In early July, my wife and I visited Charlotte, NC for the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in a building originally built as a Ford Model T factory. During WWII, the US Army expanded the campus building five additional massive warehouses to serve as a Quartermaster Depot.
In the Cold War years, the campus was used to build missiles, where the site was referred to as Charlotte Area Missile Plant, or CAMP for short.
Now Camp North End is in the middle of a massive multi-year adaptive reuse project, and is now a mix between industrial art collective, shopping center, and an outdoor food hall.
With several parts of the campus in various stages of renovation, I enjoyed exploring numerous photographic opportunities as much as the Van Gogh Exhibit.
More compositions are in the works and will be featured in a future post, or in my Monochromia posts. Thanks for taking time to visit my photo blog. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high-resolution version.
Here’s the follow up to my Fun with Filter Forge 9.0 part 1 post on April 5th. The compositions below, from a visit to the Carolina Raptor Center in March, continues my exploration of this interest creative processing tool.
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Mid March, just before the Covid19 shelter in place restrictions, twelve of us from the Sawtooth Photo League visited the Carolina Raptor Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. As a visitor, you’re most likely to only see the raptors in their cages. We had a special opportunity to capture eight of these amazing creatures up-close and in flight. Just after our visit, I updated my Filter Forge software to version 9, and decided to deep dive the software to come up with some unique styling compositions.
Filter Forge allows users to modify existing filters as well as develop their on. The latter though, seems to be a bit intense in terms of technical ability and time. But, with a library of over 13,000 filters, you can probably find a starting place in an existing filter. Filters not only include creative effect styling, but also texture and pattern creation, frames, and photo specific filters.
There are so many options, you can easily spend hours (if not days) experimenting, especially when you start blending different filters as separate layers in Photoshop. So if you try the 30 day trial, make sure you set aside plenty of time to evaluate. There is only a Photoshop plug-in.
I have another set of Filter Forge Raptor Center compositions I’ll post later this week. Thanks for taking time to visit. For the best viewing experience, especially to see the magic of this cool software, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Everyone please stay safe!
During my last flight out of Charlotte Douglas International Airport, I was fortunate to be assigned to a gate in the new Concourse A Expansion. The modern architecture and natural light were quite impressive!
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From my trip to Charlotte last month, this post switches from architectural abstracts to street photography. Trekking around Uptown, before and after work, afforded me several great composition opportunities.
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While exploring urban environments with my camera, I’m usually looking for composition opportunities, which include architectural abstracts, expansive urban landscapes (cityscapes) or people interacting with or navigating through the city. Particularly, the latter falls into the genre of Street Photography.
In the last few years, have I become more deliberate about seeking out opportunities to create street photography fine art compositions. In fact, much of my appreciation of the genre comes from following street photographers here on WordPress.
Even within the genre, there are many different approaches, techniques, styles and sub-genres. I seem to be gravitating towards “seeing” compositions where both urban architecture and people not necessarily single “subjects” of the composition, but instead are both elements within the broader cityscape composition.
Sometimes a composition develops quite quickly and I must be prepared to react. To catch these, I try to first find a ISO, aperture and shutter speed combo that best suits the existing light and environment. More often though, have to wait for the composition to develop or evolve. Have you been shooting during the golden hour and heard a voice in your head say “be patient, wait for the shot to development”? Then, hear the counterpoint perspective in your head, “if you say here much longer, you’re going to miss out on other shots”?
When traveling to Charlotte to work Uptown, I like to stay in a hotel that’s at least 5 or 6 blocks from my work location. That affords me the opportunity to shoot on my way to the office and afterwards on the way back to the hotel. Both usually involve a detour, or two. Compared to shots above, the last two compositions are similar in terms of the subject and point of view. However, different styling approaches introduce some uniqueness to the composition.
Thank you for visiting today. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site. Over the last year or so, I’ve developed a nice collection of street photos from Uptown Charlotte, click here to see my Uptown Charlotte Gallery. Have a great weekend!