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Jason Barnette
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A Day at the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga

Have you ever been to the Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga, Tennessee? It was one of the most impressive aquariums I've ever visited, and kept me fully immersed in the aquatic world for hours. Read the travel article I wrote about my day at the aquarium if you want to know more!

#Chattanooga #Tennessee #Travel  
I love aquariums. I have visited amazing aquariums all across the country. But I was unprepared for the shock and awe when I approached the massive pyramid-shaped building on a bluff high above the Tennessee River in downtown Chattanooga. The Tennessee Aquarium is a captivating experience as it fully immerses visitors in the environment of […]
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Musette Steck at Living Voice From the Past in Southport, NC

During my weekend in Southport, North Carolina for the 4th of July Festival I met a lot of interesting people, had great conversations, and saw a lot of events, but this one was just about my favorite: meeting Musette Steck during the Living Voices From the Past reenactment at the Old Smithville Burying Grounds. She is so full of life, information, and passion about history.

I captured this environmental portrait of her dressed in period attire at the historic cemetery. I could have spent all day listening to her talk about everything under the sun, but the that sun was slowly melting us both. I can't wait to visit Southport and listen to her again!

#Portrait #Travel #NorthCarolina  
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Photo Series: Sunsets & Sunrises in Charleston, South Carolina

So I'm not much of a sunrise person cause it happens in the morning and I am not a morning person, but I can dig sunsets 8 days a week. Here is a collection of my favorite sunset (and one sunrise) photos from the Charleston, SC area.

Which of these is your favorite?

#Charleston #SouthCarolina #Travel  
Sunsets and sunrises are among the most popular type of travel photography. They are often colorful, dramatic, and aesthetically beautiful photos that just about anyone can enjoy. For that reason, I try to spend some time capturing sunsets and sunrises as often as possible. More sunsets, though; I am just not a morning person. These […]
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Anyone who follows my work knows I love a good storm. I'll drive for miles day or night to get into a good position to shoot photos of passing storms, and one time I ended up on the second tallest mountain in Virginia inside a thunderstorm. Oops.

But this time, a few weeks ago, I wanted to take the North Carolina Ferry from Kure Beach to Southport. The day had been cloudy, but it hadn't rained. I was waiting for the ferry to arrive, standing at the edge of the loading platform, when the sun suddenly broke through the clouds and beamed down onto the Cape Fear River. I raced for my car to grab my camera, and a few minutes later captured this.

Where do you like to watch a good storm pass?

#Travel #Thunderstorm #NorthCarolina  
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I love summer thunderstorms. I also love standing atop bald mountains and watching them quickly move across the sky. This summer thunderstorm was moving through the area while I was on the Appalachian Trail at the Beauty Spot on Unaka Mountain in Erwin, Tennessee.

#ThunderStorm #Travel #Landscape  
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One of the many cascading waterfalls at Tennessee's newest state park, Rocky Fork State Park, in Flag Pond.

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Warm Chattanooga Sunset

How about a nice Chattanooga sunset? I captured this photo on a section of Riverfront Park near the Walnut Street Bridge along the Tennessee River. The sun had already set, but the colors just kept coming for nearly twenty minutes after. Even when I finally decided to pack it in and leave, the colors still filled the sky.

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Top 5 Beaches in South Carolina

South Carolina has some of the best beaches for peaceful relaxation, vibrant nightly activities, and adventurous outdoor recreation in the country. But which of these beaches is the best? Did your favorite South Carolina beach make the list?

#SouthCarolina #Travel #Beaches  
Waves crash on the beach ahead of you. The ebb and flow of the water stretches out of sight to the horizon. Seagulls fly overhead. A strong wind blows off the ocean, knocking back the hot and humid summer air. Beaches have long been a favorite tourism destination as people seek sand, sun, and smiles […]
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Intense Summer Thunderstorm in North Myrtle Beach, SC

I'm an avid fan of thunderstorms, tracking them down as often as possible, but I had never seen one quite like this. As I stood at the end of the Cherry Grove Fishing Pier in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I just kept gawking at this display, thinking I could have been looking at an erupting volcano. But I wasn't. I was looking at an intense, focused summer thunderstorm beating down on Myrtle Beach just a few miles away. This has become one of my newest personal favorites, what about you?

You can view more of these photos, and more photos of North Myrtle Beach, at my travel website here - http://jasonbarnette.photoshelter.com/gallery/North-Myrtle-Beach-SC/G0000AmuIa2Uyrj4/C0000rlAXEesCLQI

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The well-worn path of the Appalachian Trail is easy to spot through these tall grasses at the Beauty Spot on Unaka Mountain in Erwin, Tennessee.

I came up here for sunset, which turned out to be lackluster, but this was the view about a half hour earlier. Deep shadows, vivid colors, and faint mountain ranges in the distance. Have you ever spent time on the AT? Would you enjoy a view like this during a hike?

#AppalachianTrail #Travel #Tennessee
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Have you ever wanted to find the wild ponies on the Appalachian Trail near Grayson Highlands State Park? I've been out there several times and spent many nights camped near Thomas Knob, so I decided to write a travel piece so you can find them, too!

If you go, let me know what you thought about the adventure!

#AppalachianTrail #WildPonies #GraysonHighlands  
The sun was getting low in the sky, covering my campsite in a cool shadow from the towering, thick evergreens. I sat perched on an old log as the blue flame from my propane backpacker stove quickly boiled some water for my dinner. The air was still and quiet; not a sound to be heard […]
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For the past week I've been missing the cool mountain air (I've seen a high of 104 and an average high of 96). I captured this photo of wavy grasses and faint mountain ridges on the Appalachian Trail at the Beauty Spot on Unaka Mountain near Erwin, Tennessee.

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Sugar Grove, VA - Pittsburgh, PA - Emerald Isle, NC - Jacksonville, NC - Wilmington, NC - Myrtle Beach, SC
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Travel Photographer based in Abingdon, VA | www.southeasterntraveler.com
Introduction
I am a travel photographer based in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. This is where I began my career as a travel photographer, but this is not the beginning of the story.

About Me

I give my grandmother the credit for turning me to photographer, something which she is very happy about. Around 2004 she gave me two Pentax K1000 35mm cameras. At first I scoffed at them, shoved them in a box, and told her I wanted digital! A few years later I began shooting as a hobby on B&W film.

That hobby took a serious turn when I joined the photography club at UNC Wilmington my senior year. There I met my mentor who would teach me the intricacies of the photography business, Jamie Moncrief. Jamie worked very hard to teach me how to make a living at photography, to value my work and make it valuable, and how to avoid the pitfalls of "I'm not good enough to charge."

I spent my senior year working as the university's only student photographer. I also spent four months shooting NCAA sports for the athletics department. It was a great time and I learned much.

Soon after leaving UNC Wilmington I moved to Myrtle Beach. It was supposed to be temporary, but turned into something life-changing and long-lasting. I started my website Jason Barnette Photography and started shooting landscapes and nature around The Grand Strand. I then started my photography blog and started writing short stories to go with my photography.

And that's how hit all began. Today, I shoot travel photography throughout the Eastern United States from Virginia and Tennessee through North and South Carolina. My work has been featured internationally in travel and resort magazines.

What I Do

I am available for hire. I love to travel, I have a valid passport, and in fact I eagerly await travel assignments.

In the world of photography I cover a lot. I used to think travel photography was just big, beautiful landscapes. I could not have been more wrong.

Travel I shoot landscapes, portraits of locals and people with happy faces, interiors, food, architecture, and any events that tell the story of travel destinations.

HDR I have recently began experimenting with the richness and beauty of high dynamic range photography. I have found it has a great place in the world of travel photography.

Stars I guess it was the longer winter nights that first got me to realize how peaceful and beautiful it is to shoot photos of the stars. I shoot with a threefold purpose: star fields frozen in time, which I then use to create stunning star trails and time lapse videos.

Time Lapse How did I never know about this passion before? After witnessing the awesomeness of Landscapes: Volume Two by Dustin Farrell I was inspired to begin my own series of time lapse photography videos. I am currently working on Coastal Landscapes: Volume I, The Grand Strand: Volume I, and Light Trails: Volume I.
Bragging rights
Took a flight on the C-130 Hercules "Fat Albert" during an air show and had to strap my camera to my hand so we could both survive pulling 2.5 G's while flying 300MPH.
Education
  • Marion Senior High School
    1995 - 1999
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
    2006 - 2010
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