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Tag: Kodak Tri-X 400

Remembering in Black & White

I have a deep respect and honor for those who put themselves in harms way to protect me and my family from domestic and foreign enemies. The valor of the men and women who put on the uniform is incredible. I like to think that I’m a tough guy, but when I imagine what it would be like to be in battle in any of the wars and conflicts throughout our history, I suddenly don’t feel tough anymore. I believe these men an women deserve our respect and the fallen deserved to be honored. My family honors our fallen heroes.


    Many years ago, a friend laughed at me when I told him that one of the requirements for my first house was that it had to be under a dark sky. He thought I was crazy. You see, I was in the early stages of my fascination with amateur astronomy. I’ve always had a fascination with space since I was a kid. I knew as a young adult that amateur astronomy was going to be a part of my life for the rest of my life. Thus, living in an area where I can feed this yearning meant

American as Apple Pie – The Spirit of America

  This is my last installment of my American as Apple Pie Series. If you have not read my previous post in this series, just click the links below. My goal for this project was to simply capture the moment, not to editorialize, but to document each event as they unfolded. It all started on President Donald Trump’s Inauguration Day. On that day, when our 45th president officially took office, I captured the Silent Inauguration protest and the protest events at the Tennessee State Capitol.  The day after, I marched in the Women’s March through downtown Nashville. On the flip

American as Apple Pie – 45 Visits Music City

  Continuing with my American as Apple Pie documentary series, here’s a look at the other side. It’s the other side because my 3 previous posts in this series were all in protest to the subject of this blog post. Those previous posts are listed below. American as Apple Pie – The Silent Inauguration American as Apple Pie – Protest on Capitol Hill American as Apple Pie – The Women’s March This post is the first of 2 from the other side. The event we will talk about in this post, happened before my next blog post. I’d thought I

Girls Only

  Just off the beaten path in downtown Columbia, Tennessee, there’s a hidden gem. It’s hidden in plain sight. This gem is a home tucked away just off the main drag in a quaint little neighborhood. It’s not just any home. It’s a rectory, the rectory of a learning institution for girls. The architecture reveals that there is some significance behind the building, but without digging further, it’s not easily known that this was the home for the principal of the Columbia Female Institute which later became known as the Athenaeum. The Athenaeum was originally built to be the home

Square Shots

This post is not about square picture formats as the title might suggest. It’s about the Columbia, Tennessee square, one of my favorite town squares. Its courthouse centerpiece dates back to 1904. The courthouse has a grandiose presence. Around this centerpiece, you will find local government businesses and privately own businesses. These businesses are located around the roundabout that circles the courthouse and they are located along the 4 streets leading to each face of the courthouse on the North, South, East and West sides. The private businesses range from places to dine to boutique shops and retail. There are

It’s a Southern Thang

  It seems every town has its claim to fame. Nashville is Music City. Denver is the Mile High City. Las Vegas is Sin City. Chicago is the Windy City. New Orleans is the Big Easy and New York City is the Big Apple to name a few of the more famous designations. All of these identities have their own unique history. This post is about exactly that, a unique history that can only be characterized as a Southern Thing. It all started over 150 years ago. Columbia, Tennessee was a mule trading center. It was known by farmers as

Random Street-v3

  Finally, a small break from politics. The shots in this post were taken to complete my roll of film that I just shot at the protest on the grounds of the state Capitol in Nashville. You can see the protest pictures here. I captured these street moments on my trek from the Capitol Building back to my car. It may sound strange, but I breathed a sigh of relief when I took off my documentary hat and put on my street photography hat. It’s like the feeling I get when I travel abroad. I love visiting other countries, but

American as Apple Pie-The Women’s March (Nashville)

  I would consider the Women’s March the centerpiece of all the Anti-Trump demonstrations across the USA and abroad. This demonstration was the third protest of the weekend that I had the privilege of documenting. I considered this a privilege not as an endorsement, but as the privilege of living in a country where protests can exist without fear of retaliation. You can read my introduction for this project and read more about this privilege in my very first post, “American as Apple Pie-The Silent Inauguration“. You can also read my second post, “American as Apple Pie-Protest on Capitol Hill“. I

American as Apple Pie – Protest on Capitol Hill

  Up next in my documentary series, is the protest at the Tennessee State Capitol Building in Nashville. You can see my initial post of this series and read my introduction for this project in “American as Apple Pie-The Silent Inauguration“. If you have been following this project, you will noticed that I changed the series from 5 to 3 posts each with their own subtitle. The reason for this change is because I received my Women’s March scans back today and decided that keeping all 3 rolls shot during the march together in one post would make a stronger

Dark Interpretations – (2 of 2)

  This blog represents part 2 of my first trial of pushing TRI-X to 1600. I had the intent of shooting the entire roll at night, but I took advantage of an opportunity to shoot a very old home. The images turned out great! You can read about that adventure and see the photos here. Today’s blog is about the night shots I made on this same roll. Before we get to the photos, I would like to take a moment and mention how much I love shooting at night. There is something therapeutic about shooting at night. I find it

Dark Interpretations – (1 of 2)

  After several months, I finally finished a roll of film I had loaded in my Mamiya. Loaded with Kodak TRI-X 400, I shot this roll at 1600. I wanted to experiment with pushing TRI-X a couple of stops. I started out with the goal of shooting all frames at night, but I jumped on an opportunity to shoot a vacant house. Therefore, I shot the remaining frames during the day. I figured this would be a good test to see how pushing TRI-X to 1600 would render subjects in low light. Thus, my first of two blog posts from this

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