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Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

Archive for February 2010

365:FIFTY-NINE

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Folly Beach lighthouse from Folly Beach at low tide.

Beacon

Today turned into an adventure day for the family.  First up was frisbee and swinging at James Island County Park.  Next we explored the Angel Oak on John’s Island.  And last we took a walk on the end of Folly Beach where I spent some time photographing the lighthouse, which has been shored up and repaired to keep it standing.  Years ago you could walk to the lighthouse and even walk up inside.  That all changed with hurricanes like Hugo which forever changed the shoreline.  This area is still one of the most picturesque in all of the lowcountry.

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Written by Brian Fancher

February 28, 2010 at 8:22 pm

365:FIFTY-EIGHT

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Early spring cherry blossoms on Longpoint Road, Charleston, SC

Sakura

Spring must be close with trees coming into bloom!  These early spring cherry trees are blossoming along Longpoint Road in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.  I saw them while I was headed out for a cold and windy bike ride today and wished for the warm weather that usually accompanies a spring bloom.  The Weather Channel says that warmer days are still more than a week away!  I don’t know who is more confused, me or the trees.

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February 27, 2010 at 8:35 pm

365:FIFTY-SEVEN

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Happy sweet 16th!

Sweet 16!

My wife has a cake business.  This one is for a sweet 16th birthday.  I couldn’t resist this for a colorful subject today.  It’s a really wonderful cake in person.  I hope the birthday girl likes it!  See my Flikr photostream for a full shot of the cake.

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February 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm

365:FIFTY-SIX

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An interesting old tree in Hampton Park, downtown Charleston near The Citadel

Gnarled

I saw this old tree in Hampton Park near The Citadel while on my usual Thursday tempo run.  I didn’t have much time after the run to come back and get a photo.  And this was the best that it could be isolated given the lenses available to me.  I used my trusty EF 24mm f2.8 and cropped as much out as I could in the viewfinder while leaving the tree top clear against the sky.  There is a trash can behind the trunk, so this was the only angle that could cut that out.  Not a bad composition given all the variables.

My post processing on subjects like this could use some work.   I wanted to bring out the detail in the trunk a little more, but the light was so bright that it was hard to contain the scene in the first place.  I had to be gentle with the adjustments or I started getting a lot of posterization.  I may come back to this image at some point and try a black and white process.

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February 25, 2010 at 8:23 pm

365:FIFTY-FIVE

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An after-lunch walk by Colonial Lake in Charleston

The Walk

Today will be a two-for-one entry.  I couldn’t decide which photo I preferred for my daily photo entry.  I suppose if I’d been about two feet taller taking the woman’s photograph walking by Colonial Lake in Downtown Charleston, my choice would have been easy.  While I liked the photograph since it captured her introspective walk, the bright line of the wave line in the water bisects her head to a distracting degree.  The white industrial trucks of a cinema production company ringed the lake as well, preventing a more serene composition.  I converted to black and white and then applied a tritone to the final image before saving for the web.

An abandoned industrial building on the old Naval Base in Charleston

Silenced

I knew that I had “iffy” compositions and/or subjects for my Colonial Lake street photos, so I went back to an area I’m pulling a lot of subjects from on the old Naval Base in Charleston.  This is an abandoned industrial building near the piers and the waterfront park.  I was drawn to the vertical composition of the stacks against what I knew would be an empty sky.  I also knew it would work well in black and white, as you see here.  This image has a simple black and brown duotone applied before saving for the web.  I think this composition has more unity and harmony than the street scene.  But I’m less enamored of the subject itself.  Although I’ve done a lot of landscape so far, I prefer the human element.

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February 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm

365:FIFTY-FOUR

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Clouds over the Cooper river near North Charleston, SC.

Clouds over the Cooper

I am still working on the blue sky and clouds assignment for someone.  This image gets a lot closer to the result desired.  I’m still hoping to find a little more benign clouds, and perhaps fewer of them.  In the meantime, this made for a nice lunchtime walk in the park near where I work.

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February 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

365:FIFTY-THREE

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A stormy view from Breach Inlet on Isle of Palms, SC

Storm at the Breach

A storm blew through the area today and I had the time to get out to the beach.  I knew there were some rock jetties at Breach Inlet near Isle of Palms which would work nicely in the images I was looking to capture.  Anyone who loves landscape photography knows that storm light often makes for dramatic photos and this image exemplifies that concept.  These were taken as the remnants of the storm headed out to sea.

For this photograph I drug the shutter a bit using a polarizing filter to slow it down so that I could get a slight blur in the water to imply the motion in the waves.  This is a black and white conversion in Photoshop with a bit of cool blue filter (#80) added on top to add to the stormy mood.

I like the composition with the strong rock at the bottom to anchor the image.  The line of the rock jetty leads the eye out to sea and to the dark storm clouds overhead.

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Written by Brian Fancher

February 22, 2010 at 9:24 pm