Sojourns

Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

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Project 365:TWO-HUNDRED-FORTY-EIGHT

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Late Summer blooms

Late summer

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Written by Brian Fancher

September 7, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-NINETY-SEVEN

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An abstract photograph taken near my house in Charleston, SC.

Trilogy

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Written by Brian Fancher

July 16, 2010 at 6:26 pm

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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Written by Brian Fancher

April 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm

365:ONE-HUNDRED-FIFTEEN

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Blowing dandelions into the wind.

Wishers

We took a family walk tonight and ran across this field of dandelions ready to seed.  My son ran into the field and started blowing the seeds into the wind.  After a moment he yelled back “C’mon guys!  Wishers!”  So of course we had to join him.  When asked what he wished for, Ben replied “Big Trucks!”, as if duh, we should have known that!  Priceless.

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Written by Brian Fancher

April 25, 2010 at 7:19 pm

365:ONE-HUNDRED-FOUR

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Azaleas in bloom in Charleston, SC.

Azalea Blossom

The azaleas are in full bloom here in Charleston.  I always have a hard time shooting these flowers because I think they look best when viewed in their rows and formations in the landscapes rather than as here in a single blossom.  But I have yet to find a pleasing composition with more than one flower in the frame.  This was one of the less common white species among all the pinks, magentas and reds.  I knew that if I could isolate a single bloom that I could get an image like this.

In post process I punched up the microcontrast a bit with a high pass filter layer.  Then a standard linear contrast curve layer and a bit of brightness/contrast in a layer.  For the black and white conversion I chose the CS3 preset of “maximum black”.  Three sharpening passes included a high-pass filter sharpen and unsharp mask before cropping and toning.  After sizing, the third sharpening pass was for web presentation.

I like this image and I’ll definitely be printing it for my own house, if not for sale.

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April 14, 2010 at 6:48 pm

365:SIXTY-SIX

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Some interesting landscape foliage.

Fuschia

These landscape plants always catch my eye wherever they are used.  I don’t know whether I like them or not, but the color is just crazy saturated.

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Written by Brian Fancher

March 7, 2010 at 8:32 pm