Reflections on a year in 365 photographs


with one comment

Calhoun and King Streets at night in Charleston, SC


Considering the image:  Calhoun and King Street in downtown Charleston is one of the busiest intersections as well as a great place to grab a java and people watch.  The Francis Marion Hotel and the Starbucks coffee shop make a great backdrop for this long exposure of the street traffic.  They also meant there would surely be people in the image.  Without them, this would be a boring shot.  There might have been more foot traffic but I suppose most of the College of Charleston students are either studying for exams or done and gone for the summer.

Making the photograph:  For this photograph out came the trusty EF 24mm f/2.8 in order to capture most of the hotel facade.  I set the camera to aperture priority,  ISO to 100 and closed down the aperture to f/18 in order to get a 10 second exposure that would render the car lights as trails.  I had to keep the overall exposure down to -2EV to prevent blown highlights on the upper level of the hotel and inside the Starbucks.  Post processing was a black and white conversion using the green filter setting and adjusting slightly, high pass contrast layer, sharpening, cropping, and tri-toning.

Share this post!

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine


Written by Brian Fancher

May 11, 2010 at 10:04 pm

One Response

Subscribe to comments with RSS.

  1. very cool photo! I love me some Charleston!


    May 11, 2010 at 11:10 pm

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: