Charleston Harbor Marina, Pt 1

I finally got around to processing and posting this first group of compositions from my visit last April to Patriot’s Point, Charleston, South Carolina.

Charleston Harbor Marina Composition 1
Charleston Harbor Marina Composition 1
Arthur Ravenel Bridge from the USS Yorktown
Arthur Ravenel Bridge from the USS Yorktown
Charleston Harbor Marina Composition 2
Charleston Harbor Marina Composition 2
Charleston Harbor Marina Composition 3
Charleston Harbor Marina Composition 3

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C. S.

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Monochrome Monday: Sunrise Seascapes

Seaside vignettes captured at Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

Ocean Isle Beach East Landscape Vignette
Ocean Isle Beach East Landscape Vignette
Ocean Isle Beach East Landscape
Ocean Isle Beach East Landscape

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C. S.

Mimosa Tree Part 2

More photos from my study of the exotic, but invasive Mimosa (Persian Silk) tree.

Mimosa Tree Composition 6 Monochrome
Mimosa Tree Composition 6 Monochrome
Mimosa Tree Composition 4 Monochrome
Mimosa Tree Composition 4 Monochrome
Mimosa Tree Composition 3
Mimosa Tree Composition 3
Mimosa Tree, Composition 5 Monochrome
Mimosa Tree, Composition 5 Monochrome

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C. S.

Mimosa Tree in Color & Monochrome

Last summer I took notice of several Mimosa trees (Albizia julibrissin) or Persian Silk Tree, growing along the highway on my daily commute.  By the time I got around to taking photographs, I had unfortunately missed the end of the flowering season in mid-July.  This year I was deliberate about sleuthing out the best morning and late afternoon Mimosa tree candidates.

Mimosa Tree Composition 1
Mimosa Tree Composition 1

Initially, I intended to feature the lovely magenta-red flower clusters in contrast with the dense, dark green bi-pinnate compound leaflets.  However, after following my color treatment, my monochrome workflow revealed a strikingly different composition.

Mimosa Tree Composition 1 Monochrome
Mimosa Tree Composition 1 Monochrome

As widely observed and commented on, monochrome elevates the composition’s lines, shapes and textures across a range monochromatic tonality.  The increased monochrome visual impact in these compositions comes from the Mimosa tree’s fascinating leaflet and flower architectures. In previous posts, I’ve discussed how fractal geometry and Fibonacci numbers (e.g. Golden Mean, Golden Spiral, etc.) is expressed in the patterns found in plant structures (phyllotaxis).

Mimosa Tree Composition 2
Mimosa Tree Composition 2

The Mimosa tree was introduced to the United States over 250 years ago.  Today its widely considered to be an invasive species and is opportunistic across many different soil conditions.  Its numerous seed pods are easily spread and remain fertile over long periods of drought.  It’s not surprising then to find so many specimens occupying the treeline along well-traveled roadways across the US.

Mimosa Tree, Composition 2 Monochrome
Mimosa Tree, Composition 2 Monochrome

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C. S.

Carolina Parking Garage Architectural Abstract

My youngest son Parker, a graduating high school senior, visited the University of South Carolina in Columbia this past spring.  I heard “Dad, are you coming” as I paused to capture this architectural abstract with my Tamron 15-30mm lens.  I love the extreme perspectives offered by this super-wide angle lens.

Carolina Parking Deck Abstract
Carolina Parking Deck Abstract

Parker will be attending USC this fall.  I wish I could go with him an experience college life all over again!  He said I could be his roommate, but I’m not really sure he meant it.

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C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Antique Metal Works

My final post featuring the impressive collection of antique artifacts outside Golden Oldies antique showroom in High Point, North Carolina.

Marquee High Peak Tent Frame & Cloudscape Composition
Marquee High Peak Tent Frame & Cloudscape Composition
Metal Table Frame Abstract
Metal Table Frame Abstract

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C. S.

 

Antique Kayak Composition

Another great find at Golden Oldies antique showroom in High Point, North Carolina.

Antique Kayak Composition
Antique Kayak Composition

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C. S.

Antique Amusement Park Gondola – Color or Monochrome?

While working on this towards the end of my intentional color workflow, I accidentally applied a b&w filter.  Immediately, I was convinced to go back and also apply my typical monochrome workflow.  Color or monochrome?  Both have their merits.  Obtaining a pleasing color balance in the color version was quite challenging.  I may go back and work on it more with fresh eyes.

Antique Sky Ride - Color
Antique Sky Ride – Color

In the monochrome version, I experimented with luminosity adjustments and ended up slightly dropping the red, green and blue.  This helped provide some tonal separation provided naturally in the color composition.

Antique Sky Ride - Monochrome
Antique Sky Ride – Monochrome

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C. S.

Antique Atlas Bicycle Composition Study

This rack of antique Atlas bicycles at Golden Oldies in High Point, North Carolina, was an excellent subject for a composition study.  For each composition, I shot a range of exposures from f8 up to f16. The f-stop and lens focal length used is appended to the end of the title.

Antique Atlas Bicycle 2
Antique Atlas Bicycle 2 at f8, 30mm

The first three compositions were shot with a Tamron 15-30mm lens.  The last was with my Nikon 28-300mm.

Antique Atlas Bicycle 3.tif
Antique Atlas Bicycle 3 at f16, 30mm

I looked up this brand; it’s from India and is one of the top global bicycle manufacturers.  Several of the seats are from the Hero bicycle brand, also a top manufacturer in India.  This suggests these were sold and used in India.

Antique Atlas Bicycle 4
Antique Atlas Bicycle 4 at f11, 26mm
Antique Atlas Bicycle 1
Antique Atlas Bicycle 1 f8, 70mm

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C. S.