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I had planned to make a trip to Nashville to continue a film project which involves my Mamiya 645 1000s and some Kodak TRI-X 400, but the weather radar said Nashville was about to be hit with some severe thunderstorms. I also wanted to get a picture of the Korean Veteran’s Bridge illuminated in blue. The Nashville Police Department was honoring the fallen officers in Dallas by turning the LED lights on the bridge to blue. I wanted to make a capture of the bridge and make my own tribute. Well, that was going to have to wait due to the storms.

I still had the urge to shoot, so I headed to downtown Columbia to play around a little. Sometimes I just like to grab one camera and one lens, no tripod or bag. I love the sense of freedom and I also wanted to be quick as it was already late. I did not have any particular subject in mind. This was just a quick walk around town snapping anything that caught my eye. I guess you could call this practice. Photographers need to practice, too, right?  All shots were taken with my Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens shot wide open. I shot at ISO 400 for most shots and I might have shot at 800 for a couple. I used subject distance to control depth of field while maintaining a aperture of 1.4 for maximum light.

The first image describes my weekend. After a busy Fourth of July, I used this weekend to make some time for myself. You could say this weekend was “Simply about Photography” . I checked out the business website behind the sign and the photographer has some really nice portraits on display. If you need some portrait work, check them out at Simply Photography.

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

On the Square - Columbia, Tennessee - Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4
On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

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On the Square – Columbia, Tennessee – Olympus E520 / 30mm f1.4

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed the images. I made these captures Friday night and I am finishing this post on Sunday afternoon. I finally made it to Nashville Saturday evening to get my bridge shot. I decided to get there around sunset to try for something a little different than the typical night scene. I really like how the capture turned out. I also grabbed a great second shot of the sunset behind the skyline. I will be posting these next, so stay tuned. I also managed to grab a few film captures. I exposed 8 frames of Kodak Portra 400 on the Natchez Trace Parkway this morning with my Olympus OM1. It’s been a while since I shot my OM1 or any film at all for that matter. This morning’s venture was a nice reminder of how much I enjoy shooting film. Below is a sneak peek from today’s outing on the Trace. I took this portrait shot of my favorite SLR just after photographing a rock formation. I have about 16 more shots to go before my roll of 36 exposures are finished. Thanks for reading!

 

 

Tried and True

Olympus OM1 with OM Zuiko 28mm f3.5
On the Natchez Trace Parkway – Olympus OM1 with OM Zuiko 28mm f3.5 Lens loaded with Kodak Portra 400 (Olympus E520 / Sigma 30mm f1.4)

 

 

 

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