I had a chance to judge the weekly competition for the Rome Photo Club last week. I was judging the topic sunrise, but after choosing the winner, I got to pick the topic. I chose Light and Shadows. Why? Because, I love shots with high contrast. I enjoy light being part of the composition of the photos. Looking for light other than just the physical things in the photo gives you a new appreciation for the scene. I can't win this weeks contest, but I wanted to share some of my favorite photos that exhibit both light and shadows. Also, if you are interested in meeting other photographers in the Rome area, check out the club's public Facebook page.
This is my first photo of Rome's Clocktower, taken on July 4, 2000. Think this is the perfect time to share it since 2022 is the 150th anniversary of the Clocktower. Throughout the year I'm going to have contests for free Clocktower prints. Make sure you follow me on Facebook and Instagram for your chance to win.
I had just started working at the Rome News-Tribune and the newsroom crew climbed up on the roof to watch the show.
This is technically a bad photo. It's out of focus, the exposure is off and the composition doesn't meet my current standards, but it's still one of my favorite photos for several reasons.
1. I moved to Rome in 1996 when I started college at Berry and I think this is the first time that I really appreciated the beauty of our city.
2. This was also the first photo that anyone ever requested from me. I printed it out and I actually signed it! (For those who know me, I've never been comfortable signing my work)
3. It's the first time that I've had ever photographed fireworks or a building at night. Both of these take some technical skills that I didn't have at this time. Seeing this photo makes me realize how much I've grown as a photographer.
This photo was taken when the fireworks were launched from the levee and since they've moved, I haven't been able to find a similar composition. I really wish I had the skills I have now when I took this photo.
I took a day off work last week and made the short drive to Cloudland Canyon with my friend Frank. It was the coldest day of the year as we began the hike to Cherokee Falls, but we were as the falls grew louder, we got more excited.
The first thing I noticed as we rounded the corner was the bank of plants covered in ice from the mist of the falls. I knew I had to get it in the shot while having the waterfall in the shot as well.
I love texture, and the ice hanging from the cliffs are a great example what I look for. There was little color in this scene in the first place, but I decided to make it black and white.
As the sun started to peak through the trees, you can see a little of the mist which gave the overall scene an ethereal look.
It was great spending time with Frank. If you have a chance, check out his site!
2021 was a great year for me and I think it may have been my strongest photography yet! I'm looking forward to 2022 and sharing new photos. Here are some of my favorites from last year.
The historic Claremont House in downtown Rome, Georgia is a fantastic example of how the film industry in Rome, Georgia has helped local economies. This former bed and breakfast was transformed into a haunted looking house for Season 4 of the Netflix Show Stranger Things. It looks awesome and I'm very excited to see it on the show!
I've been wanting to take this photo for a long time, but for various reasons, I was never able to get it. The Rome Braves always put on a great show, and I'm looking forward to the upcoming season.
Even though I was running late to an appointment, I had to stop and take a photo of the moon setting behind the Porto Futurus in Rome, Georgia. This photo was definitely more difficult to take than I was expecting, but I think it came out great.
I've had an infrared camera for a long time, but haven't used it in years. Thanks to my friend Ernie, I was inspired to bring it out to take some shots this year. I love the way the camera transforms an everyday image into something spectacular. This photo of the Ford Buildings on the campus of Berry College is a great example of what it can do!
Ryan Smith, a Berry College graduate and former photojournalist, is a fine art photographer. He is well-known in Rome, Georgia for his unique perspective and captivating images. His art can be found on the walls of the local hospital, businesses throughout Rome and in the living rooms of art patrons all over. While a majority of his art is focused on the city of Rome and Berry College, he is also renowned for his "decay" photographs, which bring a beautiful perspective to areas others would view as deteriorated. Ryan's most recent project, the White Piano, has blurred the lines of his styles. Beginning in the world of decay, the White Piano has ventured throughout Rome and Floyd County for some of the most acclaimed photographs yet.