Reflections on a year in 365 photographs


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"Parachute" trees at a North Charleston park near the Cooper River.


There are a number of these trees at the park near my office in North Charleston.  Together they look like a unit of paratroopers landing at D-Day.  So today I tried to isolate one of them against the sky.  I added a 580EX fill at 1/2 power and with 3/4 CTO to warm up the light a bit to give the feeling of a bright sunset.  (For the non-photo geeks out there, that means I used Canon’s best flash with a piece of translucent orange filter over the flash bulb)  My intent was to light the underneath of the “parachute”, which this certainly accomplished.  You can see the strong warm light on the trunk and under the canopy of the bush.  It also adds some directionality to the otherwise flat, shady lighting.  I’m still not sure I like the image as posted.  I’m trying some other interesting things with processing…you can check them out at my Flikr photostream….

Of course I missed the opportunity of the day, however.  There was a young military mother at the park with her young son trying to take a self-timer photo of them in a bench-swing.  I helped her take the photos and hopefully provided some keepers to send to daddy who is off on deployment.  It wasn’t until I was halfway back to my truck that I realized I should have taken out my own camera again and captured some truly wonderful photographs of a mother and her very cute son.  People are so much better subjects than trees!

Lesson for the day:  ALWAYS be prepared for AND LOOK FOR photographic opportunities.  Much like the idea to turn around when you’ve seen all there is to see in a scene, never dismiss an opportunity at the expense of the “planned” image!

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Written by Brian Fancher

March 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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  1. thats a shame,
    But you did capture this fantastic piece above


    March 15, 2010 at 7:25 pm

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