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Category: Cityscape

Muted Music City

“You unlock this door with the key of imagination. Beyond it is another dimension—a dimension of sound, a dimension of sight, a dimension of mind. You’re moving into a land of both shadow and substance, of things and ideas. You’ve just crossed over into the Twilight Zone.” That is exactly what it felt like as I got out of my car in downtown Nashville late Saturday night. It was a surreal moment, an eerie moment. Paraphrasing a line from the Stephen King’s Maximum Overdrive, I never heard so much NOTHING on a Saturday night in downtown Nashville. I did not

Some Nashville Perspectives

We had a break in the weather yesterday. The sun was actually out and the temperature was mild. It was a perfect evening to take some pictures and a nice time of day to be in the heart of downtown Nashville. I had a shot in mind of a perspective I’ve shot recently at night. I wanted to see what it looked like close to sunset. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I grabbed a shot anyway.  With the sun getting lower and lower, I figured I would make my way to some popular areas to salvage what little

Shutter Therapy in Motor Alley

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

Mule Drop 2020

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

Cowan’s 55th Annual Christmas Parade

I believe the last time I attended the Cowan Christmas Parade, I was marching in it playing my trombone as a member of the Franklin County High School Marching Band. That means the young men and women marching in the 55th Cowan Christmas Parade were not even a thought in this world at the time. I know I just dated myself, but I had to give the readers some perspective.  If my memory serves me right, my very first participation in the Cowan Christmas Parade was as a member of the South Trojan Middle School Marching Band. Since leaving Cowan,

Climate Strike

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.

Black Friday on the Black Top

I was thankful to have another wonderful Thanksgiving with my family. We’ve had another blessed year. I’m also thankful for some free time to indulge in my favorite past time, street photography. I’ve never been one to participate in the Black Friday frenzy, but we definitely take advantage of the sales. This is usually through online purchases. In fact, on my way to my favorite street photography theater, Nashville, I stopped at an electronics store to pick up a new lens I ordered online the night before. I was dreading the crowd, but I managed to get in and out

Columbia First Fridays – October 4th, 2019

Coincidentally, the last time I shot a First Fridays event was exactly 2 years ago in October. I shot the 2017 event on Kodak Portra 800 color film during the day and shot my DSLR at night. You can read about that day and see those pictures here. With some free time and perfect weather, I decided to take a stroll downtown to check out the festivities of the 2019 October First Fridays event in Columbia. This event has grown by leaps and bounds. More food, more music, more people and that good ole southern hospitality makes this event a

Widescapes

The widest angle of view I’ve ever shot until recently has been the 28mm lens on my 135 gear and the 14mm lens on my four thirds cameras. When I upgraded to the EM1 Mark II, I also purchased the 17mm, 25mm, 45mm and the 75mm lenses. I chose this route so I would be more prepared for portraits. However, this left me lacking at the wide end and the long end. Outside of portraits, most of my shooting revolves around the wide end of the specturm. I love landscapes and cityscapes, so obtaining a wide angle lens is a

The Queen City

When I found out I would be taking a business trip just outside of the Queen City, I knew where I would be spending my evenings. So, what’s the Queen City you might ask? Well, some of you might say Charlotte, North Carolina and some of you might say Cincinnati, Ohio. You both would be correct. Charlotte is called the Queen City because it was named for King George III’s wife, Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. Cincinnati was called the Queen City by its citizens. They were very proud of Cincinnati’s tremendous growth in the early 1800’s. They dubbed the city

Nashville Nights

It’s been almost a full year since I’ve walked the streets of downtown Nashville on a weekend night. My previous venture was last October. Every now and then, I get a chance to indulge in my favorite photography genre, street photography. It’s even more rare that I get to shoot the streets at night. This rarity is due to timing, but a major part is equipment related. Well, the photography Gods were smiling down on me this time because not only did I have the time to shoot the night streets of downtown Nashville, I had a better camera spec

Material Things

    If you were passing through downtown Nashville this weekend and happened to look over at the skyline at exactly 9:30am Saturday morning, you might have thought we were under attack. Depending on your vantage point, you might have seen a huge cloud of dust, or you might have seen an iconic Nashville building crumble to the ground. That iconic building was the LifeWay Draper Tower which was under a planned demolition and not under a planned attack. While I was cleaning out my garage and listening to the radio the day before, I heard one of my favorite

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