Monochrome Monday: From Last Summer

While looking through my catalog, I came across these images from late last summer. Shot near my water garden, I knew these plant subjects would make excellent black & white candidates. The first composition also work well with a vintage Kodachrome emulation.

White Queen Caladium monochrome
White Queen Caladium monochrome
White Queen Caladium Vintage Kodachrome
White Queen Caladium Vintage Kodachrome
White Queen Caladium monochrome 2
White Queen Caladium monochrome 2
Fern Leaf Detail
Fern Leaf Detail

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Cheers,

C. S.

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Uptown Charlotte Cityscapes, pt 5

Part four in this series continues a mix of architectural abstracts, street vignettes and general street photography compositions. Hope you and enjoy, and please share your feedback (positive and negative) on this series. Constructive criticism provides valuable insight to artists as to how the public perceives their art.

Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 4
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 4
Charlotte Convention Center Architectural Sculpture Composition 1
Charlotte Convention Center Architectural Sculpture Composition 1
3rd St and Convention Center Station Stairway Composition 2
3rd St and Convention Center Station Stairway Composition 2
Convention Center Station Cityscape 4
Convention Center Station Cityscape 4
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 3
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 3
Convention Center Station Cityscape 3
Convention Center Station Cityscape 3

Thanks for stopping by today! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my Photoshelter portfolio. If you like this street photography post, then please visit the other posts in this series:

MONOCHROME MONDAY: UPTOWN CHARLOTTE CITYSCAPES

UPTOWN CHARLOTTE CITYSCAPES, PT 2

UPTOWN CHARLOTTE CITYSCAPES, PT 3

MONOCHROME MONDAY: UPTOWN CHARLOTTE CITYSCAPES, PT 4

Cheers!

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Cityscapes, pt 3

Third post in this street photography series from Charlotte North Carolina.

E Trade St Bus Stop Art
E Trade St Bus Stop Art
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 2
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 2
Arena Station Stop
Arena Station Stop
E Trade St Composition
E Trade St Composition
NASCAR Hall of Fame Architectural Abstract
NASCAR Hall of Fame Architectural Abstract
Spectrum Center Stairway Composition
Spectrum Center Stairway Composition

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Cheers,

C. S.

Toronto Architectural Abstracts and Cityscapes, Pt 3

I expect this to be the final post of Toronto architectural abstracts, and following this should be a final street photography post. I’ve enjoyed exploring the pushed HDRish styling used in this series. I hope you have as well.

King St E Architectural Composition 3
King St E Architectural Composition 3
Yonge St Architectural Composition 1
Yonge St Architectural Composition 1
Toronto Crane Construction
Toronto Crane Construction
Lower Simcoe St Architectural Composition 1
Lower Simcoe St Architectural Composition 1

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Victoria St Urban Cityscape Compositions

High above Victoria St in Toronto, I spied this brave fellow painting the metal window framing of a twenty story building.  At this point in time, the painter was painstakingly applying primer.  So he had to go back over the face of this structure again to apply the final coat of red!  I would say these are mashup of architectural abstracts and street photography.

Victoria St Vignette 1
Victoria St Vignette 1

Victoria St Vignette 2
Victoria St Vignette 2

Victoria St Vignette 3
Victoria St Vignette 3

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Happy Holidays!

C. S.

Toronto Architectural Abstracts, Pt 3

Here’s my third installment of  of architectural abstracts from Toronto.  After some experimentation, I believe I’ve landed on a cool stylized architecture workflow I really like.

King St E Architectural Composition 1
King St E Architectural Composition 1

The first step includes some dehazing of the sky followed by some stylized HDR processing.  Its important to manage the noise introduced when applying pushed HDR processing, especially when working from a single image, and not a bracketed series of exposures.

Toronto Architectural Abstract 1
Toronto Architectural Abstract 1

Next comes the newest and perhaps differential aspect to this workflow – finishing the composition in Alien Skin’s Exposure X3 using the Fuji Velvia slide film emulation.  It provides a nice extra boost in contrast, lost in HDR processing, plus a touch more saturation, especially in the cooler colors.

King St E Architectural Composition 2
King St E Architectural Composition 2

Next to the sweet film emulations, Exposure really excels in the control it allows in vignetting.  Using degrees of bump size, distortion, positioning, feathering and mask position, you can get a perfectly customized vignette for every image.  My vignettes aren’t necessary subtly applied, but are often subtly perceived.

Adelaide St E Abstract 4
Adelaide St E Abstract 4

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Cheers,

C. S.

Toronto: King St. E & Church St. Abstracts

The modern architecture in Toronto is quite amazing.  Walking around the city with my Nikon was like being a kid in a candy store.  This post features buildings near my hotel on King St. E.  In the first two images, Toronto streetcar wiring adds an additional element to the composition.  The mid-day, overcast light presented quite a different look from the early morning compositions further below.

King St E & Church St Composition 1
King St E & Church St Composition 1

King St E & Church St Composition 2
King St E & Church St Composition 2

Below I further abstracted the compositions with pushed HDR processing in my newly acquired Aurora 19 software.  Though less realistic, the intent is for a highly stylized, almost pop-art feel. Pretty cool, eh?

King St E & Church St Composition 3
King St E & Church St Composition 3

King St E & Church St Composition 4
King St E & Church St Composition 4

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Cheers,

C. S.