Centennial Park and The Parthenon

September 22, 2012

One thing I’ve come to love about Nashville is the fact that there is always something going on.  Not just concerts, but a huge variety of activities, and many of them are totally free.  Last weekend was an event called, “Made in Nashville” at Centennial Park.  This has become one of our favorite places to hang out at.  It is located right across the street from Vanderbilt football stadium, so on game day there is a lot of activity!  This particular “theme” was made up of local businesses that operate and manufacture their goods here.   This wasn’t a particularly large group of vendors, but they were interesting.

One of the summer features here is an area called “Musicians Corner.”  This is a very cool, open area of the park where you can lay on the ground or bring a chair and listen to a wide variety of music, all for free.  Various food vendors are lined up around the perimeter offering a variety of food, water or ice cream.  Families with their kids or dogs are everywhere!  I must add that the sound mix at most of these events is usually quite good.  We are after all in “Music City.”

Another attraction at this park is a building called “The Pathenon.”   It is an exact replica of the Greek building that is centuries old.  It is big and beautiful, and there is always something happening in or around this building.  It’s a popular place for weddings and concerts.  This was a great spot to try out the different film simulation modes on my Fuji X10.  Here are two shots of the building, only change is the effect of the film type selected.

As you can see one appears pretty normal, while the second one, shot on the Velvia setting is super saturated in color.  It is an amazing difference and a great tool to use when you are shooting scenics.  If this appears a tad too much saturated for your taste, it is easy enough to back it off a little.

But, my absolute favorite shot of the day was this great portrait I took of my wife!  It was her suggestion that we go up and shoot around the columns, something I’ve intended to do since we first saw them.  At first I almost wished I had my Nikon camera, but now I don’t know that I could have gotten a better portrait than I did with the x10.

I am very, very happy with this portrait of Marlene!  I used the tiny little built in flash to give me a wink of light in her beautiful blue eyes!  I love this camera, but way more than that I love this woman!  Next month we will celebrate 35 years together and at times that seems unbelievable to me.  Proverbs 18:22  He who finds a wife finds a good thing and obtains favor from the LORD.  I can tell you that I have found the favor of the Lord and have been blessed beyond measure!


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