High Street In The Early Evening

Lois  Bryan

Joined August 2008

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Depending on where you’re standing, time spent in the mountains can be short on sunshine or long. In the case of Harper’s Ferry’s High Street, the main road that intersects with Shenandoah Street there at the bottom of the hill, the steep incline on which the town was built creates sharp contrasts in light and shadow as the sun begins to set.

On this particular day in early September of 2010, the sunshine was strong and the warm colors of the old town were rich in the light. In the hills beyond, the colors of autumn are just beginning to make their appearance.

I’ve always had a fascination with small towns, especially the different architectures living happily side by side as the years rumble on. They seem to have formed close friendships as they hold each other up, though this can result in serious fire hazards. Little more than a month ago in late July (2015) a fire devastated several of the buildings to the left. Fortunately no one was hurt, and rebuilding efforts are already underway.

Original photograph taken with the Nikon D300 and the 18-200mm vr Nikkor lens. After some tweaks in Photoshop CS6 and hdr / tonemapping in Photomatix, I digitally hand painted the entire image in Corel Painter 2015. My thanks to Karen Burns for the hint of texture.

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