2018 Captain’s Cup Fishing Tournament provides challenges with the changing weather conditions

  • The 2018 Captain’s Cup Tournament provided a variety of challenges for the excellent turnout this year of the 18 teams. The event started with an evening dinner on the Friday, where Jordan Williams and Bryan Rhame welcomed the teams to the competition, and set-out the agenda and rules to the teams.

The completion required for each team to comprise of a HL member plus one outside guest. Having said this there seemed to be some very familiar faces, plus some new entries this year. It was also encouraging to see two young boys enthusiastically competing.

Having been well fed on the Friday evening, the teams had an early start around 06:15 with the start of the Saturday fishing. The weather was not too cool during the day and provided some great fishing for several of the teams. There was a variety of water craft out on the lake, with many of the teams finding some good spots to catch a variety of fish. Although the number of fish caught varied between the teams, all the competitors seemed to have a good days fishing and there was some good catches recorded. Although no records were broken on the day, this did not deter some healthy completion between the teams, with several of the teams awaiting the final results of the day.

The Sunday fishing was a different story. The day started with very cool temperatures, which seemed to have a detrimental affect on the day’s fishing as the fish seemed to be avoiding the cooler temperatures, with a lack of interest in feeding. That said, several of the teams still managed to catch enough fish to secure their positions in the competition.

Dedicated to capturing some action and candid shots over the weekend, I took to the “Duffy” and spent several hours out and about the lake, tracking down the teams as to capture them in action. Photographing from a boat presented some additional challenges, but I managed to set-up and secure the tripod to the the bow of the boat, so as to utilize the 200-400 lens. This allowed me to shoot from a distance as to not integer too much or distract the dedicated and concentration of the fishermen!

Overall I managed to get some good shots of the teams, which was encouraging for the equipment set-up I had managed to utilize.

After the Sunday morning fishing, the Awards Lunch was held, where the various prizes were given out. It was great to see the keen support of the various sponsors to this event.

Congratulations to Gary Meagher and Steve Farress who took 1st place overall.

Please visit the photo portfolio set-out under Hampton Lake category, under the Gallery tab.

Bourbon and Bubbly – BJVIM Charity Evening of Photography

Although a last minute engagement, I was invited with my wife to attend the Beaufort and Jasper Volunteers in Medicine Charity evening in Bluffton Old Town, as the event photographer. The request came on recommendations of my photography at the recent Tiger Bass Race in Hampton Lake. This was the first time I have had the opportunity to participate with such a large event, plus evening photography, trying to capture the colors and to capture the atmosphere of the varied activities throughout. The evening had started with guest arrivals and a happy hour atmosphere, with appetizers, oysters, bourbon tasting and champagne. Background music and entertainment was provided by Dean St Hillaire, with his steel drum and guitars. This was followed after dusk by the Voices of El Shaddar Choir,  which prompted the start of the evening’s dinner and auction event. The choir performed on stage as the guests took their seats and continued to perform through the first course of dinner. Extremely uplifting performance and very colorful. Throughout the arrivals, happy hour and during the whole evening I was busy around and about trying to capture the evening images, and also some candid photos as the guests mingled.

Obviously trying to enjoy the evening, and the dinner event was a challenge as I wanted to try and capture a wide range of photographs for the organizers of the event.

Speakers and organizers were also captured with photos, likewise the auctioneer and the guests participating. Overall the event seemed to work out quite well, with a the number of guests, organization, and entertainment.

From my perspective, having the opportunity to capture a large event, was always great experience, and using my D800, D4, speed lights with two different lenses set for the evening worked out well. Overall a reasonable set of quality images captured which the organizers were pleased with.

From this event, I was subsequently requested and hired to photograph images at the BJVIM clinic in Bluffton for an article that was being prepared for publishing in a local magazine in the Hilton Head Island/Bluffton area.

Auction Dinner

Arrival and Happy Hour

Pre Event Set up

Arrival and Happy Hour

The Voices of El Shaddai Choir

Dean Dt Hillaire

Halloween Night, Hampton Lake style

Once in a night as black as pitch, Isabel met a wicked old witch……

Like the many opportunities throughout the year to celebrate, exhibit or just to enjoy themselves, Halloween in the USA can be a serious business. Although not having been someone who really participated in the typical Trick or Treating festivities of Halloween Night, this year rather than stay indoors, we thought that we would roam the neighborhood on our trusted golf cart to search out the ghouls, witches and ghosts out there around the streets. For the few weeks running up to Halloween Night, many residents in the community spend time and in some cases a lot of effort, decorating or festooning their gardens and houses with a multitude of Halloween products.

The community arranged quite a few street parties, and set up tables for many of the revelers to stop, collect and enjoy the bucket loads of sweets and candy. It was very evident that Halloween was not just for the young children and teenagers, but the adults too, seemed to be rather in various stages of high spirits! Excuse the pun, but in some cases, there seemed to be boisterous, loud, and enthusiastic parties ongoing in many streets. Surprised the Halloween ghosts and witches weren’t scared away!!

Obviously I could not miss such a photo opportunity, and wanted to capture the essence of the evening and the engagement of the community in putting on the Halloween festivities. Riding the streets in mainly total darkness, except for the bright LED lights, the Ogden Nash poem “Adventures of Isabel” came to mind. I still remember excerpts, from having to learn and recite this as an 11 year old at school!……..Once in a night as black as pitch, Isabel met a wicked old witch, the witch’s face was cross and wrinkled, the witch’s gums with teeth were sprinkled……….

What a selection and choice of costumes and make up……this is a serious business, as the photos will show. Some really engaging shots and images, plus a challenge taking photos in the pitch black of Halloween Night. My Nikon D800 definitely got a good workout and as you can see, performed really well under the conditions, of low light or even no light! Of course the speedlight flash helped and allowed for some good quality photos to be taken.

Spending over 3 hours around the streets, we still didn’t manage to visit every road, but we did capture a great number of groups, individuals and the night scenes around.

Must admit although we started out the night, camera gear in hand, golf cart fully charged, and a big container of sweets, chocolates and other treats, we still returned with quite a few goodies still in the container. My chance in the year to slightly over indulge myself with a few extra chocolates!

A wide selection of photos can be found under the Hampton Lake pulldown category, under my Gallery tab, in the top menu on my site.

Halloween Barbers

After quite a few weeks of excessive hair growth, and deciding that I probably wouldn’t go down the Willy Nelson route, and grow the pony tail(!), joking apart, I thought it time to get my hair cut (what’s left of it).

Off to the local “Barbers of the Low Country”, still a rather traditional barbers, cuts, shaves etc, but quite up to date and some several of the company’s top barbers are recognized, not just locally but nationally, for their craft. Several of them give lectures and presentations at national conferences and trade shows. That said, this visit also showed the humor and engagement of the staff. Not sure the top barbers would have been visually recognized on this day, as I was greeted with the staff all dressed for Halloween.

After having my hair cut by my regular lady, Dina, a really nice lady originally from just outside Kiev, I went home, and decided I couldn’t miss this opportunity and returned with the trusted Nikon in hand. Asking permission, the guys and ladies were really pleased and had no objections, likewise the clients in the shots. Some great photos, with the staff really getting into the roles. Check out the pirate with the Johnny Depp poster in the background

The costumes were quite spectacular and really made an impression, in fact one little boy, was a bit frightened with Edward Scissorhands, who had to remove his hair piece to cut the young boy’s hair!

More photos under the local events category, plus BoTLC also published quite a few on their FaceBook page.

Appreciating a morning with Heroes on Horseback

I had an opportunity to visit and experience a local organization run by an enthusiastic group of volunteers. Just a few miles from where we live, Heroes on Horseback has been in existence for many years, and is, to directly quote their website: a Premier Accredited Center of PATH International focused on providing safe, professional and ethical equine assisted therapeutic activities for individuals in the Lowcountry with physical, mental or emotional disabilities.

Checking out the location and center in advance to ensure we were aware of any potential issues, concerns and approvals for photography, we made our visit on a warm Saturday morning. The center was extremely well run, well manned with plenty of smiling, helping and knowledgeable volunteers.

The morning was broken into 3 one hours sessions, to ensure that the volunteers could fully support 4 riders per session. Moving around the paddock/arena, to minimally disrupt any of the planned activities, I managed to get some good photographs of the engagement of helpers and riders. It was really nice and amazing to see the engagement and interaction of the children and the horses. The concentration, enthusiasm, smiling faces, verbal and physical commands and control was fantastic to see and watch. Having only been on a horse myself a few times before, many, many decades ago, the understanding and the skill of the riders was amazing. As the photos may show, there was a range in ages, and speaking to the volunteers, some of their riders had been coming on a regular basis for many years. Also it was evident that a structured program was in place, for the sessions, which put both riders and horses through many exercises and an obstacle course. The riders had to perform several exercises and watching them maneuver in the saddle was really quite a sight. They even had them rotate to face the rear as part of the exercise! No hands!! Brought back memories of those old westerns!

Wine Tasting to the extreme

Wednesday evening saw the meeting of the Hampton Lake Wine Club. With nearly 400 members of the community club, the events have to be limited to the number of members per monthly evening. This months meeting had a great turnout….obviously Hampton Lake enjoys its wine!

A variety of Reds and Whites were on for the tasting and enjoyment of the participants, plus what looked like a good variety of cheeses and snacks to accompany the tasting sessions. Unfortunately I didn’t get the opportunity to participate with the cheeses! But the 76 participants seemed to be well into the group reviews. Again always great to try and capture some good moments of Hampton Lakers enjoying the social activities. Every table seemed to be having a good time, when I left…..I’m sure the evening progressed even further with additional wines to taste!

The Hampton Lake, BWB’s staff seemed well up for the event, serving wine with a smile (I’m sure they didn’t try the wines themselves though!) and delivering good service as usual, and ensuring the wine flow freely.

The full set of photos can be found under the work portfolio under People….obvious category of HL Wine Club!

Please check out some of the candid shots around the room. Many great characters within the HL community, and they definitely enjoy their wine club evenings!

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, its off to work we go

Like owning any vehicle or machine, preventative maintenance on a boat is always a good idea, to keep everything ship shape! Even in our Hampton Lake environment, inspection and cleaning of our Duffy’s hull should be a routine event to help keep the boat running smoothly, and reducing the friction within the water, which can be due to a build up of algae etc.

Tuesday saw Joe, Sam, Wim and myself get together to pool our resources and help each other pull our 18 foot Duffys out of the lake and inspect, pressure wash and clean the hulls of our 4 boats. It was great to work with our friends and neighbors to take the time and efforts to each ensure the boats were in good shape below the water line. Thanks and appreciation should go to Joe for not only initiating the sourcing of the boat trailer but also using his vehicle to pull the boats from the lake.

Although another hot morning here in South Carolina, I think we all enjoyed the few hours knowing our time was well spent. As the photos show, we all at some stage ended up wading down the slipway to assist. Obviously I didn’t manage to get any photos of myself, so you’ll have to take my word that I actually did help with the cleaning of our boats!!

Again, full photo set under the Gallery/Work/People category.


Enthusiastic Lemonade stands raising more money for the charity CURE

Labor Day saw the sun come out to shine on the various, enthusiastic volunteers who set up and worked the lemonade stands for about 3 hours Monday morning. Following on from the Saturday work to make the gold mailbox bows, Sunday’s successful lemonade and bow donations in rather wet conditions, Monday saw even more enthusiasm from the children of HL to help encourage donations to the CURE charity! Again it was great to see the support in memory of Michael, and the desire of the community to honor his wishes to the charity he wanted to support. Michael’s mother and brother attended in support of all three days, which under the circumstances must have been very difficult. But hopefully they saw the immense support from the community over these 3 days, which I am sure will continue whenever they may need any further help or support in the times ahead.

Local news channels also came out to HL over the last 2 days to record some special reports for the evening and late night news broadcasts. Yesterday saw a visit from WSAV’s Andrew Davis, who produced a very nice segment on the activity and support of CURE.

Below are a few photos from the day’s activities, with further photos on my portfolio webpage.

Another Day….. Another cup of Lemonade!

After a very busy day yesterday making bows in support of the charity Cure for Childhood Cancer, this morning, a small group of girls and boys set up some lemonade stands around the Hampton Lake neighborhood. Sunday’s weather was not great, with scattered showers, but this did not deter the groups from proceeding with the event. Various Mums and Dads, helped support the youngsters, who seemed very enthusiastic about delivering the cups of lemonade to all who stopped by. All proceeds from the lemonade and ribbon sales go to the Cure Charity.

It was great to see the children all serving customers with a big smile……shame the same can’t be said for many commercial outlets! Nice to be greeted with a smile sometimes!

The groups plan to be out again tomorrow, Labor Day, selling the lemonade for donations to the charity.

A few photos captured today, with others in my main portfolio of the event.

HL Volunteers working enthusiastically in support of “CURE For Childhood Cancer”

HL lost one of its young residents to a very aggressive childhood cancer this week. Young Michael had been bravely, and courageously battling this disease for nearly a year. All our thoughts are with his family at this very tragic time. In a way to honor Michael’s memory, the initiative was taken by some very thoughtful HL residents to look to attaching Bows to the mail boxes during the month of September. The proceeds of this charitable event are to go to Michael’s wishes and choice of charity, “CURE For Childhood Cancer”. Under the leadership and organizer of one of the family friends, Anna K., volunteers came forward to make the bows, deliver to all those who requested to participate, fix them to the mail boxes and obviously work to collect the donations. This was a very well organized event and credit should go to Anna and all of those who willingly and graciously offered their support.

I thought it a nice idea to try and capture the activity on the day, and WOW, what a turn out by the ladies of HL! Absolutely brilliant their enthusiasm, and commitment to aiding the success in support of the demand for the bows. I believe that this surpassed what the organizers had originally thought, but it demonstrated the thoughtfulness, and compassionate nature of this HL community. My small part, very small, was to capture some candid and slightly formal, images on the day. The patience and understanding nature of the very committed and busy ladies was appreciated, as I moved around the congested room, taking the various images. The diversity of the people present and helping included many young girls, who all played their role in supporting the bow making.

We must not forget all those volunteers out in the streets of HL attaching the bows. Great efforts by all, and a few photos taken to capture these hard working volunteers, outside in this very hot summer heat.

There are a few more days in support of the memory of Michael, where many of his friends and school colleagues will be working lemonade stands around HL. I will be sure to capture some of theses very special individuals.

A very sad time, but one where the Hampton Lake community came together this week to help offer their support to a family within our community.

Please visit my main site, under work/gallery/people/CURE For Childhood Cancer for additional images from the day.

Exploring the Garden Visitors

Over the passed two weeks, it was great to see more birds finding and feasting form the bird feeders. We now have regular visits for the Hummingbirds, Cardinals and now Carolina Chickadees and Brown-Headed Nuthatches. The word has spread! Adding the squirrel baffle to our feeding pole support has deterred the mischievous squirrel from further attempts to climb the pole. It has been great to see the different birds visit at various times of the day, and I have been able to capture a variety of images, and have added some to my website Birds category under Nature.

In addition, I have been exploring further the use of my macro lens, and taking some photos of our smaller visitors, ie the insects that inhabit our bushes and plants. To understand the perspective, the orange bug was on the flowers of the Chive plant, and the “mantis” was climbing our avocado plant which we are trying to cultivate. When you can see the intricate detail of their bodies it is quite amazing. Also watching the movement and postures of the various insect life is quite interesting to capture. Again, check out the updates to the Insect category in my photo work.