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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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

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Abandoned Downtown Reidsville Pt 2

Like many of the business in this area, the Reidsville Grocery Co. moved locations with the decline of the area tobacco industry; and as result, the decline of the local neighborhood.

Reidsville Grocery Co Building Compostion
Reidsville Grocery Co Building Composition

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Brick and Wood Arbor on UNCC Campus

Brick & Wood Arbor Composition 2
Brick & Wood Arbor Composition 2

Back in September, my oldest son, a freshman at UNCC in Charlotte, was giving us a tour of the campus.  Near the Atkins Library, I noticed this rather interesting arbor structure. Its contemporary brickwork and wooden arbor make for a nice respite to study, meet or just enjoy the weather. The lines, shapes and textures also provided an interesting subject to test out my new Tamron 15mm – 30mm super wide zoom. I feel the wide view and lens distortion both contribute to an impactful composition.  I’ve really been enjoying this lens and look forward to mastering the large 150mm filter system I purchased along with it.

Brick & Wood Arbor Composition 1
Brick & Wood Arbor Composition 1

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Plant 64 Birdland

Leaving work a few months ago, I noticed a large flock of birds occupying a nearby water tower.  With the sun setting and rather dramatic clouds behind the tower, I wished I had my Nikon full frame camera.  Then I thought, hey, in my pocket I have a decent camera on my Samsung S5.

Plant 64 Birdland
Plant 64 Birdland

I ended up spending just as much time working on this image as I typical do on shots from my Nikon; including an emulation of Kodak Ektachrome slide film to get some fine grain structure and extra color punch. Perhaps I’ve been a bit of a snob regarding the ability of a mobile phone to capture a worthy image.  I once heard another photographer say “the best camera is the one you have on you”.