For the 4th year in a row, I’ve led folks from a local online photography group out to shoot the 1st sunrise of the year. This year it was a little disappointing, so I used some Photoshop skills and added some elements. Heck it’s what I do!
It’s been a while since I posted, but that’s not your fault, is it? Anyway, I’m back, or aty least I hope I’m back. since my last post I’ve changed jobs and gone full-time at The Home Depot. Now this move might not be the one I had dreamed of, but it has accomplished one or two things. I’m only working one job instead of two and I’m not waking up every morn at the butt-crack of dawn (as my friend Donna calls it!). So that’s a good thing!
The downside to this is I don’t have a set schedule, so I’m all over the place. Before when I worked with The Regional Intervention Program and Home Depot I knew when I was off and could plan things a little more. Now I can only plan things about 3 weeks out (that’s when I see my Home Depot schedule). Life is good though, I see my family more than I have in the last 14 years. That’s how long I’ve been working 2 jobs! the relationship between me and my lovely wife is getting better each day. My son and I talk more than we ever have.
So all in all the only thing that has gotten hurt has been my time behind the camera. But that’s OK, I’m still here with a camera in my hands at any given moment. While on vacation a couple of weeks ago, I decided it was time for some of my “bridge therapy” One of my favorite places to shoot in Nashville is down at the Shelby Street Pedestrian Bridge. It offers a great view of the skyline, some awesome sunsets and a lot of people watching. Sometimes it can get pretty crowded, but even then it’s a pale I can just disappear and relax! so here they are, my edits from that night of therapy!
By the way, I have always bee that kind of photographer that finds it hard to switch gears quickly. When I’m shooting at night, I tend to slow things down and let my camera soak up as much light as possible. Now that’s pretty cool when that’s whats needed. but when a huge paddle wheel boat is rolling on the river, all you get is a big blur moving downstream. Like I said, that’s cool if that’s what you were after. This time though, I made the calculations and switched gears at a moments notice and got my shot of the General Jackson in front of my favorite skyline. YEAH!!!!!
Until next time (hopefully it won’t be 5 months)
p.s. Everytime I’m out shooting the nighttime sky or in the dark, I can’t help but THANK Kent Weakley for inspring and teaching me! If you get a chance, look up his Night Photography E-Class-, you won’t be disappointed!