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.
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?”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Thanks to philanthropy from former local titans of tobacco and textile industries, Winston-Salem has become known as the City of the Arts. A thriving Arts Council, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECA), Sawtooth Gallery and Reynolda House Museum of American Art are some of the best know art entities in the city. One of the many facets of community art in the DADA 1st Friday Gallery Hop.
The Downtown Arts District Association (DADA) is a non-profit community organization of visual and performing artisans, businesses, galleries and residents. Centered in an area of urban renewal along Liberty, Sixth and N. Trade Streets in downtown Winston-Salem, the area includes a variety of artist studios, galleries, specialty shops, restaurants, bars and residencies.
Back in June, I was fortunate to be able to purchase a Profoto B2 Location Kit and accessories. The July 7th Gallery Hop was my first opportunity to try new kit on the street. The lightweight DC battery pack hung nicely on my hip, I held the 250W strobe head with a 2’ octa softbox on a boom pole in my left hand.
The early evening setting sun provided a nice back light on my initial shots, but quickly set behind the buildings. I used the Profoto’s high speed sync (HSS) to shoot the initial batch around 1/320 sec at ISO 500. The Nikon wireless TTL transmitter and camera made exposure almost effortless, allowing me to concentrate more on the subjects. I wave very pleased with the results and look forward to my next opportunity to shoot in the street!
I was also able to hangout with my Margaret Webster-Shapiro, a fellow member of the the Associated Artists of Winston-Salem (AAWS), and my good friend and photographer Owens Daniels. Owens, also a member of AAWS, was displaying several of his pieces at the Artworks Gallery.
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This series features additional downtown Winston-Salem cityscape compositions. I like the label ‘cityscape’, it suggests a mash-up of street, architectural and urban landscape photography. I hope to have the next post in this series completed later this weekend.
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This composition has been on my to-do list for quite a while. I find it an interesting architectural abstract and street scene. There is actually a 5th bridge which is hidden behind the two far bridges in the lower left. Perhaps I should change the title to 5 Bridges on 5th Street Scene.
In United States, today’s holiday reminds us of our obligation to remember the countless men and women who died to protect their fellow man and maintain our precious democratic freedoms. Democracy is not easy, it requires compromise! The recent mood of absolutism, and rejection of government/public institutions dishonors those who have sacrificed so much to protect them.
Last week I had dinner in downtown Winston-Salem with my photographer friend Owens Daniels. Afterwards, we both grabbed our camera and set out on a local street photography expedition. I had so much fun. We met some nice folks, found some great scenes and Owens shared many of his proven street photography tips.
I must do more street photography.
Shoot with a photographer friend. We grow through shared experience.
Learn how to see without thinking. I’m reading a good book on this now – “Opening the Good Eye”.
Develop your own style.
Don’t be afraid of high ISO! My D750 higher ISO settings look great, Lightroom does a great job of minimizing noise, and I usually add film grain to the composition in my workflow.
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I was photographing some outdoor sculptures for a friend when this young fellow walked by and asked if I would take his picture. “Sure”, I said, “just play yourself.”
He introduced himself as Joseph, and mentioned he’d like to make it in the music biz. I wanted the image to be something he could use to promote himhelf. Perhaps a bit stylized for “street photography”, so I’ll refer to it as a “stylized street portrait.”