Old Town Portland Cityscapes

During our stay in Portland, we visited the Old Town district, the original urban core on the Williamette River.  Our day included a stroll along the waterfront, a visit to the Lan Su Chinese Garden (to be featured in a future post), Old Town Pizza, Voodoo Donuts and finally a tour of the haunted Shanghai Tunnels Portland Underground.

Hobo’s Restaurant Courtyard Composition 1
Hobo’s Restaurant Courtyard Composition 1
NW Couch St Composition
NW Couch St Composition
Dixie Tavern Cityscape
Dixie Tavern Cityscape
Paris Theater Marquee 1
Paris Theater Marquee 1
Oregon Maritime Museum Paddle Wheel
Oregon Maritime Museum Paddle Wheel
Portland Steele Bridge Composition 1
Portland Steele Bridge Composition 1

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Cheers,

C. S.

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.

Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Photography

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.

Arena Station Exterior Composition
Arena Station Exterior Composition
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 2
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 2
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 3
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 3
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 4
Uptown Charlotte Epicentre Street Composition 4
Bank of America Center Abstract
Bank of America Center Abstract
Uptown Charlotte Street Musician
Uptown Charlotte Street Musician
Uptown Charlotte Arena Station Composition 1
Uptown Charlotte Arena Station Composition 1

Thanks for checking out this post. To see these image in full effect, click to see a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Uptown Charlotte Cityscapes, pt 5

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.

Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 4
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 4
Charlotte Convention Center Architectural Sculpture Composition 1
Charlotte Convention Center Architectural Sculpture Composition 1
3rd St and Convention Center Station Stairway Composition 2
3rd St and Convention Center Station Stairway Composition 2
Convention Center Station Cityscape 4
Convention Center Station Cityscape 4
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 3
Uptown Charlotte Cityscape Abstract 3
Convention Center Station Cityscape 3
Convention Center Station Cityscape 3

Thanks for stopping by today! For the best viewing experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my Photoshelter portfolio. If you like this street photography post, then please visit the other posts in this series:

MONOCHROME MONDAY: UPTOWN CHARLOTTE CITYSCAPES

UPTOWN CHARLOTTE CITYSCAPES, PT 2

UPTOWN CHARLOTTE CITYSCAPES, PT 3

MONOCHROME MONDAY: UPTOWN CHARLOTTE CITYSCAPES, PT 4

Cheers!

C. S.

Monochrome Monday: Uptown Charlotte Cityscapes

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.

S Davidson St Parking Lot Composition
S Davidson St Parking Lot Composition
Under Construction on South College St 1
Under Construction on South College St 1 Horizontal
Under Construction on South College St 2
Under Construction on South College St 2 Vertical
3rd St and Convention Center Station Stairway Composition 1
3rd St and Convention Center Station Stairway Composition 1
Winter Sun and Tree Composition
Winter Sun and Tree Composition

Thanks for taking time to visit my photo blog. The best viewing experience is available by clicking on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.

Abandoned Chair Factory and Photography School

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!

Abandoned Chair Factory - Cyclone Composition
Abandoned Chair Factory – Cyclone Composition

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.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Window
Abandoned Chair Factory – Window

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.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Falling Interior
Abandoned Chair Factory – Falling Interior

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.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Excavator Window
Abandoned Chair Factory – Excavator Window

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.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Exterior
Abandoned Chair Factory – Exterior

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.

Abandoned Chair Factory -Truck Interior
Abandoned Chair Factory -Truck Interior

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.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Shop Wall Composition
Abandoned Chair Factory – Shop Wall Composition

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.

Abandoned Chair Factory - Shop Entrance
Abandoned Chair Factory – Shop Entrance

Thank you for taking time to visit my blog! I would certainly be interested in hearing your feedback on any or all of these compositions. For the best viewing experience, be sure to click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers!

C. S.

Toronto Street Photography, pt 3

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!

Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 5
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 5
Adelaide St E Vignette 3
Adelaide St E Vignette 3
King St E Vignette 2
King St E Vignette 2
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 6
Toronto Queen St E Cityscape 6

For the best viewing experience click on an image to view a high resolution version. For more Toronto street photography, see my Street Photograph – Toronto, CA and Monochrome Monday: Toronto Street Photography, pt 2 posts.

Cheers,

C. S.

Toronto Architectural Abstracts and Cityscapes, Pt 3

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.

King St E Architectural Composition 3
King St E Architectural Composition 3
Yonge St Architectural Composition 1
Yonge St Architectural Composition 1
Toronto Crane Construction
Toronto Crane Construction
Lower Simcoe St Architectural Composition 1
Lower Simcoe St Architectural Composition 1

For the best viewing experience, click an image to see a high resolution version. Thanks for visiting my photo blog. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Monochrome Monday: Toronto Street Photography, pt 2

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.

Crossing King St E Composition
Crossing King St E Composition
Cathedral Church of St James Vignette 1
Cathedral Church of St James Vignette 1
Looking Right on Adelaide St E
Looking Right on Adelaide St E
Urban Locust Tree Composition 2
Urban Locust Tree Composition 2
Adelaide St E Vignette
Adelaide St E Vignette
Toronto Street Conversation
Toronto Street Conversation
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 1
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 1
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 2
Urban Toronto Homeless Composition 2

Thank you for taking time to view my photography.  For the best visual experience, click on an image to view a high resolution version from my portfolio site.

Cheers,

C. S.