It was a dark and still mid-summer night.
The scene is set in rural Tennessee, half an hour outside of Nashville, but you would never know it was the 21st century by the looks of the nostalgia-lined rows of houses of brick and wood.
Barn doors, rustic old granaries littered the countryside in the quaint little town of Nolensville. I was on the hunt.
I had a darling customer who'd purchased 3 large canvas prints from me, mostly tailor-made for her exact home setting.
She'd asked me months ago to go shoot her small town of Nolensville, Tennessee. Being the busy man I am, I didn't get around to it immediately, but when we reconnected yesterday over the phone I remembered her request to go shoot it, that I'd agreed to.
After I got off from work last night in my art gallery, I made my way through the back woods of Tennessee on my motorcycle. It took a good thirty minutes of winding, but gorgeously scenic, country roads before I found myself in the old Downtown of Nolensville.
This old southern town was founded by a Revolutionary War veteran, and was named after him, in 1797.
The place looked like a scene out of To Kill a Mocking Bird.
I stopped in a local coffee shop and grabbed a late night cup of coffee, it was past 10pm and I'd had a long day.
I got to chatting with a local there and I asked her what was most iconic about Nolensville. She told me about the old mill, and I fell in love with the idea.
This was an incredibly technical shoot. There were multiple strong points of lights shining right into the lens, amongst an impossibly dark background.
Extreme contrast like that makes lens flares, distortions and generally makes it next to impossible to get a sharp picture with any detail.
30 minutes of measuring light, trying new different angles, different techniques and ways of shooting this, I came up with what I liked.
Being pitch black out, I of course had to go for a long exposure (where the camera is on a tripod and the photo is taken over 30 seconds or so) to get any detail in the shadows whatsoever.
Right at the end of the photo being taken, a screeching firetruck flew by, lighting up the entire countryside and filling my shot with a gorgeous glow of pink and red that was otherwise not present in the rest of the experiments!
It felt so great getting this exact shot I wanted despite all the reasons why it was almost impossible.
Production and Shipping Time:
Ready-to-Hang Canvas: 5 days for printing, 5 days for shipping.
There are 3 ways to print these images.
1) Premium Glossy Photo Paper are high quality, professional paper-prints.
Sharp, Vivid and rich Color sets this apart from a casual photo print.
You'll feel like you're there.
Premium Glossy Photo Paper will last a long time.
This option is available in 8x10 inches, 11x14 inches or 16x20 inches.
They are designed to be placed in a glass frame, which can be purchased separately (starting at a few dollars at your local Target or online).
2) Ready to Hang Canvas are ready to hang right out of the box with zero assembly required. Ultimate convenience.
Gorgeous finished look. It comes out of the shipping box finished and ready to hang with a simple nail in the wall.
Canvas Prints are a well-known, high-end way of displaying photographs.
1.5 inch thick wooden stretcher-bars that give it shape, in the same way an oil painting is traditionally assembled. There are no staples or ugly lines visible on the sides (very important).
Estimated delivery time for printing, assembling, packing and shipping is around 10 days.
3) Ready to Hang Canvas (split into 3 panels)
This is for larger pieces, and the photograph is split into 3 even panels, 3 separate canvas panels which put together make a single large image.
This gives a modern look, and allows spectacularly large sizes on your wall!