Shooting Journal: Savannah, Georgia

During a recent visit to Savannah, Georgia, I learned the benefit of carrying a Rainsleeve for my camera.

This town becomes hot and humid early in the season. On our second day there, it rained non-stop. This was, naturally, the one on which we had scheduled a walking tour of the gardens. Using the Rainsleeve was a little clumsy and it was sometimes difficult to frame an image but, despite this, I had some decent shots at the end of the day and the Nikon appeared no worse for the damp.

I had to rely on Program mode and autofocus, as we were with a group that moved quickly through town. What I learned from this: next time, instead of a camera, carry a notebook and map to mark places to return to on my own. For the tour, I had switched to my Tamron 28-300mm lens which does not have vibration reduction and tends to slightly over-expose. Despite this, there were very few throwaway shots.

Having seen and read " Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil", we expected the unusual and were not disappointed. As an example, please see the image below of the Savannah Police Cab. This was a quick shot I took with my little Leica point-and-shoot as we rode through town on a tour trolley. As a result, the photo was not as clear and crisp as I prefer so I added some posterization in Photoshop. Apparently, this vehicle is a police initiative to quell drinking and driving but it certainly got our attention.

The people of Savannah were as charming and welcoming as you might expect. We were told, over and over, that we needed to know this about Georgia: If you go to Atlanta, they'll ask you where you work; if you go to Macon, they'll ask where you go to church; but if you come to Savannah, "We'll ask you what do y'all want to drink."

The town is easily walkable with many beautiful homes, gardens, flowers, historic squares and lovely wrought iron. They make good use of their riverfront which has blocks of shops, restaurants, and galleries . Riverboats offer cruises and meals. Around the squares, trees draped with Spanish moss were very photogenic and there is a pre-Civil War cemetery in the middle of town with unusual monuments.

Walking tours are available for almost any interest - gardens, history, architecture, ghosts, food. We found pages of these in the local visitor's guide and took advantage of several. These have the benefit of providing information, entertainment, plus some exercise to deal with the consequences of all that great Southern cooking.

Fixer-Upper

Fixer-Upper
This old Savannah house, in need of renovation, seems to be leaning on its neighbor for support.

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Forsythe Park, Savannah

Forsythe Park, Savannah
Forsythe Park, Savannah's Central Park, is lined with moss-draped trees, near the iconic fountain.

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Savannah Police Cab

Savannah Police Cab
Who says Savannah, Georgia isn't different? This is apparently a DWI initiative, certainly attention-getting.

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Steeple, St. John the Baptist Cathedral

Steeple, St. John the Baptist Cathedral
The city of Savannah, Georgia seems to be full of spires. Visitors are encouraged to visit this cathedral, of which residents seem rightly proud.

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