A Southerner's Past (A Way to See the Future)

by Sarah Ernst January. 03, 2018 1623 views
A Great White Heron amongst the Cypress Trees on Concordia Lake near Ferriday, Louisiana. One of my favorite places on earth to spend days photographing the wildlife and the landscape.

A Great White Heron amongst the Cypress Trees on Concordia Lake near Ferriday, Louisiana. One of my favorite places on earth to spend days photographing the wildlife and the landscape.

As this is my first blog on Photo Blog, I thought perhaps a few examples of the type of images I truly love to shoot and have shot would be a good way to start the new year. My goal this year is to shoot more of the Southern landscapes and beloved horses and carry my cameras with me on a more regular basis and find pleasure once again in the freedom of pointing my lens.

One of the wild pony stallions found in the Grayson Highlands area of Virginia. This particular stallion is well-known for his photogenic silver mane and tail. He is usually easy to find on the trail and always has an eye on the movements of his band of mares.

One of the wild pony stallions found in the Grayson Highlands area of Virginia. This particular stallion is well-known for his photogenic silver mane and tail. He is usually easy to find on the trail and always has an eye on the movements of his band of mares.

I love to roam the Southern countryside and always try to find places that I say to myself "a shot lives there" and make notes on when to come back and work the scene. In this hectic workaday world and "working" photographs for weddings and lifestyle sessions is what pays a photographer's bill. It's fun, exciting, and I love what I do, but sometimes creativity can be stifled when photography becomes a job. My goal is to learn how to merge the best of all photography work and still be inspired to go out and look for images.

The Stone House up on Junaluska Road in Watauga County, NC. Shot on a June day with a summer storm passing to the north up toward the Tennessee-Virgina line. The barn swallows seen on the gate are babies..just learning to fly from the nest.

The Stone House up on Junaluska Road in Watauga County, NC. Shot on a June day with a summer storm passing to the north up toward the Tennessee-Virgina line. The barn swallows seen on the gate are babies..just learning to fly from the nest.

I am a lifetime animal lover. Horses, dogs, and cats are my speciality as I have much knowledge on the care and psychology of those creatures, however, I love to photograph them all. I love to incorporate animals and people into landscapes. I think something breathing in a landscape is the ultimate goal. To me it truly makes the image come alive. I like to find ways to ensure I have a human or animal form or even sometimes a magnificent tree can make it work. A landscape to me is best when a living form is inside.

A photograph that was a happy accident. I had seen the shape of the dogwood tree earlier in the day, as I had shot a lifestyle portrait session up on that hill. My Catahoula cross, Patche, decided she would be the main subject, not a tree. Photographed in a pasture in Mitchell County, North Carolina

A photograph that was a happy accident. I had seen the shape of the dogwood tree earlier in the day, as I had shot a lifestyle portrait session up on that hill. My Catahoula cross, Patche, decided she would be the main subject, not a tree. Photographed in a pasture in Mitchell County, North Carolina

Another example of using people in landscapes(to me it just makes the scene happy) Photographed at Caswell Beach, North Carolina

Another example of using people in landscapes(to me it just makes the scene happy) Photographed at Caswell Beach, North Carolina

As the title of this blog suggests..perhaps my past images can help me find my future images. It's time to start the journey afresh !

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 1 year, 7 months ago

Stunning beautiful pictures!

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 8 months ago

Your pictures are all so incredibly beautiful. Welcome to Photoblog. Looking forward to see more of you.

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Sarah Ernst Replied to Andi Saw 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you ! North Carolina puts on a velvet shade of green from the last of May-August...it is amazing to see !!

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Paula Wallis 1 year, 8 months ago

Love your work! Looking forward to seeing more:)

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Sarah Ernst Replied to Paula Wallis 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you so much. I have been trying to find some time to write more but this cold spell has kept me busy outside.

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Lisa Britton 1 year, 8 months ago

Welcome - Beautiful Photos!

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Sarah Ernst Replied to Lisa Britton 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you for the welcome.

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Jan Barlow 1 year, 8 months ago

Beautiful photos. Welcome. I'm new here as well. Totally NOT a professional, just playing and challenging myself to use my DSLR more (as the iPhone has taken over...). Enjoying your words as well as your stories.  :)

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Sarah Ernst Replied to Jan Barlow 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you, Jan. Exploring the Photoblog site has definitely been fun the past few days. Well, its been challenging to carry my DSLR more(like I use to in classes when I am really focused). Also trying to find a way to mix photography and writing cause I feel like there's a book in there somewhere..but I have no idea on how to find it. Thank you for your kind words of welcome and encouragement !

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Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 8 months ago

#3 Stunning

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Sarah Ernst Replied to Pete Fitzgetald 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you, Pete. I have always been fascinated w/that old stone house and keep meaning to get back and shoot it some more.

https://medium.com/appstate-special-collections-blog/william-a-bake-photographer-writer-environmentalist-and-practitioner-in-residence-643249d94028

The link above is about a local photographer(now deceased) who also has a photograph of that old house during a snow, might have to do some searching to find the image though. I was fortunate enough to have dealt with Mr. Bake back when I worked with a local store and would buy prints from him for sale in the store.

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Joe Zink 1 year, 8 months ago

Welcome, Sarah!

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Sarah Ernst Replied to Joe Zink 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you so much! I look forward to being on here!

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Heike 1 year, 8 months ago

Beautiful pictures. Love #1 - stunning trees !

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Sarah Ernst Replied to Heike 1 year, 8 months ago

Thank you, Heike. Those trees are up in the northern part of the lake..and it is the most wild part of the lake..alligators and cotton mouths are numerous. The evening light on that lake is just gorgeous!

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