The Old Sautee Store

The Old Sautee Store was built in 1872 at the intersection of two major roads— at the confluence of the Sautee and Nacoochee valleys in the North Georgia mountains. One road, Georgia Highway 17, was originally an old Indian trading path known as the Unicoi Trail. It later became a major roadway for settlers to the region. The Old Sautee Store served the local community as a general store and post office until 1962. Of course, I didn’t know any of this when I first passed by the store while on vacation in the area over New Year’s. All I knew  was that it was a remarkably interesting sight by the roadside.  The small parking lot was full, but I was already planning on returning at night to get some images of the building.  Entering the store led to another surprise. Stepping through the front door was like stepping back in time, for the front portion of the store was maintained as an old general store museum—with an old cash register, weights, scales, canned goods and other sundry items. I immediately headed back out the door to get my camera. Handholding a Nikon D800 with 16-35mm f4 lens, I started taking images whenever the front portion of the store was free of other visitors.



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  1. Henry Watson November 7, 2015 at 5:57 pm #

    Love your images of the Old Sautée Store. What technique did you use in processing the images?


    • Ed Erkes November 9, 2015 at 3:27 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed the images. The exterior night images of the store were HDR images using Nik HDR Effex Pro, then fine-tuned in Photoshop. The interior images were processed using Adobe Camera Raw, but with a larger amount of Clarity applied than I usually use, followed up in Photopshop, using Topaz Denoise and Nik Color Effex Pro plugins (Nik Detail Extractor and Tonal Contrast filters). I used higher amounts of Nik Detail Extractor and Nik Tonal Contrast than I often do—to give the image a little more texture and detail.

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