Night Photography – A Deserted Downtown Alley

This image was captured on the same night as my Main at Dusk photo.  It is another long exposure photo.  This time the subject is an alley downtown.  I like the strong contrast of this image and the texture created by the brick walls.

Downtown Alley At Night. Black and White Long Exposure Photo
Black and white photo of a downtown alley. This is a long exposure photo taken at night.

Night Photography – A Long Exposure Photo of Main Street at Dusk

This is a shot of Main Street in my hometown located in the foothills of NC.  I have been wanting to try long exposure photography and this is one of my first attempts.  I am pleased with how this image turned out from the strong contrast in the sky to the illuminated buildings in the foreground.

Main Street long exposure night photography
A long exposure photo of Main Street in my hometown.

 

 

Travel Photography – Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Last June we vacationed at Carolina Beach, NC.  I headed out early one more to capture images of the Boardwalk before it became crowded with tourists.  As I look at these images I notice a lot of things I would have done differently if I was to shoot this location again.  I think I would like to go back and shoot this at night with the crowds, lighting, and motion. At night this location comes alive with many activities.  I think it would make for much more interesting photos.  Perhaps I’ll get an opportunity to do this before summer is over.

Bumper cars at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Calm before the storm? Bumper cars carefully lined up from the night before waiting on the chaos that is sure to come.
Marquee at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Boardwalk marquee on this colorful building at Carolina Beach.
Carousel at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This empty carousel patiently waits on the masses of people that will soon arrive.
Shops at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
Colorful shops along the boardwalk at Carolina Beach, NC
Skywheel at Carolina Beach Boardwalk
This colorful Skywheel will soon be filled with thrill seekers at Carolina Beach Boardwalk

Travel Photography – Sandbridge Pier

I shot the photos below with my phone during our vacation last June.  The location was Sandbridge Beach, VA.  The forecast for the day was to start off cloudy and become sunny by afternoon.  The sun never arrived.  A dense fog developed over the water and presented a unique lighting and atmospheric condition.

Photograph of framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Framework under the pier at Sandbrige Beach.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day high key photograph
High key photograph of the pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach on a foggy day.
Pier at Sandbridge Beach, VA on a foggy day.

Film Photography – Black & White Film Roll #1

One of my hobbies includes photography.  I own a vintage Sears 35mm SLR film camera.  The camera was manufactured for Sears by Ricoh.   I occasionally use it for black & white film photography.  Below are some photographs that I shot with the camera.

Using this camera is a real pleasure.  The fact that you have to manually focus the camera makes you feel a bit more connected with the subject.  Also, shooting film you have a limited number of photographs.  This tends to make you much more selective about the subjects you decide to dedicate an exposure to.  This is a stark contrast to shooting with my Canon DSLR with auto-focus, image stabilization, & a nearly infinite number of exposures you can use on a shoot.

 

 

End grain of a wood beam
End grain of a wood beam from a hiking shelter at Doughton Park. Doughton Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.
Mountain view from Doughton Park
Mountain view from a hiking trail located in Doughton Park. Doughton Park is located along the Blue Ridge Parkway in NC.
Railcars located in Roaring River, NC
Railcars located in Roaring River, NC
Railroad Trestle in Roaring River, NC
Railroad trestle located in Roaring River, NC
Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC
Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC

This is a sketch of Caudill Cabin that I created using a photo reference.  Caudill cabin is located in Doughton Park along the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina.   This cabin was once the homestead of the Caudill family.  This area was once a thriving community but now the land is now managed by the National Park Service.

Caudill cabin doughton park pen and ink drawing
A pen and ink drawing of Caudill Cabin. This cabin was once the homestead of the Caudill family and is located in Doughton Park.
Caudill Cabin photo
This is the photo reference that was used for the sketch.