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Animals Love Burnt Blueberry Muffins

Melissa and I headed out to Hendersonville Sunday night to spend some time at the park and relax a little bit. She had a batch of well-done mini blueberry muffins and we figured the ducks and geese at Drakes Creek Park wouldn’t be too picky.

They were not picky. It would be more appropriate to say they were rabid.

Now, I like sweet bread, no doubt about it. I draw the line, though, at getting up in peoples faces and hissing until they give me some. The bluntness of the animal kingdom. Pure instinct.

We sat for a while with the sun setting tossing crumbs and watching the light play off the water. It was a nice evening.

Boat Parade

I’m still going through images taken during the Independence day celebration in downtown Nashville. Looking off the side of the Woodland Street Bridge, I took a shot of the boats that had gathered to watch the fireworks show. Everyone I know always says that the best viewpoint of the show is from a boat. I’m sure it is. Most things look better from a boat.

I loved the light that was falling on the water and the way it just spilled towards me. The James Robertson bridge made a nice frame to the whole scene.

I’ve recently switched over to a new camera system. After a few years cutting my teeth and learning with my trusty Olympus, I’ve moved over to the world of Canon and the 7D.

At first I felt like I was starting over. All the buttons are in new places and it feels so different in my hands. But I’ve had a chance to shoot with it for a couple weeks and things are starting to become second nature. I don’t feel like I’m starting over anymore, but it’s definitely a new beginning.

I’m gathering up all my Olympus lenses and gear and getting ready to put it on the market. It was a hard decision to sell it when I think of all the great images it still has to make in its lifetime. I’m trying to resist being overly-sentimental about it. It’s a business decision and it doesn’t make fiscal sense to keep it. Besides, I want some Canon L glass.

I’ll sell it, and hopefully it will find its way into the hands of someone who was just like me when I bought it. Someone eager to learn about the world of photography and go through the roller coaster process of making a thousand discouraging mistakes, then making one photograph that changes the way you look at the world, then willingly going through however many mistakes are required to get that feeling again. It’s a beautiful thing.

That may still be overly-sentimental.

Nashville Fireworks Psychedelic Dreamtime

Those of you who live in Nashville know that in the last several years the city has really stepped up its game in the fireworks department. The show is not to be missed if you can make it down. If, however, the thought of the crowd or the traffic keeps you at home, here’s a little peek at what went down.

I went with an idea in mind to video the entire show in bokeh, the product of a happy accident the night before at a fireworks show in Hendersonville, TN. Watching a fireworks show that has been recorded is always disappointing. I can’t really feel the show and I always know the colors just aren’t as vibrant as when I’m there.

This is my attempt to capture the dreamy feeling I always get when watching this sort of thing. I’ve watched this several times and I love how calming it is. Just like Monday night during the show, I can push out all the noise from my mind for a bit and just enjoy the light. I’m very happy with the result even with the limitation of my field of view that night.

If you were there this is a different look at what you’ve already seen. If you weren’t there, well, enjoy.