Abandoned Chair Factory and Photography School

On September 8th I attended the 50th anniversary of the Randolph Community College Photography Department in Asheboro, North Carolina. We enjoyed several great seminars, tours of the recently update facilities, vendors and most of all, reconnecting with classmates from the class of 82!

Abandoned Chair Factory - Cyclone Composition
Abandoned Chair Factory – Cyclone Composition

Afterwards, I took a trip downtown with friends for a round of malt beverages. On the way, I passed this abandoned factory and decided to stop by on my way out of town. Despite lengthy research online, I was only able to determine the facility had once been a chair manufacturing plant.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Window
Abandoned Chair Factory – Window

Part of the abandoned plant had been demolished. Perhaps to make room for new construction, or more likely because what remained was unsafe. I cautiously made my way into another section were the roof was falling in. Though I haven’t done a lot of interior urban exploring or “urbex”, I certainly got a sense of the suspense and fear induced adrenaline rush sometimes described by urbex bloggers.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Falling Interior
Abandoned Chair Factory – Falling Interior

I ended up working off and on over a week’s period preparing the images for this post. As you can see, different styling approaches were used. In most cases I experimented with different looks, but was pleased with the final technique chosen for each composition.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Excavator Window
Abandoned Chair Factory – Excavator Window

The black & white images followed my typical monochrome workflow, which includes a Agfa APX 100 b&w film emulation using Alien Skin’s Exposure X3 for a slight contrast boost and addition of realistic old school grain.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Exterior
Abandoned Chair Factory – Exterior

For the sepia compositions, I started with some Lightroom dehaze processing on the sky, and then used Aurora HDR software to extend the tonal range and apply sepia toning with orange highlight and shadow toning. Finally Photoshop was used to mask the sky for some additional curves processing to further punch up clouds and sky contrast.

Abandoned Chair Factory -Truck Interior
Abandoned Chair Factory -Truck Interior

HDR processing was also used to punch up the texture and color contrast in the color photo below. Here, the trick was to not over do it. Now, in several of my architectural shots of Toronto late last year, I heavily pushed the HDR processing, almost to the point of abstraction. For abandoned compositions though, I’ve found a more subtle amount of processing works well to reveal and feature weathered and patina surfaces.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Shop Wall Composition
Abandoned Chair Factory – Shop Wall Composition

Back to Randolph Community College, when I attended as a Commercial Photography student, it was Randolph Tech. I did start my career as a commercial photographer, shooting mostly home furnishing in the furniture capital of the world – High Point, NC. I eventually drifted into multi-media, IT and project management. Now, I enjoy photography as more of a hobby. But hey, that’s a story for another day.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Shop Entrance
Abandoned Chair Factory – Shop Entrance

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog! I would certainly be interested in hearing your feedback on any or all of these compositions. For the best viewing experience, be sure to click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers!

C. S.

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Monochrome Monday: Lost and Found Beach Photos

As a follow-up from last week, here is the final set of compositions from the Carolina coast. Only six more months to my next family beach vacation!

North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 2
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 2
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 1
North Myrtle Beach Ferris Wheel 1
Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp Composition 2
Sunset Beach Bridge and Boat Ramp Composition 2
Head'n Out to Fish 1
Head’n Out to Fish 1
Gulf Stream Bound
Gulf Stream Bound
Seagull Hangout
Seagull Hangout

Thank you for visiting today. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see all the detailed tonality in a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Downtown Kershaw Abandoned Building Study

While recently traveling the back roads of the South Carolina Midlands, I took time to explore the downtown area of Kershaw. You can bet older small towns, off the beaten path, will usually have some interesting old or abandoned structures to photograph. Along E Marion St., I found a string of cool abandoned brick buildings to capture.

Kershaw Brick and Mortar Composition 1
Kershaw Brick and Mortar Composition 1
Kershaw Abandoned Building Brick Composition 2
Kershaw Abandoned Building Brick Composition 2
Kershaw Abandoned Building Composition 1
Kershaw Abandoned Building Composition 1
Kershaw Abandoned, Boarded Up Building
Kershaw Abandoned, Boarded Up Building
Kershaw Abandoned Building Composition 2
Kershaw Abandoned Building Composition 2
Kershaw Brick and Mortar Composition 2
Kershaw Brick and Mortar Composition 2
Kershaw Abandoned Building Brick Composition
Kershaw Abandoned Building Brick Composition

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

Cheers,

C. S.

Toronto Street Photography, pt 3

It’s time to leave Toronto with this final street photography post. I was fortunate to be in such a cool city with a mix of European contemporary flare, old city charm and diverse ethnic character. An excellent recipe for street photography!

Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 5
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 5
Adelaide St E Vignette 3
Adelaide St E Vignette 3
King St E Vignette 2
King St E Vignette 2
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 6
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 6

For the best viewing experience click on an image to view a high resolution version. For more Toronto street photography, see my Street Photograph – Toronto, CA and Monochrome Monday: Toronto Street Photography, pt 2 posts.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Toronto Street Photography, pt 2

As a follow up to my early November street photography post, I’ve included here eight additional compositions I curated from my 4 day visit.  As you view this series, I hope you find and enjoy the subtle and not so subtle features contained in these compositions.

Crossing King St E Composition
Crossing King St E Composition
Cathedral Church of St James Vignette 1
Cathedral Church of St James Vignette 1
Looking Right on Adelaide St E
Looking Right on Adelaide St E
Urban Locust Tree Composition 2
Urban Locust Tree Composition 2
Adelaide St E Vignette
Adelaide St E Vignette
Toronto Street Conversation
Toronto Street Conversation
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 1
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 1
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 2
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 2

Thank you for taking time to view my photography.  For the best visual experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Victoria St Urban Cityscape Compositions

High above Victoria St in Toronto, I spied this brave fellow painting the metal window framing of a twenty story building.  At this point in time, the painter was painstakingly applying primer.  So he had to go back over the face of this structure again to apply the final coat of red!  I would say these are mashup of architectural abstracts and street photography.

Victoria St Vignette 1
Victoria St Vignette 1

Victoria St Vignette 2
Victoria St Vignette 2

Victoria St Vignette 3
Victoria St Vignette 3

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Holidays!

C. S.

South Carolina Backroad Abandoned Building

While deliberately seeking out backroads on a return trip from Sumter, South Carolina, I was rewarded by finding this cool, abandoned structure on North Kings Highway (State Highway 261).  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to find any background info, it does appear to have been some type of manufacturing facility.

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 1
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 1

I shot with both my Nikon 28 – 300mm and my Tamron 15 – 30mm lens.  There was an abundance of cool light, shapes, textures and patterns.

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 6
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 6

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 4
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 4

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 5
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 5

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 3
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 3

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road 7
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road 7

Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 2
Abandoned Building on Dinkins Mill Road Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.