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The Greatest Show On Earth

March 30th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you!

For those that live in Huntsville you know that the weather has been slightly extreme this week with highs in the 70’s and lows in the 30’s. It fits the old adages that if you do not like the weather give it a couple of days and it may just be the temperature you are looking for. And if you have paid any attention to news you might have heard that the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus is in town.

Of course the show I am referring to for this week’s blog is not the Barnum and Bailey but rather the circus of beauty, color and people that invaded downtown Huntsville and Big Spring Park. With the first days of spring, the Cherry Blossoms were parading in full bloom and putting on a show that may not be “the greatest show on earth” but was the best local show on earth.

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The weekdays looked like beautiful spring weekends with the thongs of people crowding the sidewalks feeding the fish and ducks as they took in the beautiful sights of the blossoming cherry trees. Blankets were spread throughout the park, dogs were out walking their owners and armies of kids were showing their parents what youth was all about. And what appears to be the most traveled bridge in Huntsville, the red Japanese bridge played host to the colorful feeding frenzy played out by the fish that are residents of the pond and the people that come to feed them.

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For four days I traveled in, out, around and up and down in the park looking to capture the one or two or three images that told the story best. I traveled all over the park knowing full well that what I was looking forward to the most was the opportunity to capture the city at dusk, from an elevated view, with the park in full bloom. As I could only imagine, it was well worth the wait! The cold snap and the rain made for the perfect, if not rather cold evening to take in the city lights. And if that was not enough we did get to see some elephants as they were being paraded into the VBCC arena. All in all, I think I may just have had the perfect seat for the greatest local show on earth. Many thanks to the Embassy Suites and to Blake Hudson for going along for the ride.

ENJOY!!!!!

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~ dennis keim ~

Bike Week

March 23rd, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you!

For anyone that reads my blog, you may know that I’ve just returned from a two-week trip where I put over 2400 miles on my vehicle and touched 4 states. The last few days were a very unscheduled “couch surfing” adventure that came together and allowed me to make my very first venture to Bike Week in Daytona. I grew up in Tampa and spent many weekends surfing on the east coast, as well as, attended the Daytona 500 on numerous occasions but never found my way over to attend Bike Week.

Bike Week in Daytona is legendary and this year was the 74th annual hosting of the motorcycle invasion. Thousands of bikes and people of all shapes and sizes make the annual trek to show off, be seen and “heard!” This year’s attendance was estimated to be in the neighborhood of 500,000.

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I was really looking forward to attending the event but knew that I would only be there for an afternoon, so with cameras in hand I tried my best to make the most out of my virgin voyage. My excitement was heighten by the fact but my good friends, Microwave Dave and the Nukes were making their annual appearance playing at the Main Street Station venue which as you might guess is right on Main Street where all the action happens. It was great to see them play to the crowd and hear the enthusiastic response that was fueled by cold libations and a thirst for the Blues.

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Apparently Bike Week has changed drastically from the very early days so it was not nearly as wild and crazy as it once was reported to be. There were still legions of beautiful women (clothes firmly in place) and amazing motorcycles to gawk at but I did not see any of the debauchery that it may have once been known for. It appears that Daytona has grown up …. “slightly!” Or maybe it was just that I was there on a weekday and the best was yet to come over the weekend. I think I just might have to find my way back for the 75th hosting of the event and allocate a few more hours to taking in the sights and sounds. ENJOY the ride!!!

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More than Mouse Ears

March 16th, 2015

Happy one day before St. Patrick’s Day! You do not have to be Irish to celebrate the day but you do have to like green. I just do not look good in green but I do like the libation of the day! Top of the morning to you!

I’ve just returned from a two-week trip that, at the end, had me skirting the east coast of Florida traveling through Orlando, Daytona and St. Augustine. I found myself asking “SIRI” to take my H3 and me on a side trip as I headed home. In doing so, I heard a lot of “turn left then turn left” and “at the next light make a U-turn”. I guess there is a lot to work out with hers and my relationship!

I found myself with a few hours to kill as I approached Orlando so with camera in hand I headed over to look at the new Ferris wheel being erected on International Drive, the Orlando Eye. My fascination with the wheel extends to seeing a larger version in Vegas last year and I was looking to see what the Orlando version would look like. At 400 feet tall, the Orlando eye is a “younger version” at about 150 feet shorter than the “worlds largest Ferris wheel” the Vegas High Roller which stands 550 feet tall.

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Once the task of “sizing up” the Ferris wheel was complete I decided to head downtown and see what was new and visual in the city. It has been a few years since my last visit and to say the least even longer since I ventured into the city. The first thing that caught my eye was the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center with its daunting structure and pane’s of reflective glass. It only took me a seconds to find a parking space and set out on capturing the dynamic cityscape reflecting in the glass. The building is an ever changing piece of art.

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Once completed and ith little time left to spare I headed off to meet my friends Kat, Kim and Joe for introductions, conversation and a welcome drink to start the afternoon off. We met at a very cool open-air bar called Eden that was connected to Enzian Cinema, an alternative theater that hosts the Florida Film Festival each year. Kat and Kim own an event planning company and my friend Joe has been in and out of the hospitality industry forever so I thought it would be a good introduction for all involved. As we completed our social gathering I knew I had a few hours before meeting up again, so I headed back downtown to see if I could capture the sunset at Eola Park with its magnificent fountain. With the setting sun and the colors on the fountain ever changing, it appeared to be the best way to cap off a wonderful day in Orlando.

Thanks for coming along on the journey! ENJOY!

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Tampa Scenics

March 9th, 2015

A very happy and hopefully warmer Monday morning to you all. I trust you were able to finally get out and break thru the frozen tundra of all the ice and snow.

As I write you today, I find myself on the second leg of a two-week shoot trip traveling through Alabama, Mississippi, Florida and Georgia. The first leg of the trip had not allowed much in the way of free time for scenic photography but I am hoping that week # 2 will do so as I begin to head from the west coast to the east coast of Florida and then point the hood of my car north for the final leg.

One of the stops on my trip was Tampa, FL. where I was scheduled to attend a national art show that I had been juried into. I was lucky enough to have a fair amount of friends attend the event to provide support and encouragement. Even though neither of the fine art prints that had been juried into the show sold, I was able to come away with a lot of promising ideas for next year and felt very humbled by my acceptance into the show, as well as, all of the support that my friends had offered by being in attendance.

While in Tampa I was lucky enough to have a little free time to visit a few potential “future” shoot locations, one of which was a forested park very close to my dear friends Kelly and David’s house. They live on the out skirts of the city and one of the parks they live close to borders the Hillsborough River. It was very a typical Florida park with oak and pine tree covered in moss, streams leading to swampy marshes and very accessible walking trails. While David was giving me a walking tour of the area, I suggested that I might want to go “grab a camera to sling over my shoulder” while touring. As much as I would like to think that I was doing my best to imitate the amazing Florida black and white landscape photographer, Clyde Butcher, I realized that it might just be best to stay in my comfort zone and find an image fitting of a dK color moment.

So with little time to spare and camera in hand I hope that I present you a worthy moment of the best the park had to offer. Enjoy!!!!!

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Space City Snow Daze

March 2nd, 2015

A very good Monday morning to you all. I trust you were able to find a place of warmth and make the best of the weekend weather.

This week finds me traveling south on a 2-week shoot trip through Alabama, Mississippi and eventually on to central Florida. I am looking forward to the possibility of escaping the cold blistering winter weather of the “Frozen Tundra of northern Alabama!”

As luck would have it, the weatherman finally got it right. Wednesday’s prediction of 4-6 inches of snow to northern Alabama was right on, but just a little later in its arrival then originally projected. Basically knowing that we were going to get the snow, I choose to cancel a planned trip to Nashville and hunkered down with cameras in hand waiting the onslaught. So like most I sat and sat and sat awaiting the arrival but once it arrived, there was turning back. I grabbed my camera and out I went, picking as many spots as I could anticipating the potential of a two-day wonderland. One of my favorite places to trek is Cummings Research Park. The majestic nature of snow covering the architectural wonderland of the park is always a photographers dream come true. As I toured the area I found myself heading to Hudson Alpha and came upon the “Power of Thought” statue standing in all of its glory covered in a winters coat.

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With the light disappearing and my toes frozen from the snow I called it a day knowing all to well that I would eagerly be anticipating the sunrise of day two. To say the least, the anticipation of a great day two of snow photography was well warranted. With every location I encountered, it was a welcomed challenge to try and capture the essence of the moment knowing all too well that Mother Nature’s art was slowly melting away! The good news, at the end of day I had a huge child like smile on my face knowing that I had so much to review from my two days and knowing that I had a lot of editing in front of me.

Enjoy!!!!!

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If you have a desire for snow images of your location, I may just have shot you are looking for!!! Have Camera – Will Travel … Corporate, Advertising and Editorial.

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