EarthCaptured: Blog http://earthcaptured.com/blog en-us @EarthCaptured serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:11:00 GMT Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:11:00 GMT http://earthcaptured.com/img/s2/v52/u450352235-o21043608-50.jpg EarthCaptured: Blog http://earthcaptured.com/blog 120 79 Refresh your walls with stunning seascape images http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2016/8/refresh-your-walls-with-stunning-seascape-images With autumn around the corner now is the time to update your walls at home. Check out my link below for water themed prints to energize your soul. 

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) River canvas carolina lake nature ocean water http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2016/8/refresh-your-walls-with-stunning-seascape-images Mon, 22 Aug 2016 15:11:15 GMT
Botany Bay beach sunrise http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2016/1/botany-bay-beach-sunrise  

Sunrises on the beach are amazing, sunrises at Botany Bay beach on Edisto Edisto Islsnd, SC is extraordinary!!

When it is warm the waves can touch your toes during high tide as you are fully immersed in the the moment. This is where you can come to dream, to get inspired. This photo is one of my all time favorites and I offer a medium sized canvas print at a special discount for a few days only. Click the link below to view the options to own this incredible scene.

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) Carolina Edisto Lowcountry Passion beach beaches island landscape love nature ocean oceanscape sand south sun sunrise waves http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2016/1/botany-bay-beach-sunrise Wed, 06 Jan 2016 20:05:13 GMT
Amazing experiences and moments in time captured in my photos http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2015/12/amazing-experiences-and-moments-in-time-captured-in-my-photos Edisto Island SunriseEdisto Island SunriseThe tide rushing in towards land during high tide as the sun comes up over the horizon at Edisto Island, South Carolina Traveling to new and unique places may make you feel alive again. We all get used to our daily routines where things start to become mundane day after day.

How do you break that chain? Take a trip to a new place you've never been before. Become an explorer where you can feel free again. Traveling to a new place doesn't have to be far, and it doesn't have to be expensive.

If time and/or cost is an issue, open google maps and look at an interesting state park, nature preserve, etc that is close by. These are all places that can be accessible relatively easy.

One of the most important things one can do when traveling is to make time to enjoy where you go. Try not to over schedule yourself. You don't have to visit every single spot. Take the time to enjoy the places on your list.

If you need some inspiration check out my photos. Check out this photo as an example. Taken on Edisto Island at sunrise. Click on the link below for additional photos and options for purchase.

 

Thanks.

 

Serge Skiba

EarthCaptured

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) Coastal sunset Coastal evening atlantic bay beach blue boneyard botany carolina coast charleston coast clouds cloudy coast coastal destination coastal sunrise coastal travel coastline dead edisto home island landscape lowcountry coast movement nature ocean outdoors sand sc scenic sea seascape shore sky south tourism tree twilight usa vacation view water waves http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2015/12/amazing-experiences-and-moments-in-time-captured-in-my-photos Tue, 22 Dec 2015 23:31:25 GMT
Blue Ridge Valley Of Clouds http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2015/10/blue-ridge-valley-of-clouds Blue Ridge Valley Of CloudsBlue Ridge Valley Of CloudsThis stunning view of a beautiful summer sunrise in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is an exceptional scene close to Mount Mitchell State Park. The way the light bounced off the clouds in the valleys was simply magical.

This stunning view of a beautiful summer sunrise in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina is an exceptional scene close to Mount Mitchell State Park. The way the light bounced off the clouds in the valleys was simply magical.

View options for purchase on my website or for more options check out the following link

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Stunning Metal Prints http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2014/12/stunning-metal-prints Click on the link to view ordering options for stunning metal prints.

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) Blue Ridge art blue fine images landscape landscapes metal mountain mountains parkway photos prints ridge stunning vista http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2014/12/stunning-metal-prints Wed, 17 Dec 2014 04:43:19 GMT
One more link for ordering beautiful canvas prints http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2014/12/one-more-link-for-ordering-beautiful-canvas-prints Here ya go.

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2014/12/one-more-link-for-ordering-beautiful-canvas-prints Sat, 13 Dec 2014 05:21:11 GMT
New image posted for more ordering options http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2014/12/new-image-posted-for-more-ordering-options I also have this link available for more ordering options on the new Wormsloe Plantation photo I recently added.

 

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Charlotte, North Carolina http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2013/8/charlotte-north-carolina To Purhcase my latest image, The Blue Hour of Charlotte, North Carolina, click here.

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2013/8/charlotte-north-carolina Sat, 31 Aug 2013 03:08:07 GMT
Now available: Stock images for commercial use http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2013/8/now-available-stock-images-for-commercial-use I have now listed photos for sale for commercial use. Click the link to be directed to my Shutterstock inventory.

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) Blue Ridge images landscape landscapes mountains parkway photos stock http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2013/8/now-available-stock-images-for-commercial-use Thu, 15 Aug 2013 22:43:58 GMT
Nature's Symphony http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2012/10/clouds-rolling-over-the-blue-ridge-mountains-from-hurricane-sandy

 

 Nikon D5100, Tamron 18-270 Lens at 60 mm, ISO 100, f18, Bracketed shot with a shutter speed range between 6-12 seconds per exposure.

I found my self standing in a place you only see in your dreams. How could this place exist in reality? It was real and we were there to witness one of nature's rare moments. I looked around and saw everyone's mesmerized expressions as the show we were treated to was wondrous and surreal.

It was a symphony of nature's motion. The clouds flowed swiftly through the mountains as if they were trying to find a place to settle in for the night before the light fell. The vivid colors of reds and pinks danced across the sky, reflecting on to the clouds that were hugging the mountains below creating a scene that took our breath away.

Suddenly, the color was gone and the symphony was complete, but the image remained engrained in my minds. What will be nature's next show, and when? Til the next time.

 

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) Blue Blue Ridge Mountains Blue Ridge Parkway Mountains Parkway Ridge landscape mountains vista http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2012/10/clouds-rolling-over-the-blue-ridge-mountains-from-hurricane-sandy Wed, 31 Oct 2012 23:09:23 GMT
My Golden Opportunity http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2012/5/my-golden-opportunity IMG_5152 This photo almost never happened.  I wanted to sleep in and be lazy on this particular warm autumn morning. I knew there would be great photo opportunities in the Blue Ridge Mountains and couldn't motivate myself enough to drive over 2 hours to look for some shots after a long and tiring work week. It was the perfect sunny autumn day in October 2011 and I was going to miss the opportunity of a lifetime.

I was going back and forth between going to the mountains or staying home.  It was the peak weekend to catch the fall foliage in the mountains. Then, I got a phone call from my friend Scott. He and his son wanted to go to the mountains to see the fall foliage and do a little hiking. I have to thank him for convincing me to go that day for several reasons. First, we were treated to a full day of incredible views. The leaves were indeed at their peak color. Without his motivation I never would have captured this incredible shot. 

We left around mid morning. I wasn't expecting to get very many good photos because we already missed out on the "golden hour" of the morning.  The plan was to just do some sightseeing, not necessarily a trip for photography. We visited various waterfalls, overlooks, and mixed in a little bit of hiking as well.

It was getting late in the afternoon so we decided to make one last stop at one of the overlooks on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. It was the Cowee Mountains overlook. We were at an elevation of 5950 feet above sea level. What is unique about this spot is that this is where the spruces mix in with the hardwood trees for a diverse and beautiful area. When we pulled into the parking area we noticed a pretty large group of about a dozen photographers with their cameras, tripods and other equipment set up. We decided to see what was so special about this place. We got out of the car and saw what everyone else there saw, heaven on earth. It was about 5 p.m. and the sun was going to set within the hour. We were facing south so the sun was slightly behind us and to the west which made for the perfect lighting. The sun was shining from an angle that allowed the reds, yellows, and greens to create an overwhelming sight for the eye.

I immediately got my camera equipment set up so I would not miss what mother earth was showing us that day. While my buddy Scott and his son Anthony were taking in the views I went to work on trying to capture the best image I could.  I wanted to be able to share with others what we were witnessing. 

Later that evening after getting home from the trip I started to sort through and process the photos I took earlier that day. Many great photos were taken, but it wasn't until I came across this one that I had to pause and look at it just a little longer. I immediately posted the photo on my facebook page to see if it would get a reaction from family and friends. The comments started pouring in the minute I posted the photo. I still wasn't sure if the photo was really that good since often times someone may like your photo on facebook out of obligation.

I ultimately submitted this shot to a national photo contest called, " I won't give up", put together by national recording artist Jason Mraz, Atlantic records, and CanvasPop. I knew that if the photo was good that I would find out from the contest. This was the first photo contest I entered and didn't expect for the photo to get any notice at all.

After a few weeks I got an e-mail stating that I was one of the 50  finalists out of over 10,000 photos submitted. I was surprised to say the least. I started to think that I really had a chance to have a winning photo. The photos went through one last round of decisions by the judges before the winners were announced.

Another week went by, I had just gotten home from work and my phone rang. The caller id displayed that the call was coming from New York City. I had a feeling this was the call I was waiting for. When I answered the phone it was the executives from Atlantic Records on the other end. They were in a conference room and had me on speaker to tell me I was one of the winners of the contest and invited me to come to New York City to attend an event hosted by Jason Mraz for the winners. All of the winners' photos were blown up onto a canvas gallery wrap by Canvaspop and displayed at an art gallery event in the SoHo area of N.Y.C.

During the event and even after I still felt like it was all so surreal. How could I have gone from trying to be lazy one Saturday autumn morning, to being featured as one of the winners in a photo contest event hosted by a national recording artist at an art gallery in New York City?

The theme of the photo contest was a perfect lesson that I learned that day when we ended up going to the mountains. My passion is traveling to new places and capturing various landscapes. It was very difficult to motivate that day but ultimately the lesson learned was to not give up on my passion. Opportunities may present themselves when you least expect them to. I learned to seize the moments and opportunities when you have them because that chance may not come around again.

I hope my story can inspire and motivate others to not give up on their passions and goals whatever it may be.

Thanks for reading this post and hope to write more soon.

 

 

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serge.skiba@gmail.com (EarthCaptured) Autumn Color landscape leaves mountains vista http://earthcaptured.com/blog/2012/5/my-golden-opportunity Thu, 24 May 2012 02:46:55 GMT