There was an alternative challenge this past week, which I am just now getting to. Even though there are a gazillion photos of buildings reflecting back in the water, all of them are different. Thus, I offer yet another building admiring its own reflection, as it shares its double vision with the world. This photo was taken in Danville, Virginia.
Painting the Kitchen
Yesterday, my post on work was based on installing new windows in the main level of this same house. When I lived in Danville, I spent quite a bit of time and money renovating this old house. The house oozed with the charm of yesteryear. It was originally built in 1947. The existing wood floors were beautiful and the joists were laid diagonally, which is not a feature you often see in newer houses today. There was also a considerable amount of cross bracing throughout the house, which was a pain to deal with where plumbing was concerned, but it made for a structurally sound house. Structure always wins in my book. The Kitchen was originally off-white. Blah. I decided to dress it up a bit,adding a little color, to create a unique kitchen with a personality all its own.
Okay, now comes the day of reckoning … Good, bad, or indifferent, how do you like my updated kitchen? If you don’t like it, please say so. You won’t hurt my feelings any.
Installing New Windows
This was a little home improvement job I had going on, when I was in Danville.
This is the back of the Pepsi Cola Bottling Plant in Danville, Virginia. It is a wee bit blurry, but for this challenge, works quite well.
The Dan River sports a reflective view, even though it, too, is a blur. I thought this was an interesting photo despite the fact that it is not a focused shot. Maybe it is the blues and the browns together, or the fact the houses on the hill above show up in the reflection, but not on the bank beyond the camera’s frame on the hill overlooking the river? Maybe it is the vertical trees reflecting back that offer subtle interest? This shot is so busy blending it’s features into each other, it is hard to tell? I hope you enjoy the shot, none-the-less.
Here is a little glimpse of the Dan River raging over the fall, as you look through the underside of the bridge.
This is a shot of the Dan River taken in Dan Daniels Park. They have a walk that skirts the city running through the park. Some of the bridges are old and have become foot bridges, having been replaced with newer bridges to handle traffic. One of the bridges still carries a train across it several times a day. Danville is a very old and historic city located in central Virginia on the North Carolina border. When Dan River Fabrics shut down about 10 years ago, due to outsourcing, the city lost a good deal of its population. Unemployment is high there, but the townsfolk are working hard to try to bring in technology to create jobs to fill the many empty houses that fill the city.
This is a view of Danville, Virginia. I thought the buildings across the river were interesting, and with the trees, the river, and the rocks, provide a lot of contrast between the elements of the photo. The grass in the forefront adds additional depth and interest, not to mention color to the scene.
When I first got my Corel program and had not a clue as how to use it, I started by experimenting with some of the features. For practice, I made this little game sheet for my grandchildren to either cut out and paste, or to draw the squares into the squares. These types of puzzles were (and maybe still are popular) in the activities sections of some newspapers. Of course, you can draw the picture, then cut out the blocks and paste over your drawing too if you are really bored. Please feel free to print off and cut out these squares for your own use if you would like. Hopefully this will be big enough to work with. The original sheet I gave to my grandchildren to cut out is 8 1/2″ x 11″. I used card stock to print it on for better results.
Below is the actual photo I used as my ‘test’ subject. First, I obviously cropped the photo, then bit-mapped it. Corel has some cool features to distort the original photograph for an artsy look.