Local snow, sleet and slush, and an extended lunch break, offered an opportunity for some interesting urban cityscape compositions in downtown Greensboro. It’s interesting how snow can abstract both landscape and cityscape compositions.
In the first composition above, I originally intended to execute a straight monochrome approach. When I did however, the yellow center line lost a lot of it’s visual impact. So I decided to keep it in as a spot color.
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This cityscape in downtown Greensboro presented a composition challenge. Horizontal (slightly wide angle) or vertical (slightly telephoto). Which do you think makes the best composition? I’d appreciate your feedback.
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The rear view of this old building in downtown Greensboro caught my eye on a ride to lunch a few weeks ago. Since then, I’ve visited the site several times. Once after a light morning snow, and another where I was shooed away from the tracks by a railroad employee. The front and interior of this building was recently restored and is now the home of a popular restaurant.
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After driving by this decrepit, but rather cool wall covered with Virginia creeper vines, I ended up going back for several visits. The wall, on E. Washington St., runs east to west. As such, I found both early morning and late afternoon offered excellent light. The first image below was captured in the late afternoon. Here, I was attracted to the transition of sun to shade, the vine structure and the juxtaposition of the contemporary sculpture to the decaying old structure.
The next image is an interesting study of the contrast between sun and shade, or light and dark. This would be a good image to view in higher resolution by clicking on the image. You’ll better observe the styling approach – “what’s happening in the absence of light?”
The Virginia creeper is a woody, deciduous vine native to the southeastern United States. It is often confused with poison ivy, but closer inspection of it’s five leaf star shaped compound leaf structure makes it easily distinguishable. As an aggressive grower, it can quickly get out of control and is often thought of as an invasive species.
One desired attribute is the brilliant range of red, scarlet to orange fall foliage. It can also be used as ground cover to help control erosion. But one must be vigilant to keep it from climbing nearby trees. At least twice a year, I do battle with a Virginia creeper vine growing along my backyard fence.
Most of the color compositions were processed to emulate vintage Kodachrome slide film which compresses the saturation of yellow tones and leaves a bit warmer tonality. Shown below is the black and white version of the image above. I bumped up the luminosity of the reds a little to help create some separation of the leaf forms. Still, the foliage remains a bit abstracted and busy, but somewhat contained by the silhouetted foreground figure.