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.
It’s Christmas time once again. I was fortunate to have some time to capture Columbia’s 33rd Annual Christmas Parade. The historic West 7th Street and the 40 foot Christmas Tree in front of the courthouse provides the perfect backdrop for a Christmas parade. Even though it was a cold night, the streets were lined with people of all ages along West 7th street and around the square. The Christmas spirit was alive and well. I tend to forget about the cold once I get into the zone. The adrenaline starts flowing and the only thing I think about is getting
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
Last year Spring Hill, Tennessee held their first Hot Air Balloon Festival, and it was also the first balloon festival I’ve ever attended. I left that event hoping that it would become another Maury County tradition. So, you can imagine how thrilled I was to see the announcement for the second annual Spooktacular Hot Air Balloon Festival. Things were looking bleak regarding the weather as the festival date was approaching. When the organizers realized that mother nature was going to ‘rain on the parade,’ they postpone the event for the following day. That was a good move as the rain
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
No matter where you find yourself in this country, you can probably find a state or county fair within driving distance during the summer. Amusement parks and fairs always trigger a since of nostalgia for me. When the fair came to my childhood hometown, I could see the lights from my front porch. I could not wait to ride the Ferris Wheel and take a bite out of a candy apple. Playing games and winning prizes was just as fun. I’ve always known fairs were centered around agricultural commerce in general, but I was surprised to find that religion was
What a gorgeous week for a County Fair and a nice way to spend the Labor Day Weekend! I was fortunate to have time to attend the 2019 Maury County Fair and Expo on Friday and Saturday. I created a boat load of images over the course of the 2 days. Being able to capture so many photos is a blessing and a curse. The convenience is a blessing compared to the film days. On the other hand, if you’re like me, you like to do some post processing to get the best out of your files and maybe add
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.
It’s been said that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I tend to believe that statement. My wife actually won me over before I knew how good of a cook she was. My current physique is a telltale sign of her cooking skills. One of the simple things in life I look forward to is a good meal with good people. This is exactly what I experienced this past weekend at the Thai-Lao Food Fair. This event was held at the Wat Amphawan in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. It cost $15 per person and there was free admission
Thankfully, I am blessed to see another year with my family. Who knows what this year will bring. I’m sure there will be challenges to overcome, but I hope there are more “ups” than “downs.” After all, life is what you make it, right? I typically bring in the New Year at home falling asleep before the big countdown, but this time, I decided to check out the first “Mule Drop” on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. I figured since I captured the Christmas tree lighting event and the Christmas parade, I might as well end the Holiday season
I’ll keep the commentary short. The pictures speak for themselves. Since getting the new camera, I’ve done more night work. More specifically, I’ve done more night time street photography. Focusing and stopping action at night can be taxing on a camera system. I’ve struggle with this with my Olympus E520 DSLR, but what a difference an upgrade can make. I have always said that new gear won’t improve your photography and I still stand by that. However, new gear can increase your opportunities to capture moments that require a better or specific tool for the job. Utilizing a better tool