Another view from the street

Just down the street from the shop I posted yesterday was the Antique store.  I loved the bright yellow sign and the statue in front of it made an interesting composition.  I’m not sure I’d buy anything with fabric on it from a store named for fleas and ticks but, it is a memorable name anyway.

Nikon D500
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
220mm @ f/5.6 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400

#architecture #FleasAnTiques #Madison #Georgia #WithMyTamron

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Barkin’ Dogs

Sometimes, to get a good image, you have to look down!  In this case, we were walkinig through the shopping district of South Main Street in Madison, Georgia when I did just that.  The stores in the quaint little town are cute but what caught my eye were the shoes left on the steps of this shop.  Being just south of Athens, Georgia, the reference to your feet (dogs) and bulldogs (dawgs) fit in nicely.

There are multiple things that made this a good choice for me.  The sign and cute reference was first and the shoes were second.  The architecture of the buildings is nice to look at and the leading lines of the brick sidewalk walk your eyes from front to rear of the image.  It isn’t all that complex but I thought it worked for a nice atmosphere shot.

Nikon D500
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
46mm @ f/5.6 – 1/125 sec – ISO 400

#architecture #BarkinDogsShoeCo #Madison #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center

Although it’s hard to miss, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center may not be on everyone’s top architectural sites in Historic Madison.  The building, originally a public school constructed just 30 years after the Civil War, was a groundbreaking idea at the time.

Over the entrance to the main building, are the words “Graded School”.  My first thought was – You mean there were schools where they didn’t grade the work?  But, it actually refers to the fact that most schools of the time were single room structures with all ages in the same class area.  This was an innovative structure where the different age groups were in separate classrooms.  It was also unique in being brick, where most schools of the day were simper, wooden structures.

The building is in the Romanesque Revival style, popular at the end of the eighteenth century.  There are a mix of interesting elements all over the building but especially along the roofline.  This was used as a public school up until 1957 when new facilities were constructed.  Saved from demolition in the early 1960’s by a local group called the Morgan County Foundation, it was re-purposed for use as the Public Library headquarters.  In the 1970’s when the library outgrew the space, it was renovated and converted to it’s current function as the area’s Performing and Visual Arts center.

Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
434 South Main Street
Madison, GA 30650

Nikon D500
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
32mm @ f/8.0 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 400

#architecture #RomanesqueRevival #MadisonMorganCulturalCenter #Madison #Georgia #WithMyTamron

More gingerbread

Another example of the gingerbread decorated porch and columns from Madison, Georgia.  There are many homes that exhibit this style in the neighborhoods surrounding South Main Street where the antebellum mansions attract most of the attention.  Walking through this part of the city really gives you the small town feeling.

Nikon D500
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
32mm @ f/8.0 – 1/1600 sec – ISO 400

#architecture #gingerbread #vintage #Madison #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Madison, Georgia

So, yesterday we went out for a visit with the new grand daughter.   Mostly, we gave our daughter and son-in-law a chance to do something other than 24-hour baby duty.  To get out of the house, Ryan and I went on a photo walk of nearby Madison.  This town is one of very few Georgia towns that retains pre-Civil War homes.  There are many homes that are frequently photographed but we went a little off the main strip to see some other vintage beauties.

The homes that surround Main Street are a mix of antebellum, forties and fifties cottages and some new construction.  Many sport elaborate gingerbread trim and wonderful wrap-around porches.  These are definitely the kind of places made for a glass of lemonade and a lazy afternoon enjoying a beautiful day.  A great place to visit!

Nikon D500
Tamron 18-400mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD
58mm @ f/4.5 – 1/10 sec – ISO 800

#architecture #gingerbread #vintage #Madison #Georgia #WithMyTamron

Need some new subjects

Well, it’s supposed to be rainy for a good while now.  Maybe I will be forced to look for some different subjects and leave the birds alone.  This one was just too good not to share.  The beautiful red tones and the great detail really let you see a fine example of a male Houst Finch.

I promise, something different tomorrow…

House Finch
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/800 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #HouseFinch #winter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron

What can you do?

Yes, I have posted several shots of House Finches lately but what can I say?  They just love to pose for me.

The light was fantastic and they kept coming by the feeder and just striking poses.  I am amazed at how well you can see all the detail in the feathers.  Looks like someone painted in all those patterns.  Even with a monochrome palate, this is a beautiful bird.

I will keep my eyes open for different birds but, since they are all beautiful and interesting, we’ll see what happens.

House Finch
Roswell, Georgia, USA

Nikon D7100
Vanguard Altra Pro 263 AT tripod
Tamron SP 150-600mm F/5-6.3 Di VC USD G2
600mm @ f/6.3 – 1/640 sec – ISO 800

#BirdWatching #birds #HouseFinch #winter #Roswell #Georgia #WithMyTamron