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Flash techniques with dragging a second curtain shutter

Tilting at Ghosts!


Written by Brian Fancher

September 20, 2010 at 7:22 pm


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Metal sculpture in a waterfront park in North Charleston

The Art of Scrap Metal

I had seen this sculpture as it was being created at a nearby small metal works shed near the waterfront park.  I didn’t realize it was something destined to hang in the park.  In fact, I couldn’t quite figure out what it was.  I sort of figured the guy was an artist of some sort with his piles of scrap metal collecting around his workshop and the weird shapes laying or hanging around.  And I hadn’t taken the time to stop and talk to him.  Now that I know what is going on at his little place, I think I’ll stop in for a look and have a chat.  I’m bound to get a photo or two of him at work, and that will be far more interesting than this picture of someone else’s work.

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Written by Brian Fancher

April 22, 2010 at 7:44 pm


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Rock cairns at Joshua Tree



Traveling to Keys View in Joshua Tree National Park, I found these rock cairns built by previous visitors.  This one stood out because of its Asian-like structure.  The scene was very Zen.  I sat beside the formation for several minutes, concentrating on being in the moment. 

I tried to frame Big Bear mountain in the photograph, but the close focus on the cairn meant that the plane of apparent focus did not extend to infinity.  Still, I think the image captures the feeling of the place as I felt it.

Written by Brian Fancher

February 2, 2010 at 1:50 am