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
Glad you stopped by.  Click on an image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

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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Abandoned Downtown Reidsville Pt 3

Here’s the next post in this series. I can’t decide which composition I like the best.  The first image seems to have a slightly more interesting composition. But the I also like the more pronounced door and brick textures in the second. Which do you like best?

Two Doors Down Composition
Two Doors Down Composition

107 SE Market Composition
107 SE Market Composition

Thanks for stopping by today. Click on an image to see a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.  Oh yea, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Pop Art Pop, 2 pics

One of my goals for 2017 is to branch out, experiment and work towards developing new styling techniques.  Saturday, I revisited the “relics graveyard” location I posted about back in September.  I arrived late in the day, the light was quickly waning.  Fortunately, I captured a few pictures of a rusty old 1947 Buick Super.  It occurred to me these old relics may look cool with some pop art styling.

1947 Buick Super 8 Hood Ornament
1947 Buick Super 8 Hood Ornament

After my typical processing workflow, I passed these images along to Filter Forge for some hard driving, solarization like, over-saturation styling.  One of the cool features of Filter Forge is the pattern and texture generators. I used this feature to create a cool background for the image below.  I’m pleased with the results.

1947 Buick Super 8 Pop Art Composition
1947 Buick Super 8 Pop Art Composition

You can view a higher resolution version by clicking on the image.  Happy New Year to all!