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.

 

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.

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.

Lost and Found Landscape

Black And White Photography, C.S. Young Jr., Photography
South Fork Mills River Valley Composition 1
South Fork Mills River Valley Composition 1

This is from my North Carolina mountains visit last October, the composition was processed shortly after and ready to publish, but was forgotten.  Fortunately, I found it while planning my 2021 trip – coming up next week.  It was captured from the Fryingpan Mountain Lookout Tower near Pisgah Mountain on the Blue Ridge Parkway.  The tower’s stairwell was blocked at the base, but I was able to squeeze through and overcome my fear of heights to climb to just under the top platform.   I was rewarded with an amazing South Fork Mills River Valley landscape and dramatic light!

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.