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(June 16–21, 2005)

George Kountouris

Methoni Castle

Hoyle Koontz

Seafood Capital of the World

Calabash, North Carolina, USA

Tuesday, June 21, 2005 1:15pm

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© 2005 Hoyle Koontz, All Rights Reserved.

Water plays a large part in the economy of North and South Carolina. This image was shot on the top deck of the recreational fishing boat, Navigator, overlooking the docks in Calabash, North Carolina near low tide.

Just above the South Carolina/North Carolina state line, Calabash was once termed "Seafood Capital of the World". In the 1930's, Calabash was a small fishing village known for it's fine quality of shrimp and fish. A local businessman began serving seafood prepared in a light seasoned batter and deep-fried until golden brown, then served hot. That's where Calabash-style seafood was born.

About 30 minutes North of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, folks from all over the country still flock to the Grand Strand area during the summertime for fun in the sun along the beaches. While they're on the Grand Strand, it's inevitable that they'll enjoy their seafood prepared Calabash-style.

Nikon D70, Sigma 8mm, 4 shots at 1/1000 @ f/8, Manfrotto 303SPH Head, Adobe Photoshop CS2, IPIX Interactive Studio, QuickTime Pro 6.5.2
Behind the scene : how this panorama was made
While on a shoot for another client, I had the opportunity to visit Calabash, NC. It was a place I'd heard of frequently on visits to the NC & SC Coast, but I'd never actually been there. I thought it might make for a good place to find a pano subject for this WWP theme.

After finding the docks where most of the shrimp trawlers were docked, I asked a lady selling tickets for a local recreational fishing rig, called the Navigator, if I could shoot a few pictures from their boat deck. She said, "help yourself." Due to limited time, I had to shoot quickly and run.

While I would've liked a bit more action in the scene, it gives the viewer an idea of what this small town is all about. . . fish and shrimp, which ties in with the WWP them of "water" quite nicely.


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