We had the most beautiful altocumulus come through the central Piedmont area of North Carolina on Monday. The jet contrails were an added bonus.
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A few weeks ago, I visited Bailey Park and the old R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Bailey Power Plant in Winston-Salem. As part of the renovation effort in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the plant is being converted into retail space. With much of the exterior work complete on the northern end of the property, the grounds are now open to walk around. The image below, of the southern side of the property, was captured at sunset.
The cirrus clouds and jet contrails contributed to the dramatic skyscapes in both compositions. Looking back towards the old R.J. Reynolds Tobacco building from Bailey Park, I captured the image below. The post and images also represent the decline of the tobacco industry as a significant regional economic driver.
Last Saturday I shot some bracketed exposures during sunset at Salem Cemetery in the Old Salem district of Winston-Salem. My intent was to perform some HDR tests with a trial version of Aurora HDR 2018. I ended up with a composite of Aurora, Lightroom and Photoshop manipulations. Aurora looks like it could complement my workflow; I hope to do some more testing before my trial expires.
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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.
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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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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.
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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.
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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.
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”.