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Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

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Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-FORTY-SIX

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A new message on the Folly Boat tonight.

In Memory

I haven’t been writing entries with my photographs in the last few days but tonight’s image is special.  I had planned on dropping by on Folly Road to get a quick shot of the “Folly Boat” for my project.  The Folly Boat washed ashore during hurricane Hugo two decades ago and has since become a permanent part of Charleston’s charm.  In an unspoken honor system families and groups will repaint the side of the boat with their own messages, sometimes in honor of graduations or other achievements, sometimes in honor of special events, and other times, as here in this image, in memorial to a loved one.

As I pulled alongside the boat tonight, the family of Mrs. Pat Pierce was finishing their memorial to her passing today.  They had honored their father’s passing in the same way, with the same colors.  I was honored they allowed me to photograph their family event.  I was touched by the way they were able to celebrate their mother’s life well lived even in the midst of the sadness of her passing.  It reminded me once again that the most important legacy we leave are the lives we touched.  The love this family showed and the honks of support and sympathy from passing cars left no doubt that Mrs. Pierce was a special lady.  I am humbled.

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Written by Brian Fancher

May 26, 2010 at 9:47 pm

365:SIXTY-EIGHT

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Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

Reflectivity

Although Tuesday nights are subdued, Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, SC becomes a hub of nightlife after dark.  The calm, reflective waters of the deep water creek provide seaside ambiance to dinner or a night on the town.  I consider it one of the more picturesque spots in the area at night.

I used the HDR technique for this photo in order to capture detail not only in the brightly lit bars, but also in the boats toward the rear, center of the image.  Those boats would have been in blackness in a single, straight shot metered for proper exposure on the buildings with the lights.  I gave the saturation a pretty good bump to play up the colors in the lights and on the water and because I knew color would be one of the strongest stories of the image.

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March 9, 2010 at 11:19 pm

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365:SIXTY-SEVEN

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Mooring lines at a Charleston marina.

Lines and Bitts

Here is a happy outcome.  I decided I needed a nautical theme for today’s photo since the weather in Charleston has finally turned warm enough to start thinking of water, beach and boating.  I didn’t have much time after  a quick recovery run downtown so I grabbed my Canon 40D with the trusty “nifty-fifty” EF 50mm f1.8 mounted.  I knew the light would be hard and most images would just be trash with washed out contrast and poor color.  I wanted to simplify the image and bring out a key detail that would be unmistakably nautical in nature, but take a moment for the viewer to bet their bearings and see what was going on in the photograph.

The happy accident was leaving the lens opened up to f2.0 and creating a super shallow depth of field.  An image at f8.0 would have been blah and just a simple recording of the moment including every detail of the boat.  Here I think the blur and lines in the photo caused by the large aperture imply motion and yet there is a strong point of focus to hold your eye.  I’m happy with the color in this one too.  The blues, blacks and whites make a simple color theme.

All-in-all not too bad for what is really a grab shot.

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March 8, 2010 at 5:40 pm

365:TWENTY-EIGHT

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I shot this image of a boat adrift on a sea of sand near 29 Palms, CA

Ship of Fools

Finding photographic subjects sometimes means keeping your eyes open for the odd or incongruent.  This boat lies in the middle of a sea of sand in 29 Palms, CA, as if you could hop aboard and surf the dunes.  I had seen it the day before in the fading light and thought it would look good in the morning sunrise.  I started with a standard 50mm lens, but the composition worked better with a 24mm.   The warm rays of the sun brought out the depth of textures in the wood and weathered paint.  With access to Photoshop for some proper dodging and burning, this image would likely work even better in black and white.  I tried the grayscale method in Lightroom, but felt there were areas that needed a lot of work. 

Are your eyes open to good subjects or novel compositions for your photographs?  Do you make the effort to photograph the things that catch your imagination?

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January 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm