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Moon Shots

August 24th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. I would hope your coffee is warm and you are looking forward to your last full week of August.

I had an exciting weekend and spent most of it chasing music at venues around the city. The highlight may have just been seeing Amy McCarley and Chris Simmons (two of my favorite local musicians) teamed up Saturday evening at Straight to Ale for a cancer benefit. The duo, along with Matt Ross and Michael Kilpatrick, played a set of Amy’s original songs and slayed them. To see either one of these two artists would be worth the price of admission but to see them together, PRICELESS!

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Speaking of music and a perfect segue into my second series of photographs. This coming Friday is the last concert of the year for the Land Trust of North Alabama at Historic Three Caves. The indie style rock band, MOON TAXI, will be closing out the series coming off recent appearances at mega festivals including Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo. The concert, for the young or young at heart, is a not too miss season ending show and the venue may be one the best kept secrets in north Alabama. Tickets and additional information – (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1568651)

And speaking of “moon taxis”, I had the pleasure to be over at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center last week and catch the Saturn space vehicle, along with the Davidson Center, set against the backdrop with a crescent moon looming in the deep blue sky. It was an amazingly clear evening and the USSRC is always worth stopping in to marvel at the spectacular view it offers.

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There was a corporate function going on that evening and I was lucky enough to have stuck around just long enough to catch a fireworks show they had planned for their guests. I cannot think of a more majestic background, in Alabama to watch fireworks then one set around vehicles as magnificent as the Saturn V rocket. As luck would have it I think I found myself in the perfect location to capture the perfect show.  SO, speaking of “moon taxi’s”  …… ENJOY!!!

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~ dennis keim ~

Tennessee Pride

August 17th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. Is it just me or does it seem like the weekends are just getting shorter and shorter?

Last weekend I took a little road trip to Tennessee and found myself in Knoxville. It has been a few years since making my way there but I do always enjoy it when I visit the city. Downtown is in redevelopment and there is a thriving nightlife with the resurgence of bars, restaurants and retail.

One of  my very first visits to the city was back in 1982 when Knoxville hosted the World’s Fair. I went with a group of NASA officials to document NASA / Marshalls Space Flight Centers participation in the 1982 Worlds Fair with a rather large exhibit. Getting the opportunity to have unlimited access to the fair, the one thing I remember I was that I extremely taken back by the Sunsphere that stood 266 ft. tall. The Sunsphere is one of the few structures that remains from the event. It has stood vacant or underutilized over the years until a redevelopment of the area started taking place with their Convention Center being built in 2001. With this visit I took an opportunity to go back and photograph the Sunsphere. It still rises above the city and can be seen as you pass the city on I-40.

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My second visit to Knoxville came in the same year when I was invited to photograph the University of Alabama playing the University of Tennessee at Neyland Stadium. It was Bear Bryant’s last visit to Tennessee and ended the longest winning streak in the rivalry with the Vols upsetting the Crimson Tide after 11 consecutive losses. I must say that was not a good day to be an Alabama fan in Knoxville.

On this trip, I was amazed with the expansion of campus of the University of Tennessee that borders the Tennessee River. As much as I hate to say it, viewing Neyland Stadium and the sports complex from across the river is an extremely impressive sight.

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The real reason for my trip to Knoxville was to spend time with my good friends April and Bryan Thomas. I’ve known April for many years. As a model, I have had the pleasure of capturing some of my more epic fashion images with her. This weekend was to be no exception. She showed me a few items that she had to wear and one in particular caught my attention. We went in search of the perfect location and I think we might have just set the bar a little higher for our collaborations. I will let you be the judge. ENJOY!!!!!

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Auto Art

August 10th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. I hope you are looking forward to a very productive and enjoyable week!

I decided to take a few days off and travel to Tennessee and spend some time visiting with friends. I have been staying close to home with all the recent work I had, so the trip was a welcomed diversion and the visit was long over due.

While visiting with my friends Lyle and April in Cleveland, TN I had the pleasure to hang out in his “man cave” which houses a few prized autos including a 1965 Shelby Cobra. For any one that is a sport car enthusiast this vehicle is quite legendary. Carroll Shelby, an American automotive designer developed the vehicle from a British manufactured sports car – the AC Ace 2-seater roadster. This year is the 50th anniversary celebration of the first Shelby Cobra. It is a road beast powered by a 427 cubic inch motor.

Lyle was more than accommodating to bring the vehicle out and allow me to use it as a prop while photographing April, who has modeled for me for many years. To say the least it provided an exceptional backdrop for our shoot. For now, enjoy the “backdrop!”

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~ dennis keim ~

Blue Moon Rising

August 3rd, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. What a great weekend we were treated to with temperatures that were more like late summer then mid summer. It appeared that there were “patio traffic jams” at all the local restaurants !

Friday afternoon I decided to get out and do a little local road tripping, taking advantage of the beautiful day and hopefully chase down the Blue Moon rising. It would be the last of two full moons occurring in the same month, not to be seen again until 2018. I had not been down to the Tennessee River Bridge in some time and felt it might be a good location to watch the moon, hopefully rising south enough to come up over the river. As I waited for the arrival I realized that we maybe in for a double treat with the potential of an amazing sunset as I looked to the west and the Whitesburg Bridge. To say the least I was glad that I had made the trek because it was a majestic site as the sun set under the bridge directly on the river.

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As is with most sunsets when clouds are present, the real beauty comes after the sun sets reflecting it’s golden hews off the clouds. For those of us standing on the banks of the Tennessee River waiting for the Blue Moon, the sun made a spectacular showing of its own.

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With the sun and its golden hue disappearing on the horizon my attention went back to looking east and waiting for the Blue Moon to appear. As much as I had hoped for the moon did not appear over the river but took its time to rise above the mountaintop. The moon gave us it’s best shot but something told me that the sun was just not to be outdone that evening. ENJOY!!!!!

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~ dennis keim ~

Rocket Park

July 27th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. It is just another day in the neighborhood with temperatures well above the comfort zone for daytime activity. Even the nights can be brutal! Luckily for me it was another week of mostly indoor activities and shoots.

This past weekend I had the pleasure of going out to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for their first 2015 concert in the park. The concert was held next the Space Shuttle display and was part of their Space Camp Alumni Festival being held at the center. This year they were celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Aviation Challenge and 33 years of Space Camp history.

What an exceptional setting the Space Shuttle display would be for any type of event and to see a concert there, even more so! Attendees were in for a treat. With a half moon watching over, a theatrically lit Shuttle and music, food and drinks to dine on under the stars it was to be a magical evening. What more could a summer evening in Space City USA offer?

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I was extremely excited to go for two reasons. I felt that it was going to be an exceptional photographic opportunity, but more importantly, I was going to hear my good friend and exceptional musician, Ms. Amy McCarley. Amy had been selected as the opening act for the evening. It is always fabulous to see her live and she put on her usual stellar show!!!! If you have not heard this hometown girl, you definitely need to check her out!!! I may be just a little biased but I think she may have just stolen the evening!!! (www.amymccarley.com)

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To say the least I left the venue, totally stoked to have shot the first concert under the lit Shuttle and to have had the opportunity to hear Amy hot off her most recent appearance at the Handy Festival. The evening and music were hot but the Straight to Ale beer was cold so it made for a fabulous balance and a great evening!!!

ENJOY!!!!!

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Keep us in mind for any of your upcoming photographic assignments. All of the art showcased in my blogs, as well as, on my web sites is available for publication or for purchase as corporate and residential collectible art.

Have Camera – Will Travel … Corporate, Advertising, Editorial and Art.

Best Regards …..
~ dennis keim ~