I haven’t written a blog in awhile. I don’t know why. I guess I haven’t had much to say. I don’t have much to say today either. Enjoy this gallery of new photos. I’ve been running around Kentucky and Knoxville taking photos. Comments and feedback are always welcome. Feel free to also share your own gallery.
Downtown Knoxville, TN
The Howard Baker Courthouse in downtown Knoxville, Tn in black and white
I found an old hard drive with some photos and thought I might breath a new life into some of them. That led me to rework a couple more recent photos as well.
The Noshville sign was located in Nashville, TN. I took this photo in 2011 with an old, lo-res camera. The file is small so larger prints are not available. But smaller sizes are available.
The JFG sign is a recent pic. I wanted the final to have a vintage feel just like the signs themselves.
The sign for the Noshville Delicatessen in Midtown Nashville, TN.
A male Cardinal in all his bright red glory and a female, less colorful but still beautiful.
The JFG Building in Old City section of Knoxville, TN. I’ve aged and toned it to give it a true vintage feel.
Main street station in Richmond, VA. It’s after dark and the lights are on. The clouds are thick and rolling in.
For the birds
I took these photos back in 2014. I wanted to do a series on birds because we have so many blue birds and cardinals. But that proved to be easier said than done. So, I haven’t pursued that much since.
Main Street Station in the Shockoe Bottom community in the city of Richmond, VA. I wanted a vintage feel, like it was taken in the early 20th century. Instead, I got eerie, but that’s cool. I like that too. Here is the original.
We’ve been having a hard time getting out of Knoxville the last few Tuesdays. It seems Tuesday has become errand day. Maybe after the holidays, we can get started up again. Today’s gallery is from the Burlington area of Knoxville, TN.
Burlington is east of downtown Knoxville. It is currently full of empty and run down buildings. But there are quiet a few people trying to rebuild it and bring new life and prosperity to the area.
The Homer Hamilton is an amphitheater in Chilhowee Park. It is used for concerts during the Tennessee Valley Fair.
Ace Building Golden Gloves Arena in Chilhowee Park
Greenlee’s Drug Store has long been closed for business.
The Lunch House in Burlington is a popular spot for breakfast and lunch.
Keeton’s Jewelers sign. I have a thing for clocks on signs. This is a favorite of mine.
Lema’s World Famous Chittlins. The red building stands out and sits next to a small fire house.
OK Furniture I love the faded letters on the front of this building.
Scott’s Place is known for it’s hamburgers and onion rings. But how cool is that giant ice cream cone?
I enjoy processing my images with selective color. I often try to make it subtle and not so in your face. But there are times when I like to push it. It can help a boring image come alive and grab attention.
Pink always wins!
Pink and red usually stand out on their own. I like to give them a little help sometimes. When I took the pic in Budapest, I really did not notice her. That happens a lot when I’m traveling. They tend to become happy accidents for me. The pink flower just needed something and I was in a rut, so I stepped out of my comfort zone and went wild. The woman in red pants in Old Town Square caught my eye as soon as I saw this photo. I still don’t know which one I prefer. And red doors always make me happy!
She pretty much stands out whether the background is color or not. but I really wanted her to pop.
A subtle tone shift in the background really makes her stand out.
The pink stands out on its own against the green. But it is really rather boring.
A very boring photo of a pink Echinacea became something else entirely with a little extra work.
The full color version is rich with greens and yellows.
A very subtle toning down of the other colors in the photo.
The Norris Post Office is a quaint little brick building.
As black and white with a punch of red and a little blue in the flag.
The full color version of the Old Town Square in Prague. There’s a woman with red pants that stands out even in that sea of people.
Old Town Square Prague with all of the people in black and white except 1 woman with bright red pants.
All of the other colors have just been toned down. The people look a little like zombies in this pic.
Everything other than the woman with the red pants has been converted to black and white.
This is more colorful and has a little more impact.
An old road side store in rural Tennessee. It’s old, rotting, falling apart, but the flag still stands.
I really wanted the photo to be about the green rabbit.
The selective color is almost already there. I just helped it along.
Blues and greens are fun too!
The American flag should always have selective color. Always. As in the case with the Bijou reflection, the selective color is already there, it just needed a little push. A green rabbit on top of sausage vendor’s stall. I wanted the eye to go right to that rabbit and not the bright red coat below. The blue wagon grabbed my attention when I was processing the photo later.
As always, I love feedback. I would also love to see your selective photos. And remember have fun with your art!
I will be having a one night only exhibit in Knoxville, TN on September 1 at the Downtown Hilton. If you are in the area, feel free to join me from 5:30pm to 9:30pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be one of kind pieces not available anywhere else, including my mixed media bead and canvas work.
I live in East Tennessee, so a great many of my photos are from the area. We sometimes take our home town for granted. We ignore the history, the landmarks, and the beauty. Last year, I tried to make an effort to take photos of my area just like I would if I were a tourist. I ended up with a collection of reflection photos from downtown Knoxville and some nice photos from rural Tennessee. Of course, the Sunsphere appears as well. To purchase prints of the following, click here.
Big Orange Cleaners and Alpha Omega Hair Design
Fire Exit Reflection
Four Empty Squares
The Mighty Tennessee
A young woman takes a selfie in a second floor window.
Tennessee times 3
Watch for destrians
Tennessee Theatre Marquee
Downtown Knoxville reflections
The JFG Coffee sign in the Old City
JFG Coffee Sign with map
Sky on Jellico
Jellico Motel Restaurant sign is reflected in the windows of the closed restaurant
Jellico Motel and Restaurant sign. Memories of Americana and road travel in its hay day.