Commercial and Editorial Photographer Dennis Keim, Huntsville, Alabama Postcards of My Miss-Adventures Vol.1 blog links bio contact  

Water and Light

May 4th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. I hope you were able to make the most out of this absolutely gorgeous weekend.

It was another stellar weekend for Huntsville and record crowds came out to enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of the Whistle Stop BBQ festival. There is nothing more frustrating than to walk the rows of tents while the teams are preparing their entries for the competitions, being taunted by the amazing aroma’s coming from each and every BBQ smoker. Of course the trick is to know someone or just stand there till they fill sorry for you and offer you a taste. I guess I must have had on my best sad face because BBQ was king on this weekend. Hand me another napkin please!

I split my time between three cities this weekend chasing one of my all time favorite blues artists, KebMo. Friends and I bought tickets months ago to travel to Chattanooga on Friday night to catch him play and the show was so amazing I just had to find my way down to Birmingham on Sunday evening to feed my blues addiction with a 2nd session. If you have never heard him play he is a cross between Bill Withers, George Benson, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy. The endearing thing about KebMo is his honesty and sincerity with his connection to his audience with his music. One thing about KebMo, he just has a way of “Curing the Blues!” I think I am ready for round #3!

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When I wasn’t out chasing BBQ or the blues, I was able to find a little time to get out and enjoy the weather that was very spring like this past week. With the rains we had the previous week and the cold front that came through, it made for some spectacular sunsets and roaring rivers. I drove by a couple of my “go to” places and was able to capture a couple of captivating moments.

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I really do enjoy my time out in nature and my love for sunsets and water is well documented. I find the tranquility of both to be very therapeutic. I hope you do as well. ENJOY!!!!!

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~ dennis keim ~

Panoply

April 27th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. I hope you were able to make the most of the weekend.

For most living in the Huntsville area it was Panoply weekend, Huntsville’s premier 3-day art festival that is hosted by an exceptional staff and a multitude of volunteers from the Arts Council. If you know anything about Panoply, you know it is synonymous with beautiful art, incredible music, excellent fireworks, tasty food and wonderful community! Also what would Panoply be if there weren’t some prediction of inclement weather looming on the horizon? Luckily for Panoply the weathermen missed the boat on their predications allowing for massive crowds and a stellar weekend of art celebration.

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There are certain traditions that we have come to expect from Panoply that provide comfort and are so very special to the community. One of those traditions is yearly appearance of a local music group, Microwave Dave and the Nukes. The band has had the very special task of basically opening and closing every Panoply with the exception of missing one. On Friday, the band played to a very enthusiastic thong of elementary schools kids educating them on the music of the “blues”, love and heartache, musical instruments and the joy of not being at school for the day. The band closes each set out with the crowd pleasing participation anthem, “Hey Bo Diddley!” On Sunday the tradition continues as they take the stage as one of the festivals closing acts. When it comes to listening to Microwave Dave, traditions are oh so sweet even if he gives you the “blues!”

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What might be the other most anticipated tradition that Panoply shares? Most that have attended the event would say the fireworks show, which signifies the end of day 1 and 2 for the arts festival. If the fireworks are booming sky high you know that the weather has held and that the festival enthusiasts have enjoyed another day of the arts!!!!
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.

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Pedal Pushers

April 20th, 2015

A very good Monday morning to you! I hope you have been able to find away to avoid the deluge of rains we have had for the past week. I was afraid that I might just see animals lining up in a pairs.

Two weeks back my blog contained a number of images of clouds that formed interesting art subjects. I asked you the viewers to write me with your interpretation of what you saw in those photographs and the answers were as interesting as the cloud formations. The first image was the most ambiguous with a multitude of interpretations including faces, heads and sharks. From there it was a little easier. Image number 2 included a cloud airplane, image 3 a shark and image number 4 a face with sunglasses and image number 5 was interpreted to have a dove in it which coincided with Good Friday. Many thanks to all that wrote.

This week it was hard to get out and shoot with all the rain but I did manage to find a break in the weather to get out to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center for their annual Great Moon Buggy Race now aptly titled, the Human Exploration Rover Challenge. I guess more politically correct with NASA’s goal to now go where no “human” (I wanted to say MAN) has gone before!

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The lunar rover competition has been on going since its inception in 1994, when it was established to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. Basically students from high school, college and universities compete in a number of categories building their vision of a rover with specifications given to them that resemble the design and the challenges associated with building, transporting and utilizing the rover over a simulated terrain. This year over 90 teams from all over the U.S. and 5 Foreign countries competed.

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It is a pretty amazing sight to see the variety of designs and the determination of the one-man one-woman teams attempt to use “human power” to maneuver over the newly designed ½ mile track. Teams are cheered on by their own teams, their competitors and by the hundreds of spectators that come out for the two-day event. The fact sheet states, “The challenge is to deliver a two-person, human-powered rover and to achieve the fastest vehicle assembly and race times, while avoiding penalties on a grueling course.” As you look in the faces of the participants as they maneuver in, around and over the course you can truly see the blood sweat and tears of all of the trials and tribulations they face. As in sports, you get to the see “The thrill of victory and the agony of “de-feet” (defeat)!”

Enjoy!!!!!!

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Mellow Yellow Canola

April 13th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. It appears that spring has sprung. The weather for the weekend was absolutely perfect.

While returning home from a recent trip, I was passing by the Huntsville airport and spotted a huge field of yellow flowers off of I-565. The blanket of yellow was absolutely breathtaking. I was drawn to the field like a bug to a bug light and had to pull off to survey the landscape. I took a few photographs but knew I would have to come back when time permitted for a more extensive photographic undertaking. When asking around about the field I was informed that it was Canola.

Given the fact that we all tend to be drawn to the color yellow I decided to look the word up on the internet and here are a few interesting facts I came away with. “Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum. It’s the color that captures our attention more than any other color. It’s the color of happiness, and optimism, of enlightenment and creativity, sunshine and spring. In almost every culture yellow represents sunshine, happiness, and warmth.”

So with an enlighten understanding of the color yellow I decided to head back to the Canola field and attempt to capture the essence of what I was smitten by on my first journey. It was the color yellow as far as the eye could see.

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The best part of the journey was taking Elizabeth Snow, a model that was visiting me from Phoenix, AZ. to the fields. We had discussed some potential shoot ideas prior to her arrival and she indicated she had the perfect outfit. As it turned out, the dress was more than perfect and her talent and beauty surpassed anything I could have imagined. Beauty that complimented beauty, she was the perfect fit for the field of yellow. It was a magical shoot on a magical day. ENJOY!!!!!

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Heavenly Art

April 6th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you! I hope you had a wonderful Easter celebration joining with family and friends! Growing up with a very religious background, Easter was always a special day for my family. The Easter clothes, Easter Service, Easter lunch and then the Easter egg hunt, all of which remain very special memories. I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge the true meaning of the day and the sacrifice Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior made. And to my Mother, who would have been 93 on April 11, Happy Birthday Lucy!

I arrived home last week from a two-day trip shooting for the Food Bank of North Alabama in south Alabama to the eminent threat of a severe thunderstorm. Looking at the clouds moving thru the area, I felt it might provide for a pretty spectacular sunset. I was wrong about the sunset but as I hung tight, realized that I was going to be treated to one incredible ballet of clouds dancing across the sky.

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As a child, I spent hours looking to the skies and playing a game trying to recognize the many shapes of the clouds as they transformed themselves into different objects of art. I remember the many animals, faces and figures the clouds formed as they collided like splattering paint on a canvas! It left me breathless and I guess, some things will never change. I still stand in awe of HIS artistic gift to us.

As I stood and watched as the clouds transformed themselves, I did not realize the many figures being created before me. It was not until I sat in front of my computer looking thru all of captures that the many different images began to appear. Find you inner child once again, play along with me and see what you find in each of the cloud formations shown below. I will provide my “visions’ in next weeks blog.

Happy Easter and ENJOY!!!!!

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