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.

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Toronto Architectural Abstracts and Cityscapes, Pt 2

More architectural abstracts and cityscapes from Toronto, Canada.

Toronto Architectural Abstract 2
Toronto Architectural Abstract 2
Old City Hall Composition
Old City Hall Composition
Toronto Architectural Abstract 3
Toronto Architectural Abstract 3
Round House Park Composition
Round House Park Composition
Glass Crosswalk Composition
Glass Crosswalk Composition

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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.

Rainy Day in the New River Valley, pt 6 – Wabi-Sabi

For this Monochrome Monday, I felt this old, antique horse trailer was an opportunity to discuss the relationship between our appreciation of antiques and the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Composition
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Composition

Most of us have an appreciation for antique objects. The rarity, classic construction, weathered surfaces and perhaps, the remembrance or our own distant past. Ironically, there is also intrinsic beauty found amidst rusty relics, patina surfaces and weathered structures.  These sensibilities can be associated with the traditional Japanese aesthetic Wabi-sabi.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 3 Monochrome
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 3 Monochrome

“Wabi” is the paradoxical beauty perceived from natural imperfection and asymmetry found in hand made objects.  This is in contrast with unnatural “perfection” derived from machine manufacturing.  Wabi originates from the notion of minimalism, peaceful existence and harmony with nature.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract

“Sabi” is the aesthetic qualities of well used, and well cared for objects, achieved only over a long period of time.  Think of a well-worn pair of blue jeans, green oxidized copper tools or sculpture, and upcycled, distressed barn wood home furnishings.  Sabi originates from Buddhist teachings around the temporariness aspects of life, and appreciation of the wisdom, dignity and grace that comes with old age.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Monochrome
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Monochrome

Brought together, in Wabi-Sabi there is a humility and simplicity, appreciation of the marks of time, acceptance of our transience in the natural cycle of life, and an enlightened communion with nature.  There is also an acceptance of the world, and ourselves, as genuine—without artificial adornment or embellishment.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Sepia
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Sepia

When I observe antique objects, or abandoned structures, I appreciate the craftsman’s labor of love and my mind envisions the souls who once used the objects or inhabited the spaces.   They were once part of, and contributed to, the life experiences of the original owner.  Made of wood, metal, stone or woven fabric, they are like us, subject to Mother Nature’s slow and persistent process of reclamation.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 2
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 2

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Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Water Feature Abstracts

I composed these shots as a late afternoon thunderstorm approached Center City Park in downtown Greensboro.  It’s interesting how the water refracts light so it’s a mostly “negative” tonality compared to the background.  When the background is lighter, the water drops and globs have mostly a darker tonality.  And then the opposite is mostly true on darker backgrounds.  Pretty cool, eh?

Center City Water Feature Abstract 1
Center City Water Feature Abstract 1
Center City Water Feature Abstract 2
Center City Water Feature Abstract 2
Center City Water Feature Abstract 3
Center City Water Feature Abstract 3
Center City Water Feature Abstract 4
Center City Water Feature Abstract 4

Have a great week!

C. S.

Calabash Shrimp Boat Vignettes, part 3

The gnarly wood and rusty chains of this trawl board caught my eye on the Calabash boardwalk.  The 4 ft by 3 ft trawl board (or door), is used underwater on the left and right side of the shrimp net. At the right boat speed, the boards create enough drag to spread and maintain the horizontal net opening – where shrimp enter the net.

Shrimp Boat Trawl Board
Shrimp Boat Trawl Board
Shrimp Boat Trawl Board Detail
Shrimp Boat Trawl Board Detail

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Cheers,

C. S.