Nashville!

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Nashville City Lights Sony A7II 15mm, F8

This Summer I was lucky enough to join in, part way through the craziness, that was Trey Ratcliff’s photowalk across America. And it was ridiculously crazy. From the minute I landed for my 2 day whirlwind trip to Nashville, it was nothing but heat, heat, and a lot of sweaty photography.

I chose to join this one in particular because my friend and mentor Bob Young happened to be helping out to organize the event. I figured this would be a good opportunity to get a behind the scenes glimpse of the overworked, and totally talented, crew behind the Arcanum.

For those of you that might not have heard of the Arcanum, it’s a great online photography mentoring site started by Trey and some colleagues. I highly recommend checking it out.

This shot was from the first night I arrived. I was staying at a hotel right across the bridge from downtown. Which is where all the coolest stuff in Nashville is! And where the photowalk was going to start the next day.

I hit the ground running and spent the whole first day and night walking around downtown with my headphones in, taking shots. I’m not a country fan by any means. But I am still able to appreciate this city. It’s full of cool looking churches, bars on every corner, and stores that sell boots, well pretty much everywhere. It’s a little ridiculous… But somehow awesome at the same time.

I walked back across the bridge with a pizza, and stopped to get this shot before I went home to FaceTime my wife. Who would like nothing better than to be surrounded by country at all times, and is kinda upset I went without her… sorry about that ;(

Monument Monoliths

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Light shoots through the clouds at Monument Valley Canon 5D II 70mm, F16

On a list of places you always read about but never get to visit, Monument Valley Arizona certainly topped my list. And it turns out that I got there just in time for some amazing clouds as a storm was rolling through. Which I hear is very rare.

And the people you meet in these places can be equally as fascinating. One such Japanese man struck my friend and I particularly interesting. He didn’t speak English, but he was taking photos, and we had that understanding that comes along with that. And we were certainly waiting for the same thing. The Golden hour seemed like it was going to be an amazing one. But with the storm, and the clouds, the window was getting narrower, and we could see the disappointment forming on his face.

When the clouds did break, there was about 10 minutes to get as many shots as possible with this great light blasting in from the side. Lighting up the red rocks in way we could have only hoped for. But when it was done you could see in our new friends face that he was not satisfied. We dubbed him the saddest man in America. It was even more impactful because he couldn’t convey it in words. But at least we able to make a connection and brighten his day a little. I hope 😮