Henry Hollow Loop, Beaman Park, Nashville. April 2019.

April 10, 2019 at 7:30 pm
Streambed on the Henry Hollow Loop in Beaman Park, Nashville TN.
Stream bed on the Henry Hol­low Loop in Bea­man Park, Nashville TN.

I love wide shal­low stream beds. I also like dynamic and churn­ing creeks and rivers too, of course, but there is some­thing very mag­i­cal about see­ing those long runs of rock you get with the shal­lower water.

This is from my first visit to Bea­man Park in April 2019.

Low Water at Cook Public Use Area, December 2015

January 3, 2016 at 10:38 am

With record* low lev­els in Percy Priest, there were hun­dreds more yards of shore­line to explore in Decem­ber 2015. These were taken with that same won­der­ful bulk roll of T-Max 400, long expired. I’ve been pulling rolls off of this for three years now — I’m likely get­ting close to the end, and it’s been great to put this film to use some twenty-five years after it was orig­i­nally intended to be processed.

 

 

*Who is going to look it up to fact check?

Photo Exploration: Nurse Log in Percy Warner Park, May 2015

May 31, 2015 at 7:40 pm

It had been a long time since I’d clam­bered into the woods, dirt under hands and scrap­ing knees, to make that metic­u­lously framed photo. The more found-and-street pho­tog­ra­phy I do, the less of the compose-recompose-recompose-again process I had done. Last week­end was just such an oppor­tu­nity. Walk­ing in Percy Warner Park there was up on a hill a large tree that had fallen across another tree and, over time, twisted away and set­tled on the ground. In the future it will prob­a­bly be a nurse log for other growth. Unfor­tu­nately it was a good was up that hill and too far for any lens to get it from the road. It was a very cloudy day mak­ing hand­held shots tricky at best, and this being under cover of trees I had no choice except to scram­ble up car­ry­ing my tri­pod to setup for the shot.

Nurse Log, Percy Warner Park. May 2015

Shoot­ing with the Leica M3 at 35mm can be tricky. On the tech­ni­cal detail side, this was made with the Leica M3 with a 35mm f/2.8 lens. Expired T-Max 400 shot at 200, f/11 at 1/2 sec­ond. With that 35mm lens there is an attach­ment to the viewfinder to ensure proper fram­ing, but when the cam­era is low to the ground in an already uncom­fort­able sit­u­a­tion, it’s tough to ensure that the setup is just the way you want it. With a lit­tle time and patience, that part came together.

Next was meter­ing and set­ting the shut­ter. Get­ting the expo­sure down is thank­fully a breeze with my hand­held meter. Since it was a long expo­sure, a self-timer was going to be used. With the Leica there is a strange lit­tle half-winder on the front that you set, trip to start, and then when the winder fin­ishes it fires the shut­ter. It takes a few tries to trust it — espe­cially as the winder can run whether or not the expo­sure has already been tripped by the shut­ter button.

But when all was done, the photo was made and can now be shared.

Block around Barista Parlor, April 2015

April 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm

One of my favorite places for a bril­liant cup of cof­fee is Barista Par­lor. The other day there were tremen­dous storms blow­ing through and after watch­ing from inside I went to take a walk around the block. It’s an old neigh­bor­hood with lots of charm and beauty. These are images from a roll of Neopan Acros 100 (shot at 400) shot on my A-1.

Best of 2014 Film Photos [Part 2]

January 6, 2015 at 4:28 pm

Car­ry­ing on with Part 2 of my Top 10 (ok 11) 2014 Film pho­tos, let’s dive into the next five!


Front Lawn. Natchez, March 2014. T-Max 400, 35mm.

Front Lawn. Natchez, March 2014. T-Max 400, 35mm.


Side Street. Raleigh, June 2014. Portra 400, 120.

Side Street. Raleigh, June 2014. Por­tra 400, 120.


Free Colors. Raleigh, June 2014. Portra 400, 120.

Free Col­ors. Raleigh, June 2014. Por­tra 400, 120.


Rain. Kanuga Conference Center, June 2014. FP4 120.

Rain. Kanuga Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, June 2014. FP4 120.


The Bather. Cheekwood, December 2014. Acros 100, 35mm.

The Bather. Cheek­wood, Decem­ber 2014. Acros 100, 35mm.

Best of 2014 Film Photos [Part 1]

January 5, 2015 at 10:54 pm

Review­ing an entire year of work is quite daunt­ing. You can pre­pare ahead of time and cat­a­log, rate, cri­tique, etc work all year long and still come out the other side baf­fled and unsure why one piece was just SO GOOD. It’s pos­si­ble to try and mark opin­ions through­out the year, but even those can fall flat in review.

Or, you do what I do, and col­lect at the end of the year. With approx­i­mately 500 frames of film shot in 2014, I did a once-over of every­thing and flagged some 60 as poten­tial best of’s. Then I printed 4x6 of each and did a fur­ther culling down to the Top 10.…but this Top 10 list goes to 11!

In no par­tic­u­lar order, let’s walk down mem­ory lane. We’ll five in this post, and five in Part 2. My favorite photo of the year will have its own post thereafter!


Peo­ple on Broad­way I. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.

Peo­ple on Broad­way I. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.


Peo­ple on Broad­way II. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.

Peo­ple on Broad­way II. Nashville, Feb­ru­ary 2014. FP4 120.


Square Books, Upstairs. Oxford, April 2014. NPS160 35mm.

Square Books, Upstairs. Oxford, April 2014. NPS160 35mm.


Rachel Kate at The Underground I. Nashville, November 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.

Rachel Kate at The Under­ground I. Nashville, Novem­ber 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.


Rachel Kate at The Underground II. Nashville, November 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm.

Rachel Kate at The Under­ground II. Nashville, Novem­ber 2014. T-Max 400 @ 1600, 35mm

Blue Hole Falls, Fiery Gizzard Trail. December 2014

December 31, 2014 at 4:32 pm

Blue Hole Falls, Fiery Gizzard Trail. December 2014

From a late-December hike along the Fiery Giz­zard trail, taken with Neopan Acros 100 (shot at 200). Devel­oped in Ilfosol 3 1+14.

A some­what stren­u­ous trail, but well worth the effort. I didn’t bring along a tri­pod so this was bal­anced on a con­ve­nient rock. Plenty of those around for using as makeshift sup­ports! The water was so clear, and so cold, it was amaz­ing. Some­times I still expect all water to be the same as that in south Mis­sis­sippi — silty, yel­low and so thick you lose your hand three inches under. This was the total oppo­site and just beautiful.

There are more pho­tos to come off this last roll of the year, but I had to go on and post this one (which may be my favorite from the walk).

Hibiscus, Ocean Springs. December 2014.

December 11, 2014 at 5:37 pm

One a recent short-notice trip to the Mis­sis­sippi Gulf Coast I was with­out any cam­era but my cell phone (LG G2). There was one last bloom on my family’s back­yard hibis­cus, a bril­liant pink with orange and yel­low pollen. But the chance to explore the black and white capa­bil­i­ties of the tool du jour called so strongly, and I’m taken with the results.

Taken with the default Cam­era appli­ca­tion, and mod­i­fied in the Android Pho­to­shop app, but just crop­ping and lev­els. Amaz­ing what portable elec­tron­ics can do these days.