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Justice for George – Franklin Edition

Many protests have popped up across the nation. I believe there have been demonstrations even overseas. Unfortunately, the message from these demonstrations have been hijacked by rioters and looters, but there appears to be an effort to regain the message in the wake of the rioting and looting. One of these such protests took place on the square in Franklin, Tennessee. Over the last few weeks, I have made time to document the protests and demonstrations following the death of George Floyd. It’s been a lot of work, but I believe it will be well worth the effort capturing these

RETURN TO THE BRIDGE

I’ve always had a love hate relationship with the Natchez Trace Bridge. I love the architecture and engineering behind the structure. I love the sunset vistas looking out west from the top of the bridge. It’s a beautiful monument in a beautiful area. However, there’s a dark side. Locally, this bridge is known as the “Suicide Bridge.” To date, I believe there has been about 38 suicides from this bridge. That’s only true if no one has jumped between the time of this post and the date of February 5th, 2020. That’s the date I witnessed a man jumping off

End of the Road

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

Dull Sunset

I took the long way home to catch the final moments of light at one of my favorite bridges, The Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge. The clouds were thick enough that only an obscured point of light from the sun was shining through. I was not expecting much, but I took a chance that I might get some color shooting back toward the west. In my experience chasing sunsets, I’ve learned that sunsets can change quickly. They could change into a masterpiece or they could just fizzle out. One thing is for sure, you have to be ready regardless of the

Visiting Old Friends

Quite often, I like revisiting some of my favorite subjects. It may be on a whim or it may be a planned shoot. The subject matter is the same and it’s not the same. Different time of year, different time of day and different weather are all aspects that make the same subject different. Over the years, I’ve shot these locations with a variety of cameras including film cameras. I’ve used medium format, 135, four thirds, micro four thirds and my phone. I’ve shot in sunny weather as well as snow and rain. When you add a different camera, a

Random Landscapes on Portra

  It’s been awhile since I made a post with color images. I’ve been doing a lot of street photography with black and white film lately. During this time, my second OM1 was loaded with color film, Kodak Portra 400. On occasion, I would use my second camera for some landscape shots. I finally finish this roll of film after loading it in the camera back in January of this year. How’s that for the instant gratification world we live in today! These days I spend more time planning and doing recon to determine when and where I’m going to

Main Street Stroll

  It’s been a while since I took a late night stroll. I love the stillness and the solitude that gradually falls on the streets as shops close and people head home. Depending on the city, this peace may come early or it may not show itself until early morning. As for tonight’s stroll, the peace comes early. Franklin, Tennessee is a little, big town shrouded in Civil War history. You will find landmarks and beautifully preserved architecture throughout the town. Franklin’s Main Street is one of the most popular Main Streets in the country. On any given day, Main Street

Award Winning Night

Opening night for my first art gallery show is now in the books. It was a great experience. There were quiet a number of people in attendance. I was told by the parking attendant that this was one of the largest opening nights that he has seen in a while. It’s also been awhile since my wife and I got dressed up to attend a function other than church or a wedding. Upon arrival, the host told me that there was a surprise for me waiting upstairs. I did not know exactly what she meant, but figured it out once I

Black & White Christmas

This post has the remaining frames from my very first roll of Delta 3200. You can see the other frames here and here. Also mixed in the photos below are some shots from my OM1 loaded with Ilford Delta 400. This was also my first venture with Delta 400. I will be posting more images from the 400 roll soon. The first two shots were from one of my favorite places to shoot. I intended to get there while it was still dark, but I hit the snooze butting one too many times. The daylight was growing steadily while I sat up

My First Art Gallery Show

    Well, the title says it all. I got the news back in December that the curators at the Chromatics Art Gallery had chosen one of my photos to be displayed in their upcoming show. I always dreamed of having my work on display in an art Gallery, but I never thought it would come to fruition. Needless to say, I am very stoked about the event. It’s very encouraging and validating that someone in the art world sees your work as art. It is also cool to have my work on display with some well known artist from

Morning at the Bridge

I had two more shots left on my first roll of Ilford Delta 3200. Actually, I thought I had three. I realized I only had two when I shot the last frame this morning. My goal was to get a portrait shot of my wife and finish up with a couple of iconic night shots of Franklin. The portrait shot will have to wait for my next roll of 3200. My biological clock woke me up around 05:00. Despite the 25 degree temperature, I decided to finish off my roll of 3200 before sunrise. This entire roll is mostly made

First Light after Light Seal Replacement

  If you have been following my blog, you know I had a light leak issue with my Mamiya 645 1000S. After some research, I decided to make some new seals and install them myself. I documented the steps here. In that post, I said that I was going to shoot some Ilford Delta 3200 for my first roll after the repair.  I originally planned to shoot some late evening and night scenes, but figured a better test for the new light seals would be to shoot in the daytime. Thus, I loaded a roll of Kodak Ektar 100. The

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