New Memphis Photos!

I went downtown to get some new photos of Memphis. I knew I wanted to get the bridge in a shot, the Main Street trolly, and maybe something on Beale. This was a Saturday night so I knew I’d be fighting hordes of tourists and locals alike, but decided to go for it anyway. First, some things I learned. Mud Island closes so you can get to the south end which is where I wanted to shoot from. No amount of coaxing would get the guard to let me through even for a few minutes. So I went to the parking area just across the bridge and tried to get some shots of the bridge. Even after making my way to the shore there simply wasn’t a shot. As I headed back to the parking lot, I turned around and saw a barge headed north. The sun was setting and the trees and people on the river were a perfect silhouette framing the entire shot. I dropped to the ground and braced the camera on my knees to capture this shot. Moments later the barge was past the trees and the shot was gone. Serendipity can happen.

Mississippi River Barge

Mississippi River Barge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next, I headed to front street and the new Beale Street landing. Again, this all closes about sunset. I managed to get parked and headed up the large hill to get a shot of the bridge and the large paddle boat that was getting ready to sail. A guard saw me and started yelling. I knew he was saying they were closed and I couldn’t be up there, but the colors in the sky were so amazing that I knew I had to grab a shot and once again, I’d only get oneĀ chance. I set my tripod, metered, and trippedĀ the shutter.

Memphis Riverboat

Memphis Riverboat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a few apologies to the guard for not hearing him, I headed to Beale Street and the Peabody Place Trolley stop. The sun had set and I knew I wanted some long exposure shots. Patience can also be rewarded. With all of the crowds downtown on a warm spring night, it took more than one try to get a shot without a ton of people walking through the frame. After a little time, I captured these 2 photos that I was happy with.

Memphis Main Street Trolley Station

Memphis Main Street Trolley Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Memphis Main Street Trolley

Memphis Main Street Trolley

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last stop of the night was Beale Street. The crowds were huge and I just didn’t see anything that was catching my eye so I decided to head back to the car. As I passed the Blues City Cafe, I saw my shot. I set the tripod up in the street and as I composed the frame, I felt a drop on my hand. A BIG drop. Once again luck was on my side as no one was in front of the cafe. I grabbed one shot and as soon as it fired, the skies opened up and a total deluge began. I managed to get under the awning at the cafe to protect my gear and get it tucked away. While my gear stayed dry, I definitely didn’t while getting back to the car. I hope you like the results of my evening downtown!

Memphis Blues City Cafe

Memphis Blues City Cafe

 

More Cars!

Shot a couple more cars for Art and Speed. If you are looking to buy a mint antique, classic, or exotic car, be sure to check out Art and Speed’s website – www.artandspeed.com. Or, if you are wanting to sell one of your specialty cars, they can also assist. Both the Grand Prix and Cadillac were totally mint – had a great time shooting these 2 amazing rides.

Grand Prix GTX

Grand Prix GTX SLP

Northstar V8

Northstar V8

White Cadillac Allante

White Cadillac Allante

Red leather in the Cadillac

Red leather in the Cadillac

Supercharged Grand Prix GTX SLP

Supercharged Grand Prix GTX SLP