Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

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More self portraits in Joshua Tree National Park, using different lighting styles.  Some use the sun as the main source, others use a flash.  Some use an umbrella, some are bare flash.  I had to break out the 25 foot eTTL cord tonight since the Canon wireless didn’t want to play with the direct sun.  All in all, I’ve pretty much nailed balancing ambient with flash and getting the look I want.   This first one was just fun to do. 

Sunset portrait in Joshua Tree, day 2.



Sunset portrait in Joshua Tree, day 2

The Future's So Bright...


Sunset portrait in Joshua Tree, day 2

Shine On You Crazy Diamond


Sunset portrait in Joshua Tree, day 2

The Afterglow


Sunset portrait in Joshua Tree, day 2.



Sunset in Joshua Tree




Written by Brian Fancher

September 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm


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More desert sunset

High Desert Sunset

More high desert sunset.

Evening Glow in Twentynine Palms

Written by Brian Fancher

August 29, 2010 at 10:35 pm


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A desert evening

Venus over Twentynine Palms

Written by Brian Fancher

August 20, 2010 at 11:22 pm


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Desert moonscape

Moon Over Joshua Tree

Desert sunset
Sunset over Twentynine Palms
Desert sunrise

Cholla at Sunrise

A friend at Key's View overlooking Palm Springs

Looking over Key's View

Self portrait at Key's View, CA

Evening at Key's View, Joshua Tree National Park

Stars over Key's View

Dipper over Key's View

Written by Brian Fancher

August 19, 2010 at 1:30 am


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Sunset in the high desert

Cholla Sunset

A room in the high desert with a view.

Bed and Breakfast Room, Twentynine Palms, CA

Sunset over the high desert.

High Desert Sunset

The road into Joshua Tree National Park, Twentynine Palms, CA

Road to Joshua Tree National Park

I’m enjoying my time in the high desert of Twentynine Palms, CA.  There is something about the high desert that is indescribably beautiful, despite the harsh conditions.  I am looking forward to another few trips up into Joshua Tree National Park to do some landscape shooting.

Written by Brian Fancher

August 17, 2010 at 10:18 pm


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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?

Written by Brian Fancher

January 28, 2010 at 11:33 pm


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HDR desert photograph for a project 365



Storms over the high desert can produce dramatic cloud formations and light on the mountains.  Todays photo is part of a 5-image panorama series that I’ll put together after this trip.  I did three-shot brackets on each angle so that I can do the panorama with HDR, where dramatic clouds and light can really shine.  

What I liked about this scene was the sun breaking through the cloud formations and playing over the mountains.  With the dark, shady foreground and the heavy clouds the bright spots on the mountains virtually jump right off the page.

Written by Brian Fancher

January 27, 2010 at 11:57 pm