Wordless Wednesday

Uwharrie Tractor and Barn Composition 2
Uwharrie Tractor and Barn Composition 2
Uwharrie Tractor and Barn Composition 1
Uwharrie Tractor and Barn Composition 1
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A Rainy Day in the New River Valley, pt 4 Cow Pens

Visitors to Foster Falls, Virginia Campgrounds or the New River State Park will be familiar with this large livestock operation on the left, just before the park entrance.

Foster Falls Cow Pens Composition 1
Foster Falls Cow Pens Composition 1

As many times as I passed this farm on the way to a Boy Scout camping trip at Foster Falls, this was the first time I actually “saw” the compositional opportunities at this location.  Proprietor/farmer Tommy Stone was kind enough to provide some local history while standing in the pouring rain.

Foster Falls Cow Pens Composition 2
Foster Falls Cow Pens Composition 2
Foster Falls Cow Pens Composition 3
Foster Falls Cow Pens Composition 3

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

Cheers!

C. S.

A Rainy Day in the New River Valley, pt 2

This roll of hay store is located on Shottower Rd, near Foster Falls on the New River.  The abandoned farm buildings and long rows of hay made for interesting elements in these compositions.

Roll of Hay Composition 1
Roll of Hay Composition 1
Roll of Hay Composition 2
Roll of Hay Composition 2
Roll of Hay Composition 3
Roll of Hay Composition 3

To appreciate these images, click to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Stanley County Farmscape

The poultry business is huge in North Carolina, its the top agricultural industry in the state.  Chicken houses have long been seen as a sore spot in some communities.  The odor can be quite unbearable.  Newer farms, like the one picture in this post, have more advanced insulation and air handling technology.  This has led to significant improvements in air quality in and around these farms.  I do like chicken, and also found the shapes and textures in this landscape composition quite interesting.

Stanley County Poultry Farm Scene
Stanley County Poultry Farm Scene

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your visit.

Caswell County Matinee II – 2 pics

Caswell County Clouds
Caswell County Clouds

These two images are from the second show featured during the Caswell County Matinee I introduced you to several weeks ago.  The second show was just a dramatic and spectacular as the first!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Farm Sunset on Hwy 150
Farm Sunset on Hwy 150

Click on an image to see a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.  Thanks for stopping by today.

On Wood On Wood – 3 Pics

This post features the juxtaposition of wood in it’s natural state (trees and shrubs), with wood harvested, shaped and re-purposed by mankind.  Like animals, plants evolved over millions of years to become complex organisms.  Long, elaborate flowing wooden structures extend underground to collect water & nutrients, while similar structures spread out to support a vast canopy of energy processing foliage.

Fallen Tree On Shed
Fallen Tree On Shed

Inside the bark and living tissue layers is the dead xylem, plugged with hardened resins & gum, the remnants of previous years growth.  As the plant grows, this “heartwood” has the structural properties required to support the load of a vast network of branches and foliage.  These same proprieties make tree trunks an excellent building material for man-made structures.

Tree and Shed Composition
Tree and Barn Composition

We’ve learned to cut, shape and treat wood to maximize it’s utility, durability and beauty. We also developed and leveraged principles of structural engineering to further extend the usefulness of wood as a building material.

Shed Frame Composition
Shed Frame Composition

Home design magazines beautifully portray grand wooden structures harmoniously integrated into the natural landscape. Alternatively in this post,  I hope to contrast the regenerative natural landscape with the transience of abandoned man-made wooden structures.   Much effort is required to create & maintain a perceived right-brained order in our modern world.  However, the natural world always uses the laws of nature to govern an inevitable outcome.

All images were processed in Lightroom & Photoshop, and finished with a Agfa APX 100 black & white film emulation in Alien Skin’s Exposure 7.  Click on an image to view a higher resolution image from my portfolio site.

2015 Lost and Found V

Here’s one more image to end this series.  I’m sure there are other forgotten images from 2015, and perhaps beyond.  One rainy weekend afternoon, they will be discovered, processed, published and hopefully appreciated.

Wheat Field Composition
Wheat Field Composition

2015 Lost & Found IV

Willard Farm Rear View
Willard Farm Rear View

I’ve been experimenting with techniques to transform color images into a light painterly effect.  The removal of color in a black & white image enables more attention to texture, shapes, patterns and tonality.  Similarly, by removing detailed information from color images, other aspects of the composition are elevated.  In this image, I believe warm color tonality and the soft architectural shapes contribute most to this composition.

My workflow started with standard processing in Lightroom, and then the addition of a few painterly effects from Filter Forge and Alien Skin Snap Art.  Next, these images, along with the original from Lightroom, we all composited in Photoshop.  The final treatment was the application of a vintage Kodachrome film emulation and final color and contrast tweaks.   You can view a higher resolution version from my portfolio site by clicking on the image.

January 16 Update:  A great photographer I follow, Denise Bush, was curious to see before and after of the processing used in this post.

Here is the original image with some initial processing:

Willard Farm Rear View - Initial Processing

The final image with the additional treatments mentioned above:

Willard Farm Rear View

Ferguson Model TO-20 Tractor Detail – 2 images

Ferguson Tractor Side Detail
Ferguson TO-20 Tractor Side Detail

Born in Ireland, Henry Ferguson produced his first tractor model in 1936.  In 1938 he struck a deal with Henry Ford to produce tractors in America.  The TO-20, shown in this post, began production in 1948 and became one of the most popular tractor models for small farms.  After a troubled break away from Ford, he would later sell his company to Massey Harris, which became the modern day Massey-Ferguson company.

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Ferguson TO-20 Tractor Front Detail

I was really drawn to the detailed textures of the tractor’s rusted old metal and nameplate.  For most warm colored images, I’ll finish my workflow with processing in Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 Kodachrome film emulation.  The result for these images was nice, but I eventually felt they were too saturated.  So, by dialing back the saturation a bit I believe I got a nice compromise of texture and color.  Click on the images to see a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.