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Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

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Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-SEVENTY-TWO

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A detail view of the Ravenel bridge over the Cooper River in Charleston, SC

Supporting Cast

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Written by Brian Fancher

June 21, 2010 at 5:56 pm

365:NINETY

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Sunrise on the Wando river near Daniel Island, SC

Sunrise on the Wando

The sun rises over the Wando river here on Daniel Island near Charleston, SC.  I love the colors and serenity in the moment.  Thankfully, these trees will stay when the lots are finally developed.  The view will be gone, though.  Sadly, only the future owners in some gigantic home will get to enjoy this in the morning.  Sigh.

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March 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm

365:SIXTY-ONE

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A cross-processed photograph of benches along the Cooper River.

Emptiness

I shot this image in the rain at the waterfront park on the old Naval Base in North Charleston.  I knew that the straight image would be flat and lifeless so I had in mind already to do something else with it.   On the other hand, I was drawn to the composition of the two empty loungers against a bleak view out over the Cooper river.  I tried various treatments in post processing, including black and white, duotones, quadtones, etc.  Nothing quite made the image come alive until I tried the cross-processing setting in a curves adjustment layer in Photoshop.  Suddenly I saw the loneliness of the chairs come full circle with the promise of brighter days ahead.

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March 2, 2010 at 7:21 pm

365:FIFTY-FOUR

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Clouds over the Cooper river near North Charleston, SC.

Clouds over the Cooper

I am still working on the blue sky and clouds assignment for someone.  This image gets a lot closer to the result desired.  I’m still hoping to find a little more benign clouds, and perhaps fewer of them.  In the meantime, this made for a nice lunchtime walk in the park near where I work.

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February 23, 2010 at 6:52 pm

365:TWENTY

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Yorktown

 

Following up on last night’s HDR airball, I went back to the same spot today, armed with the right settings on my Canon 40D to ensure a proper 5-stop, 3-image bracket.  As I headed downtown this afternoon, the sky promised some fireworks at sunset.  But as I finished an 8 mile running loop I saw the horizon start to become soupy and indistinct.  I took some brackets of the bridge but the sky in that direction was flat and grey.  

When things aren’t really working, turn around.  You never know what you’re going to find.  The sky here is still not exploding, but the bands of pink and magenta break up the greys and blues to make a worthwhile image.  

You can see the extra detail throughout this shot that is the product of an HDR merged photograph.  There are a few ways to make HDR images.  Photoshop has its own merging capabilities, but generally produces less than satisfactory images.  For this shot’s workflow I uploaded my CF card into Aperture 2.1 and then exported the three exposures to the Photomatix Aperture Plugin.  Once I had the image merged and tone-mapped I exported to Photoshop for a bit of curves adjustment, sizing, and sharpening.  There is a lot of information in this image that isn’t going to show up on a monitor.  With a couple of days’ work this image could actually pop right off of the page.  I will revisit it when I’ve got more time.  

So for today, I’ve conquered my camera’s bracketing with 2-second timer and mirror lock-up settings.  Success!  What have you done to challenge yourself to do better today?  

Check out my Flikr Photostream for more HDR images from today.

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January 21, 2010 at 1:35 am