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Long Overdue

Kathy & I had been trying to find a weekend to head to Waynesville, NC – our favorite little town in the NC mountains – since March.  With the exception of our Alaska and California adventure, things just haven’t been very conducive to getting away for the last several months.  We finally had our chance this past weekend and took advantage.

As luck would have it we didn’t get a lot of relief from the high temperatures, as Waynesville – while about 10 degrees cooler than Charlotte – was still unseasonably hot, to the point where most of the HVAC systems were doing their best to keep up.  Most of them were up to the task, a few were not.

We wisely headed out early and got our in-town sightseeing done early.  In the heat of the afternoon we headed up to the Blue Ridge Parkway for a few hours, and while it was 97 in town, it was an unusually warm but relatively cool 84 at Waterrock Knob, an overlook and visitor center at 5,820 feet.  After a stop for ice cream it was back to town for a nice dinner and some rest in our thankfully-air-conditioned room.

Sunday was spent getting back to reality, and after a stop in Statesville here we are.  A couple of work days with a holiday sandwiched in, and before we know it we’ll have another weekend!

No serious photography this trip, but I had a camera with me at just about all times!

Marion, NC Train Station

Marion Train Station, Marion North Carolina

Kathy & I make frequent trips to Marion, NC to visit our friends at Bruce’s Fabulous Foods on Main Street in Marion.  We stumbled on Bruce’s a few years ago and have been making regular visits ever since.  This past Saturday we made our most recent pilgrimage.

Marion Train Station, Marion North Carolina

I’ve had an ongoing love for train stations and enjoy photographing them.  Not sure exactly why, but I do.  We often plan trips around train stations just to check them out.

This one's for Earl

The station in Marion is one we had visited before, but with a new camera to play with it was time to stop by again!  The light was a little tough and we were hungry, so we didn’t spend a lot of time but I got a few shots.

Fire Alarm
Old building near the Marion Train Station, Marion North Carolina
Growing Like A Weed

More 5D Mark III Fun!

Views of uptown Charlotte from the Seventh Street Station parking garage, Charlotte, North Carolina
Stripes

I’ve gotten a little more time to shoot with the 5D Mark III over the last few days.  Saturday I was teaching a digital point & shoot class for The Light Factory, and part of the class time is spent out actually taking photos.  What a concept – a photography class that actually goes out and takes photos…amazing if I do say so myself!  I cheated a little and took the 5D, with full disclosure to the class, of course.  And after using my G12 in the previous session.

Looking Up, Clouds

I’ve still a little vexed by what I feel is most likely a learning curve in Lightroom…my files seem to be coming in flat and dark, and only after applying a pretty aggressive tone curve adjustment can I get them where I want them.  I thought maybe I  had some kind of Auto Tone turned on, but nothing I see indicates that I do, and even if I did I think the images, if anything, would look lighter instead of darker.  I also saw on a video tutorial something about some automatic highlight suppression that Lightroom is doing, but I haven’t found anything definitive about that.  So for now I’ve got something that works and I’m using it.

Looking Down

I’ve posted this photos a little larger than usual in case anyone wants to do some peeping.  Click on each photo to make them bigger (dare I say “embiggen?”).  They look pretty good, I think.

Frame In Need of a Face
Walking
No Littering
Arrival
Crossed

April Wallpaper (Better Late Than Never)

For those of you who I forced to spend a few extra days in March…sorry.  The weekend got away from me and before I knew it, well you know.

One of my favorite sunrise locations at any time of the year is Pounding Mill Overlook, on the Blue Ridge Parkway just south of the junction with US-276 that runs between Brevard and Waynesville.  It’s either hit or miss here, but generally speaking if you aren’t socked in with clouds you’ll get something worth pulling the camera out for.  Fog in the Pink Beds is always a good bet, and a nice golden glow from the rising sun makes for a doubly special sunrise.

Things may be a little quiet here for the next week or so as we head out on our next adventure, but with any luck I’ll come back with some nice shots of the Shenandoah National Park area.  They had a little snow at Big Meadows this morning, so you just never know what you might run in to!

A Visit To Salisbury, NC

Historic train station in Salisbury, North Carolina

Yesterday, Paul Lester & I made a trip to Salisbury, NC to meet up and do some photography with fellow photographer and blogger Earl Moore, aka “The Earl of Salisbury.”  Earl and Paul had met previously, but while Earl & I have been following each others’ blogs for a few years we had never met.

Paul & Earl at the historic train station in Salisbury, North Carolina

After a cloudy and damp start it was a great day.  Earl was the consummate host, showing us around town for a few hours, then treating us to lunch at a nice little Thai/Chinese/Japanese Sushi place called “Bangkok Downtown” before a final stop at the Salisbury National Cemetery.  Well, final in a figurative sense, not in a literal way. 🙂

Indecision?

Amazingly for me, it was my first visit to Salisbury.  I’m sure I had passed through at one time or another over the past 17 years, but I had never spent any meaningful time there.  Salisbury has a beautiful and historic rail station, is the birthplace of Cheerwine, headquarters of Food Lion, has a beautiful downtown area and a number of beautiful and historic homes & neighborhoods.

One of many church steeples on the Salisbury skyline

As is typical of a Southern town, Salisbury has a lot of churches.  Most of the popular denominations seem to be represented.  There is probably a covered dish dinner going on somewhere in town every day.  Just like at the mall, there is truly something for everyone.

Dogwood in full bloom

I took over 250 photos, which is a lot for me, but there was a lot to see and shoot.  Mostly it was enjoyable to spend time talking and photographing with friends.  A number of the photos I took have more of an “urban decay” theme, and while they are interesting I won’t post them here because they don’t suit my intention for this article.  I’ll probably use them to illustrate another article I have in mind, but for now they will remain unshared.

Not all of the windows are real!

I truly enjoyed my time in Salisbury and hope to return there again soon.  The train station itself is a place where I could spend hours.  The cemetery will be lovely when the grass greens up, but before summer’s heat takes its toll.  And there are a lot of shops and restaurants to explore…I’ll definitely be back!

Salisbury National Cemetery