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

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Cheers!

C. S.

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Romare Bearden Park Cityscapes

Named after the Charlotte born African-American artist, Romare Bearden Park opened in in Uptown Charlotte  in August of 2013.   The 5.4 acre public park is located between S Church St and S Mint St.  Bearden worked in several types of media including oils, collages and cartoons across multiple styles from avant-garde, abstract expressionism, and social realism.

Romare Bearden Park Sunset 1
Romare Bearden Park Sunset 1

I approached the park at the end of my late late afternoon stroll through the northeast Uptown district, just as sunset was transitioning into twilight. This series was photographed with my Nikon D750 and Tamron 15-30mm lens, and mefoto tripod. Post processing included initial Lightroom tweaks followed by multiple Photoshop layering workflows using Aurora HDR and Alien Skin Exposure X3.

Romare Bearden Park Twilight 1
Romare Bearden Park Twilight 1
Ghosts in the Fountain at Romare Bearden Park
Ghosts in the Fountain at Romare Bearden Park

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Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Lost and Found Beach Photos

As a follow-up from last week, here is the final set of compositions from the Carolina coast. Only six more months to my next family beach vacation!

North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 2
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 2
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 1
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 1
Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp Composition 2
Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp Composition 2
Head'n Out to Fish 1
Head’n Out to Fish 1
Gulf Stream Bound
Gulf Stream Bound
Seagull Hangout
Seagull Hangout

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Cheers,

C. S.

Rainy Day in the New River Valley, pt 6 – Wabi-Sabi

For this Monochrome Monday, I felt this old, antique horse trailer was an opportunity to discuss the relationship between our appreciation of antiques and the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Composition
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Composition

Most of us have an appreciation for antique objects. The rarity, classic construction, weathered surfaces and perhaps, the remembrance or our own distant past. Ironically, there is also intrinsic beauty found amidst rusty relics, patina surfaces and weathered structures.  These sensibilities can be associated with the traditional Japanese aesthetic Wabi-sabi.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 3 Monochrome
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 3 Monochrome

“Wabi” is the paradoxical beauty perceived from natural imperfection and asymmetry found in hand made objects.  This is in contrast with unnatural “perfection” derived from machine manufacturing.  Wabi originates from the notion of minimalism, peaceful existence and harmony with nature.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract

“Sabi” is the aesthetic qualities of well used, and well cared for objects, achieved only over a long period of time.  Think of a well-worn pair of blue jeans, green oxidized copper tools or sculpture, and upcycled, distressed barn wood home furnishings.  Sabi originates from Buddhist teachings around the temporariness aspects of life, and appreciation of the wisdom, dignity and grace that comes with old age.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Monochrome
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Monochrome

Brought together, in Wabi-Sabi there is a humility and simplicity, appreciation of the marks of time, acceptance of our transience in the natural cycle of life, and an enlightened communion with nature.  There is also an acceptance of the world, and ourselves, as genuine—without artificial adornment or embellishment.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Sepia
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Abstract Sepia

When I observe antique objects, or abandoned structures, I appreciate the craftsman’s labor of love and my mind envisions the souls who once used the objects or inhabited the spaces.   They were once part of, and contributed to, the life experiences of the original owner.  Made of wood, metal, stone or woven fabric, they are like us, subject to Mother Nature’s slow and persistent process of reclamation.

Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 2
Rusty Antique Horse Trailer Detail Composition 2

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Cheers,

C. S.

Twilight Cool!

During our family vacation at Ocean Isle Beach last July, we made our traditional sunset visit to the local pier.  I quickly noticed a different light characteristic than what I was used to.  The light was noticeably cooler.  Later I remembered this visit was a little later than usual, the sun had just set at the horizon.

Ocean Isle Beach West Sunset 1
Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 1

As sunset approaches the kelvin temperature of light typically drops resulting in the “golden hour” light.  But after sunset, the kelvin temperature rise back up, cooling things off.  As in sunrise, this transition point offers a great range of color temperatures. Warm yellow and orange, sun touched tonality sits just above cooler magenta and purple tonality just out of reach of the sun’s rays.

Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 2
Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 2

Shooting at twilight required use of a much higher ISO, this series was shot between 2000 – 3200 ISO.  Though my Nikon D750 does a nice job with higher ISO noise reduction, this series still required some noise and moire reduction processing.  After applying an Ektachrome slide film emulation the remaining noise was seamlessly blended into the film grain structure.

Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 3
Ocean Isle Beach West Twilight 3

Below, I included a 2015 photo of the same scene taken 20 minutes earlier in the day, just before sunset.  It’s a great example of the lighting change from just before sunset, to just after – twilight time.

Ocean Isle Beach West Sunset
Ocean Isle Beach West Sunset

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Cheers,

C. S.

Intracostal Waterway Composition

I used my Tamron 15-30 mm wide angle lens to capture this dramatic view of the Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp.  There were several blue, yellow, orange and green luminosity tweaks involved to get the optimal tonality spread.  At the end of my black and white workflow, I applied my standard Agfa APX 100 b&w film emulation using Alien Skin’s Exposure X3 software.

Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp Composition 1
Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp Composition 1

Thank you for stopping by today!

Cheers,

C. S.