Fine Art

Shoreline Living

Shoreline Living

Living along the shoreline of any river, bay or other tidal waterway can be a very peaceful and enjoyable experience. There is just something special...

Condominium Entrance

Condominium Entrance
Condominium Entrance

In my previous post we had a look at how architecture and lines can come together to create an eye-pleasing scene. Staying with that theme we have a brick-worked condominium entrance as the topic of our image.

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As I walked a neighborhood near the waterfront in Annapolis Maryland, this particular building caught my attention with it's contrasting mortar lines and red brick work.

I processed this 3-shot bracket in HDR Efex Pro 2.  Although the resulting HDR image was clean and detailed, I felt that the color was somewhat overwhelming and actually detracted from the details a bit. With that in mind, I decided on this black and white conversion.

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Listening Intently

Street sculptures are always interesting subjects to shoot. You get to enjoy the artist's work up close an from all angles. Just like any other outdoor subject, they look better in soft lighting. In this post we have a partial look at a larger sculpture in a town square. I have isolated two of several characters and attempted to convey the message being delivered on their faces. They really seem to be listening intently, but to whom or what?

I've decided to hold that bit of mystery for a future post, unless someone spills the beans. :-)

Listening Intently
Listening Intently

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The artist really delivered extraordinary detail in the pieces that make up this exhibit.

One thing that I notice about sculptures is the fact that once they have been installed and unveiled, few people seem to pay any attention to them. They just become part of the streetscape. Perhaps it's just me, but I never see anyone actually looking at sculptures. Perhaps everyone has seen them all before. :-)

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House on the Hill

Silhouettes, those objects, people or scenes rendered as solid shapes, can often tell a story without the intricate detail of most photographs. This form of art was quite popular in the late 18th century when artist would sketch people's profiles and fill them in with a solid color, usually black. The image was then cut out and placed on a lighter colored background. With today's DSLRs this process is quite easy. The "House on the Hill" image below was created by simply placing the subject between the rising sun and the camera.

House on the Hill
House on the Hill

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Seldom do I leave silhouettes totally blacked out as just a hint of detail seems to make the overall image more interesting.

This property sits high atop a very steep hill, most of which I have cropped away, and is positioned at an elevation above the horizon. It must be quite interesting to look downhill at sunrise regularly, a real treat for the occupants. I have passed this location many times and often wondered what the view from the top must be like.

Unfortunately, access to the property requires permission to navigate a long winding private road to the top. A long cable with a sign simply stating "Private Property" seems to indicate that the owners are not much for company. :-)

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