"Yes, a tripod would be handy right now," said Kelsey Castro.
"No problem, use my shoulder," responded David Blackwell.
Meanwhile, Chris Castro, 12, went it alone. Main Street in Summerville on the first day of Spring. 3rd Thursday is a time to wander around. See what's new and what's been there for many years. A longtime resident is a good guide to have on these memory lane jogs. Thanks Charles.
Right in front of us - on Short Central - the street that's always closed to traffic - some talented high schoolers gave a sneak preview of an upcoming production of "The Wiz."
The "yellow" part of the real brick road was added by me, using Photoshop.
Don't think officials would have allowed actual paint being brushed on.
But it adds to the effect as Scarecrow, Tin Man, Dorthy and the Cowardly Lion shake it on down.
Speaking of a drug store with a history, the Dunning family has operated this beauty on Main Street for more than 50 years.
My dad was a cabinet maker who retro-fitted drug stores and would treasure wall storage units like these.
Some with rich woods, glass shelves and sliding glass doors were trucked home when the owners guiding the remodeling threw them out.
Not the case here.
Proudly showing heritage along with products for sale.
Those nice looking cuterie boards, filled with choice meats and cheeses, are pretty fancy.
Well, when they are first delivered to your table.
Not so much toward the end as appetites have been satisfied.
The offer was made to help ourselves but I think Charles and I arrived on the scene a bit too late.
We wished the two ladies who were visiting the area a nice evening and continued our tour along Main Street.
They were refilling their wine glasses.
Right next door was an elegant wine bar so we went in to see if there were seats at the bar.
Nope, filled up and about 3-deep standing around.
The striking etched glass sculpture hanging on the back bar certainly caught my eye.
Charles knew the artist and talked about some of his other pieces.
I listened while I focused (literally) on the beautifully carved 3-D work of art.
Amazing to think that my small digital camera was capturing this image as simple "0"s and "1"s in computer talk.
This is indeed a wonderful time to be a photographer.
Young camera newcomers don't have the history of shooting on film and home darkrooms to appreciate what led up to this.
Speaking of history and a-flash-from-the-past, this 1956 Ford T-Bird brought back lots of memories.
A late night fast drive down from Camp Lejeune to Myrtle Beach, with a fellow Marine.
It was the sergeant's brand new "bird" and we had a grand time cruising the strand until the wee hours.
Doubt I would do well on 2-hours sleep these days.
But, when duty called that morning, we were back in time for formation.
Details of that evening are a little sketchy but I never would call a classic car like this an "antique!"
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I used to drive a '59 Triumph TR-3 and my daughter once saw one and remarked about the "old car."
His travel band features Margey Peters on bass/fiddle and vocals and she earned this triumphant pose.
(Is that just odd lighting or do I see blood trickling down her upraised left arm?)
The traveling band includes Brad on guitar (I notice he strokes mainly with his right thumb!) and John Collinge on clarinet and sax.
Margey playing her fiddle and Andrew Guterman lays down the beat on drums.
Home Team is a rabid Blues supporter and fantastic music venue with great sound.
May I suggest you try the pulled pork (or chicken) plate with two sides. Dessert is a decadent moist brownie or banana pudding.
I went with the smoked beef brisket, smashed potatoes and BBQ beans.
Oh, and some tasty cold beers of course.
Local craft brewery Holy City has produced a fine Bowen's Island Oyster Stout.
Either enjoy that or their equally fine Pluff Mud Porter.
Porter or Stout - I like both.
But, back to the music performers:
It was good timing for a Tuesday "school night" show, starting at 9:00 pm and going until midnight.
I've been to places (PoHo) where the music doesn't even start until 11:00 pm.
A few times even later. Yikes.
This is a good mix of great music and good food.
I didn't get a chance to ask Brad the origin - and meaning - of his band's name.
He was the only one wearing a vest so that wasn't it.
In an email, he responded to my question.
In great detail. Thanks Brad.
Brad VickersWhat is a Vestapolitan? Well, you see... When Brad Vickers was looking for a "V" name for his group, he chose The Vestapolitans. Here's why:
Back in the 1800s, refined young people were taught, among other skills, "parlor guitar". There was one popular piece called "The Siege of Sebastapol," whose title referred to a town that figured in the Crimean war. This instrumental was what was known as a "character" or stage bravura piece, with sections meant to emulate sound effects like a bugle call, stirring battle sounds, etc. This kind of piece was learned by advanced students for recitals.
Most importantly, it was played in "open" tuning. This tuning caught fire and circulated among players almost at once, and though the piece itself did not become a standard, there must have been enough performances to get the name into circulation. By the 1920s "Sevastopol", as it was then spelled, tuning became very popular with players from all walks of life, both chord and slide guitarists. As the years went on, the name got bent into all kinds of shapes, Vestopol, Vestapool, Vastopol, Bestapol, etc. In fact, Bo Diddley said that he first learned guitar in "Vastabol" tuning. (Bo favored open E, and would use a capo to vary the key).
Vestapol refers to the chord voicing—the relationship between the open strings—not necessarily the key. The most commonly played Vestapol tunings are D Major (where the tuning is: D-A-D-F#-A-D) or E Major (where the tuning is E-B-E-G#-B-E. ) Brad uses both of these tunings.
There are really only three basic things that go into making a photograph.
1. Shutter speed.
2. Lens opening.
3. Sensitivity of the film.
Back in the "old days" when I started in photography - using film - that sensitivity factor was called ASA. Today, with digital, it's called ISO.
A film like Kodachrome 25 was less sensitive than say, Ektachrome 125.
Tri-X 400, a black & white mainstay during my newspaper days, was fast and could be "pushed" while developing up to about ASA 800.
That saved many a shot even though it was more rough and gritty than with a slower speed film. That was called "grain." Today, with digital, it's called "noise."
These photos of The Royal Tinfoil were taken at the Pour House a few night ago under impossible lighting conditions.
Well, not completely out of the question because I found a way to boost my digital camera's ISO from 800 to 6400. Yikes, quite a leap!
The results were very grainy/noisy until I smoothed things out a bit with a darkroom tool called Topaz DeNoise plug-in.
Shooting at other venues, I have taken very nice crisp shots of Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney with my camera set on ISO of 400. The difference is the amount and intensity of the stage lighting.
A bright white spotlight on the performer lets me snap away at 1/200th of a second which is sharp with very little blur. Last night, even at 1600 ISO, my shutter would have been a slow 1/25th of a second which does NOT stop action very well.
These shots would do OK printed on pulpy newspaper stock but are marginal online or in my blog.
I just feel good I got usable images and will continue to experiment.
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After I saw I had a few good action shots, I put away the camera and had another beer.
Born Charleston,SC; 4 yrs USMC; 1960 Scholarship to University San Diego; Union-Tribune staff photographer 7 yrs; Graduated USD 1968. Covered Charles Manson trial for CBS TV; 2 yrs at Universal Studios; promoted Southern Calif then Kansas City ConVisBureau. Missouri State Director of Tourism. Ass't Dir. FLA Div.Tourism. Back to Charleston; Post and Courier InfoLine Manager & ad sales. Retired June 2004. Life is good!