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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 ~

Golden Glow

July 20th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. I must say that the past week has been brutal with the exhaustive temperatures but luckily for me most of my work has been indoors. I hear that there is a cold spell on the way that might dip us down to 93!! It would be welcomed!

This past week was a busy week for me and I am very thankful for that. Work has picked up and the phone is ringing. I am especially pleased that the majority of phone calls were for more  local assignments than for shoots that require travel. I know that is a good thing because within the coming months that is going to begin to change! It is a bittersweet situation for me but I do love to travel so I always try to make the most of it.

As I said, last week was a very busy week for me and between the many shoots and the exhaustive heat I found it difficult to get out and about. The great thing about this time of year though is that is does start to cool down right around sunset and Mother Nature tends to try and do her best to entice you out for her nightly closing act. I was fortunate enough to be traveling home one evening and capture this sunset. Sunsets are moments for me to relax and put a little perspective on another day of which I can be truly thankful for.

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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Best Regards …..
~ dennis keim ~

Do Not Seek The Treasure

July 13th, 2015

A very happy Monday morning to you. I would hope you are looking forward to a very productive week no matter what your time is focused on!

A few weeks back, after instructing at a photographic workshop in Illinois, I had the opportunity to head to St. Louis for fours days of shooting and touring with one of the other instructors, Mr. Michael Green. St. Louis, with its large industrial history has become one of my favorite towns to visit and shoot in. There are a number of old buildings both in and out of the city that make for a very interesting photographic tour.

On this day, our road-tripping bucket list was the abandoned Armour Meat Packing Plant. In its heyday, Armour employed over 4,500 people, prepping and processing cows and pigs that came through from the nearby stockyards. The plant even offered guided tours of its slaughterhouse and processing lines to curious visitors. The plant was closed in 1959 and has slowly fallen into decay from the last 50 years of non-activity. Today, the once thriving facility sits in utter ruin.

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As abandon locations go, the Armour Plant has become legendary for photographers seeking to capture a perspective of industrial history that now sits in total decay. Floors and ceilings have disappeared and machines sit in ruin from years of neglect as testament to a once thriving community that has passed them by. The facility is totally encased in a blanket of foliage that would make it difficult to find if it were not for it’s two smoke stacks that tower over the building and act as beacons to assist in finding the location. Visiting a location of this type and magnitude is not without it’s challenges. You just never know what you might find and there is a certain amount to danger associated with traversing. You are forewarned of the potential hazards by the many “no trespassing” signs that indicate visitors are not welcomed.

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On day one of our two-day adventure we likened ourselves to modern day explorers wandering through a maze of visual opportunities. We would have liked to think we were the first to find this jewel but we knew many had made the photographic journey before us. Our enthusiasm and excitement for the location provided us with ample determination to return for a second day of exploration, ignoring the signs of no trespassing for the risk of further visual gain.

With model in hand we made our way back for day two of what was to be another day of magical accomplishment. Of course all fairy tales do not always end with a positive tale. As we settled in for what was to be an exceptional day of shooting, our journey was abruptly ended with the appearance of a police officer tasked with finding the intruders in the vast array of ruin. To say the least he was not very happy with the assignment and expressed his displeasure with phrases that included “impounding cars and incarceration” for our journey into the abyss of this jewel of ruins. As we were escorted out my biggest concern was protecting the imagery we had shot that day and the potential of not wanting to incriminate myself for any additional photographic transgressions. Once we were “checked out” and found not be terrorists, felons or thieves he gave us every plausible reason for not being there including the fact that we had parked directly next to one of the many “no trespassing” signs. As he scorned us with the proverbial, do not make me come back here, he finished by saying, “Listen I get it, if I were a photographer I would be ignoring the signs to come in and capture the ruins!” At least for us, that was some affirmation that all was not lost and that the potential risk was worth the gain! I’m sure we will attempt to go back one day and just do a better job of hiding our presence. 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 ~

Rain On Me

July 6th, 2015

A very Happy 4th of July to you all. I hope, in spite of the weather, you were able to make most out of the holiday weekend celebration. It is, of course, the most celebrated “out-door” holiday we have. Although the 4th may have been a wet holiday, the reason for commemorating and celebrating is not. I would hope that we all took a moment to recognize and honor our veterans for all that they did and continue to do!

I cannot think of any other holiday weekend that could be so hindered and affected by rain as much as the Fourth of July. And could there be anything more un-American than watching fireworks in the rain or worse –no fireworks at all! As the fourth approached it became apparent that the weatherman’s forecast of 100% chance of rain actually might really mean – 100% chance of rain.

My weekend was full of boating “options” on the river and in spite of the weather forecast my friends choose to proceed in fine fashion. It seems that they have perfected the art of “celebrating” the holiday whether they are tied to the docks or dodging showers. Friday evening I headed to Decatur for the 4th of July “let’s stay in the marina” party on B Dock at Riverwalk Marina. For anyone that knows the marina “B Dock” is legendary for its party planning. Lets just say that Friday’s weather did deter the boats from getting out of the harbor but it did not “dampen their spirits!”

On Saturday, some friends of mine and I decided to take a chance with the weather and head to Lake Guntersville for the potential of getting to sail in some brisk winds and then take in the fireworks on the lake. Luckily for us both did happen. It seems that the approaching storm from the west provided for some great wind and the rains did not reach us until after their fireworks celebration was completed. It is my understanding that cities to the west such as Huntsville and Decatur were not as lucky with the rain.

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As we boated into the Sunday there were reports of rain but also hints of the possibility that the Sun may make an appearance. So with one day left for celebrating the weekend I headed back over to Decatur. I wanted see if my friends had survived their rain drenched fireworks and find out if they could muster up one more day of celebrating in the rain. As luck would have it, they were up for the task and the prediction of rain for the day fell on deft ears. We collected everyone we could and headed out for a wonderful day on the river and the sun did decide to peak out behind some clouds just enough to remind us why we celebrate the 4th of July! ENJOY!!!!

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