Sojourns

Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

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Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-FIFTY-EIGHT

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A friend's Mustang GT-R done in HDRI.

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June 7, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-FORTY-FIVE

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Tuesday night street scene #3.

Boutique

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May 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-TWENTY-TWO

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The destruction of strip mining here in Charleston, SC

Rape

Considering the image: I knew there was a gravel and dirt quarry near my house here in Charleston but it was not busy for quite some time.  Lately the trucks have been hauling material out of the quarry all day, six days a week.  I wanted to see just how much destruction was happening beyond the thin treeline between the road and the quarry.  The place is huge and will only grow larger.  It brings to mind the images of whole mountain tops removed in West Virginia and Utah.  I have seen those from an airplane’s vantage.  This is the view of our “progress”.  This is what is required to make our world more beautiful, to command the earth to do our bidding.  At what cost do we destroy these square miles of ecosystem?  I wonder…is there another way?

Making the photograph: This is a HDR image from five exposures from -2EV to +2EV shot with my EF 24mm F2.8.  I wish I had a slightly wider lens to fit the entire quarry in the frame, but this image captures the enormity quite well.  The huge grading and digging equipment is positively dwarfed by the gaping hole.  Post processing required some noise reduction as most HDR images do.  Then just curves and sharpening before saving for web display.

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May 2, 2010 at 8:30 pm

365:ONE-HUNDRED-TEN

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The USS Yorktown museum at Patriots Point in Charleston, SC.

Grey Lady

There were storms threatening this afternoon and I thought I might get something dramatic if I walked up the Ravenel bridge and framed something over the harbor here in Charleston.   The ominous skies never really materialized but I did get this series of the USS Yorktown.  This is a HDR image from three frames (-2EV, 0EV, +1EV).

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April 20, 2010 at 9:52 pm

365:ONE-HUNDRED-ONE

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A C-124 Globemaster on static display at the Charleston Air Force Base.

Globemaster

 

Early in this project I posted a picture of trains and recounted my grandfather’s love of all things locomotive.  On my father’s side of the family, I learned a great love of flight.  I grew up near an Air Force Base, going to air shows and flying in small planes.  Along the way I met aviation legends like Greg “Pappy” Boyington.  I knew the names and silhouettes of every plane flown in World War II.  I followed the development of the great jet fighters like the F-4, F-15, F-14, and F-16. 

In my adult life I spent several years stationed on or near Marine Corps Air Bases around the world, watching or flying in all of the latest military aircraft.  But it is the older aircraft of the 1930’s-1960’s which continue to hold my imagination.  I suppose this is because having peers as pilots in the current fleet de-mystifies the whole experience.  I see all the hard work, planning, and warts that is what real aviation is all about.  But I can continue to see these old aircraft and imagine the old aviators through the eyes of my inner child who grew up thrilling to “Baa Baa Black Sheep” and “Tora, Tora, Tora!”. 

Today I still enjoy seeing these old planes, visiting with my two youngest boys and explaining all about the mysteries of flight. 

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April 11, 2010 at 4:55 pm

365:EIGHTY-FIVE

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Another beautiful spring day on the marsh in Charleston, SC

Marsh Rising

The marsh near my house.  Again.  Beautiful.  Calm.  Serene.  Ahhh……

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March 26, 2010 at 5:55 pm

365:EIGHTY-FOUR

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An old Ford makes a perfect auto shop vehicle

Fix Or Repair Daily

I had seen an old MG for sale and parked along North Meeting Street earlier in the day here in Charleston.  I had a meeting that I was running late for at work or I would have stopped right then to take some shots for the day.  So after work I headed back down the road to grab a quick set of bracketed exposures of the MG, but by then it was gone.  However, just a bit further down the road I saw this old Ford pickup parked outside of an auto body and alignment shop and knew it would work perfectly for what I had in mind.  I pulled into the parking lot, tossed my camera on the tripod, and snapped off six frames, while entertaining the owner and his dog.

The first part of getting this image was changing out to my trusty 24mm f2.8 lens and setting it low and close to the truck.  The rest of the look of the image comes from some heavy processing, starting with HDR with Photomatix Pro.  I had originally processed the image completely in color to get an over-the-top look.  You can find that one in my Flikr photostream.  When I converted to black and white with a high contrast red filter, I started to get an image I was looking for.  I finished the processing with one of Photoshop’s supplied Pantone Quadtones which really brought out the drama.

I haven’t really worked out whether I’m fond of so much processing in images yet.  I find a lot of satisfaction in creating an image mostly in the camera, with just a few curves and the required sharpening to make the shot presentable.  That philosophy puts a premium on photographic technique, which should be the starting point for anyone interested in photography.   But there is also a part of my creative thought pattern that loves to tinker and use all the tools available to make something even more unique.  The straight, properly exposed frame of this particular shot pales in comparison with what you see here.  Frankly, anyone with a decent camera could make pretty much the same image.  But this one that you see here….it is mine.

Let me know your thoughts on this…

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March 25, 2010 at 7:20 pm