iPhone picture of the week

This picture was taken with my handy iPhone 3G.  My girlfriend and I had just dropped my daughter off at a birthday part and had decided to take a short walk to the eatery just up the road.  As we were walking I noticed the sign out front.  Now, I have eaten at this place many times but have never really noticed the sign.
I edited the picture in the Chase Jarvis iPhone app called Best Camera.  Chase’s inspiration has helped me start to see the creative side of myself and I have started taking a lot more pictures.
As a note this restaurant is located just south of Charleston, TN on North Lee Hwy (U.S. Hwy 11).

Bradley County’s First Sheriff honored

Bradley County’s first Sheriff, Sheriff Carter was honored in a 3pm memorial service at Forthill Cemetary in Cleveland,TN. Sheriff Carter’s grave was recently rediscovered by a local historian and teacher Mrs. Debbie Moore. Mrs. Moore approached the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 59 and requested that they raise funds to place a new grave stone on the grave. Mrs. Moore also requested that the marker indicate that this was the grave of Bradley County’s first Sheriff. After Mrs. Moore layed out the history and the facts and proved that this was infact Sheriff Carter’s grave the Lodge voted to assist Mrs. Moore in her endevours.

In attendence was Mrs. Moore, FOP Lodge President Jim Hodgson, FOP member Chip Bryant, FOP member Rusty Bryant, County Commisioner Louie Alford, County Commisioner Ed Elkins, local Cub Scouts and a distant relative of Sheriff Carter.

Sheriff Carter was appointed to his position in 1836 and died that same year. It is still unclear how Sheriff Carter passed.

Mrs. Debbie Moore shares the history of what Sheriff Carter.

FOP President Jim Hodgson dedicates the new grave stone that was placed upon Sheriff Carter’s grave.

 Mrs. Moore demonstrates how to “chalk” a grave stone to bring out the writing so that it is more visible. She explains that years of exposure to the elements can cause grave stones to become hard to read and “chalking” helps to bring out the writing.

FOP Memeber Chip Bryant places a wreath on Sheriff Carter’s grave.

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iPhone Pictures

     A few weeks ago Chase Jarvis introduced a new iPhone app called bestcam.  It came from the book he just release call “The best camera is the one you have”.  I haven’t bought the book yet but I did down load and install the free app on my iPhone.  This new app and Chases inspiration has really inspired me to start taking more pictures with my iPhone.  So here are a few of my pictures. 

This is Annie.  I took her, her son and my daughter to a river maze in Polk County Tennessee.   We had a great time despite the cold and wet conditions.

I go to a local Baptist Church called Westwood.  This is the painting on one of the walls.  The photo was edited with the bestcam app.

A late night trip to the local Krispy Kreme doughnut shop yielded this picture.  Annie and I were sitting at our table and this was the view.  Beautiful if I do say so myself.

 This one was taken as I was driving.  I used a self timer app to take a few pictures as I was driving so it was done with minimal attention given to my phone.  It was edited with the bestcam app.

I was just about to get into my truck when I noticed a large shadow of myself and thought it might make an interesting picture.

The River Maze

I took Annie, Emilie and Alex to the river maze in Ocoee, TN a few weekends ago. I had been there a couple of years ago and enjoyed it. This year was no different. I had a good time and so did everyone else.

The adventure started off by purchasing the tickets. I’ll have to admit that the rates were fairly reasonable. It was less than $10 for each person and Alex was free since he is only 3. The ticket price included access to the corn maze, the soy bean maze and either one ride on the cow-train or one shot of the corn canon.

Once Alex saw the cow-train we all made a B-line to it after we got our tickets. The cows were actually barrels that were cut out so you could sit in them and they were painted to look like cows. I sat in the 4th cow back so I couldn’t see the smile on the kids faces, but I think they enjoyed it.
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After the cow ride we moved on to the corn maze. Visit the website for a map the maze, http://www.therivermaze.com.

We decided to take a hay ride down to the entrance of the corn maze. It wouldn’t have been a very long walk, but with two kids and the weather being cold we decided to just enjoy the whole experience by hitching a ride.

Below are just a few of the pictures I took to document this fun evening and as always I was using my Nikon D300 to shoot the pics.




Library Conspiracy

We had a special event today and I thought I would take some pictures of the band who came to play. The lighting was horrible and the background wasn’t that good, but I think I got a few good shots. I shot these with my Nikon D300, 18-135mm lens in M-mode with an ISO around 2000. My shutter speed varied between 1/50th and 1/100th.

The band performed in the gymnasium and the overhead lights were turned off. The only available light came from some theater style spot lights that where floor mounted in the front of the band. This caused some pretty harsh shadows on the walls.



I’m fairly pleased with how the pictures came out. This is the first time I have taken a lot of shots with a fairly high ISO. Enjoy!

September Atlanta trip

In May of this year (2009) I was looking around on www.daveramsey.com and noticed that my hero, Dave Ramsey, was coming to Atlanta in September. I had no idea if I would be able to go or not and if I could, I had no idea who I would take with me, but I ordered two VIP tickets. As the months rocked along I thought I might as well take Annie since we usually have a pretty good time with each other.

We left out early on that Saturday morning, probably too early, but I’m just an early kind of guy. It rained the whole way down. Once we got into Atlanta we used my trusty garmin GPS to locate the Atlanta Civic Center and then we found our way to the nearest Dillards (Annie needs a dress for the Navy Ball in Nov).

On the way back to the Civic Center I saw a beautiful building in the downtown area so I pulled out my iPhone and snapped this pic.

We finally made it back to the Civic Center and walked in right as the doors opened and were probably one of the first two VIP’s to get to find a seat. We got GREAT seats, only four rows back from the stage. WOW!!!

Dave spoke for almost five solid hours (minus two 20 minute breaks). It felt like we were only sitting there for about thirty minutes. Dave Ramsey has a way of getting you to hang on every word he speaks. He is an absolutely wonderful person and I am glad I was able to go see him. I will see him again thats for sure and the next time, I’m getting Platinum tickets!