This month’s collaborative project at Nickexposed.com and Seeingspotsphoto.com is Silhouttes. I am going to attempt an original silhouette in the coming days, but on my beat the heat walk today, I stumbled upon this building. I like the art behind this. It is a fun way to make an old, unused building, have some life. There is another building in the area that has the same thing. I believe they used to be windows in the past, but then were boarded up or bricked up. This photo was actually taken in broad daylight, but I wanted to make the experience of the silhouette shine a bit. I turned down the exposure and then used an adjustment brush on the windows. I turned up the highlights and exposure to give it that glow. I didn’t make it perfectly covered, because I figured it would give the pseudo light some more realism. Maybe there are other things inside the building that are keeping the light from shining completely. I am always amazed at what can be done with Lightroom.
I was originally going to use this day to bring you something from the cemetery in town. It holds a lot of historical figures, even the man who invented Pepsi (if you didn’t know, New Bern is the birthplace of Pepsi). It also is the resting place of a photographer, who actually designed the first Pepsi bottle, Bayard Wooten. I thought it would be awesome to photograph the grave of a historic photographer from the area, but I was unable to find the grave, even with the map (which wasn’t very detailed). Between the ill informed grave location and my increasingly uncomfortable perspired body, I could only last so long. Maybe one day I will find it, but for now, the thought is all that remains.