On the Road Again

(each link is to an Instagram photo from @travel_junkie or @alenkadesign)

The journey began yesterday; driving from South Carolina through North Carolina and into Tennessee. Along the way we stopped at the “Freedom Gun” shop, because that’s not the sort of thing you get outside of the south, and certainly not in Europe. Their sign on the street caught our attention, and the nice folks inside were kind enough to let Alenka feel up some serious American metal. After that we stopped at a beautiful roadside market where I introduced Alenka to hot boiled peanuts, (yummy salty goodness!) and then pretty much drove straight on through to Nashville.

Nashville, Tennessee

We visited with a high school friend and his family, and after dinner wandered downtown on Broadway street, the “honkey tonk” area. There was a free live music Red Cross benefit concert playing in the streets, and of course we sampled a few local bars, each with live music of their own!

At the end of the evening we came across this street performer who was just fantastically into his gig, and didn’t mind my prying lens one bit. Thanks, Mr. Street Performer!

Street Musician, Nashville, TNStreet Musician, Nashville, TN @ June, 2011 | Panasonic Lumix GF-1 & Lumix G 20mm ƒ/1.7 @ ISO 1600, ƒ/2.2, 1/20

This is hand-held with my Lumix GF1, that street camera I’m coming to love more and more. Auto white balance worked reasonably well; the lighting out there is crazy, mixing street lights, neon lights, and whatever is pouring out of the bars themselves. I desaturated the colors and tweaked the curves a bit, but that’s about it.

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