Railyard Sunset

A lovely sunset captured at the Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Sunset
Norfolk Southern Pomona Yard Sunset

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C. S.

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Snow, Sleet & Slush Pedestrian Cityscapes, Part 1

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.

Snow Day Cityscape 1
Snow, Sleet & Slush Pedestrian Cityscape 1

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.

Snow Day Cityscape 2
Snow, Sleet & Slush Pedestrian Cityscape 2

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Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Winter Tree & Brick Wall Composition

This stark vignette was captured in downtown Greensboro late last year.  The natural, darker tree lines contrast nicely with the hard brick & mortar lines of the building.

Winter Tree Composition
Winter Tree and White Brick Wall Composition

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C. S.

Downtown Greensboro Cityscapes, Part 5: Horizontal or Vertical?

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.

Washington Street Scene 1
Washington Street Scene 1
Washington Street Scene 2 Vertical
Washington Street Scene 2 Vertical

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Cheers,

C. S.

Security Van Lines Building Composition Study

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.

Security Van Lines Sunset Composition 1
Security Van Lines Sunset Composition 1
Security Van Lines Sunset Composition 2
Security Van Lines Sunrise Composition 2
Security Van Lines Sunset Composition 3
Security Van Lines Sunset Composition 3
Security Van Lines Sunset Composition 4
Security Van Lines Sunset Composition 4

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Cheers,

C. S.

Downtown Greensboro Cityscapes, Part 2, Virginia Creeper Wall

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.

Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 3
Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 3

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?

Virginia Creeping Reality
Virginia Creeping Reality

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.

Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 2
Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 2

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.

Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 1
Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 1

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.

Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 1 Black and White
Virginia Creeper Wall Composition 1 Black and White

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Cheers,

C. S.