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

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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.

Monochrome Monday, What the Eagle Saw, pt 2

Interesting lines, patterns and shapes looking down on the Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Composition 1
Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Composition 1
Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Composition 3
Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Composition 3
Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Composition 2
Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Composition 2
Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Composition 4
Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Composition 4

For the best viewing experience, click to view a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

What the Eagle Saw, pt1

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.

Jamestown Quarry Composition 2
Jamestown Quarry Composition 2

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.

Jamestown Quarry Composition 3
Jamestown Quarry Composition 3

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.

Jamestown Quarry Composition 5
Jamestown Quarry Composition 5

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.

Jamestown Quarry Composition 6
Jamestown Quarry Composition 6
Jamestown Quarry Composition 1
Jamestown Quarry Composition 1

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Cheers,

C. S.

Camp North End, pt 2

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.

Camp North End Industrial Interior Composition 2
Camp North End Industrial Interior Composition 2
Camp North End Keswick Roof Structure Abstract 4
Camp North End Keswick Roof Structure Abstract 4
Camp North End Keswick Roof Structure Abstract 5
Camp North End Keswick Roof Structure Abstract 5
Camp North End Ford Plant Architectural Abstract 1
Camp North End Ford Plant Architectural Abstract 1
Camp North End Ford Building Window Composition 1
Camp North End Ford Building Window Composition 1
Camp North End Ford Building Air Handling Composition
Camp North End Ford Building Air Handling Composition

Cheers,

C. S.

Winter Soltice: Farewell to Fall

As we transition into winter in the northern hemisphere, I wanted to share some fall foliage from several Japanese maples in my yard. These we taken just a few weeks ago, the trees are now bare.

Viridis Fall Foliage 1
Viridis Fall Foliage 1
Acer Palmatum Amoenum Composition 1
Acer Palmatum Amoenum Composition 1
Red Emperor Fall Foliage Composition
Red Emperor Fall Foliage Composition
Shishigashira Fall Folliage Composition 1
Shishigashira Fall Foliage Composition 1
Shishigashira Fall Foliage Composition 2
Shishigashira Fall Foliage Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

C. S.

Valle Crucis Farmhouse

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.

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 3
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 3

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.

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 2
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 2

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. 

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Rear Detail
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Rear Detail

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.

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 1
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Composition 1

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!

Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Barn Detail
Abandoned Valle Crucis Farmhouse Barn Detail

To really appreciate these compositions, click to view a high resolution version. Everyone please stay grounded and safe during the holiday season.

Season’s Greetings!

C. S.