Abstracts & Vignettes from Biltmore Estate IV – 6 pics

A year ago, my family visited the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC.  This is my fourth post from that visit.  Such a beautiful place!  The first image features the Grand Staircase.  The weight of the exterior staircase wall creates a cantilever force which supports the weight of the large granite steps.  I used a “glow” filter in Filter Forge to add a subtle glow effect to the highlights.

Grand Staircase Composition 1
Grand Staircase Composition 1
The next four images feature the Biltmore Conservatory.  Part of the Biltmore’s Walled Garden, the Conservatory was designed by the Biltmore House architect Richard Morris Hunt.  It was built to provide flowers, plants and shrubs for the house and surrounding gardens.

Biltmore Conservatory Exterior Abstract 2
Biltmore Conservatory Exterior Abstract 2

Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 1
Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 1

Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 2
Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 2

Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 3
Biltmore Conservatory Interior Composition 3
I captured this young fella on the playground at the Biltmore Winery and Farm Village.  Is he focused on balancing himself, or is he intrigued by his shadow?

Balancing Act at Biltmore
Balancing Act at Biltmore
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Just Play Yourself

I was photographing some outdoor sculptures for a friend when this young fellow walked by and asked if I would take his picture. “Sure”, I said, “just play yourself.”

Street Portrait of Joseph
Street Portrait of Joseph

He introduced himself as Joseph, and mentioned he’d like to make it in the music biz. I wanted the image to be something he could use to promote himhelf.  Perhaps a bit stylized for “street photography”, so I’ll refer to it as a “stylized street portrait.”

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Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Part II, 3 pics

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4

From my original Dixie Furniture Plant post back on March 12th, I had a few more dramatic abandoned landscapes I wanted to share.  The black & white compositions followed my typical b&w workflow which includes process with Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 to emulate Agfa APX 100 b&w film.  The color image was processed to emulate Kodachrome slide film.

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 5
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 5
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 3
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 3

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Cheers,

C. S.

Salem Cemetery, 4 pics

Salem Cemetery Composition 1

The Salem Cemetery was originated by the Moravian Church in the 1770s.  Currently over 40 acres in size, its rolling hills create a unique resting place for over 6000 souls.  After work last Thursday, I visited as late afternoon was transitioning into sunset.  The long shadows and dramatic lighting offered several photographic opportunities.

Salem Cemetery Composition 1
Salem Cemetery Composition 1
Old Salem Cemetery Composition 3
Salem Cemetery Composition 3
Salem Cemetery Composition 2
Salem Cemetery Composition 2
Salem Cemetery Composition 4
Salem Cemetery Composition 4
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Feeling: Finding Another Reality

When I first noticed this scene, I was intrigued.   There was something interesting, but I couldn’t quite clarify what I was reacting to.  So I composed a few shots based on what I thought I saw.  Maybe it was the flowing branches contrasting against rigid brick wall.

Sun, Tree and Brick Wall Reality
Sun, Tree and Brick Wall Reality

A few days later, towards the end of my typical b&w workflow, the composition began to reveal itself.  For me, I now understand the beauty experienced from this composition comes from the way it makes me feel.  Sure, there may be some cool textures, patterns, shadows and contrasting abstract elements.  But these individual elements all seem to combine to create a unique alternative experience, greater than the sum of the parts.  Click on the image to see a high-res version from my portfolio site and see if you have a similar reaction. View full screen on a desktop monitor to get the best experience.

Of course, I could just be full of crap.  Perhaps I’m too close to the work.

I’m gonna go with what I feel, and then what I see.  And I do feel a strong engagement with this composition.  Especially when I don’t try to analyze, but instead just “experience” what it has to offer.  How does it specifically make me feel?  Intrigued, but more than before. What’s more important, is “how does it make you feel?’

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal Abstract & ADD

 Captured last June, I’ve been working on and off on this composition for quite a while.  One of the common symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder is difficulty in finishing personal projects.  Well, that definitely describes me.  I’ll work on a composition in post for a bit, then move on to another task which is more interesting or urgent.  But associative thinking also drives the creative mind. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it! 🙂

Mendenhall Transportation Terminal Abstract
Mendenhall Transportation Terminal Abstract
This abstract composition was captured at our central bus terminal here in High Point.  At the center of the Spring and Fall International Furniture Market, it serves as a vital transportation hub for market visitors, vendors, logistics resources and local folks.  The dramatic clouds, late afternoon sun and architectural features at the terminal combined to make a great photo opportunity.

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2017 Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment, Pt III the Encampment, 11 pics

6th NC Regiment Encampment 1_Weaver
6th NC Regiment Encampment 1_Weaver
If you only saw the battle reenactment, then you missed the other half of this wonderful event.  This post features members of the 6th North Carolina Regiment, part of the NC Historical Reenactment Society, along with other regional organizations in the 18th century encampment.

6th NC Regiment Encampment 2_Weaver
6th NC Regiment Encampment 2_Weaver
Before the battle reenactment, the encampment is an authentic historical representation of 18th century life.  While the soldiers clean their muskets, you have cooking. artisan demonstration and related vendor stalls to visit.

6th NC Regiment Encampment 3_Cooking
6th NC Regiment Encampment 3_Cooking

6th NC Regiment Encampment 4_Cooking
6th NC Regiment Encampment 4_Cooking

6th NC Regiment Encampment 5_Cooking
6th NC Regiment Encampment 5_Cooking

6th NC Regiment Encampment 6_Cooking
6th NC Regiment Encampment 6_Cooking

6th NC Regiment Encampment 7_Cooking
6th NC Regiment Encampment 7_Cooking

6th NC Regiment Encampment 9_Social
6th NC Regiment Encampment 9_Social

6th NC Regiment Encampment 8_Social
6th NC Regiment Encampment 8_Social

6th NC Regiment Encampment 9_Musket Cleaning
6th NC Regiment Encampment 10_Musket Cleaning

6th NC Regiment Encampment 10_Musket Cleaning
6th NC Regiment Encampment 11_Musket Cleaning
Thanks for stopping by today, if you liked this post, you’ll want to checkout the other posts in this 2017 Battle of Guilford Courthouse series.  Click on any image to see a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.

2017 Battle of Guilford Courthouse Reenactment, Pt II, 8 pics

The high degree of authenticity experienced at the reenactment is a testament to the dedication of the participants.  I heard from one of the soldiers, “What you see, is how it was.”  What I find interesting is the variety of militia dress, and military uniforms on both sides of the conflict.  The crescent moon on the helmets of the 2nd South Carolina Regiment, shown below, is a fascinating example.

2nd South Carolina Regiment
2nd South Carolina Regiment
You can also see the crescent moon shaped gorget around the neck of the officer in the foreground.  During Middle Ages, the gorget was the part of a knight’s armor, which protected the throat.  By the 18th century, smaller silver and gold gorgets were worn by officers in most European armies.  The “Liberty” inscribed crescent moon first appeared in 1775 on the South Carolina battle flag of Colonel William Moultrie as he successfully defended Sullivan’s Island against the  British fleet, saving Charleston.

Continental Soldier Composition 6
Continental Soldier Composition 6
The need to sustain a military presence in various parts of the world forced King George to sign treaties with several German principalities. He would “lease” German troops to help quell the American rebellion. The Hessian Musketeer Regiment von Bose was under the command of Cornwallis in the American Southern Campaign.

Hessian Musketeer Regiment von Bose 1
Hessian Musketeer Regiment von Bose 1

Hessian Musketeer Regiment von Bose 2
Hessian Musketeer Regiment von Bose 2
The 71st Regiment of Foot was raised from several Scottish clans in April of 1776. They served in many northern campaigns before being sent to support Cornwallis in the south.  During the Battle of Guilford Courthouse, they supported the British right.  They were sometimes referred to as Fraiser’s Highlander’s.

71st Regiment of Foot, "Fraser's Highlanders" 1
71st Regiment of Foot, “Fraser’s Highlanders” 1
The image below represents “Light-Horse Harry” Lee, as Lieutenant Colonel of Lee’s Legion. His Legion of mixed corps of cavalry and light infantry supported Greene in several battles and skirmishes.  His Legion is also known for numerous raids behind enemy lines,  reconnaissance and surveillance, and guerilla warefare.  Lee is also the father of Confederate General Robert E. Lee.

“Light Horse Harry” Lee
“Light Horse Harry” Lee

Continental Soldier Composition 4
Continental Soldier Composition 4

Continental Soldiers Rear View
Continental Soldiers Rear View
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