Architectural Elements from Uptown Charlotte, part 2

The sunset sky reflects as a firestorm in the glass facade of the Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel in Uptown Charlotte.

Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel - Sunset Firestorm
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel – Sunset Firestorm
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel Architectural Abstract - Sunset Firestorm
Kimpton Tryon Park Hotel Architectural Abstract – Sunset Firestorm

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Cheers,

C. S.

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Architectural Elements from Uptown Charlotte, part 1

Last week I traveled to Uptown Charlotte for a couple days of business meetings . After work, I found my way to the street and was rewarded with many composition opportunities. Here’s the first in series street photos featuring architectural abstracts.

City Skyline Sunset Abstract
City Skyline Sunset Abstract
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Abstract
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Abstract
Bank of America Center Sunset Abstract
Bank of America Center Sunset Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
North College St Sky Bridge Abstract 1
North College St Sky Bridge Abstract 1
Charlotte First Baptist Church Steeple
Charlotte First Baptist Church Steeple

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Cheers,

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Photography

In late April, I met my oldest son Austin in Charlotte to attend a University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Delta Sigma Phi fraternity event in Uptown (I’m also a Delta Sig, but from NC State). We rode the light rail from the University of the UNCC station to the Arena Station in Uptown. From there we walked through the Epicentre area to our destination on Trade and Tryon Streets. Of course, I was in the rear capturing these street photos along the way.

Arena Station Exterior Composition
Arena Station Exterior Composition
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 2
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 2
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 3
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 3
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 4
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 4
Bank of America Center Abstract
Bank of America Center Abstract
Uptown Charlotte Street Musician
Uptown Charlotte Street Musician
Uptown Charlotte Arena Station Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Arena Station Composition 1

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Cheers,

C. S.

Canadian Hole: Ridin’ the Wind

Located on the Pamelco Sound side of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Canadian Hole is acknowledged as one of the best windsurfing and kiteboarding locations on the American east coast, if not the world  Returning from a late afternoon visit to the Wright Brothers Memorial, we pulled off Highway 12 between Avon and Buxton to enjoy watching these windsurfers ride the wind.

Canadian Hole Windsurfing 1
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 1
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 2
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 2
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 3
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 3
Canadian Hole Windsurfing Pop Art
Canadian Hole Windsurfing Pop Art
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 4
Canadian Hole Windsurfing 4

Photographed the following day, his last composition features a kiteboarder in the Atlantic Ocean side of Hatteras Island near the city of Hatteras.

Hatteras Kiteboarder Composition
Hatteras Kiteboarder Composition

In our campground in Fresco, I met a gentlemen named Gerard from Montreal.  A serious kiteboarder, he was evidence Canadian Hole was indeed discovered by Canadians in the early 1980s. Thanks for stopping by today. Click to see a high resolution version of each image.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Memorial Day Monday

I especially enjoy the “unveiling” experience when switch a composition from color to black and white. Shapes, textures, lines, patterns and their supporting monochrome tonalities are elevated to a higher-level, often embellishing, or presenting a totally new composition. That was mostly the experience with this series of compositions from a recent visit to my local farmer’s market.

Portulaca Flower Composition
Portulaca Flower Composition

In the image above, I started with a sepia tone look, but quickly found a bit of subtle color was needed to bring alive the red Portulaca flowers. For those who follow my blog, this is one of my common monochrome workflows, which usually ends with a vintage Kodachrome slide film emulation with Alien Skin’s Exposure X3.

Coleus Plant Composition 2
Coleus Plant Composition 2

The Coleus composition above was a noteworthy because of the intense experimentation with red, orange, yellow and green luminosity value combinations. With some patience you can usually enhance patterns and extend the tonal range. This image had the “fattest” histogram of them all.

Juniper Detail Composition
Juniper Detail Composition
Arabis Flower Composition
Arabis Flower Composition
Coleus Plant Composition 1
Coleus Plant Composition 1
Coleus Plant Composition 3
Coleus Plant Composition 3

For the best viewing experience, including really seeing the gorgeous textures in this series, click on an image to see a high resolution version. On this U.S. Memorial Day, I’d like to personally thank my fellow countrymen, and their families, who serve, or have served in our Armed Services.

Cheers!

C. S.

Yellow Thistle Shop of Horrors

When I first encountered these Yellow thistle plants near the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, I was immediately reminded of the “Audrey II”, the alien man-eating plant from The Little Shop of Horrors movie.  The plant is a contradiction of exotic beauty and menacing horror. 

Yellow Thistle Monochrome 1
Yellow Thistle Monochrome 1 – Thistle Landscape

Interestingly, the Yellow Thistle’s genus- species name is Cirsium horridulum.  In several states, Cirsium are considered noxious weeds, while others states have designated it as an endangered or threatened species.

Yellow Thistle Color 1
Yellow Thistle Color 1 – Looking at You

In my state of North Carolina, the thistle is relatively common in the coastal plains and is know to initially flourish were the ground has recently been disturbed.  Over time, the thistle gives way to other plants who establish themselves with permanence.  I found evidence of this with numerous thistles thriving along the 2,900 foot strip of land where in 1999, the lighthouse was moved inland away from the encroaching sea.

Yellow Thistle Monochrome 2
Yellow Thistle Monochrome 2 – Alien Encounter
Yellow Thistle Color 2
Yellow Thistle Color 2 – Audrey II

Thanks for “sticking” around for this post! To best appreciate the prickly detail in these thistles, click on an image to view the high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Outer Banks Osprey Nest Seacape

This magnificent osprey nest was near our Scout campsite in Frisco, North Carolina on Hatteras Island in the Outer Banks. The wind and salt burned pine trees provide both habitat and an intriguing seascape. The female spent most of the day sitting, while the male hunted for food and nesting material.

Outer Banks Osprey Nest Seascape
Outer Banks Osprey Nest Seascape

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Cheers,

C. S.

Pamlico Sound Sunset

An hour before sunset, I had attempted to photograph windsurfers and
kiteboarders just north of Buxton on the North Carolina Outer Banks. Unfortunately there was no wind, no windsurfers and no kiteboarders. Fortunately though, I arrived back at our campsite in Frisco just in time to capture these wonderful sunset compositions looking west across the Pamlico Sound.

Pamlico Sound Sunset 1
Pamlico Sound Sunset 1

The eastern side of the Outer Banks is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean, while the western side is separated from the North Carolina mainland by the vast Pamlico Sound. Extending 80 miles (129 km) long and 15 to 20 miles (32 km ) wide, the Pamlico Sound is the largest lagoon on the North American East Coast.

Pamlico Sound Sunset 2
Pamlico Sound Sunset 2
Pamlico Sound Sunset 3
Pamlico Sound Sunset 3
Pamlico Sound Sunset 3 - Touching the Sun Detail
Pamlico Sound Sunset 3 – Touching the Sun Detail

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Cheers!

C. S.