower are contrasted with the blown-out and soft background.

You can view more photographs from my Sunflower Farm visits on my Flickr account.

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RPS’s 15th Annual Open Juried Exhibit

Roswell Photographic Society’s (RPS) 15th Annual Open Juried Exhibit opens tonight with a reception and awards ceremony. The exhibit is on display at the Roswell Visual Arts Center through November 18th. You can view the exhibit for free, Mon-Fri 9am – 6pm and Sat 10am – 2pm. This exhibit is in conjunction with Atlanta Celebrates Photography, an annual focus of photography in the metro area for the month of October.

International Harevester Hood OrnamentThe opening reception for the exhibit is October 6th from 7-9pm and features delicious hors d’oeuvres, fantastic photography and a nail-biting awards presentation. (OK, maybe not quite nail-biting excitement, but the competition is fierce!)

This year there were over 480 images submitted, and the judge, Fay Gold, selected 101 for the exhibit. I had three images juried in; “Hurricane Carnival Ride“, “International Harvester Hood Ornament” (pictured at left) and “Glowing River.” Each of my images are matted with double-white mats and framed in black. My framed images are all available for purchase at $195 each.

If you are in the area, stop by the RVAC and take in some beautiful photography!

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Totem Pole

On August 19th, 2011, I had the opportunity to document the removal of a totem pole that was located at a building inMarietta, Georgia.  When Tom Cousins built 2500 Windy Ridge Parkwayin the Wildwood office park, he commissioned the totem pole to be installed as a token to the Native Americans. Recently, Cousins decided to donate the totem pole to the Booth Western Art Museum in Cartersville,Georgia and so the removal was planned and scheduled.

The totem pole was in the back of the 2500 building and could be viewed from multi-level dining area and outdoor patio. The pole was pretty tall, I suspect 35-40 feet. A couple of trees were downed in order to allow the large machine access to the pole. All in all, it took about four hours, two engineers and three tree lumberjacks to remove the totem pole and rest it on the back of a truck. The totem pole will undergo some restoration before it is placed in the museum. You can view the complete series of events through 53 photographs on this site.

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