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Starry, Starry, Night

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in BIB Blog, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I have always loved the song “Vincent” by Don Mclean.  I don’t really know why, it’s just always spoke to me.  As I recently listened to it again (I don’t know how long it’s been since I heard it), it spoke again.  The song is basically Vincent Van Gogh’s life and times.  How he struggled with the aspects of life and how he captured that life on canvas.

As a photographer, or a creative type person, I can get down in the dumps.  I mean as much as I try to capture a snap of something I’ve envisioned, it just does not work out sometimes.  So I can pretty much relate to the words of the song.  Take a look at them and I believe those other creative souls out there can understand as well:

Starry, starry night
Paint your palette blue and gray
Look out on a summer’s day
With eyes that know the darkness in my soul
Shadows on the hills
Sketch the trees and the daffodils
Catch the breeze and the winter chills
In colors on the snowy linen land

Now I understand what you tried to say to me
And how you suffered for your sanity
How you tried to set them free

I had the pleasure of hanging out with some friends this past weekend at Land Between The Lakes.  The whole purpose of the trip was to catch some stars with my camera.  My friends from the Middle Tennessee Shutterbug Facebook group and I took off Friday afternoon and found a great place right on the lake for these shots.  Let me say this, IT COULD HAVE NOT BEEN A BETTER NIGHT!  Sorry, didn’t mean to yell, but it was gorgeous, no clouds, less light pollution than we have in town and friends.  If I was a drinking man, it would have been the perfect beer commercial!!!!!

The reason I mention all of this now, is someone made a comment on one of those  photos how it reminded them of Van Gogh’s Starry night painting. After watching a video of Vincent and his paintings, I can now see it!  Anyway, here’s my shots from the other day, along with a small video of the time-lapse of the trails (Star Trails Time-lapse)!  Enjoy!




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The name for this pond. . . That’s right, “Clear Pond”.   I think Captain Obvious named this one :-)


Sunset where we decided to park for the evening!

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The shot above is the tail end of the Milky Way Galaxy while looking North, and the on below is the other end looking South!  Knock another one off the bucket list!!!!!

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lbl star trails-3 pink stars-1And for you Under The Dome fans, yes we did see pink stars!  Not really, but at one point one of the group looked up at all the stars and said, “The pink stars are falling in lines”.  Yes, we all jumped in and said, “The monarch will be crowned”.  The rest of the night was shot with nothing but all out laughter and good times.  Like I said earlier, if I was a drinking man, this would have made the best beer commercial around!

Thanks to my buddies Brett Engle (Brett Engle Photography), Lee Smoot (TLS Pro Shot Photography), and Roland Mumford (Law Offices of Roland Mumford and Associates) for making this a night to remember!

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P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday 1-29-2013

Posted on Feb 2, 2013 in BIB Blog, Project 52 | 0 comments

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley

I know, I’m a little late with this one, but better late than never!

This past Saturday, yes a week ago, my online photography group that I help administer took a little trip to Adams, TN.  Not a big city, but a pretty cool place for photography adventurers like myself.  In fact, there were 27 of us photography adventurers that went :-)

Photograph by Brett Engle Photography

Our hostess for this gathering was Christina Brooks-Swanson (Saved by Grace Photography), and we owe her a huge THANK YOU for setting this up!  She not only set up the sites we visited, but also opened her doors and fed us lunch!  And feed us she did. . . 2 pots of beef stew (her and her husband Jeff raise their own cattle), a pot of vegetable soup, meatballs, chuck wagon potatoes, pineapple angel food cake, pecan pie . . . the list goes on and on!  This young lady said something that really warmed my heart  and showed me where her heart was at.  When someone thanked her for doing this, she said. “Hospitality  my spiritual gift, I’ve welcomed you into my home, fed you and loved you, just as Christ did to me”.   That my friends is one true Christian / Southern lady!  Anyway, on to the photos. . .

Notice how everyone walking around is looking down?  That’s right, this was an honest to goodness working farm and let’s just say this is where the cows come home! The above shot was a 5 shot panorama that I stitched together in Photoshop and then ran through NIK’s Color Efex 4.


I can’t even begin to think where I would be photographically without my friends from the Middle Tennessee Shutterbugs.  I’ve learned so much from these guys and gals that it’s scary sometimes.  They are a true inspiration to me each and everyday!  So if you are living in the Middle Tennessee area and have not found us, follow the link below to our Facebook page and ask permission to join.

Just in case you want to follow my photo journey, I can be found on Facebook as well!

Middle Tennessee Shutterbugs


Until next time :-)

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