Gallery Hop 4, The Dancers, pt 3

Closing out this DADA Gallery Hop series with photos of these cute children dancing to 60’s British Invasion songs for perhaps, the first time.  I think they liked it!

May DADA Gallery Hop Young Dancers
May DADA Gallery Hop Young Dancers
May DADA Gallery Hop Young Dancers 2
May DADA Gallery Hop Young Dancers 2
May DADA Gallery Hop Young Dancers 3
May DADA Gallery Hop Young Dancers 3

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C. S.

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Gallery Hop 4: The Dancers pt 2

In addition to the local British Invasion cover band, The GB’s, the May Gallery Hop appreciation for 60’s culture included these Go-Go dancers.  With these compositions, I continued my study of pop art styling workflows, first featured in my previous post.

May DADA Gallery Hop Go-Go Dancers 1
May DADA Gallery Hop Go-Go Dancers 1
May DADA Gallery Hop Go-Go Dancers 2
May DADA Gallery Hop Go-Go Dancers 2

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Cheers,

C. S.

Gallery Hop 4: The Dancers – pt 1

Going for a harder pop-art feel, I continued experimenting this week with several filter mash-ups.  This post features a blend of several cool posterization, solarize and other styling effects.

May DADA Gallery Hop 60s Dancers 1
May DADA Gallery Hop 60’s Dancers 1

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Cheers,

C. S.

Gallery Hop 3: The Band

The May Gallery Hop featured live music from the GB’s, a 60’s British Invasion band based out of Winston-Salem.  For this post, I wanted to come up with a pop-art photo styling technique.  Over the last several days, I experimented with several filters in Filter Forge 7 and came up with a cool mash up starting with the Local Norm and Cold Fear filter presets.

The GB's at May DADA Gallery Hop 2
The GB’s at May DADA Gallery Hop 2
The GB's at May DADA Gallery Hop 1
The GB’s at May DADA Gallery Hop 1
The GB's at May DADA Gallery Hop 4
The GB’s at May DADA Gallery Hop 4
The GB's at May DADA Gallery Hop 3
The GB’s at May DADA Gallery Hop 3

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Cheers,

C. S.

Gallery Hop 2: Artist at ARTivity on the Green

Walking through the ARTivity on the Green urban park early Friday evening, I met Em, a graphic artist working on an elaborate pen an ink drawing.  The park sits on N. Liberty St, one block over from Trade St, the heart of the Downtown Arts District.

Artist at ARTivity on the Green
Artist at ARTivity on the Green

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Cheers,

C. S.

Gallery Hop 1: Girls Can Change the World!

I’m starting a series of street photography captures from my visit to the Downtown Art District Association (DADA) Gallery Hop in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  This young street artist conveys an important and very relevant message!

Girls Can Change the World
Girls Can Change the World

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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.

Downtown Greensboro Cityscapes, Part 1

Now that I’m working in downtown Greensboro, I’ve started taking the opportunity to walk around the Elm Street area before work, during lunch or after work.   I expect this to be similar to my explorations of Winston-Salem the past several years.  When you make your living outside of photography, you have to “shoot where you are”.  Fortunately, the area is rich with photographic opportunities!  So here’s the first in a series featuring mostly the downtown Elm Street area.

Elm Street Abstract
Elm Street Abstract

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Cheers,

C. S.