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Reflections on a year in 365 photographs

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Project 365:TWO-HUNDRED-EIGHTY-NINE

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Sunrise over Mt. Pleasant

 

 

Written by Brian Fancher

October 17, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Project 365:TWO-HUNDRED-EIGHTY-EIGHT

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Sunrise over Charleston

 

 

Written by Brian Fancher

October 17, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-FIFTY-FIVE

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The UKMC Collegium Vocale group in town for Spoleto Festival USA 2010.

UKMC Collegium Vocale

I met this group from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Collegium Vocale which is in town to perform at St. Phillips church at 1 PM on Saturday.  These were the few who managed to wake up early enough to catch the wonderful Charleston sunrise over the seawall along the battery.  I must not look as old as I am because I produced plenty of laughs when I called them “kids”.  Anyway, they were a wonderful group and I hope to catch a bit of their concert tomorrow.

And below is a bonus shot of the sunrise we all got to see this morning.  What a great way to start a Friday!  Sunrise, meet new people, and cap it off with a quick 5 miles on my favorite run route!  I love Charleston!

Sunrise in Charleston over the Battery.

Sunrise at the Battery

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Written by Brian Fancher

June 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Project 365:ONE-HUNDRED-THIRTY-SIX

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Dawn on the lake at our campsite in Mt. Pleasant, SC

Dawn on the Lake

Considering the image:  Just a few steps to the left of the previous night’s sunset photograph location, I had spotted these flowering plants at the edge of the water.  The green color was so saturated in the soft morning light that it was hard to capture it in the photograph without looking overdone!  Another chance to slow down and take in the beautiful things around us if we can just slow down long enough to see them.

Making the photograph:  I tried this shot as a High Dynamic Range Image (HDRI), but was less than satisfied with the result.  I have a hard time retaining the sharpeness that you see in the photograph above.  Without that sharpness, the saturated greens tend to look unreal and cartoonish to me.  I opted for a straight up shot at -1/3EV to allow a bit of color in the lake surface and keep the greens dark and saturated.  I did have to add some saturation and contrast in post processing to bring the straight raw image up to what I remembered seeing.

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Written by Brian Fancher

May 17, 2010 at 6:12 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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Written by Brian Fancher

March 31, 2010 at 6:47 pm

365:FIFTY-ONE

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A misty marsh sunrise image from my backyard.

Unveiling

An old company commander once advised me that at times “It’s better to be lucky than good.”  In the grand scheme of life, I suppose there is not much more truth than that.  Of course, I also subscribe to the belief that we make our own “good luck” with thorough preparation.  Today’s image embodies a bit of both sides of the equation.

I had planned on waking early enough to get out to the beach for some ocean front sunrise shots.  After all, I am fifty-one images into the project and living in Charleston, SC, but haven’t yet made it out to our beautiful coastline.  Though I climbed out of bed at 5:30, the french press coffee took hold of me to the point that I didn’t think about leaving the house in time to make it to the beach before sunrise.  So I began planning the rest of my day and considered a window-lit self-portrait for the day’s entry.

Then I noticed the mist and clear skies outside.  I knew they would make for a compelling view over the marsh just a few hundred meters from my house.  Grabbing the camera bag, I quickly set up on the edge of the marsh and began to shoot.  While changing lenses from the 50mm to the 24mm, I happened to catch the singular cloud high in the field of view.  I knew this would make a good composition great.  Out of some 65 exposures I made from various viewpoints, this one excels.  The way the shape of the cloud mimics the crisp, low tide shoreline adds a significant dynamic.   Consider the image without the cloud in the sky.  To my mind, it becomes just another pretty picture of a sunrise.  The mist rising off of the marsh adds further mystery and depth.

I had originally thought the image worked well in the native format.  Cropping the image to 8×10, however, brought further focus to the curving shoreline and got rid of some dead space in the sky.  This emphasized the relationship between the cloud and the shoreline.

This shot makes maximum use of the camera’s histogram and the “expose to the right” concept.  Using the camera’s histogram to display all three RGB channels allowed me to ensure the exposure maximized the dynamic range captured in the original image.  For this particular shot, I focused and metered along the marsh line toward the bottom of the image you see here.  The light reflecting off of the water meant the camera would try to darken the overall image.  The proper exposure in this instance became +0.7EV or about 2/3 of a stop.   Doing this meant that I had maximum latitude to shape the details in post-processing.

In the end, this image combined the luck of seeing the mist outside with the preparation of having my camera gear ready to go and knowing how to get the most out of an exposure.

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Written by Brian Fancher

February 20, 2010 at 11:59 am