Beltline Biker Gang

Yeah, well this is the extent of the biker gangs on the beltline.  Other than being overly happy, I don’t think you need to worry about this group.  These guys were kind enough to mug for a few photos in front of one of the wonderful art installations here.  This massive found-object artwork is entitled “Josie Comes Home” by artist William Massey.  You can find it on the east-side beltline where it passes under Freedom Parkway.

“Josie Comes Home” by William Massey

Art on the Atlanta Beltline

Art is sprinkled all over the beltline corridor and includes sculpture, murals, artistic graffiti and little bits and pieces of stuff in all kinds of unexpected places.  I think there is an inside story that I haven’t found the clues to yet.  There were a number of little artifacts attached to some of the larger artwork.  It makes me think that there is a scavenger hunt of some kind going on or maybe these are just hidden “easter eggs” for the passerby to notice and get a grin out of.

Just generally a nice area to walk around

The beltline corridor is filled with shops, offices, homes and park space that make for a very enjoyable place to spend a nice day.  In addition to the beltline itself, you pass through or nearby Piedmont Park, the Carter Center and other beautiful areas along the way.  For an area that was once only a railroad right of way, this is now an amazingly beautiful part of  Atlanta.

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Some of the shops that line the corridor
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Art and nature surround you
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Atlanta skyline and Ponce City Market from the beltline

Atlanta Beltline
East-side beltline walk
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
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Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves – The long and winding road

Last month, my wife and I went out to see some of our country’s Western National Parks for the first time.  I can’t wait to get back out there again!  Whether it is back to the same parks for a look at all the spots we missed, or to some of the other parks that we’ve never experienced before.

Shafer Canyon Road

The first thing I thought of related to this week’s challenge is the road that leads down through Shafer Canyon (shown above) in Canyonlands National Park in southeastern Utah.  The road descends down through the canyon with twists and hair-pin turns in switch back fashion.  It was amazing to see cars and bicyclist wind their way down this dirt trail with absolutely no railings to prevent you from dropping right off the edge of the cliffs.

This unpaved road runs for 18 miles through the “Island in the Sky” district of Canyonlands through the middle of the park and out to the nearby town of Moab, Utah.

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View of Shafer Canyon Road where making its was out to Moab

Maybe, when we get the chance to return here, I will be brave enough to follow this “Long and Winding Road”.  But, I doubt it – pretty scary looking to me.

Shafer Canyon Road
Island in the Sky District
Canyonlands National Park
near Moab, Utah, USA

Curve

Krog Street Superheros

Continuing the story of the Fujifilm Photowalk Beltline Atlanta from yesterday’s post

So it seems that given the right setting, the right equipment and an interesting subject, anyone can be a model photographer (not really).  In any case, I gave it a try.  When we arrived at Krog Street to start our photo walk of the Beltline, the crew from Showcase unloaded some outdoor studio lights and introduced us to the models who were brought in for us to shoot against the backdrop of the tunnel.

Equipment for this shoot

It was a good opportunity for me to try a combination of my new Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro and my trusty, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G portrait lens.  The 85mm is an absolutely fabulous prime lens that gives great results for portraiture.

I am finding that the Tamron all-in-one is excellent for lots of different uses and the amazing range from wide-angle to long telephoto gives lots of versatility.

Ready for a new Career?

I can’t say that I have any plans to go into the fashion photography business but, this was a lot of fun!  The Krog Street tunnel is a fantastic site for colorful and interesting images.  I was also very happy with the use of the outdoor studio lights which gave much more natural looking results that I may have expected.

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Hope you all don’t get too bored with me as this is my second post on the Saturday morning photo walk and I have only covered our first stop along the way.

Krog Street Tunnel
Cabbage Town
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 Di II VC PZD Macro
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G

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Krog Street Tunnel – Atlanta

As I said in my post yesterday, this was a busy weekend for me.  The first of my adventures was a photo walk sponsored by Showcase Photo & Video and Fujifilm to Krog Street and the Atlanta Beltline.  This was an amazing opportunity to go see a location that I have heard about over and over but as yet, had not seen.

Photo Walk Map
Link to Google Map

The group met up at the Dancing Goats Coffee Bar at Ponce City Market. Accompanied by a number of pro photographers including  Bob FitzGibbons from Showcase and Stacey Moore from Fujifilm, we were shuttled over to Krog Street the famous street-art covered tunnel that connects Cabbagetown and Inman Park.

At the tunnel, we did a model shoot (more on that later) and then made our way over toward Krog Street Market and the beltline.

The Krog Street tunnel is a constantly changing display of street-art (graffiti) mixed with miscellaneous posters and paintings advertising local destinations and events or just people making comments about what’s on their minds.

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Part of the landscaping surrounding the entrance to the tunnel

 

This is not what you would typically expect of a graffiti covered area in most cities.  The area is heavily traveled and generally well-kept and the artwork is vivid and very interesting.  With the development of the beltline as a pedestrian greenway, Krog Street has become a hip area and a destination for photo shoots of all kinds.

There are many locations in the neighborhoods surrounding the downtown Atlanta area that are marked with spray-painted tags.  Some of those areas are pretty sketchy and I don’t think I would want to walk around them on my own.  Krog Street, on the other hand, is pretty nice and I felt totally safe here.  While we were shooting, there was a good amount of foot and bicycle traffic.  There was also a professional tour group guiding people through the area and describing points of interest.

People walking through the area were all upbeat and friendly.  Cars honked and waved as they passed by us and watched the crazy photographers and models wandering around.  I have to say, if you have not been here, you are missing something special.  It is a great place for colorful and interesting images of the art itself or as a backdrop for portraits or group events.

Here are a few shots of the tunnel and artwork there.

I will continue the saga of our photo walk on tomorrow’s post.

Nikon D7000
Tamron 16-300 zoom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Lake Lanier

I had a very busy Father’s Day weekend with much of the time spent on photo shoots and processing.  Had to put at least a few words out for today so I don’t ruin my streak of blogging every day.

Once again, I was privileged to join up with the North Georgia Photo Club and meet them at the Old Federal Road Park on Lake Lanier.  We were hoping for a great sunset since the skies had been glorious the night before.  Not so lucky this time as it was very cloudy right up until the sun was going down.  It was still a beautiful night and Joyce and I enjoyed meeting up with our friends from the Dahlonega and Gainesville areas.

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I don’t really think there is such a thing as a bad sunset so, we made the best of it.  Thanks guys!

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Surprise!

Rainy days generally depress me.  In this case, not so much!  It’s the dark gloomy gray of the rain that gets me down but when the clouds start to clear and the sun peeks out, the light is glorious.  And every once in a while, you get a treat like this – a double rainbow.

I was out here at Panorama Point in Arches National Park just looking at the wildflowers and wishing the clouds would be gone so I had a better view of the La Sal mountains in the distance when I turned to my right and was amazed.  God really knows how to pull you out of a slump.

Well, I couldn’t have planned it better.  Even had a polarizing filter on my lens.  Scenes like this come and go in a flash so, I count myself very luck to have not only seen it but to have been able to capture this with the camera.

Sometimes, things just come together when you least expect it.

 

What season is this?

Apparently the definition of season is a very relative thing.  Now, I have a very strict idea of what the seasons are supposed to be as follows:

  • WINTER – December, January, February
  • SPRING – March, April, May
  • SUMMER – June, July, August and
  • FALL – September, October, November

This image was made at Rocky Mountain National park in May.  It sure looks like winter to me.  I’m sure this is very ordinary weather in this part of the country in May but it was a bit of a shock to me.  Why is it that we are so surprised when all our rules are turned upside down when we go to a new place?

The reality is that each place has its own seasons.  When I look back on the places that I have lived, the seasons were certainly not the same.  In New Orleans, I always told people there were only 3 seasons: Hot, Wet and Hurricane.  In Milwaukee, they had four seasons but winter was half the year and spring and fall lasted about a week each.

I guess I need to get out more so I am not so stuck in one way of thinking.

What do you think?

Parking area to Bear Lake
Rocky Mountain National Park
Colorado, USA

Nikon D7000
Nikkor 18-105 lens
18mm  f/22  1/6 sec  ISO 100