Thursday, September 29, 2016

Columbiana Shoot

Gary and I went to downtown Columbiana Tuesday for an early evening photoshoot.

The "new" Shelby County Courthouse was completed in 1908. The "old" courthouse is two blocks south and now serves as home to the Shelby County Historical Society.
Shelby County Courthouse
Evening falls on the steeple of Columbiana United Methodist Church.
Columbiana United Methodist Church
Columbiana may believe in the separation of church and state, but not by much. Columbiana United Methodist Church (Est. 1846) sits across Depot Street from the Shelby County Courthouse (built 1908).
Separation of Church and State
When some of the older building on Main Street in Columbiana were built, setbacks from the property line were pretty small.
Property Line
This old building in Columbiana has been used by several businesses over the years and is now an optometrist's office. If these windows aren't original, I believe they must be quite old.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Monday evening Gary and I went to Liberty Park where there is a replica of the Statue of Liberty. When I came to Birmingham in 1971 this statue sat atop a building downtown, the headquarters of Liberty National Life Insurance. I don't know why the gas flame was not burning, nor do I know why all the cherry trees are dead.
Lady Liberty and Flag

We also visited a small man-made waterfall in the same neighborhood. As the sun goes down you can get some silky water effects.
Liberty Park Falls

Silky and Leaf

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Oak Hill Cemetery

I was unable to attend the Catchlight Small Group visit to Turkey Creek Preserve last Saturday, so Gary and I decided to go to Oak Hill Cemetery just north of downtown Birmingham to see what we could shoot Monday evening. This was a view of the Birmingham skyline I had never seen before. It was so very peaceful and quite, yet so close to I-20/59 and downtown during rush hour.
Birmingham Skyline

The waxing gibbous moon rose over the city, just to the left of our view of the skyline. We decided to go back Thursday to aim for a full moon over the city, but the clouds did not cooperate.
Waxing Gibbous

The buildings all look reversed from the normal skyline shot I'm used to from the south side at Railroad Park or Vulcan Park. Plus I had never seen City Hall illuminated with the green and blue LED lights before.
Not The Usual View