Fun with Filter Forge 9.0, pt 2

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.

Red Tail Hawk Pop Art 1
Red Tail Hawk Pop Art 1
Red Tail Hawk Panterly Composition 1
Red Tail Hawk Panterly Composition 1
Lanner Falcon Binary Abstract
Lanner Falcon Binary Abstract
Barred Owl Abstract
Barred Owl Abstract
American Kestrel Abstract 1
American Kestrel Abstract 1

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Everyone please remain safe!

Cheers,

C. S.

Fun with Filter Forge 9.0, pt 1

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.

Spectacled Owl Pop Art 1
Spectacled Owl Pop Art 1

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.

Great Horned Owl Graphic Abstract
Great Horned Owl Graphic Abstract

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.

Saker Falcon Abstract 1
Saker Falcon Abstract 1
Saker Falcon Pop Art
Saker Falcon Pop Art

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!

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A Expansion, pt 2

More architectural abstracts from my visit to the Concourse A Expansion at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 6
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 6
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 2
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 2
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 4
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Vignette 4

For the best viewing experience, click an image to see a high resolution version. Or visit my Charlotte Douglas International Airport Architectural Abstracts gallery.

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Charlotte Douglas International Airport Concourse A Expansion

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!

Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 5
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 1
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 3
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 4
Charlotte Airport Concourse A Expansion Composition 4

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

Cheers,

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Street Photography, Pt 4

Part four of my Uptown Charlotte cityscape compositions. Even after numerous visits, there’s still plenty to “see” Uptown!

Charlotte Transportation Center Night Composition
Charlotte Transportation Center Night Composition
E Fifth St Sky Bridge Abstract
Sky bridge crossing E Fifth St next to the Spectrum Center Arena in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina
Hearst Tower Entrance Street Scene 1
Hearst Tower Entrance Street Scene 1
S Tryon St Pedestrian Crossing
S Tryon St Pedestrian Crossing
Uptown Street Fatigue
Uptown Street Fatigue
Parking Deck Sky Bridge Composition
Parking Deck Sky Bridge Composition

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution, or visit my Uptown Charlotte street photography gallery on my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Uptown Charlotte Street Photography, Pt 3

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.

Street Greet on Trade and Tryon
Street Greet on Trade and Tryon
Epicentre Alleyway 2
Epicentre Alleyway 2
North Tryon Street Vignette 1
North Tryon Street Vignette 1
Hostage on Trade and Tryon
Hostage on Trade and Tryon
Epicentre Escalator Fascination
Epicentre Escalator Fascination

Thanks for stopping by! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see the high resolution version. If you like this post, check out these other Uptown Charlotte street photo posts:

Cheers,

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline

A recent 4 day business trip to Charlotte afforded me an opportunity to capture dramatic night skylines of Uptown.

Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline 1
Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline 1
Hearst Tower Abstract Skyline 1
Hearst Tower Abstract Skyline 1
Duke Energy Building Night Composition
Duke Energy Building Night Composition
Founders Hall Skyline Abstract
Founders Hall Skyline Abstract
North College and East Fifth Street Skyline
North College and East Fifth Street Skyline

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

Cheers!

C. S.

Uptown Street Photography, Pt 2

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.

Arena Station Night Train 1
Arena Station Night Train 1

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.

Epicentre Westbound Pedestrian Flyby
Epicentre Westbound Pedestrian Flyby

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.

4th and College Street Composition
4th and College Street 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”?

Epicentre Alleyway Vignette 1
Epicentre Alleyway Vignette 1

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.

Arena Station Night Train 2
Arena Station Night Train 2
Epicentre Eastbound Pedestrian
Epicentre Eastbound Pedestrian

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!

Cheers,

C. S.

Sunset Construction Architectural Abstracts

The hard lines and contrasting shapes of this construction venue captured my eye during sunset wanderings in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.

S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 3
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 3
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 1
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 1
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 2
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view in high resolution.

Cheers!

C. S.