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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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Written by Brian Fancher

February 24, 2010 at 7:19 pm

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