Monochrome Monday – Picking Strawberries

Captured several weeks ago at the end of strawberry season in north central North Carolina.

Picking Strawberries Saturday Morning
Picking Strawberries Saturday Morning

Thanks for taking time to visit!

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.

Antique Atlas Bicycle Composition Study

This rack of antique Atlas bicycles at Golden Oldies in High Point, North Carolina, was an excellent subject for a composition study.  For each composition, I shot a range of exposures from f8 up to f16. The f-stop and lens focal length used is appended to the end of the title.

Antique Atlas Bicycle 2
Antique Atlas Bicycle 2 at f8, 30mm

The first three compositions were shot with a Tamron 15-30mm lens.  The last was with my Nikon 28-300mm.

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Antique Atlas Bicycle 3 at f16, 30mm

I looked up this brand; it’s from India and is one of the top global bicycle manufacturers.  Several of the seats are from the Hero bicycle brand, also a top manufacturer in India.  This suggests these were sold and used in India.

Antique Atlas Bicycle 4
Antique Atlas Bicycle 4 at f11, 26mm

Antique Atlas Bicycle 1
Antique Atlas Bicycle 1 f8, 70mm

For the best viewing experience, click on a image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site. Thank you for taking time to visit my blog.

Cheers,

C. S.

Antique Trellis Abstracts

I’ve been spying the menagerie of antiques outside this cool antique store in High Point, North Carolina called Golden Oldies.  They sell mostly to the international home furnishing industry, based here in High Point.  Last week, I finally found a little time for a late afternoon visit.  These rusty iron trellises were my first subject of study.

Antique Trellis Abstract 1
Antique Trellis Abstract 1

Antique Trellis Abstract 2
Antique Trellis Abstract 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.  Thanks for stopping by!

Cheers,

C. S.