Scenes From Venice, pt 4

This will be my last installment of Venice compositions for a while. I need to move on to other areas my family visited last Fall. With all its amazing architecture, beautiful works of art, excellent cuisine, culture and charm, Venice is hard to leave behind.

Rio de la Pleta Canal Composition 1
Rio de la Pleta Canal Composition 1

Saint Stephen Square Apartment Balcony 1
Saint Stephen Square Apartment Balcony 1
Campanile di San Marco Composition
Campanile di San Marco Composition
Squero di San Trovaso Boatyard Composition 2
Squero di San Trovaso Boatyard Composition 2
Rio del Malpaga Composition 1
Rio del Malpaga Composition 1
Muneghe Court Composition
Muneghe Court Composition
Rio del Ognissanti Composition 1
Rio del Ognissanti Composition 1

Thank you for taking time to visit. For more compositions of this amazing city, see my Venice, Italy Gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.

Scenes from Venice, Pt, 3

My third installment of cityscapes and vignettes from lovely Venice, Italy.

Rio de S. Trovaso Canal Sunset Composition
Rio de S. Trovaso Canal Sunset Composition
Rialto Bridge at Twilight
Rialto Bridge at Twilight
Campiello Pisani Architectural Composition
Campiello Pisani Architectural Composition
Venetian Gondola Stand
Venetian Gondola Stand
Basilica di San Marco Composition
Rio de San Barnaba Canal Sunset 1
Rio de San Barnaba Canal Sunset 1

Season’s greetings and thank you for stopping by! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

C. S.

Scenes from Venice, Pt 2

More scenes from my recently family vacation in Italy.

Canal Grande from the Rialto Bridge 1
Canal Grande from the Rialto Bridge 1
Ponte dell'Accademia Abstract 2
Ponte dell’Accademia Abstract 2
Corte Lucatello Window Vignette
Corte Lucatello Window Vignette
Campiello Pisani Architectural Abstract
Campiello Pisani Architectural Abstract
Rio de S. Trovaso Composition
Rio de S. Trovaso Composition
Cannaregio Canal Composition 1
Cannaregio Canal Composition 1

For the best viewing experience, and to see more images from my Venice, Italy gallery, click to view a high resolution version.

Season’s Greeting!

C. S.

Scenes from Venice, Pt 1

This post series features architecture, street photography, and urban landscapes from Venice, Italy. My October family visit was about 3 days, and excluding the islands of Murano and Burano, I came away with about 1,000 photos from Venice. As such, curation and processing has been slow and arduous. So I’m encouraged to finally begin sharing my favorite compositions.

Canal Grande from Ponte dell'Accademia Composition 1
Canal Grande from Ponte dell’Accademia Composition 1
Palazzo Balbi on the Canal Grande
Palazzo Balbi on the Canal Grande

Venice is such a special place, especially for photographers. The opportunities for visual exploration are virtually limitless. Of course, while your traveling with family, you must also be present to them as well.

Giudecca Canal Yellow Facade
Giudecca Canal Yellow Façade
Court of Le Pizzocchere Vignette
Court of Le Pizzocchere Vignette

While the Venetian canals and channels are quite spectacular, there is also so much to experience in the beautiful historical back alley architecture, obscure weathered façades, local commerce, and everyday street life.

St. Stephen's Church Window Vignette
St. Stephen’s Church Window Vignette
Santo Stefano Cloister Composition
Santo Stefano Cloister Composition

Thank you for visiting and stay tuned for more posts in this series. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Burano, Italy

Burano is a small island in the Venetian lagoon, about a 45 minute boat ride from Venice. It’s well known for its colorful houses, lace creations, and promises to offer many photographic opportunities. I was not disappointed, more like a kid in a candy store!

Fondamenta di Terranova Canal Composition 1
Fondamenta di Terranova Canal Composition 1
Window on Fondamenta S. Mauro
Window on Fondamenta S. Mauro

The island is also less crowded than Venice and has a more authentic feel, it provides a simpler view of Venetian life.  There was more time to browse, relax and take in all the charming features of the island.

View of Fondamenta di Cavanella Composition 1
View of Fondamenta di Cavanella Composition 1
Fondamenta di Cavanella Vignette 1
Fondamenta di Cavanella Vignette 1

I’ve neglected my photoblog over the last several months, spending a lot of time shooting ground and aerial hyperlapse sequences. But, curation of photos from my recent family vacation to Italy, Marseille, and Barcelona should keep me busy and posting regularly for quite a while.

View from Ponte Corte Novello
View from Ponte Corte Novello

Thank you for visiting my blog, for the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Stony Creek Ruins

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!

Stony Creek Ruins 2
Stony Creek Ruins 2

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.

Stony Creek Ruins Turkey Vultures
Stony Creek Ruins Turkey Vultures

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.

Stony Creek Ruins Side View
Stony Creek Ruins Side View
Stony Creek Ruins Side View Detail Monochrome
Stony Creek Ruins Side View Detail Monochrome
Stony Creek Ruins Rearview 1
Stony Creek Ruins Rearview 1
Stony Creek Ruins Front Door Detail
Stony Creek Ruins Front Door Detail

Thank you for stopping by. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my Stony Creek Ruins gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Cleaning Clouds

Being up in the sky cleaning the clouds, so high off the ground, is quite a daunting, but important occupation.

Uptown Charlotte Sky Cleaners Composition 2
Uptown Charlotte Sky Cleaners Composition 2

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.

Uptown Charlotte Sky Cleaners Composition 4
Uptown Charlotte Sky Cleaners Composition 4

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.

Uptown Charlotte Sky Cleaners Composition 3
Uptown Charlotte Sky Cleaners Composition 3

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.

Uptown Charlotte Sky Cleaners Composition 5
Uptown Charlotte Sky Cleaners Composition 5

If so, I’m glad for us all, those extra dimensions project down to only 3. These commercial window cleaners are glad cleaning the clouds projects down to 2! See more of my Architectural Abstracts and Pattern Play gallery here.

Cheers!

C. S.

Pond Country Pop

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.

Pond Country Koi Abstract Composition 3
Pond Country Koi Abstract Composition 4
Pond Country Koi Abstract Composition 4

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.

Pond Country Koi Abstract 2 Composition 2
Pond Country Koi Abstract 2 Composition 2
Pond Country Koi Abstract Composition 5
Pond Country Yellow Koi Abstract Composition 6
Pond Country Yellow Koi Abstract Composition 6

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.

Pond Country Koi Congregation Oil Paint Composition 1
Pond Country Koi Congregation Oil Paint Composition 1

To appreciate the filter details, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Hope everyone is having a fulfilling Holy Week.

Cheers,

C. S.

What The Eagle Saw, pt 3

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.

Junkyard Aerial Composition 1
Junkyard Aerial Composition 1
Junkyard Aerial Composition 7
Junkyard Aerial Composition 7
Junkyard Aerial Pop Art Composition 2
Junkyard Aerial Pop Art Composition 2
Junkyard Aerial Composition 4
Junkyard Aerial Composition 4
Junkyard Aerial Composition 5
Junkyard Aerial Composition 5
Junkyard Aerial Composition 6
Drone flyover aerial composition of the Carolina Wrecking Company junkyard in High Point, North Carolina

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Cheers,

C. S.