Sojourns

Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

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Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-THIRTY-NINE

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Landscaping flowers at my house.

Fragile

Considering the image:  A quick photograph of some landscaping flowers at my house.

Making the photograph:  I made a single exposure tonight.  The EF 50mm f/1.8 was still on the camera so that’s what I used.  I desaturated a bit in post to leave a bit of detail in the flower petals.

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Written by Brian Fancher

May 19, 2010 at 7:06 pm

365:ONE-HUNDRED-SIXTEEN

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A red flower along the road near my house.

"Snakeberries!"

One of our son’s young friends pointed to this plant and sang out, “Snakeberries!”  This is not the snakeberry flower that I’m familiar with.  But I don’t know what it is, so I’ll let it stand for now.  It made a nice composition against the shorter yellow flowers at its feet.  I shot this with the “Nifty-Fifty” at 1/250, f2.0 and just a hint of flash from a 1/4 CTO gelled 430EX.  The bit of light helped the red flower pop against the blue-ish shade of late afternoon.

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April 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm

365:EIGHTY-SIX

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An afternoon at Palmetto Island County Park

Lighthearted

An afternoon portrait at Palmetto Island County Park.  This was the best shot of the bunch.  Too bad I didn’t account for the depth of the sunglasses when I focused.  I wanted a shallow depth of field to blur the background, but I focused on the corner of the sunglasses, which left her face slightly out of focus.  Still…I like it.  I might be biased, though!

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March 27, 2010 at 7:00 pm

365:SIXTY-THREE

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Just a product shot of a lens I'm selling.

Product

Yup.  Had about that much time today.  I’m selling this particular lens so one of the product shot series became my 365 entry for today.  Back to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow.

On a side note, these types of product shots have become exceedingly easy to do well in this digital age.  One simply needs a couple of lights, whether flash or even just a pair of lamps.  I built a box out of white parachute nylon, white sandwich board and poster stock, and some velcro for about $10 and an afternoon of work with scissors and glue.  Just shoot away, process with a quick white balance to get rid of any color cast and there you have it.  Or you could pay $50 or $60 bucks for a pre-made tent online.  It was more fun for me this way.  I’ve more than made my money back on my DIY kit and will probably get many years of use out of it.

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March 4, 2010 at 9:14 pm

365:FORTY-SIX

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A quick, simple shot of a flower in a glass.

Time

Today has been a slow day.  I’ve spent most of it cleaning up my Aperture library and beginning the long task of scanning the thousands of old slides and negatives in my storage.  Photoshop crashed as well and I had to reload the entire CS3 suite.

After all that I had a moment to head out to find something for today’s subject.  But the day is grey, wet and uninspiring.  What to do?  Grab a flower, one of our hand-made Swedish shot glasses, a couple of strobes, and go to town.

It brightened my day, anyway…

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February 15, 2010 at 7:50 pm

365:FORTY-FIVE

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Remnants of the snowstorm

Remnants

You have to be quick to catch snow in Charleston, SC.  The four inches of snow we got two nights ago has been reduced to a few patchy square feet in the landscaping around my house.  These holly tree berries stood out against the blueish white of the snow.  Not a bad colorway in honor of the day.  Happy Valentines day!

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February 14, 2010 at 4:30 pm

365:FORTY-THREE

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Snow in Charleston, SC!

Snow!

Tonight’s photograph will not impress the nor’easterners out there who have had more than their fair share of snow lately.  But snow in Charleston, SC is a BIG DEAL.  I can guarantee you this is the first time this house has seen snow!  It’s 9:00 and my two young sons are begging to head outside and have snowball fights.  I can already hear renewed arguments from them to move back to Quantico, VA so that they can have snow every year!

Sigh…

Pouring a cup of hot chocolate….

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Written by Brian Fancher

February 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm