Danville River District

Earlier this summer, I attended the wedding of a friend and fellow Scout leader in Danville, Virginia.  After the reception, I had the opportunity to visit the local tobacco warehouse district, near the Dan River, which is into it’s initial phases of urban renewal – the Danville River District.  The late afternoon afforded some nice lighting.  I plan to return soon to shoot in the early morning light.

Danville Riverfront Tobacco District 4
Danville Riverfront Tobacco District 4
Danville Tobacco District Composition 3
Danville Tobacco District Composition 3
Danville Tobacco District Composition 2
Danville Tobacco District Composition 2
Danville Tobacco District Composition 1
Danville Tobacco District Composition 1
Danville Tobacco District Composition 5
Danville Tobacco District Composition 5

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Cheers,

C. S.

Downtown Winston-Salem Cityscapes

A Star on The Garage

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.

Artivity on the Green Selfie
Artivity on the Green Selfie

Lessons learned:  

  1. I must do more street photography.
  2. Shoot with a photographer friend.  We grow through shared experience.
  3. Learn how to see without thinking. I’m reading a good book on this now – “Opening the Good Eye”.
  4. Develop your own style.
  5. 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.
Composing The Garage
Owens Composing The Garage
A Star on The Garage
A Star on The Garage
Sunset from Trade to Liberty
Sunset from Trade to Liberty
What the Heck!
What the Heck!
Finding Free Smokes
Finding Free Smokes

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Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Part II, 3 pics

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4

From my original Dixie Furniture Plant post back on March 12th, I had a few more dramatic abandoned landscapes I wanted to share.  The black & white compositions followed my typical b&w workflow which includes process with Alien Skin’s Exposure 7 to emulate Agfa APX 100 b&w film.  The color image was processed to emulate Kodachrome slide film.

Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 5
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 5
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 4
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 3
Abandoned Dixie Furniture Plant Scene 3

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Cheers,

C. S.

Salem Cemetery, 4 pics

Salem Cemetery Composition 1

The Salem Cemetery was originated by the Moravian Church in the 1770s.  Currently over 40 acres in size, its rolling hills create a unique resting place for over 6000 souls.  After work last Thursday, I visited as late afternoon was transitioning into sunset.  The long shadows and dramatic lighting offered several photographic opportunities.

Salem Cemetery Composition 1
Salem Cemetery Composition 1
Old Salem Cemetery Composition 3
Salem Cemetery Composition 3
Salem Cemetery Composition 2
Salem Cemetery Composition 2
Salem Cemetery Composition 4
Salem Cemetery Composition 4
Thanks for stopping by today.  Happy Easter.

Plant 64 Birdland

Leaving work a few months ago, I noticed a large flock of birds occupying a nearby water tower.  With the sun setting and rather dramatic clouds behind the tower, I wished I had my Nikon full frame camera.  Then I thought, hey, in my pocket I have a decent camera on my Samsung S5.

Plant 64 Birdland
Plant 64 Birdland

I ended up spending just as much time working on this image as I typical do on shots from my Nikon; including an emulation of Kodak Ektachrome slide film to get some fine grain structure and extra color punch. Perhaps I’ve been a bit of a snob regarding the ability of a mobile phone to capture a worthy image.  I once heard another photographer say “the best camera is the one you have on you”.

Expedition Mt LeConte: Scenes From The Trail, 3 pics

Last month’s visit to Mt LeConte was my first hike on the Tennessee side of the Great Smoky Mountains. It had also been a long time since previously experiencing Southern Appalachia at 5,000 ft. above sea level. This post includes notable scenery from the Alum Cave Trail.

Ash Tree Composition 1
Ash Tree Composition 1

In the last mile or so of our hike to Mt LeConte Lodge, we reached an elevation of 6,000 ft. This is about the time we started noticing the Mountain Ash trees, which were full of large clusters of reddish orange berries.  Veterans I was hiking with mentioned it was rare to see the Ash berries so profusely displayed.  We also began side-stepping ash berry laden bear scat on the trail.  The ash berries appeared to be quite the bear treat.  I heard later local mountaineers will gather ash berries, sweetened just after the first frost, to make pie filling.

Cliff Top Sunset
Cliff Top Sunset

After dinner Friday evening, I hiked up to the Cliff Top area to stakeout a spot to capture the pending sunset. In addition to the polarizer I used for the Alum Cave shots, this was the next opportunity for me to try my new 150mm hard graduated ND filter.  I was hoping for a little more cloud drama, but was pleased with how the filter brought the sky portion down 3 stops to closer match the landscape.

Alum Cave Trail Root Composition 1
Styx Branch Root Composition 1

Saturday morning I hiked up to Myrtle Point to catch the sun rise. I hit a soft spot on the outward edge of the trail and immediately dropped about 4.5 ft., landing on the ball of my right foot, facing the trail.  Luckily, I didn’t break my foot or damage my camera.  After breakfast though, it was a long and painful hike back down the mountain; 2,500 ft. over 5.5 miles!  The last two miles were relatively flat, but also the most difficult; my foot and knees were about worn-out.  Along this stretch, I did stop to rest, and capture a very interesting root structure just above the Styx Branch creek bed.

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BANK BUILDING ARCHITECTURAL ABSTRACTS Pt3, 2 pics

Well Fargo Tower Abstract 3
Well Fargo Tower Abstract 3

Here are the last two compositions from my photographic study of the Wells Fargo Tower in downtown Winston-Salem.  Although I’ve spent more time processing images in this series than probably any other posts to date, I am very pleased with the architectural abstract compositions derived from this shoot.  I hope you enjoy as well. You can view a higher resolution version from my portfolio site by clicking on an image.

Well Fargo Tower Abstract 4
Well Fargo Tower Abstract 4

Perhaps with a long weekend, I’ll get a chance to put up another post or two.  Thanks for stopping by and Happy Labor Day Weekend to folks in the US!

Caswell County Matinee II – 2 pics

Caswell County Clouds
Caswell County Clouds

These two images are from the second show featured during the Caswell County Matinee I introduced you to several weeks ago.  The second show was just a dramatic and spectacular as the first!  I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

Farm Sunset on Hwy 150
Farm Sunset on Hwy 150

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Caswell County Matinee – 2 pics

Traveling home from Camp Cherokee Scout Reservation a few weeks ago, the sky put on the most spectacular show.  There was drama, suspense, and beauty. It was about 30 minutes before sunset as a passing thunderstorm gave way to a beautiful rainbow and cloud formations.  Here are a few of the images I captured while traveling on Hwy 150.

Retreating Thunderstorm, Double Rainbow
Retreating Thunderstorm, Double Rainbow

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Country Sunset, Storm and Rainbow Scene
Country Sunset, Storm and Rainbow