Archive for the ‘photos’ Category
December 22, 2013
Knoxville, Tennessee. At the Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop, where business is currently very good. Quoth the InstaDaughter: “Pie is the new cupcakes.”
May 30, 2013
May 24, 2013
Knoxville, Tennessee. Boyd’s Jig and Reel in the old city — location is in the old Manhattan’s, for the Knoxville expats out there. Nice place, Belhaven on draft. This pic is with the iPhone 5, which I upgraded to awhile back. Not as good a camera as the Lumix, but pretty darn good for a phone. Click on the picture to see it full-sized, and note that you can read the labels on the bottles.
May 12, 2013
August 27, 2012
July 31, 2012
July 5, 2012
March 13, 2012
CAMERA UPDATE: So I noted a while back that I hadn’t bought a new camera in a while, and wanted to try out a new micro four-thirds camera. I wound up buying a Panasonic Lumix GX-1 with the Lumix 7-14mm ultra-wide angle lens.
After playing with it for a while I can report that it’s a great camera. It’s terrific in low light. Here’s a picture from Big Ed’s Pizza, and you can see how it froze the pizza-toss in available light. Pretty well.
The wide-angle lens takes in a very wide angle, and as you can see, the color-rendering in dim uneven light is still quite good.
Pics taken around stately Instapundit Manor suggest that the 7-14 lens is great for making houses look better than they do: If I were a real estate agent I’d order one immediately. The only downsides are (1) While it’s smaller than a full-sized DSLR, it’s still big enough that it won’t fit in a pocket; and (2) It’s kind of expensive. It’s a better and more versatile camera than the Lumix LX-5, but is it enough better to justify the price difference? If you need interchangeable lenses and high quality in a small package, yes.
UPDATE: Reader Kevin Black, who’s a fan of the LX-5 writes:
I was a professional photographer and photo lab owner with my wife for about 25 years. We got out of the lab business just before the digital tsunami hit, and are now employed in geographic information systems. I picked up a Panasonic Lumix LX-5 last summer, and I honestly think it’s the best camera I’ve ever owned (I still have about a dozen film cameras, from Mamiya M645 to Canon A2E and F1′s, none of which will ever see another roll of film). The Leica F:2.0 wide angle zoom on this camera is amazing, and the low light performance you mentioned on your model is evident in this model as well. I’ve always been a bit puzzled by folks enamored of super zoom telephoto lenses. I find the wide angle lens to be far more useful in practical terms (so much so, I also bought the .75 wide angle converter for it, making it an 18mm wide angle). Most of the time, you can move closer to a subject to get the framing you want. But if your back is up against a wall, and you can’t get everything in the image you want, you’re SOL. Below is a link to some of the images I took on our 30th anniversary trip to Chicago last August.
A small sample of some of the 1,000+ images I shot while in Chicago…
Very nice. And I quite agree about the value of a wide angle lens vs. a telephoto, especially for the kinds of photography I tend to do.
November 21, 2011
November 19, 2011
WHILE OTHERS CAMP OUT IN TENTS, the more enterprising youth of America tackle the economic slump creatively. And successfully, to judge from all the cash.
Knoxville, Tennessee, at the downtown Farmer’s Market.
UPDATE: Reader Kenneth Lawton writes: “Saw the young buskers with their case full o’ cash – right out there in the open… While I greatly admire their enterprising – and entertaining – spirit, these kids need to be more careful some other less-enterprising youth doesn’t grab their stash and run. Every busker has this happen. Once.”
Ah, that’s just a compositional issue. My fault. Just outside the frame is a spike, holding the head of the only guy to try that. Don’t mess with this crowd.
November 12, 2011
November 6, 2011
October 22, 2011
October 17, 2011
July 5, 2011
July 4, 2011
THEY TOLD ME IF WE ELECTED BARACK OBAMA. . . .
Actual background here.
UPDATE: Reader Steve Eimers sends this link. He writes: “Were you at the parade today? Unfortunately we didn’t see Congressman Duncan I was hoping to tell him not to raise the debt ceiling. I’m attaching a picture of the parade. Just above the yellow light in the distance you can see a little red dot. That dot is the flag box.”
No, I took that picture a couple of years back. I don’t live in Lenoir City. But if I did, here’s what I would have seen today. Thanks, Steve!
June 28, 2011
June 12, 2011
June 5, 2011
READER AND KNOXVILLE-EXPAT SAM HUNG wrote the other day asking for more Knoxville pictures, which made me realize that I haven’t posted any in a while. So here are a couple from the Farmer’s Market downtown. This is the Cruze Dairy ice cream truck. The Cruze Dairy folks have a blog, too.
February 26, 2011
SO LAST NIGHT my brother Brad’s band Copper, which has been on hiatus for a while, put on a new show at the Valarium as they gear up again. My other brother Jonathan came down, and we went — along with my sister Katy — for a family musical reunion. (All pics taken with the Lumix –the old one, not the new one. I took the old one because a rock club is a high-threat environment for cameras. . . .)
A rare appearance by all three Reynolds Brothers at once:
Brad hasn’t lost his rock & roll moves:
And a good time was had by all.
For those unfortunates who weren’t there, here’s a song. It’s one of my favorites, and not just because of the cool bass-solo intro by my brother.
UPDATE: Reader Light Maleski emails: “I just bought their latest album. The kicker was the youtube video you posted. Perhaps you could post their MySpace page which has more music to listen to, after which I went to their website and bought the CD. I’ve been reading you for a decade, but this is the first I’ve bought or even really listened to music from Copper. They have a great sound.” Yes, they do. Here’s the MySpace link.
July 12, 2010
Knoxville, Tennessee. Market Square. Taken with the shirtpocket Sony.
June 21, 2010
March 24, 2010
Knoxville, Tennessee. Taken with the Sony that I just happened to have in my pocket.
March 8, 2010
February 6, 2010
SOME PICS FROM SARAH PALIN’S SPEECH. I had some idle time backstage, and my Lumix.
UPDATE: Here’s what it looked like backstage, with the PJTV video crew.
February 6, 2010
A TEA PARTY CONVENTION TEA PARTY PROTEST: This is Antonio Hinton, one of the organizers of the Knoxville Tea Party, one of three folks from the Tennessee Tea Party Coalition who showed up to remind people that there’s more to the Tea Party movement than this convention. The press tried to get him to say something bad about Sarah Palin, but he called her a “breath of fresh air,” instead. It’ll be interesting to see how the story gets played.
UPDATE: More here.
December 9, 2009
UPDATE: Okay, I thought the uncropped version, where you could see my feet at the bottom, gave a cool you-are-there effect, but enough people made fun of me that I’ve posted the cropped one instead.
ANOTHER UPDATE: Reader Brian Biesenkamp writes: “Put the picture back up with your feet in it (or at least include a link). Half of the fun of shooting with a 10.5 is that it is so wide you need to know where your feet are at all times. Aside from that, it would give it more of a Lee Friedlander aesthetic that I already see in many of your shots of reflective surfaces. Don’t cave in to pressure from people who don’t know the difference between a fisheye and a fish’s eye.”
It’s funny you say that, because I do like Lee Friedlander — one of my friends even dated his daughter — and William Eggleston, as well as the father of all such, Walker Evans.
November 2, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee. The Crown & Goose, in the Old City.
October 26, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee. Upstairs at the newly reopened (after nearly 30 years of closure) S&W. And here’s a landmark many old Knoxvillians will recognize.
And the old S&W didn’t have a bar, but the new one has two. Progress!
Plus, a friendly, upbeat staff!
September 12, 2009
Quincy, Illinois. Taken with the Panasonic Lumix LX-3.
August 14, 2009
August 5, 2009
SO I WOKE UP EARLY to find the Insta-wife already surfing, her face gently lit by the Asus-glow. I snapped a picture — and then went back to sleep.
June 26, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee. Getting ready for Sundown In The City.
June 22, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee. Another picture of the deflated credit ape. Poor guy; it’s kind of sad.
June 21, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee. Gay Street, at lunchtime.
June 20, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee. Krutch Park, downtown.
June 19, 2009
THE CREDIT BUBBLE: Before:
June 10, 2009
GRAND CAYMAN, BWI. For when only an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnibenevolent stylist will do . . . .
June 6, 2009
GRAND CAYMAN, BWI. The blonde blur in the foreground is a waitress named Fiona from New Zealand; after seven years her Cayman work visa is about to run out (more on that topic later) and she’ll be moving to Sydney to be a personal trainer.
June 5, 2009
Grand Cayman, BWI. Morgan’s Harbor.
June 4, 2009
Grand Cayman, BWI. On the North End.
June 3, 2009
THE VIEW FROM MY WINDOW, 6:20 a.m. this morning.
April 26, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee. On Market Square, taken yesterday when the Insta-Daughter and I were downtown for the Rossini Festival.
April 14, 2009
Knoxville, Tennessee. The Downtown Grill & Brewery.
April 13, 2009
Asheville, North Carolina. Looking like a better choice every day. . . .
December 8, 2008
December 8, 2008
December 6, 2008
Grand Cayman, BWI. Bob McManus wrote asking for a picture of an “offshore tax haven.” That would be the whole island, I think, but most of that kind of thing goes on in these fairly unremarkable buildings in downtown Georgetown.
December 6, 2008
My Bar, Grand Cayman. Shot handheld with the Panasonic LX3.
November 19, 2008
November 14, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Near the UT Student Center, on the site of the Ernest & Ellis Drug Store, which provided a memorable hangout for generations of students long before my time.
November 11, 2008
Asheville, North Carolina.
November 10, 2008
November 7, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Tree in front of Sophronia Strong Hall on the U.T. campus. Taken with the Panasonic Lumix LX3, advertised as the pocket camera for digital SLR owners. It’s a very nice camera with a very nice lens.
November 5, 2008
Asheville, North Carolina.
November 4, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. At the Student Center (that’s the law school building in the background), where there was no visible mob voting. There was a TV truck, too, but things looked pretty sedate.
November 4, 2008
Ashevile, North Carolina. The Grove Arcade.
November 3, 2008
Asheville, North Carolina. The Insta-Wife, in a photo taken by the Insta-Daughter.
November 2, 2008
Asheville, North Carolina. Electric cars are very popular here. Detail below.
October 29, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. The Medical Arts Building, downtown.
October 20, 2008
Maryville, Tennessee. Lemon Grass restaurant.
October 14, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Spanish-American War Memorial, at the Old County Courthouse.
October 13, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Detail from the statue of Justice at the federal courthouse.
August 23, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Some people wondered if I was making up the Reasonable Ron’s motto. As you can see, I was not.
August 22, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. The solution to the credit crisis, courtesy of Reasonable Ron’s Used Tires. (Motto: “The Best Place in Town to Take a Leak.”) Well, it’s better than putting giant subhuman apes in charge, anyway . . . .
August 15, 2008
THE CREDIT CRISIS EXPLAINED: We’ve put giant subhuman apes in charge.
July 29, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. The Farmer’s Market.
July 28, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. At the Farmer’s Market.
July 27, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. She says she’s Tennessee’s only licensed raw-milk cheesemaker. I bought some sheep’s-milk Cumberland. It was excellent. Blessed are the cheesemakers! Er, and all dairy workers, of course. . . .
July 26, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Across the street from the Rescue Mission.
July 25, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. At the Farmer’s Market.
July 24, 2008
UPDATE: Reader Sean Malloy emails: “After watching your photo posts for the past couple of months, I now have to get one of these lenses. Damn you!” It’s the Nikon fisheye.
That’s Commerce Clause god Brannon Denning on the left. For fun, I dummied this picture up on Photoshop like a double-page profile spread in Vanity Fair, with the caption “Brannon Denning Wants You To Care About the Commerce Clause. And He’s right.” Followed by a discussion of beer and the Commerce Clause, a surprisingly important subject, actually. Yes, I am a geek. But you knew that.
July 23, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Heirloom veggies — lumpy but yummy. At the Farmer’s Market.
July 22, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. I was afraid to walk past it for fear that I’d trip . . . .
July 21, 2008
Asheville, North Carolina. Best alternative caption for yesterday’s photo: “We can’t drill our way out of this problem!”
July 20, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. The view from the dentist’s chair. Not my most artistic work, but it captures the feeling of the moment . . . .
July 19, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Central Ave.
July 18, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. Behind the Dougherty Engineering Building at UT.
July 17, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. WNOX studios, with George Korda. That’s Michael Silence on the right, and, barely visible in the background, Jack Lail.
July 16, 2008
Knoxville, Tennessee. By request from reader Patrick Clemens, who’s worried about an influx of settlers and writes: “I was wondering when you were going to post a picture of that Godawful ‘Nation’s Best Motel’ sign on I-40 looking over to Kingston Pike, man talk about ugly. You need to post it so people will think twice about moving there.” Done. This should fix that problem!