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Asheville Visions Photography, LLC is a collaboration of two photographers (Bonnie Schwartz & Bob Young) who love Western North Carolina and its surrounding area and the myriad of opportunities to capture its uniqueness and beauty photographically. Both are members of the international photography organization, The Arcanum.

In this blog you will find interesting and challenging posts about photography, photography software and cultural commentary about life in Western North Carolina.

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Behind the Scenes (On the Move)

This art-in-motion sculpture represents the history of transportation and honors the last brick street remaining in downtown Asheville. Beginning in 1890, bricks were the paving of choice in the city. Turn the wheel to the right to hear 11 different sounds.

The Urban Trail in Asheville, NC highlights the unique architecture, people, and historic events of the city. “On the Move” is Stop 21 on the trail and represents the history of transportation and honors the last brick street remaining in Downtown Asheville. Visitors can turn the wheel and hear sounds of transportation in the city.

Bob captured this image while on a photowalk through Downtown Asheville. If you look closely, you’ll see Bob reflected in the hub of the wheel.

Technical Details

Camera: Sony a7Rii
Lens: Sony FE 35 mm F2.8 ZA
Shutter Speed:  1/320 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 64
Focal Length: 35mm
Date Taken: April 9, 2014

Post Processing

The image was captured handheld as a 3-bracket image and adjusted in Lightroom CC for color and contrast, then processed as an HDR image in Photomatix Pro.

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Behind the Scenes (Fishing Boats)

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This is an image Bonnie captured from the deck of Crosby’s Seafood in Folly Beach, SC at sunset.

Technical Details

Camera: Sony a7R
Lens: Sony FE 24-240mm 1:3.5-6.3 OSS
Shutter Speed: .4 sec
Aperture: f/22
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 31mm
Date Taken: February 23, 2016

Post Processing

The image was taken as a 3-bracket exposure. It was then processed in Lightroom CC 2015 to bring out details and merged into an HDR using Aurora HDR Pro.

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Behind the Scenes (Monet at the Biltmore)

Shot with DxO ONE

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC has just updated its photography policy. In short, cellphone and point-and-shoot cameras are now allowed to be used inside the house to capture images of yesteryear. However, interchangeable lens cameras are not even allowed to be taken inside the House. (Note: you can stash your interchangeable in coin-operated lockers just outside the main restrooms near the stable.)

Bob seized on the opportunity to capture some shots inside the House. The shot above is of the Breakfast Room. It represents a imaginary visualization if Claude Monet had visited Biltmore and elected to paint this scene.

Technical Details

Camera: DxO ONE
Lens: Fixed
Shutter Speed:  1/60 sec
Aperture: f/1.8
ISO: 2500
Focal Length: 32mm
Date Taken: February 18, 2016

Post Processing

The image was captured handheld and first processed in Lightroom CC 2015. Then followed some processing in Aurora HDR to enhance the drama. Distractions were removed using Photoshop CC and then the image was taken into Topaz Impressions to mimic a Monet painting.

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Behind the Scenes (Love is in the Air)

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This is a photo Bonnie captured on a street in Havana, Cuba.

Technical Details

Camera: Sony a7R
Lens: Sony FE 24-240mm 1:3.5-6.3 OSS
Shutter Speed: 1/40 sec
Aperture: f/5.0
ISO: 250
Focal Length: 45mm
Date Taken: November 1, 2015

Post Processing

This image was processed in Lightroom CC 2015 and On1 Enhance.

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Behind the Scenes (Dock in Early Morning)

Lake Lure Dock

This is an image captured by Bob almost ten years ago in the early morning mist of a dock on Lake Lure, NC. The lake and its surrounding area has served as a vacation spot for many who love the mountains of Western North Carolina and as a locale for many films, including Last of the Mohicans and Dirty Dancing.

Technical Details

Camera: Canon EOS 5D
Lens: Canon 70-200mm f2.8
Shutter Speed:  1/120 sec
Aperture: f/11
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 90mm
Date Taken: September 21, 2006

Post Processing

The image was captured handheld and processed in Apple’s Aperture for color and mood.

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Behind the Scenes (View from the Terrace)

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This is an image Bonnie captured of the rolling hills and distant mountains at Biltmore from the South terrace.

Technical Details

Camera: Sony a7R
Lens: Sony FE 24-240mm 1:3.5-6.3 OSS
Shutter Speed: 1/100 sec
Aperture: f/9.0
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 47mm
Date Taken: January 24, 2016

Post Processing

This is a 5 image panorama stitched together in Lightroom CC and then processed in On1 Effects.

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Behind the Scenes (Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening)

Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening

Asheville was in the midst of its first snowstorm (a big one!!) of the 2015-16 winter season when Bob captured this image over his back fence.

Technical Details

Camera: DxO ONE
Lens: N/A
Shutter Speed:  1/320 sec
Aperture: f/2.8
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 32mm
Date Taken: January 22, 2016

Post Processing

The image was captured handheld using DxO’s SuperRAW format. After cropping, the image was taken into MacPhun’s Intensify CK to adjust coloring. After that, the image went through several iterations of Topaz Glow to create four different effects which were subsequently blended as layers in Photoshop CC 2015. Lastly, adjustments were made in Lightroom CC to enhance highlighting of key elements and to add a vignette.

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