Monochrome Monday: Oak Island Farwell

As the fall air turns cooler here in the Southeastern US, I’m posting this last batch of monochrome compositions from my visit last summer to Oak Island, North Carolina.

Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 3
Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 3
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 2
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 2
Oak Island Lighthouse Boardwalk
Oak Island Lighthouse Boardwalk
Oak Island Lighthouse Late Afternoon 1
Oak Island Lighthouse Late Afternoon 1
Pelican Dive 1
Pelican Dive 1

Cheers,

C. S.

Phipps Barn Complex in Ashe County

Exploring backcountry roads in Ashe County last month, I got quite excited as this large, beautiful old barn complex appeared on Silas Creek Rd came into view.

Phipps Farm Composition 2
Phipps Farm Composition 2
Phipps Farm Composition 4
Phipps Farm Composition 4
Phipps Farm Composition 3
Phipps Farm Composition 3
Phipps Farm Composition 1
Phipps Farm Composition 1

Near the mountain town of Lansing, this sprawling barn complex sits just across the street from the Phipps Country Store, a Friday night gathering spot for local musicians.  I hope to visit this old barn again in the coming weeks to capture its beauty with fall color. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: 57 Chevy Vignettes

The 57 Chevy has always been my favorite classic automobile. As a kid I built several Revell scale models of this iconic car. Last month we parked near this pristine beauty while visiting Ashe County, North Carolina. These compositions focused on detailed vignettes of this Bel Air model’s styling and ornamentation.

57 Chevy Vignette-1
57 Chevy Vignette-1
57 Chevy Vignette-3
57 Chevy Vignette-3
57 Chevy Vignette-2
57 Chevy Vignette-2
57 Chevy Vignette-4
57 Chevy Vignette-4

Thank you for taking time to visit my photo blog!

Cheers,

C. S.

69 BRONCO PHOTO SHOOT

While visiting my sister and brother-in-law’s mountain cabin retreat near West Jefferson, North Carolina, we pulled out his classic 69 Bronco for a photoshoot. I used Alien Skin’s Exposure software to emulate Agfa APX 100 for the monochrome images, and 70’s vintage Kodachrome for the color images.

69 Bronco Composition 5
69 Bronco Composition 5
69 Bronco Composition 1
69 Bronco Composition 1
69 Bronco Composition 4
69 Bronco Composition 4
69 Bronco Composition 3
69 Bronco Composition 3
69 Bronco Composition 2
69 Bronco Composition 2

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

Cheers!

C. S.

Oak Island, Pt 2.

This post features my second set of compositions from Oak Island, North Carolina. Once or twice a day, I would leave the family for a “photography expedition”. Time by yourself, with no pressure to “hurry up and take that picture”.

Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 2
Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 2

This is when I find photography most fulfilling, the freedom to wander, explore, and just see what you can see. For example, on a rainy day whim, I turned left on a dirt road near Safe Harbor and eventually found this rustic old lifeboat overlooking the Lockwoods Folly River, just before it connects with the Intracostal Waterway.

Abandoned Lifeboat 1
Abandoned Lifeboat 1

Of course, sometimes seeing is anticipation of a situation or scene that has potential to develop into something visually interesting.

Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 1
Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 1
Oak Island Sunset 1
Oak Island Sunset 1
East Oak Island Sunset
East Oak Island Sunset

If you missed it, see my earlier post – Oak Island, NC In Color. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Cheers,

C. S.

Camp North End

In early July, my wife and I visited Charlotte, NC for the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in a building originally built as a Ford Model T factory.  During WWII, the US Army expanded the campus building five additional massive warehouses to serve as a Quartermaster Depot. 

Camp North End Industrial Interior Composition 1
Camp North End Industrial Interior Composition 1

In the Cold War years, the campus was used to build missiles, where the site was referred to as Charlotte Area Missile Plant, or CAMP for short.

Camp North End Industrial Interior Framed
Camp North End Industrial Interior Framed

Now Camp North End is in the middle of a massive multi-year adaptive reuse project, and is now a mix between industrial art collective, shopping center, and an outdoor food hall.

Camp North End Keswick Roof Structure Abstract 1
Camp North End Keswick Roof Structure Abstract 1

With several parts of the campus in various stages of renovation, I enjoyed exploring numerous photographic opportunities as much as the Van Gogh Exhibit.

Pipe and Support Structure at the Mount
Pipe and Support Structure at the Mount

More compositions are in the works and will be featured in a future post, or in my Monochromia posts.  Thanks for taking time to visit my photo blog.  For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high-resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Oak Island, NC in Color

You would think during the pandemic I would have more time to work on my photography. Well, it hasn’t worked out that way. Seems like I’ve been working more and more in my day job over the last year.

Oak Island Pelican Patrol 1
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 1

Last month, my family finally did take a long weekend with relatives on Oak Island, North Carolina.  We got some well-deserved rest and I was able to explore the barrier island. This weekend, I finally got around to finishing the first batch of images.

Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 1
Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 1
Feeding the Gulls at Ocean Crest Fishing Pier
Feeding the Gulls at Ocean Crest Fishing Pier
Oak Island Fisherman 2
Oak Island Fisherman 2
Oak Island Twilight 1
Oak Island Twilight 1

I also have some nice monochrome images; you’ll be seeing those in forthcoming Monochromia posts. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high-resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

A Best Friend Lost

Casper 2010
Casper 2010

Our hearts feel so heavy, we weep under a crushing sadness, our beautiful Casper is gone.  I know this all-sounds cliché, but he was so loved by our family. He was so much more than a pet.  Casper brought us so much joy, love, comfort and companionship.

Casper 2013
Casper 2013

We fondly remember him running wide open from one side of the backyard to the other, leaving an arched dirt trodden trail etched into the tall green fescue.  Or, discovering him one day nonchalantly standing on top of our kitchen table.

Austin & Casper 2017
Austin & Casper 2017

We remember the warm embraces when leaving the house for the day, and the jubilance, both displayed and felt, on our eventual return later in the day.  Lazy weekend mornings with all the snuggles, hugs and kissy kisses.  We are so thankful for his relentless example of unconditional love.

Casper & Adrienne 2018
Casper & Adrienne 2018

As Adrienne often said, Casper was our “sweet, sweet boy”, or object of our love “who is the prettiest white puppy dog in the whole wide world?”.  My Dad admiringly once said, you got a “good ole dog”.  He was my “buddy”, he was family, he was a best friend.  We love you and miss you Casper.

Casper 2018
Casper 2018

We know Casper is free from his broken body, running and playing in the great outdoors of Heaven.  And then, coming to rest for a while on Dad’s lap, while giving big kissy kisses to Mom. I so look forward to seeing them all once again some glorious day.

Parker & Casper 2020
Parker & Casper 2020

For family and friends, I’ve uploaded more photos of Casper here.

Monochrome Monday, Hilton Head Island, pt 4

My next set of photos from the lovely Hilton Head Island in South Carolina.

Bass Beach Dune Fence Composition 2
Salty Dog Café Deck Abstract
Salty Dog Café Deck Abstract
South Beach Marina Pier 1
South Beach Marina Pier 1
Live Oak, Reconstruction Fern, and Spanish Moss Composition 1
Live Oak, Reconstruction Fern, and Spanish Moss Composition 1
Large Leaf Tropical Ground Plant 1
Large Leaf Tropical Ground Plant 1

For the best viewing experience, click to see a high resolution version. Please stay safe.

Cheers!

C. S.