Random Photo & Thoughts

As I mentioned in my previous post, we are now living downtown.  Our dog, Katie, is an older lady of 13 years.  She stays indoors with us and we walk her about a block and a half a few times a day so she can fertilizer the vacant lot (turned city park) down the street.

As mentioned, she is older, so her pace is not exactly swift and like most mature beings she prefers to take her time and not be rushed as she sniffs out the ideal spot to make her contribution to soil enrichment.

The other day while patiently waiting for her to determine the epicenter for her next event I noticed the evidence of a former doorway in the building adjacent to the park.  I wondered about what had been there in the past, what use or contribution to society the building may have served in a past life.  I noticed the contrast of the old facade next to a wooden post that now served as a power distribution point for park events.  I decided to pull out my phone for a bit of #iPhoneography.

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Have a great day…perhaps I will notice more on a future outing with Katie.

Mike

Winter’s Chill

Ice Storm Featured Image

This past weekend brought some icy weather to my neck of the woods.  So I ventured out with my camera to see if I could find any interesting shots.

The images in this post were all taken in my backyard, no more than 100′ from my house.  It just shows that if you really look at the opportunities that have been provided for you, you can find inspiration and beauty.

All of the images in this post where shot using a Canon EOS Rebel T5 with a Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM Prime Lens.

The images below are linked to a larger version.  Just click on the image for more detail.

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Thanks for visiting, I hope you enjoyed this post.

Mike L.

A Stroll Down Gateway Walk

A couple of weeks ago we spent a couple of days in historic Charleston, SC.  For those who aren’t familiar with Charleston it is a charming coastal city located in the southeastern United States.  Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Town, honoring King Charles II of England.

The Unitarian Church in Charleston, built in 1772, is the second oldest church in downtown Charleston.  The church has a unique cemetery, the walking paths are well maintained but vegetation within the grave sites is allowed to grow naturally, creating a fascinating and extremely peaceful environment.

Below are a few photos from our visit to the church cemetery.

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Thank you for viewing my photos.  I hope you liked them.

Mike L.

For the Love of Apples

Every year, since my childhood, on the first Saturday of October.  My hometown closes the streets and makes preparations for the biggest day of the year…The Apple Festival.

The Apple Festival is a single day festival that features crafts, artisans, food, music, fun & games.  The typically quiet streets come alive with spectators, performers, and the tempting scents of a variety of good eats.

Lately, I have been very interested in street photography.  However, I have the same fear as many aspiring street photographers…and that is…the fear of someone being upset over having their photo taken.  But, in a festival setting…it just feels safer.  The streets are so crowded and people are so distracted that know one really notices, or cares, if a stranger is pointing a camera at them.

Now, don’t get the wrong idea, I certainly didn’t wade into the crowd just clicking away and pointing my camera at every interesting person I saw.  In reality, I was still cautious and selective about where or who I pointed my camera at.

Many times I either flat out missed opportunities or simply hesitated and the moment was gone.  But, the more I pressed the shutter release the more confident I felt and the more fun I had.

Below are few images from that outing.  Honestly, I realize that they’re a bit amateurish, but, I wouldn’t expect anything better based on my experience.  I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the act of attempting street photography.  I plan to try again soon.

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A couple of food vendors trying to keep up with customer demands.

 

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Yes, The Apple Festival really draws a crowd, as seen here, a couple of imperial storm troopers managed to make the journey.

 

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This ladies tattoo caught my eye.  It was obviously done by a very talented artist.  I had to get a photo.

 

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I’m not sure what to say about this one.  I was actually photographing the van.  It was part of a vendor’s booth setup.  Plus, I just like Volkswagon vans.

 

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These guys were breaking it down old school.  The most interesting of the three was the guy in the black hat playing the spoons.

 

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This guy should win to award for the most enthusiastic.  Prior to taking this photo he was attempting to lead the crowd in a spirited singing of America the Beautiful.  I don’t know what the gentleman on the left said to him but, judging by his expression, it must have been amusing.

As always, thanks for viewing my photos…I hope you enjoyed them.

– Mike L.

Abandoned & Lonely

There’s something about this image that I find intriguing.  To me, it speaks of loneliness and abandonment.

The bars on the window indicate that perhaps, at sometime in the past, this building held items that were precious to someone.  The building and it’s contents where important and worth protecting.

Now…only shards of glass and tattered drapes remain.  Important to no one, simply forgotten and neglected.

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This image was shot during the same outing as my On the hunt for reflections… post.

As always, thanks for viewing my photos…I hope you enjoy them.

– Mike L.

 

Pursuing Textures…

This past week’s challenge was texture.  So on Sunday afternoon I grabbed my camera with the intention of seeking out textures.

When you pay attention it’s amazing how much diversity there is in common day objects.  Materials that we are around each day…all of them with their unique texture or pattern.

All of the photos below where shot in and around the community commons area in Wilkesboro using my Canon 24mm, 2.8 lens.  It can focus well at a very short distance and it is the best lens I have for capturing close-up images.

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Brick with blistering paint on the wall of the Wilkes Heritage Museum.  This building was originally constructed in 1902 as the Wilkes County Courthouse.
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Fallen Pin Oak leaves at the Community Commons.
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More Pin Oak leaves.  I also liked the different colors and textures of the paved surface
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This image may be more pattern that texture but…these stacks of chairs caught my eye and I couldn’t resist photographing them.
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Fire Pit…I was not only drawn to the texture of the rocks but also the stark contrast between the rough dark rocks and the smooth bright stainless steel.
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One more image from this outing.  I just had to get a photo of these berries.

 

As always, thanks for viewing my photos…I hope you enjoyed them.

– Mike L.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Lines

The theme for this week’s WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Lines.  I have not had um…made time to shoot anything new lately so I am posting one of my older photos.  I shot this photo in 2016.  I think it works well for this week’s theme.

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If you enjoyed this post, please visit the links below to see some of my other works.  Thanks.

Night Photography – An Illuminating Presence

Night Photography Light Trails Automotive Garage

The photos below are of a custom “Hot Rod” shop in my hometown.  At one time this building was actually the local Dodge Dealership.  The Dodge dealer moved to a modern facility many years ago.  Now, this is the home of Miller Brothers Hot Rod Barn.  They are a custom automotive shop and always have something interesting sitting in the showroom.

I drove past their garage recently and couldn’t help but take notice of the building.  It was late at night and the interior of the building was completely illuminated.  This set it apart from the other buildings in this small downtown environment.  I didn’t have my camera with me so I drove home and then returned with camera gear in hand.

The brightly illuminated showroom and shop space were in sharp contrast with the building exterior which I thought would give the photos an interesting look.  The exposure on these could be better, but, I am still learning.  I was lucky enough to have a small amount of traffic to add interest to the photos by leaving light trails across the long exposure images.

Click on any of the images below for a larger version

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A photo of the showroom at night with light trails in the foreground.
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I like the light trails in the foreground and the large illuminated windows of the garage in the background.  If you look closely you will notice the classic car to the right of the showroom.
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Black and white photo of a custom automotive shop

Night Photography – A Deserted Downtown Alley

Downtown Alley At Night. Black and White Long Exposure Photo

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.

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Black and white photo of a downtown alley. This is a long exposure photo taken at night.

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.
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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

Bales of hay lay in a foggy field near Union Grove, NC

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.

 

 

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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