Sojourns

Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

Archive for March 2010

365:NINETY

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Sunrise on the Wando river near Daniel Island, SC

Sunrise on the Wando

The sun rises over the Wando river here on Daniel Island near Charleston, SC.  I love the colors and serenity in the moment.  Thankfully, these trees will stay when the lots are finally developed.  The view will be gone, though.  Sadly, only the future owners in some gigantic home will get to enjoy this in the morning.  Sigh.

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March 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm

365:EIGHTY-NINE

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Pine pollen gathers in a runoff pond near my house

Achoo!

Yes, it is Benadryl and Zyrtec season again!  The pine pollen is out in force this week, making it difficult to keep windows open or be outside.  For this photograph I used a polarizer on my 24 f/2.8 and stopped it about midway between where the reflections were strongest and where they disappeared altogether.  I wanted to have some reflection of the offending pine trees in the water behind the rocks where the pollen is collecting.

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March 30, 2010 at 5:46 pm

365:EIGHTY-EIGHT

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A path in the woods.

One Less Traveled

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth.

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same.

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I–
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

~Robert Frost~

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March 29, 2010 at 3:13 pm

365:EIGHTY-SEVEN

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Tube lights in a store display.

Chromosome

Just a quick graphic image tonight.  These were a string of tube lights in a store display shot de-focused with a wide-open f1.8 aperture.  The X pattern caught my eye, appearing similar to chromosome illustrations in my old biology text books.

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March 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm

365:EIGHTY-SIX

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An afternoon at Palmetto Island County Park

Lighthearted

An afternoon portrait at Palmetto Island County Park.  This was the best shot of the bunch.  Too bad I didn’t account for the depth of the sunglasses when I focused.  I wanted a shallow depth of field to blur the background, but I focused on the corner of the sunglasses, which left her face slightly out of focus.  Still…I like it.  I might be biased, though!

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March 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

365:EIGHTY-FIVE

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Another beautiful spring day on the marsh in Charleston, SC

Marsh Rising

The marsh near my house.  Again.  Beautiful.  Calm.  Serene.  Ahhh……

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March 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm

365:EIGHTY-FOUR

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An old Ford makes a perfect auto shop vehicle

Fix Or Repair Daily

I had seen an old MG for sale and parked along North Meeting Street earlier in the day here in Charleston.  I had a meeting that I was running late for at work or I would have stopped right then to take some shots for the day.  So after work I headed back down the road to grab a quick set of bracketed exposures of the MG, but by then it was gone.  However, just a bit further down the road I saw this old Ford pickup parked outside of an auto body and alignment shop and knew it would work perfectly for what I had in mind.  I pulled into the parking lot, tossed my camera on the tripod, and snapped off six frames, while entertaining the owner and his dog.

The first part of getting this image was changing out to my trusty 24mm f2.8 lens and setting it low and close to the truck.  The rest of the look of the image comes from some heavy processing, starting with HDR with Photomatix Pro.  I had originally processed the image completely in color to get an over-the-top look.  You can find that one in my Flikr photostream.  When I converted to black and white with a high contrast red filter, I started to get an image I was looking for.  I finished the processing with one of Photoshop’s supplied Pantone Quadtones which really brought out the drama.

I haven’t really worked out whether I’m fond of so much processing in images yet.  I find a lot of satisfaction in creating an image mostly in the camera, with just a few curves and the required sharpening to make the shot presentable.  That philosophy puts a premium on photographic technique, which should be the starting point for anyone interested in photography.   But there is also a part of my creative thought pattern that loves to tinker and use all the tools available to make something even more unique.  The straight, properly exposed frame of this particular shot pales in comparison with what you see here.  Frankly, anyone with a decent camera could make pretty much the same image.  But this one that you see here….it is mine.

Let me know your thoughts on this…

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March 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm