Day 160 (8 June 2012) Going Home

As I write this I’m about 30,000 feet in the air, on leg 2 of 3 of my journey home. This past week has been long, exhausting, but amazing in what I’ve learned, both in skill and in knowledge. Though my mind and body are both tired, I’m filled with excitement about the vision of my future that this past week has solidified!

Today as I travel I’m relying on my iPhone for its camera to share with you. I’m not usually a fan of the filters/etc that most of the photo apps have, but I did tune it a little in Snapspeed, which is probably the best photo app out there, at least according to many pros out there. I have not used it before now, but I am now in 100% agreement with them! (I managed to score it for free!). It’s hard to tell how good this image will look on a full sized screen, but on my small phone, I’m happy with it 🙂

I’ll get back into my normal shooing routine tomorrow!! 🙂





Day 159 (7 June 2012) Nashville, TN

Tonight I finally made it out to Nashville, hoping to catch some action since the CMAs were in town.  It wasn’t too busy or crazy when we were there, but I did have a good time, saw some live music, and shot some stuff.  It’s late here, so here is a few shots, mostly straight from the camera:






Day 158 (6 June 2012) Elevator

Well, today I didn’t end up getting the chance to make it to Music City, but I think there is a much better chance tomorrow night (fingers crossed), but I can’t make any promises 😦

Tonight before heading up I set up my tripod in the lobby of my hotel (the Embassy Suites, Franklin, TN) and shot a long exposure of the elevators.  The elevators have a glass back so you can see the open interior as you ascend and descend.  It’s a really nice hotel, but since I’m not doing much more than sleeping (and posting this blog) from my room, it’s not that big a deal.


18 mm, 25 sec, f/16, ISO 100 (Elevator Motion)

Day 157 (5 June 2012) Nashville, Day 1

I’m totally loving what I learned so far this week (only day one), and I can’t wait till tomorrow to continue absorbing this awesome material!  It was a long day, starting at 3 am Eastern time, and it’s pushing 10:30 Central/11:30 Eastern time.  I’m beat!  But it’s well worth it 🙂

Today after dinner I took a walk around the hotel area; it’s in a business park area (quite nice, it not too suburban), so I was trying to open my mind to what was around me.  As I was walking, trying to see how the buildings, vegetation, traffic, etc looked through the lens, I noticed that the sun was setting over the hills as I crested a freeway over pass.  Taking a lesson I learned from my Carrousel shot, I stopped the appeture way down and tried to hold steady as I shot the last of the sun.

Tomorrow I want to make it to the heart of Nashville for something new and interesting (I’ve not been here before), and I hope to have something great to share with you 🙂  But for tonight, this will work.  Oh, I also shot the cockpit of the airplane, check it out on my Flickr page (I was surprised that I was allowed to do it!)


18 mm, 1/25 sec, f/22, ISO 100 (Nashville Sunset)