Capturing Colors and Light


(Photos made with Fujifilm X-T100 camera and 35mm f/2 lens.}

The Miller Brewing Company became MillerCoors in Eden, NC and then closed. The colors and light at the main plant were such the day I drove by, seeking photo opportunities, that I had to capture the scene. The facility certainly does not look like it’s closed. A short walk away from where I was standing was a wetland with lots of wild vegetation such as Cattails, and I became mindful once again that “nature” is everywhere, even in an industrial setting.



The two compositions below were made near another closed industrial plant, Spray Cotton Mills, a part of Eden for over 100 years. It’s been closed for many years, but still offers numerous interesting photo opportunities for those like me. Again, lighting, colors and shadows provided interest.



I saw the colorful window display below in a shop in the Leaksville community in Eden. I’ve written before, never pass by an interesting composition just because it’s behind store-front glass. Putting the camera lens up against the glass helps minimize or eliminate reflections.


Lastly, it’s generally  in small town America only where the iconic barbershop pole (below) is seen. A bit of history from Wikipedia: “During medieval times, barbers performed surgery on customers, as well as tooth extractions. … Another, more fanciful interpretation of these barber pole colors is that red represents arterial blood, blue is symbolic of venous blood and white depicts the bandage.” Once again, colors and shadows formed the basis for my photo composition.





  1. Your compositional eye is getting better and better like all the textures and the use of the tree as a frame. Keep up the good work

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