A very beautiful Monday morning to you all. I hope you were able to survive the weekend without college football. We will have a few weekends to endure until the holiday bowl games and the championship play offs. The one good news over the weekend is that the Heisman trophy came home to the University of Alabama and running back Derrick Henry!!!! Also, thanks to everyone for all of the well wishes to rid myself of the cough alien. I would like to say I am back at 100% but I think I am still a work in progress.
I spent part of last week on a shoot in Grand May, MS taking photos for the Food Bank of North Alabama. I have been working on this very worthy project for the last year and a half, assisting their mission to find new avenues for Alabama farmers in local restaurants, grocery stores and schools. It is always amazing talking with the farmers about their struggles, as well as, their family heritage and pride in doing what they do.
After my shoot I decided to head over to Perdido Key and get a few days of Florida sunshine and beach therapy for my cold. The weather was unseasonably warm for December which made it even that much more pleasing. The winter, if the weather cooperates, is really one of the better times of year to go enjoy area. You have the beach and the restaurants all to your self. So knowing that, I went exploring and looking for new areas that I could potentially use for shoot locations. One of the locations, Perdido Key bridge, I had looked at numerous times but never had taken the opportunity to shoot. As luck would have it, I think I picked the perfect time to go adventuring. The calm of the water and the setting sun made for a beautiful canvas.
And it most likely comes as no surprise that my second scouting location during the week was an accessible beach with the setting sun. I had driven over to the bridge at Perdido Key pass and was looking around when I noticed a beach not far from the bridge that offered easy access and did not have the extended walk that is required to get out to the point in the park from the bridge. For me it was the perfect location in that I could plan a shoot, if desired, at the Pass and then within a cars hop be on the beach shooting and not having to lug my gear down the extended and lengthy walkway from the pass. To say the least it was a very successful and worthwhile road trip with one more coastal sunset under my belt. I am not sure if the few days in Florida helped with the illness but it surely help me attempt to put it aside.
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~ dennis keim ~