In late April, I met my oldest son Austin in Charlotte to attend a University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Delta Sigma Phi fraternity event in Uptown (I’m also a Delta Sig, but from NC State). We rode the light rail from the University of the UNCC station to the Arena Station in Uptown. From there we walked through the Epicentre area to our destination on Trade and Tryon Streets. Of course, I was in the rear capturing these street photos along the way.
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Part four in this series continues a mix of architectural abstracts, street vignettes and general street photography compositions. Hope you and enjoy, and please share your feedback (positive and negative) on this series. Constructive criticism provides valuable insight to artists as to how the public perceives their art.
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I’m starting a street photography and urban landscape series from a recent visit to my hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Arriving early mornings, before my all day meeting sessions in Uptown, I found a lot of great urban subjects to cover. Late afternoon walks after work also offered up some great street photography opportunities.
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On September 8th I attended the 50th anniversary of the Randolph Community College Photography Department in Asheboro, North Carolina. We enjoyed several great seminars, tours of the recently update facilities, vendors and most of all, reconnecting with classmates from the class of 82!
Afterwards, I took a trip downtown with friends for a round of malt beverages. On the way, I passed this abandoned factory and decided to stop by on my way out of town. Despite lengthy research online, I was only able to determine the facility had once been a chair manufacturing plant.
Part of the abandoned plant had been demolished. Perhaps to make room for new construction, or more likely because what remained was unsafe. I cautiously made my way into another section were the roof was falling in. Though I haven’t done a lot of interior urban exploring or “urbex”, I certainly got a sense of the suspense and fear induced adrenaline rush sometimes described by urbex bloggers.
I ended up working off and on over a week’s period preparing the images for this post. As you can see, different styling approaches were used. In most cases I experimented with different looks, but was pleased with the final technique chosen for each composition.
The black & white images followed my typical monochrome workflow, which includes a Agfa APX 100 b&w film emulation using Alien Skin’s Exposure X3 for a slight contrast boost and addition of realistic old school grain.
For the sepia compositions, I started with some Lightroom dehaze processing on the sky, and then used Aurora HDR software to extend the tonal range and apply sepia toning with orange highlight and shadow toning. Finally Photoshop was used to mask the sky for some additional curves processing to further punch up clouds and sky contrast.
HDR processing was also used to punch up the texture and color contrast in the color photo below. Here, the trick was to not over do it. Now, in several of my architectural shots of Toronto late last year, I heavily pushed the HDR processing, almost to the point of abstraction. For abandoned compositions though, I’ve found a more subtle amount of processing works well to reveal and feature weathered and patina surfaces.
Back to Randolph Community College, when I attended as a Commercial Photography student, it was Randolph Tech. I did start my career as a commercial photographer, shooting mostly home furnishing in the furniture capital of the world – High Point, NC. I eventually drifted into multi-media, IT and project management. Now, I enjoy photography as more of a hobby. But hey, that’s a story for another day.
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It’s time to leave Toronto with this final street photography post. I was fortunate to be in such a cool city with a mix of European contemporary flare, old city charm and diverse ethnic character. An excellent recipe for street photography!
I expect this to be the final post of Toronto architectural abstracts, and following this should be a final street photography post. I’ve enjoyed exploring the pushed HDRish styling used in this series. I hope you have as well.
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As a follow up to my early November street photography post, I’ve included here eight additional compositions I curated from my 4 day visit. As you view this series, I hope you find and enjoy the subtle and not so subtle features contained in these compositions.
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High above Victoria St in Toronto, I spied this brave fellow painting the metal window framing of a twenty story building. At this point in time, the painter was painstakingly applying primer. So he had to go back over the face of this structure again to apply the final coat of red! I would say these are mashup of architectural abstracts and street photography.
As in much of my work, this post features the unique surfaces and textures resulting from continuous human use and and interaction over the passage of time.
These urban cityscape vignettes were captured outside of Papa Jazz Record Shoppe on Greene St in the Five Points area of Columbia, adjacent to the University of South Carolina. My wife, and her parents, were in town to have a birthday lunch in Five Points with our freshman son Parker at the University of South Carolina. While waiting on our table, I excused myself the cover the local cityscape.
Over past several visits, I had eyed this exterior wall outside of Papa Jazz Record Shoppe on Greene St. Luckily, it was only a block away from our restaurant. This is definitely your typical college town, old school record/CD store. Perhaps next time, I’ll have time to checkout the racks of new and used recordings inside.
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