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Charleston South Carolina

They call it the low country, what the demarcation line is i have no idea. I spent the weekend with some old friends in Charleston South Carolina, founded in 1670 this beautiful city on the east coast of the United States has the cultural scene covered along with the some of the best food around.

Arthur Ravenel Bridge leading into the city

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St Michael’s

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Waterfront Park

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St. John…. A lot of churches Charleston-49 St johnSt. Philips

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Washington Park…. Ha! I’ll be there!!!!rebeca-64

Magnolias on E. Bay St. Upscale Southern food.

Curtsy of the TravelChannel

Courtesy of the TravelChannel

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Before they become rubble, abandoned places in NC

We took the day driving around a few rural roads of North Carolina to photograph the old homes and abandoned buildings we have seen out the corner of the eye. Now that the leaves have fallen some new old homesteads are visible through the tree line. My friend and I had to photograph some of these old places before it all becomes rubble.

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I have included the Lat’s and Lon’s in the event someone wants to visit them and of course be prepared for “No Trespassing” signs.

Using a Canon 5D MKII 24-105mm. Due to the recent rains some of the roads flooded and created some detours.

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This is a beautiful abandoned modest Victorian with a barn in the back.

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Now just a backcountry road, the Old US Highway 1 used to be the main thoroughfare between Washington DC and Atlanta. Just South of Raleigh NC the old road has some beautiful old abandon places.

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Feed trading house and another peek inside – 35°40’52.0″N 78°56’07.0″W

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Fayetteville Rd. One room house – 35°52’28.6″N 78°56’56.7″W751House-18751House-23

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How to repair a camera lens

WARNING: the following may contain painful images for some viewers. Viewer discretion is advised.

YOUTUBE made it look so easy, you un-screw this, detach that, and voila! You have repaired a broken camera lens. My 200 mm Sigma lens stopped working, no auto-focus or manual focus, I had to see if I could repair it myself, after all I am kind of handy at ­­these things.

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Damn!

After some time I found myself deep in a labyrinth of screws, O-rings, connectors, corridors of despair, deceit, and LIES!!!

Arms stretched out to the sky, “Damn you YOUTUBE!” Suddenly, a horrible realization that no man wants to admit, ever, “I can’t fix this!” There were so many pieces and parts, carnage was everywhere.

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Downtrodden and disappointed, the camera parts placed back in a box and set on top of the bookshelf like an urn with ashes, a staunch reminder to seek out professional help when you need to.

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However, not all is lost, if I sell a kidney I can buy that shiny new Sigma 500 mm lens, oh for joy! Word of advice; Don’t believe everything you see on YOUTUBE…