In rural Caswell County, North Carolina, I found this amazing old abandoned house. Though the roof had been blown off, most of the sagging exterior and interior structure remains intact. As I approached the old home through a field of knee high grass, I noticing a turkey vulture atop one of the dual chimneys. Nice!
You know it, an adrenaline pumping vibe when you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. I shot several views as I slowly approached, when suddenly a second turkey vulture stopped in for a visit. They were soon bored with me, perhaps didn’t like being photographed, and flew off.
I continued my photo study, mining as much gold as I could. The sagging framing and siding where visually quite impressive. At the end of my urbex adventure, I came away with a nice set of compositions and only a few chigger (bug) bites.
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Being up in the sky cleaning the clouds, so high off the ground, is quite a daunting, but important occupation.
I appreciate how these workers provide a better cloud viewing experience for both the building occupants looking out, as well as city dwellers walking by appreciating the expansive white cloud textures and architectural features.
There is an upside here, imagine how difficult it would be flying through the clouds while trying to clean them. Instead, the clouds have been captured on a single plane, on the glass, in only two dimensions.
Inside the building or out, everyone perceives the clouds in 3 dimensions. Theoretical physicists would say, the math shows there are still many more dimensions out there somewhere.
Recently I completed a digital art study from images captured last summer at my local pond center, Pond Country in Greensboro, North Carolina. I explored several filter plugins, ending up in most cases, tweaking and compositing multiple filter selections.
The resulting images definitely have a pop art vibe. While the original source photographs are interesting, I feel the filter workflow abstraction creates an much more interesting composition.
The composition below features an oil painting emulation on canvas. I tried to use the filter plugin features to vary the brush size and stroke length the way a real painter would. For example, the open space between the fish has larger brush sizes and long strokes, while the fish closest to surface have smaller brushes applied with shorter brush strokes.
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Thinking of nearby locations which may feature interesting aerial view patterns and shapes, I recalled an Auto Salvage post from several years ago. Last weekend, I visited a couple of nearby junkyards to capture these interesting compositions. I applied a variety of my favorite styling workflows.
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I recently invested in a prosumer drone to be able to capture fine art photography from the eagle’s perspective. This series is from a gravel quarry in Jamestown, North Carolina.
For a while, I’ve admired the work of other aerial/drone photographers. Now I have the ability of “seeing” the world from a new perspective. I spent time on Google Maps studying my local area for areas of visual interest. This local gravel quarry appeared to be an ideal opportunity.
Much of the photography acumen from handheld cameras easily applies to aerial photography. The delta in drone photography is learning how to fly your drone along with the local and national regulations for flying a drone safely.
As a US resident, the next step for me is to study for the FAA part 107 exam so I can obtain a commercial license. This is required to sell your drone photography. It is also necessary to understand how to safely fly your drone.
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I’m publishing a series for compositions as a follow up to my summer Camp North End post. This set of compositions where never processed until recently. For the best viewing experience, click to see a high resolution version. Hope you enjoy.
This old vernacular farmhouse, built in 1877, was quite common in the rural southern Appalachian Mountains. It’s close to the Watauga River, and near the locally famous Mast General Store in Valle Crucis, North Carolina, and is among the few remaining homes from this era.
As early as the late 18th century, settlers moved westward into the southern Appalachian Mountains acquiring fertile farmland along its rivers and tributaries. Simple log homes and farm structures, eventually gave way to larger hewn log structures later covered with basic weatherboard.
By the last quarter of the 19th century, increased farm production and the availability of mechanical sawn, turned and molded woodwork, had enabled successful farmers the means to build framed farmhouses similar to this one.
These homes were known for their straightforward, functional appearance, with a “T” or “L” floor plan, 1 ½ stories, and a gable roof. Porch brackets are often the only ornamentation. This house, and one in my previous post, features a two-story gable fronted porch centered on the front elevation and protecting entrances on each story.
I was unable to confirm who last lived in this house, but saw references suggesting it may have been someone from the Mast family. I should have asked when I stopped by the Mast General Store during this visit for a pair of wool hiking socks and ice cold bottle of root beer!
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