High Point Municipal Dam Composition

High Point Municipal Dam Composition

With it’s multi-level spillway, the High Point Municipal Dam at City Lake Park is like a large water sculpture.  As I approached the dam, I saw this wonderful composition opportunity.  But before I could get out my camera, the couple got-up and started towards their car.   Fortunately they kindly agreed to return to the table so I could shoot a few compositions.  Thanks to Debbie and Brian!

High Point Municipal Dam Composition
High Point Municipal Dam Composition

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Foster Falls, Virginia Barn Compositions

Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2

This post features a composition study of an old barn and corn crib on display at the New River Trail State Park, Foster Fall section.  My Boy Scout Troop camped, canoed and biked here this past weekend.  Such a beautiful destination!

Foster Fall Barn & Corn Crib Composition 1
Foster Fall Barn & Corn Crib Composition 1

Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2
Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2
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Park Building Composition: Horizontal or Vertical?

I need your help in picking the best composition below, horizontal or vertical.  These were captured early morning at a local park.  The horizontal image is were I’m leaning; it feels more balanced.  I also like the contrasting tonality between the two structures.

Park Maintenance Building Horizontal Composition
Park Maintenance Building Horizontal Composition
The vertical image better isolates the interesting side lighting on the stairs and railing.  Which do you like the best?

Park Maintenance Building Vertical Composition
Park Maintenance Building Vertical Composition
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4 Bridges on 5th Street Scene & A Memorial Day Thought

This composition has been on my to-do list for quite a while.  I find it an interesting architectural abstract and street scene.  There is actually a 5th bridge which is hidden behind the two far bridges in the lower left.  Perhaps I should change the title to 5 Bridges on 5th Street Scene.

Innovation Quarter 4 Bridges on 5th Street Scene
Innovation Quarter 4 Bridges on 5th Street Scene

In United States, today’s holiday reminds us of our obligation to remember the countless men and women who died to protect their fellow man and maintain our precious democratic freedoms.  Democracy is not easy, it requires compromise!  The recent mood of absolutism, and rejection of government/public institutions dishonors those who have sacrificed so much to protect them.

Everyday should be Memorial Day!

Downtown Winston-Salem Cityscapes

A Star on The Garage

Last week I had dinner in downtown Winston-Salem with my photographer friend Owens Daniels.  Afterwards, we both grabbed our camera and set out on a local street photography expedition.  I had so much fun.  We met some nice folks, found some great scenes and Owens shared many of his proven street photography tips.

Artivity on the Green Selfie
Artivity on the Green Selfie

Lessons learned:  

  1. I must do more street photography.
  2. Shoot with a photographer friend.  We grow through shared experience.
  3. Learn how to see without thinking. I’m reading a good book on this now – “Opening the Good Eye”.
  4. Develop your own style.
  5. Don’t be afraid of high ISO!  My D750 higher ISO settings look great, Lightroom does a great job of minimizing noise, and I usually add film grain to the composition in my workflow.
Composing The Garage
Owens Composing The Garage
A Star on The Garage
A Star on The Garage
Sunset from Trade to Liberty
Sunset from Trade to Liberty
What the Heck!
What the Heck!
Finding Free Smokes
Finding Free Smokes

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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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Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Part II, 3 pics

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4

From my original Dixie Furniture Plant post back on March 12th, I had a few more dramatic abandoned landscapes I wanted to share.  The black & white compositions followed my typical b&w workflow which includes process with Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 to emulate Agfa APX 100 b&w film.  The color image was processed to emulate Kodachrome slide film.

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 5
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 5
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 3
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 3

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Cheers,

C. S.

Salem Cemetery, 4 pics

Salem Cemetery Composition 1

The Salem Cemetery was originated by the Moravian Church in the 1770s.  Currently over 40 acres in size, its rolling hills create a unique resting place for over 6000 souls.  After work last Thursday, I visited as late afternoon was transitioning into sunset.  The long shadows and dramatic lighting offered several photographic opportunities.

Salem Cemetery Composition 1
Salem Cemetery Composition 1
Old Salem Cemetery Composition 3
Salem Cemetery Composition 3
Salem Cemetery Composition 2
Salem Cemetery Composition 2
Salem Cemetery Composition 4
Salem Cemetery Composition 4
Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy Easter.

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?’