Reflections on a year in 365 photographs


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I shot this image of a boat adrift on a sea of sand near 29 Palms, CA

Ship of Fools

Finding photographic subjects sometimes means keeping your eyes open for the odd or incongruent.  This boat lies in the middle of a sea of sand in 29 Palms, CA, as if you could hop aboard and surf the dunes.  I had seen it the day before in the fading light and thought it would look good in the morning sunrise.  I started with a standard 50mm lens, but the composition worked better with a 24mm.   The warm rays of the sun brought out the depth of textures in the wood and weathered paint.  With access to Photoshop for some proper dodging and burning, this image would likely work even better in black and white.  I tried the grayscale method in Lightroom, but felt there were areas that needed a lot of work. 

Are your eyes open to good subjects or novel compositions for your photographs?  Do you make the effort to photograph the things that catch your imagination?


Written by Brian Fancher

January 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm

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  1. When I see images like this, I always wonder what stories that boat has to tell. It obviously belonged to someone. When did they lose it? How? Why and how did it wind up here? I bet it also would look amazing in late afternoon sun. And taken a little further away to show more of the landscape. But overall, a nice find and subject definitely worth photographing!


    January 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

  2. Thanks. I agree about giving the boat a little more space. Unfortunately I was working around a barbed wire fenceline and this was as much room as I could get without having posts and fenceline cluttering up the photo. You’re right about the late afternoon sun, as directly behind the boat is where the sun sets. Lots of possibilities there.

    Brian Fancher

    January 31, 2010 at 10:48 am

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