Downtown Greensboro Cityscapes, Part 4 – Elm St. Vignettes

Here are some street scene vignettes I found interesting during my recent expedition around downtown Greensboro.  The shapes, textures, tonality and lighting seemed to all contribute to a nice composition.  I hope you enjoy!

Elm Street Vignette - Arco Realty.tif
Elm Street Vignette – Arco Realty
Elm Street Vignette - Balcony Abstract
Elm Street Vignette – Balcony Abstract
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Downtown Greensboro Cityscapes, Part 3, Abandoned Garage

Found this cool abandoned garage on E. Lewis Street, about one block over from Elm St.  The patterns, shapes, lines and textures all contributed to an excellent composition opportunity.  I really felt this subject worked well in both black and white and color.

East Lewis Street Abandoned Garage Composition 1
East Lewis Street Abandoned Garage Composition 1

Regarding color, I often find I need to give my eyes a break when judging color.  Yesterday, I spent a lot of time tuning the color in the composition below.  This morning, just before posting, I felt the image was a little too green, and, I had lost some of the teal color in the garage door.  A couple of quick adjustments, and, done.  Glad I slept on it.

East Lewis Street Abandoned Garage Composition 2
East Lewis Street Abandoned Garage Composition 2

I appreciate you taking time to view my blog.  For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view the high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Downtown Greensboro Cityscapes, Part 2, Virginia Creeper Wall

After driving by this decrepit, but rather cool wall covered with Virginia creeper vines, I ended up going back for several visits.  The wall, on E. Washington St., runs east to west.  As such, I found both early morning and late afternoon offered excellent light.  The first image below was captured in the late afternoon.  Here, I was attracted to the transition of sun to shade, the vine structure and the juxtaposition of the contemporary sculpture to the decaying old structure.

Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 3
Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 3

The next image is an interesting study of the contrast between sun and shade, or light and dark.  This would be a good image to view in higher resolution by clicking on the image.  You’ll better observe the styling approach – “what’s happening in the absence of light?

Virginia Creeping Reality
Virginia Creeping Reality

The Virginia creeper is a woody, deciduous vine native to the southeastern United States.  It is often confused with poison ivy, but closer inspection of it’s five leaf star shaped compound leaf structure makes it easily distinguishable.  As an aggressive grower, it can quickly get out of control and is often thought of as an invasive species.

Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 2
Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 2

One desired attribute is the brilliant range of red, scarlet to orange fall foliage.  It can also be used as ground cover to help control erosion.  But one must be vigilant to keep it from climbing nearby trees.  At least twice a year, I do battle with a Virginia creeper vine growing along my backyard fence.

Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 1
Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 1

Most of the color compositions were processed to emulate vintage Kodachrome slide film which compresses the saturation of yellow tones and leaves a bit warmer tonality.  Shown below is the black and white version of the image above.  I bumped up the luminosity of the reds a little to help create some separation of the leaf forms.  Still, the foliage remains a bit abstracted and busy, but somewhat contained by the silhouetted foreground figure.

Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 1 Black and White
Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 1 Black and White

Thanks for stopping by today!

Cheers,

C. S.

Blue Building Abstracts

Greetings, I’ve been away from my blog the last six weeks or so, working on a few portraits projects.  I hope to get back in my regular photo post routine.

Blue Building in Greensboro
Blue Building in Greensboro

Since I started working in Greensboro a few months ago, I’ve wanted to photograph this cool nearby building.  I finally brought my camera to work and shot these images last week.

Blue Building Abstract
Blue Building Abstract
Blue Building Abstract Monochrome
Blue Building Abstract Monochrome

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Cheers,

C. S.

Link-Taylor Silo Compositions, 3 pics

Part of the Dixie Furniture Company (founded in 1901), Link-Taylor brands manufactured quality hardwood office, bedroom and dining room sets.   Dixie Furniture became Lexington Furniture in 1987.  Like textiles, furniture manufacturing has declined significantly due to lower cost overseas manufacturing.  These buildings are now part of the local abandoned manufacturing landscape.

Link Taylor Silo Composition 2
Link Taylor Silo Composition 2
Link Taylor Silo Detail Composition 1
Link Taylor Silo Detail Composition 1
Link Taylor Interior Silo Composition 3
Link Taylor Interior Silo Composition 3

For the best viewing experience, click an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Canoe Paddle Composition, Styling Study

Canoe Paddle Composition Black and White
Canoe Paddle Composition Black and White

This paddle composition has been on my backlog for a several months.  I finally got around to working on it earlier this week.  As I started my typical workflow, I had a black and white treatment in mind.  The white balanced color view didn’t seem to offer as much, so I also tried a vintage Kodachrome emulation treatment with Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 and liked the results.  Some additional tweaking in Filter Forge resulted in the image below.

Primary Colors Canoe Paddle Composition
Primary Colors Canoe Paddle Composition

I decided to also try a mashup of the color image with a sepia treatment.  I’ve used variations of this approach several times in the past.  In this treatment, I allowed a little more color in the paddles.  It’s a cool effect, but is comparably a little flatter image.

Canoe Paddle Composition Sepia and Vintage Kodachrome
Canoe Paddle Composition Sepia and Vintage Kodachrome

I like the black and white, but am leaning towards the color, because of its rustic feel and bolder primary colors.  If you have a preference, please let me know.  For the best viewing experience, click and image for a high resolution version.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Cheers,

C. S.

Calabash – Waiting for the Shrimpers, 3 pics

My family loves to vacation in the southern beaches of North Carolina, usually Ocean Isle Beach.  Traditionally, we include a visit to the famous seafood restaurants of Calabash.  The local shrimp boats and fishing charters dock right behind the restaurants, ensuring the freshest seafood.

Waiting on the Shrimpers 1
Waiting on the Shrimpers 1

During our July visit, I excused myself while waiting to be seated to capture a few vignettes of the dockside.  These seagulls immediately caught my eye as they patiently awaited the daily return of the shrimp boats.  They are more than happy to clean up the scraps! I was attracted by the contrast between the orderly grid like shingle textures and the sky.  And, the seemingly random placement of gulls on the orderly shingle grid.

Waiting on the Shrimpers 2
Waiting on the Shrimpers 2

A quick word or two of advice.  First, after your meal in Calabash, make sure to stop in to Callahan’s of Calabash “everything beach” gift shop .   Also, while on the docks, be on the lookout for incoming seagull shit.  Sorry, I meant poop.

Waiting on the Shrimpers 3
Waiting on the Shrimpers 3

Thanks for stopping by today.   For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Caswell County Countrysides, 2 pics

Here are a couple of lovely country landscapes to wrap up my series on Caswell County.

Caswell County Countryside Composition 2
Caswell County Countryside Composition 2
Caswell County Countryside Composition 1
Caswell County Countryside Composition 1

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.