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Jim Denham

Jim Denham



Photographer located in a small town in West Tennessee called Newbern!
  • Canon EOS 60D
  • Pentax 645
  • EF-S 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 IS
  • Canon EF 50mm f1.8 II
  • Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX OS
  • Tamron 17-50 f2.8
  • Rokinon 8mm fisheye f3.5
  • Black Rapid RS-7
  • Vanguard Abeo 283AT

Rust Bucket

Published June 13th, 2011

Was very excited to get out with the camera Saturday evening! It had really been since vacation since I got out and looked for pics, so I was eager to go and it was a perfect evening for it - great light. I had one place in mind here in Cottage Grove, but it is in a busy area and the traffic was just too strong to chance getting hurt. My second choice was downtown Hastings, MN, but unbeknownst to me, there was a HUGE car show there and people from all around the cities were taking it in, which meant that parking anywhere near town was out of the question and getting any shots without folks in them was even less likely.

So where do I go? The old standby, the rail yard! Even after visiting many times, the yard always seems to produce some interestingly new subjects to point the camera at, like today's subject. I've posted many images of the rusty tools and implements resting on benches next to the tracks, but most of them were interesting because of the rust or the shape of the subject. ...

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Post Vase

Published June 10th, 2011

There is no telling what you might find when exploring a farm, especially in the barn area. As much work that has to get done around the place, you'd think everything has its purpose in order for everything to be efficient - not much time to waste! With this in mind, I found this scene quite interesting and couldn't help but wonder what purpose this vase had sitting on top of the fence post located directly behind the barn.

As we drove by it on the way to feed the catfish at the pond, I asked my brother in law why it was there, and his answer surprised me, "No reason. It was a vase from where I gave Joey some flowers and when the flowers were gone, I put the vase on the post." What a great answer! I was expecting to hear something about how it kept bugs or birds, or something, away from the barn, but it had no intention and was just there. I loved it!

The backside of this barn fascinated me, not only with the vase on the post, but also with the beautifully weathered wood siding, the ...

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Published June 9th, 2011

For those of you who don't know Paris, TN, this scene will likely not seem too complicated or intriguing, and that's OK, but I could not help myself in taking the pic once my head started work on this scene. What we're looking at is a numbered parking spot on North Fentress St., looking south towards Wood St., or Highway 54. The muriel of the train on the buildings in the background are symbolic to what used to be a busy area for the train (tracks are also running down the middle of Fentress) with the old depot being at the north end of the street. Not too big a deal, huh?

Well, as far as I know, Paris has never charged for parking, had meters or any other reason to number the parking areas around the town, at least none that I can think of. This just seemed to one of those instances where a small town is trying to seem bigger than what it is. I could be wrong, though, and likely am. Either way, the parking number drew my eye enough to warrant an image, so there!

Virtually all of the ...

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Published June 8th, 2011

Sometimes I'm a bit perplexed about what catches my eye and why. There's no doubt I see things differently now than prior to taking pictures and today's image proves that! I went for a walk yesterday morning at around 5 AM and really enjoyed it because it was quite pleasant out. My route took 70th St to the East, then south on Hinton, to 80th St heading back west, then Hardwood back home. All in all, it took about an hour to complete

About 1/3rd of the way down 80th, I spotted this hubcap on the edge of the sidewalk with a bunch of utility markings running past and around it. For some reason, this scene captivated me and my brain would not let me go to work before coming back to it and taking pics of it. The deliberate intent and precision of the marking, using 3 different colors for the 3 different line types, seemed to contrast beautifully against the randomness of the lost hubcap just sitting there.

A few years ago, this scene would have only caught my eye because of my need to a ...

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Published June 6th, 2011

Sometimes, what's not in the picture is actually the subject, especially if it looks like it should be in the pic. Today's image is another from the Fort Worth Stockyards while on the photo adventure with James Brandon and Cliff Baise. While exploring the working yards (there were animals in there!), this large corner post was found in the middle of the corral maze and on top of it was one part of a gate hinge. Considering how large the post and hinge were, one would have expected a pretty large gate to be attached, but nothing anywhere near.

This type of scene always generates questions in my mind. Was the hinge just for decorative purposes, or was there really a gate, or something else, that had been attached to it at one time? If there was a gate, why did they remove it? Why leave the hinge on the post? I'm sure there are some folks at the yard who could answer the questions, but for now, I'll just ponder on what might have been.

Most of the evening in Fort Worth was overcast, bu ...

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