Wow! What a year! I’m glad I’m here to see 2021. I remember a year ago thinking that 2020 was going to be an awesome year. Well, for many people including myself, that did not go as planned. So many lost so much. Many are not here to see the New Year. Despite the pandemic and all the fallout, my family and I have been blessed. Most of us have reinvented ourselves to do things differently. These are positive changes that we will carry into 2021. I believe we will be stronger and wiser as a result. It’s become a
I’m sure everyone has heard the phrase that is the title of this post. This is Kissel Entertainment’s tag line. They have been turning frowns upside down on the Midway for generations. It’s hard to step onto the Midway and not crack a smile. Possibly the only time you might see a frown is when you can’t see the end of the line to your favorite ride, but even then, the wait and anticipation is worth it. Given current events, I can’t think of a better way to escape than attending a county fair. It’s almost as if you are
This is my third and final entry into my project covering the George Floyd protests. The Nashville protest was the first in this series. It was the largest and the one that garnered the most attention due to the riots that happened afterwards. Next, I covered the protest in Franklin, Tennessee on the square. I thought it would be interesting to see how the Franklin protest compared to the one in Music City. Well, the Franklin protest turned out to be a perfect model for a legal, peaceful protest. They did it by the book. Rumors of outsiders coming to
“Omaha!” That’s me calling an audible a la Peyton Manning when I saw the snow Friday morning on my way to work. I took a vacation day and captured some snow covered landscapes. I knew this could quite possibly be the only snowfall I see in my neck of the woods in 2020. Now that I’ve said that, it will come a blizzard in April. That’s Tennessee weather for you. Anyway, I knew this snowfall would last only hours, so I had to act fast. I drove out to some of my favorite sites along the Natchez Trace Parkway and
I wish I could tell you that this is another post about me unwinding on the Natchez Trace Parkway after a day at the office. It started out that way, but it ended with me writing a witness statement for the Williamson County Sherriff’s office and the National Park Ranger Service. You are probably beginning to figure out how this story ends, so I must add the disclaimer that this post might be disturbing to some. It was another rainy day, but I was delighted to be greeted with some fog as I left work. Fog always brings unique photographic
Every now and then I get the urge to go out and shoot something. During these times, I don’t have anything particular in mind. I just need to feed the craving of creating something through the viewfinder. Depending on the time of day or night, I will seek out interesting light or subjects. Some of my subjects are things I’ve shot in the past, like the images in this post. The Motor Alley building got a make over recently, so it became my target for my late night shutter therapy. This session would have been quicker, but it was extremely
I’ve been very active over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. If you take a look at my last several blog posts, you will see the types of events I’ve been shooting. It’s been fun and I loved every minute of it, but it has been quite the job. When you are shooting events that are unfolding before you, there is a pressure to get the shot. There are no do-overs. Working under pressure, be it pressure from a client or the pressure you put on yourself, can be exhausting. That’s why I feel it is important to recharge your
The Dimple of the Universe started 2020 with a BANG! I shot the very first Mule Drop last year and it was a blast. Given its success, I could only imagine that this year’s event would be even better. To be honest, my goal for the 2020 Mule drop was to get one shot, a shot I missed last year. That missed photo was a shot of the fireworks display over the courthouse. As you will see, I captured many more images, but the fireworks display was going to be my main objective. Since my main goal was to capture
Whenever I post content of any political nature, I always start out with my obligatory disclaimer. The posting of this content is not an endorsement. It is simply a documentation through photo journalism. My job as a journalist is to tell and show what happened. Interpretation of the content is left up to the reader or viewer. This makes my job easy. All I have to do is use the principles of photography to tell the story. Coupled with these principles are the 4 key elements to complete a body of work. I’ve talked about these in a previous post.
Another year is about to come to a close as I find myself at the 2nd Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Event on the square in Columbia, Tennessee. It seems like yesterday that I was preparing to shoot the first 40 foot tree lighting festivities. Where has the time gone? Now that the city of Columbia has lit the tree, the Christmas season has officially started! Those who follow me know I like telling stories with my images. I believe the best way to do that is to create a body of work. In a body of work, there are 4
I experienced my first hot air balloon festival last October at the first Spring Hill Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival. After that experience, I was hooked! I had a great time and came away with some nice pictures. When my wife sent me the notice about the Boro Balloon Fest, I knew I had to save the date! The Boro Balloon Fest was taking place over an entire weekend, so there was a good chance I could find some time to attend at least one day. Not only did I find a window to attend, my family decided to go
We attended one of my son’s best friend’s birthday party. In fact, he’s more than just a friend. He’s family. You could say he is a brother from another mother. Their friendship and thus, our friendship with his family began many years ago when I started coaching baseball with his dad. Our typical birthday celebration includes the traditional cake and ice cream and fellowship amongst the family. After the cake and ice cream, it’s time for the finale, a trip to the bowling alley. I typically don’t bowl. I like hanging out and enjoying the company of family and friends.