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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!




What you looking at Willis?


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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Much Needed Therapy

Posted on Aug 13, 2013 in BIB Blog | 2 comments

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!

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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)

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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!

P52 Sweet Shot Tuesday with Kent Weakley

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