Hiwassee Union Baptist Church

Since moving to Tennessee almost two years ago, I have done lots of exploring. I constantly search the internet to find interesting places for picture taking. I keep a list so that I can refer to it and pick out a place to travel to. Today we are going to visit the small town of Reliance, TN.

I saw a picture of this church and had to instantly add it to my list. I really love old churches. They have so much character. And when you find one this old still in great shape, well, you have to check it out!

Built in 1899, this church is situated on the banks of the scenic Hiwassee River. Standing the test of time, it is a true testament to the folks that built it.

My timing couldn’t have been better as the sun was setting and the sky was ablaze with color. I quickly surveyed the scene to find the best angle. The orange glow on the river and the fiery clouds really got me excited. I setup my tripod to capture the breathtaking light before it faded into darkness.

I plan on returning again to this spot really soon. It certainly makes me happy to live in Tennessee with so much scenery!

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Hiwassee Union Baptist Church

Located in Reliance, TN. The setting sun accents this beautiful church built in 1899.

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Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge

Just outside of Nashville, Tennessee is the beautiful city of Franklin. One end of the Natchez Trace Parkway is located here. The parkway covers 444 miles through Tennessee, Alabama, and Mississippi with a very scenic drive. One of the sights not to be missed is the 145′ tall bridge. Opened in 1994 it spans 1,572′ as it crosses over a highway connecting tree-lined roadways.

Once I settled on a view that I liked I setup my tripod to take some photos. With such a wide scene a standard lens was not doing the job of capturing the entire bridge in one shot. I decided to try out my 8mm fisheye lens. This was going to do the trick! The bridge itself is pretty much straight across, however the fisheye lens added in some distortion which bowed it out slightly. I thought it looked cool so I kept shooting from different perspectives until I found what I liked.

This image was shot in February on a very gray cloudy day. There wasn’t a lot going on color wise, so I went for black and white to bring out the textures.

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A low angle view of the double arch bridge in Franklin, Tennessee.

A low angle view of the double arch bridge in Franklin, Tennessee.

Two Rivers Mansion – Nashville, Tennessee

Hi everyone! First off I’ll start by saying sorry for the long hiatus. I promise to try and post more this year. Right before Christmas I moved to Tennessee and things have been hectic as you can imagine. But I am finally getting into my groove so to speak. I am now living just outside of Nashville so you will be seeing more Tennessee pictures with some Florida stuff thrown in once in awhile!

For my first post of 2016 I present to you an historic house that I recently photographed. Two Rivers Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee is a beautiful example of fine quality architecture. Built in 1859 it has stood the test of time. The attention to detail is really quite remarkable. This is one of the reasons I love photographing old buildings; the workmanship is always really impressive considering the limited amount of tools to work with for the time period.

For now I will leave you with this image but will be posting lots more really soon as I have been doing lots of exploration and traveling in my new home state.

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Two Rivers Mansion

Two Rivers Mansion in Nashville, Tennessee.

Coronado Springs Resort

Welcome to Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, a Spanish-colonial style resort hotel with a beautiful lake view. To get this shot I knew I wanted to be there at sunset. I was here earlier in the afternoon and the water was too ripply to get a nice reflection. I was hoping the breeze would subside by evening and the water would look like glass. I was not disappointed!

I ended up circling the entire lake by the time the night was over. I shot from several different areas looking for the right balance of buildings, reflection, sunset color, and a little bit of foreground element to complete the image. I was really happy how this one turned out.

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Coronado Springs Resort

The Cottage

Imagine walking down a flower lined pathway, across a little bridge over a tranquil pool of water. Can you see it? Do you smell the aroma of fresh-cut grass and flowers? Awesome now you’re here!

Welcome to the Canada area in Disney’s  EPCOT Center. A place full of wonderful architecture and beauty that I can never spend enough time at. This scene greets visitors on their way to a premier dining destination known as Le Cellier Steakhouse. This quaint little cottage caught my eye so I decided to set up for a shot. I got down low so I could include the reflection in the water and get the Caladiums up close that were right in front of me. I felt like I was looking at a painting. Even though there were other people around I zoned out into the peacefulness of the moment.

Although I have not been to Canada yet, I am planning on visiting someday. I can imagine this is what it would look like from some of the pictures I’ve seen. They have a 360 degree theater with a film about different areas in Canada called O Canada! I’ve seen it a couple of times and it is very enjoyable.

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The Cottage

Quiet Elegance

Welcome to Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa! The architectural design of this place is a true marvel. On a recent visit to this spectacular hotel, I decided to wait around til later in the evening, hoping to capture some images without people. At 11:00 on a Sunday night, just about everyone had retired to their rooms after a full day of fun. I only had to wait a couple of minutes to get my shots. I love all of the details they put into the layout like the massive birdcage on the left or the giant urns on the table in front of me. And the lighting is unrivaled with those magnificent chandeliers! On the second floor in the back they have a band that plays a very nice variety of music throughout the day.

For this shot I setup my tripod down low to try and get as much in the frame as I could. Capturing the grand scale in a photo is almost impossible.

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Quiet Elegance

The Path of Love

In honor of Valentine’s Day, today’s post features a wedding gazebo with intricately cut hearts around the top.

Disney’s Boardwalk area is the setting for this image. A flower lined brick pathway leads to the gazebo with Disney’s Yacht Club Resort creating the perfect backdrop. I felt like I was walking into a painting. The lighting was perfect with the right mix of sun and clouds. All of the magnificent color was what initially drew my eye to this scene. After that it was just a matter of framing up all of the elements I liked.

The lamp-posts and the flower pots seemed to add just the right amount of decor to an already eye pleasing scene. The vibrant colors of the flowers and the awnings completed the picture.

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

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The Path of Love