July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop, With Profoto B2 Light Kit Pt II, 5 pics

Greetings!  Here are the rest of my street photography favorites referenced in my previous Gallery Hop post.  Click on an image to see the high resolution version from my portfolio site.  Hope you enjoy!

July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-African Drums 3
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-African Drums 3
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Street Artist 2
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Street Artist 2
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop - Street Performer 2
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop – Street Performer 2
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Street Performer 1
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Street Performer 1
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-African Drums 2
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-African Drums 2
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July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop, With Profoto B2 Kit Pt 1, 6 pics

July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Banjo Player
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Banjo Player

Thanks to philanthropy from former local titans of tobacco and textile industries, Winston-Salem has become known as the City of the Arts.  A thriving Arts Council, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECA), Sawtooth Gallery and Reynolda House Museum of American Art are some of the best know art entities in the city.  One of the many facets of community art in the DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop.

July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Bass Player
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Bass Player

The Downtown Arts District Association (DADA) is a non-profit community organization of visual and performing artisans, businesses, galleries and residents.  Centered in an area of urban renewal along Liberty, Sixth and N. Trade Streets in downtown Winston-Salem, the area includes a variety of artist studios, galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, bars and residencies.

July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Street Artist 1
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Street Artist 1

Back in June, I was fortunate to be able to purchase a Profoto B2 Location Kit and accessories.  The July 7th Gallery Hop was my first opportunity to try new kit on the street.  The lightweight DC battery pack hung nicely on my hip, I held the 250W strobe head with a 2’ octa softbox on a boom pole in my left hand.

July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-African Drums 1
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-African Drums 1

The early evening setting sun provided a nice back light on my initial shots, but quickly set behind the buildings.  I used the Profoto’s high speed sync (HSS) to shoot the initial batch around 1/320 sec at ISO 500.  The Nikon wireless TTL transmitter and camera made exposure almost effortless, allowing me to concentrate more on the subjects.  I wave very pleased with the results and look forward to my next opportunity to shoot in the street!

July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Margaret Webster-Shapiro
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Margaret Webster-Shapiro

I was also able to hangout with my Margaret Webster-Shapiro, a fellow member of the the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem (AAWS), and my good friend and photographer Owens Daniels.  Owens, also a member of AAWS, was displaying several of his pieces at the Artworks Gallery.

July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Owens Daniels
July Winston-Salem Gallery Hop-Owens Daniels

Thanks for stopping by!  I have a few more pictures from the Gallery Hop to post later in the week.

Cheers!

C. S.

Abandoned Feed Mill Pt II, 3 pics

Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 2

After my last post, I found a National Register of Historical Places registration form for the Richfield Milling Company.  The city of Richfield, in Stanley County, North Carolina, was founded in the late 1800’s by the Ritchie family, German immigrants who originally named the community as Ritchie’s Field.  Corn and other agricultural products was the economic engine for most rural southeastern counties.

Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 1
Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 1

The Yakin Railroad was completed in 1891 between Salisbury and Norwood, with the newly charted town of Ritchie’s Mill as a stop just before Albermarle – the county seat.  A few years later the city name was changed to Richfield.  The railroad enabled growth in the county of agricultural manufacturing enterprises.  In 1910, the Richfield Milling Company was founded, which provided local farmers with flour, corn meal, and livestock feed.

Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 2
Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 2

Later, the railroad also brought in grain from outside the county to be processed.  Consequently, the mill grew to supply the local community, and to ship product by train to other communities.  In 1950, the mill converted to exclusively animal feed production.  By the 1980, the mill produced poultry feed for local farms and the Ralston Purina company.  The mill closed in 1990.

Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 5
Abandoned Richfield Milling Company Composition 5

I used my standard b&w workflow to process these images, which includes an emulation of Agfa APX 100 b&w film.  Thanks for stopping by today.  Click on an image to view a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.

Vanishing American Barns

Reclaimed barn wood is quite popular these days.  It’s used in custom furniture, wall coverings, framing and general décor.  It is valued for its rough-hewn texture and antique character.  One could say it’s better to reclaim used wood than cutting down a living tree.  Generally I agree.  However, the higher demand for antique barn wood has accelerated the decline of rustic American barns from the countryside.  I’m somewhat conflicted on the matter.

Sandy Ridge Barn Composition
Sandy Ridge Barn Composition

Downtown Winston-Salem Cityscapes Pt III, 4 pics

Artivity on the Green Composition 2

Well, it took longer than I expected to finish the remaining compositions in this series.  I hope you enjoy.

Patio Lines Abstract
Patio Lines Abstract
Artivity on the Green Composition 2
Artivity on the Green Composition 2
Artivity on the Green Composition 1
Artivity on the Green Composition 1
Bailey Power Plant Restoration 2
Bailey Power Plant Restoration 2

 

Thanks for visiting my blog today.  Click on an image to see the high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Happy 4th of July!

C. S.

Downtown Winston-Salem Cityscapes Pt II, 4 pics

This series features additional downtown Winston-Salem cityscape compositions.  I like the label ‘cityscape’, it suggests a mash-up of street, architectural and urban landscape photography.  I hope to have the next post in this series completed later this weekend.

Bailey Power Plant Restoration 1
Bailey Power Plant Restoration 1
Camel City Pawn Rooftop Composition
Camel City Pawn Rooftop Composition
Main St. Alley Scene
Main St. Alley Scene
Fourth and Trade St. Composition
Fourth and Trade St. Composition

I appreciate you taking time to visit my blog.  Click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C.S.

High Point Municipal Dam Composition

High Point Municipal Dam Composition

With it’s multi-level spillway, the High Point Municipal Dam at City Lake Park is like a large water sculpture.  As I approached the dam, I saw this wonderful composition opportunity.  But before I could get out my camera, the couple got-up and started towards their car.   Fortunately they kindly agreed to return to the table so I could shoot a few compositions.  Thanks to Debbie and Brian!

High Point Municipal Dam Composition
High Point Municipal Dam Composition

Click on the image to view a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.  Hope you all have a great weekend!

Foster Falls, Virginia Barn Compositions

Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2

This post features a composition study of an old barn and corn crib on display at the New River Trail State Park, Foster Fall section.  My Boy Scout Troop camped, canoed and biked here this past weekend.  Such a beautiful destination!

Foster Fall Barn & Corn Crib Composition 1
Foster Fall Barn & Corn Crib Composition 1

Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2
Foster Falls Barn and Corn Crib Composition 2
Thanks for stopping by today.  Click on an image to view a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.