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Lines and More Lines

While I was on a photo walk recently, I decided to capture several images that had various sorts of “lines” in each composition. From my experience it’s never a bad idea to have one or two themes when you are out looking for different photography. Processing each of these original color photos in black and white (Lightroom 5) with the Silver Efex Pro 2 Plug-In, makes them much better in my opinion.

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Finding Something Different

No matter how many times I have wandered around “UP TOWN” Martinsville, Virginia where we live in SW Virginia, I always find something different to photograph. The key is to look close at everything around, and pick a composition which before had escaped my eye. It’s fun to do this!

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Posted by on August 27, 2014 in Artistic and Creative

 

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Moods

These two photographs project two entirely different moods. The first, “bright”, “peaceful” and perhaps “joy.” The second by itself projects “sadness” or to use a slang term “spookiness.” Photographs can tell a story, sometimes without words.

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Posted by on August 11, 2014 in Artistic and Creative, Landscape

 

Seeing Things Differently

I try hard to seek out potential photographic objects and scenes which can be interesting to some. Especially me. Carrying a camera with me most of the time helps me meet this objective. Here are some examples I made while recently walking around our neighborhood.

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Posted by on August 6, 2014 in Artistic and Creative

 

Detailed Wall Mural Painting

As I was walking a main street recently in Greensboro, NC, I walked by a building that is being renovated. Along both sides of the long entryway to the building an artist had painted several scenes of what the city looked like historically from the 1930s era. I was very impressed by the composition of the painted scenes but more so by the detailed work that had been done to make them look realistic. Thanks to those who bring history back to life.

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Walls

Not much to say here other than different “walls.” Always looking for something a bit different.

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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Artistic and Creative

 

Man-Made Bubbling Waters

Photographing flowing and bubbling water fountains and other such man-made scenes is fun. Here are some examples I made recently in North Carolina.

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Walking Greensboro on a Quiet Sunday

The absolute best time to visit cities is, for me, on a weekend when there are lots of parking spaces and just enough “folks” to make it interesting. I always find interesting things of which to point my camera; each time I’m there seeing it all in new perspectives. Telling a story with as few words through photography is typically my objective. Such as …

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Welcoming Entrances

It’s a good idea when you find an interesting photographic subject, to try and find other similar subjects that together might form an interesting collection of compositions. When I saw the first scene at the main entrance to a large financial institution’s main entrance in Greensboro, NC, with the shiny brass doors with plate glass reflections on either side, I liked the uniqueness of the scene. I then looked for other similarly interesting building entrances as I walked about the streets. This collection is what resulted.

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Different View of Mabry Mill

Mabry Mill is a watermill located on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Floyd County, Virginia. It is a tourist attraction mainly for the picturesque views of the mill itself. A short trail around the mill connects historical exhibits about life in rural Virginia. The mill was built in 1910 and over the years its condition deteriorated significantly. It was restored during the early 1940s when the parkway itself was relatively new. Since then it’s been rebuilt several times, including the pond adjacent to the structure. Today, the mill is one of the most photographed and painted attractions along the 469-mile route of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Living (fortunately) less than an hour’s drive away, I can visit the mill when the mood strikes — summer, fall, winter and spring.

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I’ve pretty much photographed the mill from all angles, close up and far away. I decided recently to try my hand with a new wide angle camera lens at the mill, looking for a “new” composition I’d not tried before. The first image above is what I call a “standard tourist composition.” Compare that with my second and third images below which (to me) seem much more interesting, photographically and artistically. As I’ve written before, try to be different and look for photo compositions most people overlook.

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