Two Step Time

Two Step Time

This is another shot from our trip to Nashville this year. I was able to get a few shots downtown after the concert we traveled there to see. You never know what you will come across so you have to keep observing your surroundings. In this case, a young couple going out for the night. Not a white guy, and a black girl but just a couple appearing  to be true to themselves. Authentic!

I would have loved to chat, and get to know them a little. I bet they have an interesting story. I can only hope that in some way the pictures that I take tell a part of the story.  Or at least make you wonder. Perhaps, in this case that we might not be as racially divided as we think.

Details:

 

  • Fujifilm X-Pro2,XF23mmF1.4 R
  • ƒ/1.4
  • 23.0 mm
  • 1/125
  • ISO 2000
  • Edited in LR6

 

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NashVegas

NashVegas

This is from our second trip to Nashville, TN. We took a stroll down Broadway after seeing Tim McGraw & Faith Hill concert at the Bridgestone arena downtown. It’s Saturday night. The place is alive with the glow of neon, live music, and party goers. The area is very similar to the 6th street entertainment district (Dirty 6th) in my hometown of Austin. But has more neon, and is open to traffic among other things. Walking around you see a diverse group of people and characters. It’s amazing what you can hear and observe.

I wasn’t able to get a good shot of Broadway at night when we visited the first time. There is only so much time, and my wife was patient of enough to let me roam a bit looking for images after the show. I managed to get this shot in as a couple was walking by. It would have been nice to have a wider lens but it worked out overall. I like the mood, and feel. As I have said before. Nashville does not disappoint. If you get a chance to visit then do so! You won’t regret it.

Viva NashVegas!

Details:

  • Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF23mmF1.4 R
  • ƒ/1.4
  • 23.0 mm
  • 1/125
  • ISO 200
  • Edited in LR6

 

Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor-3

I am all about going local when possible. This especially makes sense when going for coffee. Call it being a snob, hipster or what have you but nothing beats a really good local coffeeshop. Starbuck’s has managed to do this for the mass markets by providing an experience, and consistency. But generally, local shops offer so much more. They offer a unique experience, and a craftsman like approach in converting beans to flavorful goodness.

This brings me to traveling which I love to do. I make it a point to map out ahead of time the best local coffeeshops located in whatever city we are going to visit. On a previous post, I talked about my wife and I making our second visit to Nashville, TN. This brings me to Barista Parlor; a local coffee shop located there. I read about this shop before traveling to the city the first time, but wasn’t able to pay a visit. Luckily, we stayed at an Airbnb nearby by this time.

The coffee shop sits in a repurposed garage, and maintains it’s industrial feel. A brightly colored exterior, various vintage motorcycles on display, and a wide selection of vinyl records help create the feel. But ultimately, its the people & coffee that put the cake under the icing. My wife had a flavorful Chemex brew, and I had a delicious cappuccino along with our breakfast choices. It was amazing!

As expected, this place did not disappoint! I purchased a t-shirt as a souvenir, and snagged a few pictures to remember this gem by. If you ever make to Nashville then a visit to this place is a must!  Below are a few more shots.

 

 

Details:

 

  • Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF23mmF1.4 R
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 23.0 mm
  • 1/500
  • ISO 800
  • Edited in LR6

 

In the Fountains

In the Fountains

My wife and I recently visited Nashville, TN for the weekend to see Tim McGraw & Faith Hill in concert. This is our second visit to Nashville in a couple of years, and we have become fond of this particular city. There is just so much that appeals to us. My wife likes to call the city; Austin’s older & more refined sister. But, obviously more conservative. For me of course, this presents a great opportunity to capture images. We have stayed in different sections of town each time, and have been able visit new places each time during our stay. Both the typical tourist attractions, and but best of all the local spots.

On the last day of our stay we visited Bicentennial Park near downtown. We missed it the first time, and had the opportunity to visit on our last day. The park is filled with historical information, memorials, and quotes that commemorate Tennessee’s history. A point of interest is the Rivers of Tennessee Fountain. This area contains 31 vertical water fountains, one for each of the predominant waterways in the state. The river walk is accented with a bowed and arched granite wall with inscriptions about Tennessee waterways. It was a very warm afternoon, and there were families from the surrounding communities visiting the fountains. Their children having fun, and playing in the water.

I managed to get a few images in this location, but to me this particular image was unique. It was real moment. A mother with who I can only presume are her children taking advantage of the fountains. I observed the scene for a few moments. She appeared tired, and frustrated. The children didn’t seem to notice or care, and  were content in their playground. I tried to get closer, but I didn’t want to agitate the mother or draw attention to myself. Maybe next time.

Details:

 

  • Fujifilm X-Pro2,XF23mmF1.4 R
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 23.0 mm
  • 1/2000
  • ISO 200
  • Edited in LR6 & Luminar

 

 

The Silos

The Silos

On a whim my wife and I decided to drive up to Waco, Texas one afternoon to visit Magnolia. For those who don’t know this happens to be the market created by HGTV Fixer Upper’s Chip & Joanna Gaines. My wife, like many women, is a fan. She had visited before but was interested in going. I looked forward to possibly getting some shots. The site is a repurposed cottonseed mill, and it houses a home decor store, food trucks, bakery, garden, and play area. With the shows popularity it has become a tourist destination in Waco.

I have to admit we picked a bad day since the temperatures were hovering around 100 degrees in the afternoon. This is a typical summer in Texas, but with all of the white reflecting the sun everywhere it was hot! After touring the place we got some treats from the bakery and tried to keep cool in the shade. I would have liked to walk around the area to get more images but after being there for a few hours it was time to pack it up. I don’t expect that I would ever go back, but it was interesting to visit. It’s always interesting to see historical and industrial components used past their purpose in the modern age.

Details:

 

  • Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF23mmF1.4 R
  • ƒ/5.6
  • 23.0 mm
  • 1/2000
  • ISO 200
  • Edited in LR6

 

 

The Frisco

Frisco

Recently, I met up with friends for breakfast at a local diner here in Austin called The Frisco. The diner is an Austin original and has been in business since 1953. Step in and you will find a homestyle menu, friendly service, and food made with love. The restaurant has made it through many changes in Austin, and a few locations. At this point, they should be around for many more years to come! I couldn’t resist the mood of the counter seating area. I’ve sat at the counter more than a few times. It’s a chance to interact with the staff, and others. If anything, go by and have a slice of their freshly baked in house pies. Either it’s worth a visit!

Details:

 

  • Fujifilm X-Pro2,XF23mmF1.4 R
  • ƒ/2.0
  • 23.0 mm
  • 1/125
  • ISO 1600
  • Edited in LR6

 

Enjoying the Fireworks

Enjoying the Fireworks

My good friend Simi of Uche Photography invited my wife and I out to her church’s event held each year to celebrate the 4th of July.  They have a campus located in North Austin and the property has a quarry lake located on it. To be honest we have been invited each year, but this is the first time that we have made it. The event is not only meant to serve it’s church members but the community as well. Families gather to share food, listen to music, and enjoy the evening fireworks display. This gave me and the other photographers in our photowalk group the chance to get some good fireworks photos. Ok, a chance take pictures in general. But, it also gave us a chance to get to know each other better and perhaps make new friends.

It was on the warm side that evening. The watermelon, and being able to put my feet in the water helped keep me cool. This was only my second time shooting fireworks with my camera so there was still a learning curve. I got some keepers. But the most enjoyable part of the event was having the freedom to enjoy the evening with my wife and friends. To live in and see community lived out while doing something that you love.

Somethings might be messed up as America celebrates it’s independence, but there is still a lot that is good about our country. Things that we take for granted at times. We have freedom’s that are worth celebrating, and appreciating. Thanks to all of the servicemen & women that have fought, died, and continue to serve so that we can enjoy life. So that we can sit back have some watermelon, and enjoy some fireworks with our family & friends.

Details:

 

  • Fujifilm X-Pro2, XF23mmF1.4 R
  • ƒ/8.0
  • 23.0 mm
  • 8
  • ISO 200
  • Edited in Lightroom 6 & Luminar