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.

Looking Into the Abandoned

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Sagging Abandoned House 1
Sagging Abandoned House 1

Look through the windows into this sagging old abandoned house and imagine the lives once lived here and why this home was ultimately abandoned. For the best view into this home, click to see a high resolution version.

Cloud Silhouette

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Rough Ridge Cloud Silhouette Monochrome
Rough Ridge Cloud Silhouette Monochrome

Just 10 minutes before sunset, a large cloud briefly swept in towards this vantage point on Rough Ridge Overlook just off the Blue Ridge Parkway (BRP) in North Carolina. See more of my BRP Gallery here.

Cheers!

C. S.

Craggy Knob Landscape

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
Craggy Knob Landscape 1
Craggy Knob Landscape 1

A cloud consumed Craggy Knob during my visit to Craggy Gardens earlier this month on the Blue Ridge Parkway in North Carolina. See more compositions from my recent Blue Ridge Parkway expedition.