W-S Bank Buildings: Monochrome or Color?

I initially processed these BB&T building and Wells Fargo Tower architectural compositions, from downtown Winston-Salem, with over-top-HDR color tonality. Afterwards though, I experimented with color luminosity settings in monochrome. The resulting monochrome tonality range is quite impressive, but the near abstract HDR color styling is kinda cool as well. What do you think?

Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract Monochrome
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape
Winston-Salem Bank Building Cityscape
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract
Winston-Salem Bank Building Abstract

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version. Or, visit my Winston-Salem Architectural Abstracts gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Bend Oregon, Old Mill District

For those in the Northern Hemisphere, here are some street photography captures from last August in the Old Mill District of Bend, Oregon.

Deschutes River at Old Mill District 7
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 7
Bend Old Mill District 5
Bend Old Mill District 5
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 3
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 3
Bend Old Mill District 6
Bend Old Mill District 6
Bend Old Mill District 4
Bend Old Mill District 4
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 1
Deschutes River at Old Mill District 1
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Bend Old Mill District 2.tif

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version. Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog.

Cheers!

C. S.

Giving Back: Moji Coffee and More

Over 70% of Americans with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are unemployed.  As a means of giving back, I had an opportunity to use my photography skills to support a local non-profit coffee and pastry shop supporting the neurodiverse community.   My images were used for large partition panels in their second coffee shop location which opened this this weekend.

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Final_MOJI_Panel-17

Neurodiverity (noun): The range of difference in individual brain function and behavioral traits, regarded as part of normal variation in the human population; Neurodiversity is a viewpoint that brain differences are normal, rather than deficits.  It is a concept where neurological difference are recognized and respected as any other human variation.  Neurodiversity is the opposite of Neurotypical.

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Located in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Moji Coffee and More is a 501(c)3 non-profit established to provide meaningful, fulfilling employment to members of our neurodiverse community, to help bolster their local employment opportunities through life-skills and professional development training, and to show how they can provide meaningful and high quality services to our community.

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Final_MOJI_Panel-4

Moji (noun): is the “Jolt of joy you get when you make others happy”.

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Moji_Coffe_7

The outside shots were taken at Artivity on the Green, a local art focused park in downtown Winston-Salem “A City of Arts & Innovation”. For both photoshoots, I used my Profoto B2 light kit.

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Final_MOJI_Panel-5
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Final_MOJI_Panel-16
Final_MOJI_Panel-16
Final_MOJI_Panel-16
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Moji_Coffee_14

Below are some cellphone shots of the photo partition panels at the grand opening of Moji’s new location at the Forsyth County Public Library.

New MOJI Shop Opening 2
New MOJI Shop Opening 2
New MOJI Shop Opening 1
New MOJI Shop Opening 1
New MOJI Shop Opening 3
New MOJI Shop Opening 3

Given Christians are in the season of Lent, I feel led to share my related lesson in humility. I find volunteering my photography often does not come with the expected degree of recognition or thanks. In these situations, I must remind myself the reason for giving back – our Creator has given me many gifts, which I should joyfully use to give back unconditionally to others. My reward is in heaven.

To see more from my photoshoots, click to visit Moji Coffee and More Gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Ecola State Park, Oregon, pt 4

More photos from the beautiful Indian Beach at the northern end of Ecola State Park.

Indian Beach Driftwood and Rock Composition 1
Indian Beach Driftwood and Rock Composition 1
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Submarine Rock at Indian Beach
Tillamook Rock Lighthouse from Submarine Rock at Indian Beach
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 7
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 7
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 6
Indian Beach, Ecola State Park Seascape 6

Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Or see more of my Ecola State Park gallery here.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A Expansion, pt 2

More architectural abstracts from my visit to the Concourse A Expansion at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 6
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 6
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 2
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 2
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 4
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 4

For the best viewing experience, click an image to see a high resolution version. Or visit my Charlotte Douglas International Airport Architectural Abstracts gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A Expansion

During my last flight out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, I was fortunate to be assigned to a gate in the new Concourse A Expansion. The modern architecture and natural light were quite impressive!

Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 4
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 4

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Portland Japanese Garden, pt 3

Third post of monochrome compositions from the Portland Japanese Garden.

Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Maple and Stone Garden Composition 1
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Japanese Black Pine Composition 3
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Unknown Tree Branch Composition 1
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2
Japanese Garden Path Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see the high resolution version. To see more monochrome compositions visit my Portland Japanese Garden gallery.

Cheers,

C. S.

Carolina Renaissance Festival: The CRAIC Show

One of my favorite entertainers at the 2019 Carolina Renaissance Festival was the Celtic band The CRAIC Show.  The rhythmic traditional drumming, violin, bagpipes and powerful vocals created a high energy musical experience which definitely inspired the crowd. The band describes their blending styles as World Medieval Music.

The CRAIC Show 1
The CRAIC Show 1
The CRAIC Show 2
The CRAIC Show 2
The CRAIC Show 3
The CRAIC Show 3
The CRAIC Show 4
The CRAIC Show 4
The CRAIC Show 5
The CRAIC Show 5
The CRAIC Show 7
The CRAIC Show 7

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view the high resolution version. Also, click to see more compositions from the 2019 Carolina Renaissance Festival.

Happy New Year Cheers!

C. S.