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Project 365:TWO-HUNDRED-SEVENTY-ONE

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I’ve been meaning to shoot this tree at sunset for a long time.  The sky cooperated with me tonight…

Time Moves On

Death Becomes Her

Written by Brian Fancher

September 29, 2010 at 6:22 am

365:SEVENTY-FOUR

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"Parachute" trees at a North Charleston park near the Cooper River.

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There are a number of these trees at the park near my office in North Charleston.  Together they look like a unit of paratroopers landing at D-Day.  So today I tried to isolate one of them against the sky.  I added a 580EX fill at 1/2 power and with 3/4 CTO to warm up the light a bit to give the feeling of a bright sunset.  (For the non-photo geeks out there, that means I used Canon’s best flash with a piece of translucent orange filter over the flash bulb)  My intent was to light the underneath of the “parachute”, which this certainly accomplished.  You can see the strong warm light on the trunk and under the canopy of the bush.  It also adds some directionality to the otherwise flat, shady lighting.  I’m still not sure I like the image as posted.  I’m trying some other interesting things with processing…you can check them out at my Flikr photostream….

Of course I missed the opportunity of the day, however.  There was a young military mother at the park with her young son trying to take a self-timer photo of them in a bench-swing.  I helped her take the photos and hopefully provided some keepers to send to daddy who is off on deployment.  It wasn’t until I was halfway back to my truck that I realized I should have taken out my own camera again and captured some truly wonderful photographs of a mother and her very cute son.  People are so much better subjects than trees!

Lesson for the day:  ALWAYS be prepared for AND LOOK FOR photographic opportunities.  Much like the idea to turn around when you’ve seen all there is to see in a scene, never dismiss an opportunity at the expense of the “planned” image!

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March 15, 2010 at 6:26 pm

365:SIXTY-FIVE

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Southern palms in Charleston, SC

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This is a young palm leaf in the woods near the marsh at my home near Charleston, SC.  I suspect this particular one will be transplanted to a hole in my landscaping left by a long-gone Magnolia.  I much prefer the palms.  And I love the green of impending spring.  I’m looking forward to the return of warm weather, running in shorts, and riding the surf at the beach.

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March 6, 2010 at 3:01 pm