18th Century Log Cabin

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Preserved 18th Century Log Home 1

Found this well preserved 19th century log cabin on the backroads in the northwestern Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.

Cheers,

C. S.

Season of Lent

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
St. Mary's Episcopal Composition 3
St. Mary’s Episcopal Composition 3

For Lent this year, I’ve committed to turning my thoughts and desires away from material wants and instead focusing on the simple things in life that truly sustain happiness.

C. S.

A New Perspective

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Sexton Christmas Tree Farm Composition 1
Sexton Christmas Tree Farm Composition 1

I flew my new Mavic 3 drone in Ashe County last weekend. I sought out a local Christmas Tree farm and they gladly gave me permission to fly over the farm. I’m impressed with the drone’s dynamic range and thrilled to be finally seeing from above. For the best viewing experience, click on the image to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Ashe County Tobacco Barn

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Tobacco Barn on Parsons Hill Rd
Tobacco Barn on Parsons Hill Rd

Driving the backroads usually has a payoff for the adventurous, but patient photographer. This tobacco barn was a welcomed reward after a long dry spell traveling through rural Ashe Country, North Carolina last fall.

Cheers!

C. S.

Tracing Light

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Moses H. Cone Stairwell Composition
Moses H. Cone Stairwell Composition

The light in this stairwell at the Moses H. Cone mansion on the Blue Ridge Parkway made me think about “ray tracing”. Its a computer animation rendering algorithm that simulates the path particles of light take from the source angle as they bounce off various surfaces. I’m also reminded of Bob Heist’s lesson in Basic Photography at Randolph Community College back in the early 80s – “the angle of reflection is equal to the angle of incidence”.

Different Perspective

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Under Stack Rock Bridge Composition
Under Stack Rock Bridge Composition

During my 2021 fall foliage expedition in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, I followed a trail down under this bridge on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s interesting to see the architectural features of the bridge integrated into the surrounding rocky mountainous landscape.

Northern View of Grandfather Mountain in October

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Grandfather Mountain Northerly View 1
Grandfather Mountain Northerly View 1

This northerly view of Grandfather Mountain is from the Blue Ridge Parkway near the Linn Cove Viaduct, captured in mid October 2021. Click on the image for the best viewing experience.

C. S.

 

Fall Monochrome Landscape

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Farm on Bryan Davis Rd, Ashe County Composition 1
Farm on Bryan Davis Rd, Ashe County Composition 1

Many agree fall foliage is also ideal for monochrome. The ability to adjust the luminosity across the color range can offer up interesting foliage tonality. When I first got out my car on this Ashe County, NC backroad, all the cows were in the shed. As a curious bunch, it took very little coaxing to get them to pose for this landscape composition.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend. I’m most grateful for this WordPress and Monochromia blog community!

Cheers,

C. S.

Hawksbill Mountain, pt2

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Hawksbill Mountain Rockscape 1
Hawksbill Mountain Rockscape 1

Late afternoon view from the top of Hawksbill Mountain looking south along the east side of Linville Gorge towards Table Rock and Shortoff Mountains. For the best viewing experience, click to see a high resolution version.

Cheers,

C. S.

Hawksbill Mountain in Linville Gorge

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Hawksbill Mountain Vignette 1
Hawksbill Mountain Vignette 1

I hiked to the top of Linville Gorge about an hour before sunset during my fall color expedition earlier this month. Of course there were just as many monochrome opportunities!

Cheers,

C. S.