A Beautiful Beaufort Sunset

One of my favorite things about photography is the opportunity and many times luck of capturing a photo when it was not expected. Part of capturing a great image is capturing the correct light without to use of external man-made lighting. As most photographers know the best time to capture beautiful light is usually in the morning or at sunrise. I watch a lot of photography videos and it is funny to me to see a photographer spend all day talking about capturing a great image and he or she actually waits until sunset to take the image. There is a good reason for that. Sunset can provide the best lighting for an image. 

One of my favorite images was taken on the coast of North Carolina in Beaufort, North Carolina. The image was taken right before sunset near a dock with sailboats. My original plan was to take some photos of the boardwalk and the bridge in the area. I was set to take some photos of the bridge and happened to look behind me and noticed a very beautiful yellow and golden sunset behind the sailboats. The reflexion of the boats in the water also made the view very special. I learned a long time ago to always look around for unique images. I learned to always look behind you to see if a nice image is there. Actually, some of my favorite images came from looking behind me and was not my original goal for some photoshoots. 

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The Beaufort Sunset in one of my favorite sunset images. It is not the traditional sunset image but it is very special to me. I love the boats, reflections in the water, and beautiful colors of the sky right before sunset. If you are interested in ordering a metallic paper print or metal print visit “Beaufort Sunset” on my website. 

Until next time, keep shooting!

Roger Younce

Beaufort's "Boats By the Bay" Photograph

One of the great things about working and playing with photos as a photographer is going back and finding old unedited photos and playing around with them. Most people have their hobbies and post processing old images is mine. I love taking an old photo and seeing if I can make look much different than the original. Lets face it, photos straight out of the camera is pretty boring. Recently, I found an old photo of mine that was taken in Beaufort NC. The town is very historic and has a Savannah feel to it. The town also has a great little harbor with some small boats usually docked there. The sunrises and sunset are very nice there on most occasions but when I captured the original image the normally beautiful sunset was missing but I felt the clouds would give the image a more moody appearance.

As you can see from the original image the photo was pretty boring. I wanted to fix that. I knew I wanted to take advantage of the awesome clouds so I was looking for a nostalgic stormy look. As with most of my photos I do experiment with different presets that I have at my disposal. I love presets! Lightroom presets save me a lot of time on post processing all my work. I have hundreds of preset and I collect them from various vendors and sometimes I create my own. My favorite vendor to purchase presets is from Picture Monk. Jordan Younce is actually Picture Monk and he creates new presets about once a year. Picture Monks offers a bundle of presets for just about any type of shot. In the "Boats By The Bay" photo I used one of Picture Monks presets and I think it came out great. Checkout the Picture Monk Presets online.

Below is the finished version of my "Boats By The Bay" photo from Beaufort NC along with the before and after images. I believe I was able to capture exactly the feel I was looking for with the image. If you ever get a chance to visit Beaufort NC get up early for the sunrises and stay long enough for the sunsets. You will not be sorry for spending the day relaxing by the beautiful and peaceful Beaufort NC bay.

- Roger Younce

Boats by the Bay Before and After

Why You Should Scan All Your Old Photos

Do you have a lot of photos that you have collected over the years? I am sure you do. If you are like me you have hundreds of old photos in old boxes, drawers, in the attic or hidden away in a basement. You might even have old photos stuck in old photo binders or even worse framed on a wall that maybe stuck to the glass in the frame (getting those photos out without destroying them is always fun). The next question is how many of those precious photos are one of a kind? In other words, you only have one copy. If you are like me you probably have hundreds of photos that need to be scanned in a digital format, backed up and stored away. 

A few years ago I was bored and took a look around my home and realized I had a lot of photos that were printed out. Many of those photos were over 40 years old. Most of my old photos were in boxes and cabinets throughout my home. I started thinking, what would happen if I lost all my old one of a kind photos of my family and my life. What if I had a house fire and lost the photos? I did not want to think about how devastated I would be. So I knew I needed to do something quick. I decided to hunt for all my photos that were printed out. I mean, every photo! That meant photos in drawers, my attic, in closets, in binders in file drawers and  even the photos framed on my walls and throughout my home. I collected all my photos and started scanning them. 

Scanning my photos was not a quick fix. I had hundreds of photos. The project took me four full weekends to scan every photo I could find. The scanning project was very important to me. I wanted to make sure I preserved every photo I could find. I knew many of the photos were the originals and there was no digital backups. 

Oh backups! That was the next step in my journey. Once I had all my photos scanned as digital images I need to stored my photos on my computer. But that was not the end of my story. I needed my photos backup and not on an extra hard drive in my home. I needed my photos stored and backed up using a off-site live backup service. Having my photos on my computer was going to be useless if I had a house fire of my computer crashed. 

After four weekends of my life scanning and storing my old photos I felt pretty comfortable with my decision to scan my old files. I never wanted to lose any of my old photos. All of them are a record of my life and my family. The photos are a record of my history and I wanted to make sure those photos would be available to for years to come. 

When you get a chance, take a long hard look at where your photos are and think about how you would feel if you one day lost all your photos. I suggest you take the time to scan and backup your photos as soon as possible. You will not regret it. 

Tip: Roger Younce Photography does offer scanning services. For more details contact me

Until next time.