Eric Schweitzer  


Drift Wood by Eric Schweitzer

March 2023 - Drift Wood

About the Image(s)

This image was taken on Foley Beach SC at low tide. The water way is the entrance to the Charleston harbor, and Fort Sumter is a bit to the right. I liked the lines and shapes made by the dead trees and the environmental story of what salt water does to land vegetation. Taken with a Sony a7 IV with a 24 “ 105 mm lens set at 40 mm. Settings were f9 at 1/60 sec and ISO 100.


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7 comments posted




Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 24 & 83 & 87)
Hi Eric! In passing saw this interesting image. Quite a play between the abstract of the driftwood and the more stable horizontal lines of the beach and water.

Through the years I have enjoyed time on Longboat Key, Florida searching and registering similar images. At the moment I am putting together a photo essay on the continued erosion and lost beauty on Longboat key.

Please, stop by DD-83 to see my (really not preferred; the color version is better) B&W version of a similar image. I look forward to seeing more like this from you.   Posted: 03/13/2023 05:52:44
Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
Lance, thanks for the comments. I checked out you study group and really liked your image of Longboat key. I think you photo essay will be very interesting and would like to receive a link when you are done.   Posted: 03/17/2023 14:17:25
Lance Lewin   Lance Lewin
(Groups 24 & 83 & 87)
Absolutely!   Posted: 03/24/2023 10:01:47



Bollin Millner   Bollin Millner
Very nice image. I wonder what it would be like with a wider aperture, so the background would fade a bit and the eye would focus more on the wood. Also I wondered about how it would look in B & W. I played with it a bit, converting it and putting a mask on the wood and sharpening that. I am not sure. Maybe should have left it alone.   Posted: 03/13/2023 15:04:01
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Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
I agree a wider aperture would be an plus, the problem is I did not take this image with the driftwood as the subject. There is a lighthouse on the outer sand spit which was my subject, and I was trying to frame it with the driftwood. I created this image for this month's camera club competition. The subject was "nature" so the lighthouse had to go. Below is the unedited original. By the way, the judge did not like the vertical branch because it broke the plane of the surf and sandbar. Sometimes you just cannot win. No award for me this month.   Posted: 03/17/2023 14:31:05
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Brian Parkin   Brian Parkin
I think it works well in both colour and monochrome. I think the vertical branch on the left that breaks the horizon is a very good touch. I would be tempted to get in close for a monochrome image showing just the textures in the wood, which would of course be a different picture altogether.   Posted: 03/14/2023 07:20:12
Eric Schweitzer   Eric Schweitzer
Brian, see my comment to Bollin about what the judge in my camera club's competition thought of the vertical branch. I also thought this image would make a good monochrome. I worked on several versions of close-ups of the driftwood, but in the end, I decided the wider shot was the better image.   Posted: 03/17/2023 14:38:19
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