Canoe Paddle Composition, Styling Study

Canoe Paddle Composition Black and White
Canoe Paddle Composition Black and White

This paddle composition has been on my backlog for a several months.  I finally got around to working on it earlier this week.  As I started my typical workflow, I had a black and white treatment in mind.  The white balanced color view didn’t seem to offer as much, so I also tried a vintage Kodachrome emulation treatment with Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 and liked the results.  Some additional tweaking in Filter Forge resulted in the image below.

Primary Colors Canoe Paddle Composition
Primary Colors Canoe Paddle Composition

I decided to also try a mashup of the color image with a sepia treatment.  I’ve used variations of this approach several times in the past.  In this treatment, I allowed a little more color in the paddles.  It’s a cool effect, but is comparably a little flatter image.

Canoe Paddle Composition Sepia and Vintage Kodachrome
Canoe Paddle Composition Sepia and Vintage Kodachrome

I like the black and white, but am leaning towards the color, because of its rustic feel and bolder primary colors.  If you have a preference, please let me know.  For the best viewing experience, click and image for a high resolution version.  Thanks for stopping by today!

Cheers,

C. S.

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Rusty Chair and Coca-Cola Sign Composition

I originally wanted to make this a black & white composition, but the wonderful range of rusty warm colors was too enticing!  I used a modern Kodachrome slide film emulation to get a little extra pop.  Ha, get it?

Rusty Chairs and Coke Sign Composition
Rusty Chairs and Coke Sign Composition

I’m also introducing a new brand frame which emulates vintage Kodachrome sheet film and notch code.  Hope you like it.  Thanks for visiting my blog!

Airstream Antiquity

Abandoned Airstream RV Shell

I climbed under this old Airstream trailer at the Red Cross Store to capture it’s empty interior. Since the early 1930s, the company has enjoyed customer loyalty and remains a top RV manufacturer in the United States and Canada.  My 15mm wide-angle  lens and POV offered an interesting perspective.

Abandoned Airstream RV Shell
Abandoned Airstream RV Shell

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you have a nice weekend!

A Resting Place for Rusty Relics Pt2, Two pics

In the early 20th century, large combination harvester and thresher machines “combines” made their debut.  The image below is a detail of what I believe to be an early combine.  The machine was pulled by a tractor through the wheat field, usually in late summer.  The wheat entered the front where it was cut and collected into a hopper.  Next a multistage thresher would first send wheat through a separator; a rapidly rotating sets of blades which separated the grain heads from the straw.

Antique Farm Combine Detail
Antique Farm Combine Detail

Next the wheat heads were beat onto a grooved plate, which knocked the grain kernels from the heads.  The kernels were further sifted to separate any remaining straw and chaff from the kernels.  At the same time, the straw and chaff was blown out to form stacks of straw to be later used as animal feed and bedding.  I won’t take my next ham & cheese sandwich for granted.

Antique Farm Equipment Composition
Antique Farm Equipment Composition

Above is another composition of smaller antique farm equipment.  These compositions emulate a sepia toned print from Agfa APX 100 b&w film with a light blending of vintage Kodachrome color.  Thanks for visiting and have a great week!

A Resting Place for Rusty Relics Pt1, 3 pics

Another one of my recent back-road finds, this relic graveyard located on Hwy 27 in Red Cross, North Carolina has much to offer the artist’s eye.  This first post features 3 classic cars from the 1950s – a 1955 Packard Clipper Constellation, 1959 Buick LeSabre and 1950 Cadillac Series 62 Coupe.

Packard Clipper and Buick LeSabre Composition
Packard Clipper and Buick LeSabre Composition

While researching the make & model of these old cars, I came across dozens of photos of fully restored versions of each.  The boldness of styling in their day can still be appreciated in both the restored cars and in these old relics.

55 Packard Clipper Constellation Hood Detail
55 Packard Clipper Constellation Hood Detail

Click on an image to see a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.  Thanks for stopping by today!

1950 Cadillac Series 62 Composition
1950 Cadillac Series 62 Composition

Finding Back Road Finds – 2 pics

 Like most photographers, I’m usually up for an opportunity to travel the back roads.  However, when accompanied by my wife and teenage sons, those opportunities become very limited. I can understand how boring it would be to sit in the car while I work a scene.  So, when I travel alone and have a fair amount of time, I look forward to taking the “road less travelled”.

Forgotten Country Store Sign
Forgotten Country Store Sign
I found this scene late in the afternoon on my way back from a recent trip to Charlotte.  Sometimes I can see a subject worth stopping for in the distance and can pull over as I approach.  More often, I’ll pass by and then quickly decide if the opportunity justifies the time and effort to turnaround and go back.  When in doubt, experience has taught me to err on the side of going back to work the scene.  Though usually dependent on the lighting, I rarely come away with compositions that don’t justify further consideration and post processing.
Forgotten Country Store Version 2
Forgotten Country Store Version 2

I appreciate you taking time to view this post.  Click on an image to view a higher resolution version on my portfolio site.

Old, Modest, Decaying Rural Home – 3 images

Old, Modest, Decaying House with Cedar Tree B&W
Old, Modest, Decaying House with Cedar Tree B&W

While photographing this old house I wondered about its backstory.  Was it intended as a family home in the country or perhaps just a small country cottage/bungalow?   After doing a little research online, the size of this home, approximately 500 square feet, could have been influenced by several trends.

  • Decline in average size of family. According to the US census bureau, there has been an average loss of one person per family during the first 100 years of our country (5.7 in 1790), followed by an additional person in the next 50 years (3.8 in 1949).
  • Decrease in domestic production. With the rise of the industrial revolution, the space required to facilitate domestic goods production & services such as clothing & linens, food production and food storage (e.g. canning) became unnecessary as families became “consumers”.
  • Cost of modern amenities. Homes in the early twentieth century usually had reduced space to compensate for the increased expense of plumbing, heating and other technological improvements.
Old, Modest, Decaying House with Cedar Tree, Vintage Kodachrome
Old, Modest, Decaying House with Cedar Tree, Vintage Kodachrome

Since the mid twentieth century however, average home sizes in the US have increased between 400 & 500 square feet every 20 years.

The color image above is a composite of a several versions of the color original.  The first layer is a emulation of a vintage Kodak Kodachrome 25 film stock.  The second layer is a oil painterly effect applied to a copy of the first, and the final layer is a high contrast black & white with some additional processing.  You can click on each image to see a higher resolution image from my portfolio site.

Old, Modest, Decaying House Door
Old, Modest, Decaying House Door

Ferguson Model TO-20 Tractor Detail – 2 images

Ferguson Tractor Side Detail
Ferguson TO-20 Tractor Side Detail

Born in Ireland, Henry Ferguson produced his first tractor model in 1936.  In 1938 he struck a deal with Henry Ford to produce tractors in America.  The TO-20, shown in this post, began production in 1948 and became one of the most popular tractor models for small farms.  After a troubled break away from Ford, he would later sell his company to Massey Harris, which became the modern day Massey-Ferguson company.

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Ferguson TO-20 Tractor Front Detail

I was really drawn to the detailed textures of the tractor’s rusted old metal and nameplate.  For most warm colored images, I’ll finish my workflow with processing in Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 Kodachrome film emulation.  The result for these images was nice, but I eventually felt they were too saturated.  So, by dialing back the saturation a bit I believe I got a nice compromise of texture and color.  Click on the images to see a higher resolution version from my portfolio site.