Monochrome Monday: Oak Island Farwell

As the fall air turns cooler here in the Southeastern US, I’m posting this last batch of monochrome compositions from my visit last summer to Oak Island, North Carolina.

Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 3
Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 3
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 2
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 2
Oak Island Lighthouse Boardwalk
Oak Island Lighthouse Boardwalk
Oak Island Lighthouse Late Afternoon 1
Oak Island Lighthouse Late Afternoon 1
Pelican Dive 1
Pelican Dive 1

Cheers,

C. S.

Phipps Barn Complex in Ashe County

Exploring backcountry roads in Ashe County last month, I got quite excited as this large, beautiful old barn complex appeared on Silas Creek Rd came into view.

Phipps Farm Composition 2
Phipps Farm Composition 2
Phipps Farm Composition 4
Phipps Farm Composition 4
Phipps Farm Composition 3
Phipps Farm Composition 3
Phipps Farm Composition 1
Phipps Farm Composition 1

Near the mountain town of Lansing, this sprawling barn complex sits just across the street from the Phipps Country Store, a Friday night gathering spot for local musicians.  I hope to visit this old barn again in the coming weeks to capture its beauty with fall color. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

69 BRONCO PHOTO SHOOT

While visiting my sister and brother-in-law’s mountain cabin retreat near West Jefferson, North Carolina, we pulled out his classic 69 Bronco for a photoshoot. I used Alien Skin’s Exposure software to emulate Agfa APX 100 for the monochrome images, and 70’s vintage Kodachrome for the color images.

69 Bronco Composition 5
69 Bronco Composition 5
69 Bronco Composition 1
69 Bronco Composition 1
69 Bronco Composition 4
69 Bronco Composition 4
69 Bronco Composition 3
69 Bronco Composition 3
69 Bronco Composition 2
69 Bronco Composition 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version.

Cheers!

C. S.

Oak Island, Pt 2.

This post features my second set of compositions from Oak Island, North Carolina. Once or twice a day, I would leave the family for a “photography expedition”. Time by yourself, with no pressure to “hurry up and take that picture”.

Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 2
Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 2

This is when I find photography most fulfilling, the freedom to wander, explore, and just see what you can see. For example, on a rainy day whim, I turned left on a dirt road near Safe Harbor and eventually found this rustic old lifeboat overlooking the Lockwoods Folly River, just before it connects with the Intracostal Waterway.

Abandoned Lifeboat 1
Abandoned Lifeboat 1

Of course, sometimes seeing is anticipation of a situation or scene that has potential to develop into something visually interesting.

Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 1
Ocean Crest Fishing Pier Sunset Composition 1
Oak Island Sunset 1
Oak Island Sunset 1
East Oak Island Sunset
East Oak Island Sunset

If you missed it, see my earlier post – Oak Island, NC In Color. Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Cheers,

C. S.

Camp North End

In early July, my wife and I visited Charlotte, NC for the Immersive Van Gogh Exhibit in a building originally built as a Ford Model T factory.  During WWII, the US Army expanded the campus building five additional massive warehouses to serve as a Quartermaster Depot. 

Camp North End Industrial Interior Composition 1
Camp North End Industrial Interior Composition 1

In the Cold War years, the campus was used to build missiles, where the site was referred to as Charlotte Area Missile Plant, or CAMP for short.

Camp North End Industrial Interior Framed
Camp North End Industrial Interior Framed

Now Camp North End is in the middle of a massive multi-year adaptive reuse project, and is now a mix between industrial art collective, shopping center, and an outdoor food hall.

Camp North End Keswick Roof Structure Abstract 1
Camp North End Keswick Roof Structure Abstract 1

With several parts of the campus in various stages of renovation, I enjoyed exploring numerous photographic opportunities as much as the Van Gogh Exhibit.

Pipe and Support Structure at the Mount
Pipe and Support Structure at the Mount

More compositions are in the works and will be featured in a future post, or in my Monochromia posts.  Thanks for taking time to visit my photo blog.  For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high-resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Oak Island, NC in Color

You would think during the pandemic I would have more time to work on my photography. Well, it hasn’t worked out that way. Seems like I’ve been working more and more in my day job over the last year.

Oak Island Pelican Patrol 1
Oak Island Pelican Patrol 1

Last month, my family finally did take a long weekend with relatives on Oak Island, North Carolina.  We got some well-deserved rest and I was able to explore the barrier island. This weekend, I finally got around to finishing the first batch of images.

Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 1
Oak Island Lighthouse Twilight 1
Feeding the Gulls at Ocean Crest Fishing Pier
Feeding the Gulls at Ocean Crest Fishing Pier
Oak Island Fisherman 2
Oak Island Fisherman 2
Oak Island Twilight 1
Oak Island Twilight 1

I also have some nice monochrome images; you’ll be seeing those in forthcoming Monochromia posts. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high-resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Mountain Farm Museum

The Mountain Farm Museum, adjacent to the Oconaluftee Visitor Center near Cherokee, NC, is a unique collection of farm buildings assembled from locations throughout the area. Most of the structures were built in the late 19th century and were moved here in the 1950s. This was one of the stops on my October Appalachian fall foliage expedition.

Mountain Farm Museum Barn Landscape Composition
Mountain Farm Museum Barn Landscape Composition

Visitors can explore a log farmhouse, barn, apple house, springhouse, and a working blacksmith shop to get a sense of how families may have lived 100 years ago. The Davis House offers a rare chance to view a log house built from chestnut wood before the chestnut blight decimated the American Chestnut in our forests during the 1930s and early 1940s. I found the site to be a monochrome photography goldmine!

Mountain Farm Museum Woodshed Composition 1
Mountain Farm Museum Woodshed Composition 1
Mountain Farm Museum Woodshed Detail 1
Mountain Farm Museum Woodshed Detail 1
Mountain Farm Museum Davis House Composition Vignette 1
Mountain Farm Museum Davis House Composition Vignette 1
Antique Hay Rake Composition 1
Antique Hay Rake Composition 1
Mountain Farm Museum Barn Vignette 1
Mountain Farm Museum Barn Vignette 1

Thank you for stopping by! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version. Please stay safe!

Cheers,

C. S.

Craggy Gardens Tree, Root, and Rock Compositions

From my Blue Ridge Parkway expedition this past October, this wonderful spot along the Craggy Pinnacle Trail offered many intriguing tree, root, and rock compositions. A quick point on inquiry, has anyone noticed WP adds about +5 red tint to color photos?

Craggy Pinnacle Trail Tree, Root, Rock Composition 1
Craggy Pinnacle Trail Tree, Root, Rock Composition 2
Craggy Pinnacle Trail Tree, Root, Rock Composition 2
Craggy Pinnacle Trail Tree, Root, Rock Composition 3
Craggy Pinnacle Trail Tree, Root, Rock Composition 3
Craggy Pinnacle Trail Tree, Root, Rock Composition 4
Craggy Pinnacle Trail Tree, Root, Rock Composition 4

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

Cheers,

C. S.

Cherokee Countryside

With the Thanksgiving Holiday, I hope to catch up on posts from my October trips to the North Carolina mountains.  I also look forward to catching up on posts from the bloggers I follow.  This post features several landscapes and vignettes from areas near the Oconaluftee River, just north of Cherokee.

Oconaluftee River Landscape 1
Oconaluftee River Landscape 1
Oconaluftee River Trout Fisherman 3
Oconaluftee River Trout Fisherman 3
Oconaluftee River Trout Fisherman 2
Oconaluftee River Trout Fisherman 2
Oconaluftee Elk Bull
Oconaluftee Elk Bull
Oconaluftee Elk Cow
Oconaluftee Elk Cow
Gourd Birdhouse Composition 1
Gourd Birdhouse Composition 1
Mingo Falls Composition 3
Mingo Falls Composition 3
Mingo Falls Composition 2
Mingo Falls Composition 2

I’m thankful for my followers and those who take time to visit my photo blog. And especially for this community of photo bloggers, I enjoy your work, insights and friendship.

Happy Thanksgiving!

C. S.