A short post today as it’s been a long week and there are lots of chores I need to catch up on around home. Yes we made it home yesterday around 6:30 p.m., safe and sound albeit tired after a 12 hour drive.
So many images to process and show. So many memories to think about and learn from. So much information to absorb and retain.
This is the group that attended the class. Great bunch of folks, some of whom I formed wonderful relationships with and will stay in touch with them. It was so cool being around people with the same passion as mine. We talked a common language of gear, f-stops, shutter speeds and ISO. They are very talented, gifted, and super nice people.
The little secret I didn’t tell you about this past week was that Angie, Ben, and the kids were in Nashville as well. They rented a nice home in Nashville and really got to explore the city and its sights. Jeanne spent her time with them and I was at the hotel absorbed in the class. I got to be with the family Friday, Saturday, and most of Sunday. Ben picked me up Thursday afternoon and we all attended the concert together.
We all traveled together yesterday and had lunch together. Now it’s back to our normal lives and thinking back from time to time about a magical week.
So in the coming days I will write much more about the whole experience and show you a lot of my images. I hope you enjoy.
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The odyssey has finally begun. As you can tell from the image above this isn’t Kansas Dorothy. So the news that I’ve been hinting about for sometime is finally here. As I write this blog I am sitting at a breakfast counter drinking a cup of Hazel Nut coffee in Nashville Tennessee.
The reason I’m here is to attend a 5 day photography class instructed by Bill Fortney a professional photographer that I have followed for years. Additionally among other instructors the great Joe McNally will be teaching one day. The class is limited to 14 students and runs from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. so there will be little time for much of anything else. My hope is to keep the blog up during the experience.
Thursday evening Jeanne an I attend a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. The temperature was 98 degrees with a heat index of 110 – 115 degrees. I cannot remember being as hot and miserable at any one time as I was that evening. We finally left the stadium at the top of the 8th inning and walked across the street to our hotel. We sat in heavenly air conditioning with wine and food and watched the last two innings of the game. Which the Cardinals won by the way. 🙂
Friday morning we took long walk around the Arch (much of surrounding area is under construction) We were still able to get up close and personal with it. When the construction is completed it will be a wonderful addition.
Last night after arriving in Nashville we had a great dinner at an outdoor bar and grill. It was fun watching all the interesting night life of the city. I saw a “pedal bar” for the first time. Several party buses (open air variety) stopped by the outdoor bar so it was a fun evening.
I have an open day today and then class starts tomorrow afternoon. It promises to be an exciting week culminating in doing a concert shoot Thursday evening during the Ricky Skaggs performance. Ricky is an accomplished photographer as well as being a 14 Grammy award winner. He will also teach a couple of the sessions.
Thanks for checking out the blog. Stay cool and be careful.
I stopped by Angie’s home yesterday morning for a visit. Jeanne was helping with the Grand kids and I had some errands to run so it made for a great opportunity to catch up on some Angie time and see the little ones.
I never got around to photographing Austin. He is sure changing and can really hold his head up now. He is a happy little guy and does a lot of smiling.
Grandma lets the kids have the iPad and so when I got there Josh was engrossed in a story and didn’t even acknowledge my arrival. In fact I don’t think he ever said hi or goodbye. 🙂
Gabby came over and climbed on my lap and we played some interactive games on the iPad.
Got some things done around the house and took care of some travel details for my up coming photography school. Still two months away but never to early to get things in order.
By the way Snake Eyes, Iowa has four poisonous snakes, all of which are state endangered species except the timber rattlesnake. The massasauga is known to live only in three state marshes. Timber rattlesnakes are the largest and potentially the most dangerous. They occur in eastern and southern Iowa where bits of relatively undisturbed habitat remain. The prairie rattlesnake is very rare in Iowa and is limited to the northern portions of the Loess Hills. The copperhead is found only in a tiny area of southeastern Iowa.
Not much on my mind this morning so I’ll wrap it up.
Thanks for stopping by the blog. Enjoy your day and be careful.