Uptown Charlotte Street Photography, Pt 4

Part four of my Uptown Charlotte cityscape compositions. Even after numerous visits, there’s still plenty to “see” Uptown!

Charlotte Transportation Center Night Composition
Charlotte Transportation Center Night Composition
E Fifth St Sky Bridge Abstract
Sky bridge crossing E Fifth St next to the Spectrum Center Arena in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina
Hearst Tower Entrance Street Scene 1
Hearst Tower Entrance Street Scene 1
S Tryon St Pedestrian Crossing
S Tryon St Pedestrian Crossing
Uptown Street Fatigue
Uptown Street Fatigue
Parking Deck Sky Bridge Composition
Parking Deck Sky Bridge Composition

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution, or visit my Uptown Charlotte street photography gallery on my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Uptown Charlotte Street Photography, Pt 3

From my trip to Charlotte last month, this post switches from architectural abstracts to street photography. Trekking around Uptown, before and after work, afforded me several great composition opportunities.

Street Greet on Trade and Tryon
Street Greet on Trade and Tryon
Epicentre Alleyway 2
Epicentre Alleyway 2
North Tryon Street Vignette 1
North Tryon Street Vignette 1
Hostage on Trade and Tryon
Hostage on Trade and Tryon
Epicentre Escalator Fascination
Epicentre Escalator Fascination

Thanks for stopping by! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see the high resolution version. If you like this post, check out these other Uptown Charlotte street photo posts:

Cheers,

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline

A recent 4 day business trip to Charlotte afforded me an opportunity to capture dramatic night skylines of Uptown.

Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline 1
Uptown Charlotte Night Skyline 1
Hearst Tower Abstract Skyline 1
Hearst Tower Abstract Skyline 1
Duke Energy Building Night Composition
Duke Energy Building Night Composition
Founders Hall Skyline Abstract
Founders Hall Skyline Abstract
North College and East Fifth Street Skyline
North College and East Fifth Street Skyline

Thank you for stopping by today! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers!

C. S.

Uptown Street Photography, Pt 2

While exploring urban environments with my camera, I’m usually looking for composition opportunities, which include architectural abstracts, expansive urban landscapes (cityscapes) or people interacting with or navigating through the city. Particularly, the latter falls into the genre of Street Photography.

Arena Station Night Train 1
Arena Station Night Train 1

In the last few years, have I become more deliberate about seeking out opportunities to create street photography fine art compositions. In fact, much of my appreciation of the genre comes from following street photographers here on WordPress.

Epicentre Westbound Pedestrian Flyby
Epicentre Westbound Pedestrian Flyby

Even within the genre, there are many different approaches, techniques, styles and sub-genres. I seem to be gravitating towards “seeing” compositions where both urban architecture and people not necessarily single “subjects” of the composition, but instead are both elements within the broader cityscape composition.

4th and College Street Composition
4th and College Street Composition

Sometimes a composition develops quite quickly and I must be prepared to react. To catch these, I try to first find a ISO, aperture and shutter speed combo that best suits the existing light and environment. More often though, have to wait for the composition to develop or evolve. Have you been shooting during the golden hour and heard a voice in your head say “be patient, wait for the shot to development”? Then, hear the counterpoint perspective in your head, “if you say here much longer, you’re going to miss out on other shots”?

Epicentre Alleyway Vignette 1
Epicentre Alleyway Vignette 1

When traveling to Charlotte to work Uptown, I like to stay in a hotel that’s at least 5 or 6 blocks from my work location. That affords me the opportunity to shoot on my way to the office and afterwards on the way back to the hotel. Both usually involve a detour, or two. Compared to shots above, the last two compositions are similar in terms of the subject and point of view. However, different styling approaches introduce some uniqueness to the composition.

Arena Station Night Train 2
Arena Station Night Train 2
Epicentre Eastbound Pedestrian
Epicentre Eastbound Pedestrian

Thank you for visiting today. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site. Over the last year or so, I’ve developed a nice collection of street photos from Uptown Charlotte, click here to see my Uptown Charlotte Gallery. Have a great weekend!

Cheers,

C. S.

Sunset Construction Architectural Abstracts

The hard lines and contrasting shapes of this construction venue captured my eye during sunset wanderings in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina.

S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 3
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 3
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 1
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 1
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 2
S Mint and W Trade St Construction Abstract 2

For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view in high resolution.

Cheers!

C. S.

Romare Bearden Park Cityscapes

Named after the Charlotte born African-American artist, Romare Bearden Park opened in in Uptown Charlotte  in August of 2013.   The 5.4 acre public park is located between S Church St and S Mint St.  Bearden worked in several types of media including oils, collages and cartoons across multiple styles from avant-garde, abstract expressionism, and social realism.

Romare Bearden Park Sunset 1
Romare Bearden Park Sunset 1

I approached the park at the end of my late late afternoon stroll through the northeast Uptown district, just as sunset was transitioning into twilight. This series was photographed with my Nikon D750 and Tamron 15-30mm lens, and mefoto tripod. Post processing included initial Lightroom tweaks followed by multiple Photoshop layering workflows using Aurora HDR and Alien Skin Exposure X3.

Romare Bearden Park Twilight 1
Romare Bearden Park Twilight 1
Ghosts in the Fountain at Romare Bearden Park
Ghosts in the Fountain at Romare Bearden Park

To fully appreciate these compositions, click on an image to see the high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers!

C. S.

Architectural Elements from Uptown Charlotte, part 1

Last week I traveled to Uptown Charlotte for a couple days of business meetings . After work, I found my way to the street and was rewarded with many composition opportunities. Here’s the first in series street photos featuring architectural abstracts.

City Skyline Sunset Abstract
City Skyline Sunset Abstract
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Abstract
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Government Center Abstract
Bank of America Center Sunset Abstract
Bank of America Center Sunset Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
Old Southern Bell Building Art Deco Abstract
North College St Sky Bridge Abstract 1
North College St Sky Bridge Abstract 1
Charlotte First Baptist Church Steeple
Charlotte First Baptist Church Steeple

Thank you for stopping by for a visit. For the best viewing experience, click on an image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Cityscapes, pt 6

The last in my street photography series from Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina is featured here. I had fun, and learned from the experience and great feedback provided by folks like you.

Taunted on E Trade Street Vignette
Taunted on E Trade Street Vignette
Arena Station Cityscape 1
Arena Station Cityscape 1
NASCAR Hall of Fame Architectural Abstract 3
NASCAR Hall of Fame Architectural Abstract 3
S College Street Scene
S College Street Scene
E Trade St Composition 2
E Trade St Composition 2
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 5
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 5

Thank you for taking time to visit. For the best viewing experience, check these out in high resolution by clicking on an image. You can also see the complete series from the Uptown Charlotte Gallery on my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.