Commercial and Editorial Photographer Dennis Keim, Huntsville, Alabama Postcards of My Miss-Adventures Vol.1 blog links bio contact  

Looking Back

January 9th, 2017

It is extremely hard to believe that 2016 is gone and we are now head strong into 2017. 2016 was a year of change for me and as I look back and reflect on all that happened I am extremely thankful for a year that allowed me to continue to do what I love so much. More importantly, it was the time spent with family and friends that I continually cherish the most.

Before I go any further, dare I say it – Roll Tide Roll!! Tonight is the BIG DANCE and I look forward to what should be an exceptional Championship College football final with #1 Alabama taking on #2 Clemson Tigers. I hope it lives up to all the hype and that at the end of the game the SEC and BAMA comes out on top. It is the first time in college football history where two teams have repeated in the championship game.

2016 was filled with a fair amout of Mis-Adventures that kept my travel within the confines of the USA. As I looked back through the Blogs of 2016 I realized it was another eventful year that had me focuing my lens on common themes of music, travel, aviation and sports. The highlight of the year may have been the 8 day boat ride down the Tennessee Tombigbee Waterway with my dear friends David and DeAnn Milly. The most heartwarming and emotional event I had the opportunity to be part of was photographing the USA Sled Hockey tournament which gives parapalegics and amputees the chance to play competitive ice hockey. To compliment those events there was travel filled with photographic sunsets and cityscapes, music and food. As I have done in previous years, I closed 2016 with my annual trip to Mesa, AZ to visit with my sisters family for Christmas and then flew to San Diego to ring in the New Year with dear friends.

As I look back through all of the Blogs of 2016, I am extremely grateful for all they represent and that my health allowed me to contiune on this adventure I call photography. I thank you all for continuing to share my visual journey with me. I am truly greatful for all of the kind words that have been expressed over your Monday morning coffee

Here’s to 2017 and all the Miss-Adventures this year will have to offer. 
I do have a camera … awaiting your call …. I do love to travel!!!!

Once Again – Best Regards …..
And Much Love!!!!
dK

Happy New Year

January 2nd, 2017

Happy 2017!!!!!!!!!  Here is wishing you the best for the New Year.

I closed the year out with my annual trip to Mesa, AZ to visit family for Christmas and I am currently in San Diego where I celebrated the New Year with life long friends.

While I was in Mesa, AZ I took off one day to take a road trip with my former assistant and dear friend Herb Stokes and headed to the Apache Trail. The Apache Trail was originally a stagecoach trail named for the Apache Indians that ran through the Superstition Mountains. The 40 mile rugged desert trail runs from Apache Junction to the Roosevelt Dam. The trail begins in Apache Junction where the Superstition Mountain Museum hosts among other things the Elvis Memorial Chapel.

The Chapel was used in many of the Apacheland movies and was built for the Elvis movie “Charro!”. It was moved from its original location to it’s current location on the museum grounds. The chapel plays host to showings of many of those movies and has a life size Elvis statue inside.

As we headed up the trail we stopped in at the infamous Tortilla Flats Saloon that is world famous for its Chili, Hamburger and the bar stools made with saddles. One-dollar bills are stapled to the walls and estimated to be over 300,000. Quite the retirement fund I would think if the place does not burn down.

Once lunch was finished we headed up the trail only to realize that we were not properly attired for the unseasonably cold weather that was setting in over the area. After a few feeble attempts to capture some of the beauty of the area we realized that Mother Nature was just not going to cooperate. We took a few remaining photographs and decided to call it day seeking a lower elevation and some hot coffee.  One last view of the beauty and do Enjoy!!!!

Happy New Year …..
And here’s to 2017!!!!
dK

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

December 26th, 2016

Good morning and a very happy day after Christmas to you. I hope yours was filled with cheer and happiness and that Santa was very, very good to you. We now have New Years Eve to look forward to. I will be wishing and hoping for a safe and prosperous New Year for you.

As has been the routine for the last few years I am on travel, currently in Arizona visiting family and spending time with them for the Christmas holidays. Once all the presents are unwrapped and the Christmas wrapping is thrown away I will head further west and spend the New Years with some very dear friends. It has been a tradition of mine for the past few years and one that I always look forward to each year.

Since retiring from NASA “a few years back” I have the pleasure to do a fair amount of traveling for both business and pleasure but as most that know me, my camera is never far from me. Over the past year I have been blessed with a fair amount of travel and have been lucky enough to capture some wonderful memories. I was fortunate enough to have met Jolly Old Saint Nick during my travels and this year I asked for something special. I asked him for some “Santa Elfie’s” as he flew by some of the places I have been fortunate enough to visit. Here are some of the images he captured!

So this year has flown by and it has been a wonderful time seeing old friends, meeting new friends and visiting new places. As “Stanta” and I spoke briefly about his night of travel I did ask for one additional thing … His answer was – “Roll Tide!”

Wishing you all the best for the New Year and GOD Bless!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year !!!
….. dK

Tinsel Town

December 19th, 2016

Here comes Santa Claus, Hear Comes Santa Claus Right down Santa Claus Lane! 7 days and counting until Good Ole Jolly Saint Nick arrives. I hope you all have been very very good or as the case may be – somewhat naughty and are looking forward to the time you will spend with family and friends over the holidays.

Every holiday season for the past 5 years Big Spring Park in Huntsville, AL. lights up to a spectacular display of hundreds of decorated Christmas Trees. Individuals, civic groups and corporations in the spirit of community and recognition of a wonderful tradition of the holiday decorate the trees. Each year the display has moved slightly further east in the park until it can move no further and finds itself firmly “planted” in Big Spring Park east. I was fortunate enough to make two separate trips downtown to capture the city in full display of its holiday spirit.

On the second evening photographing the Tinsel Trail, Mother Nature treated me to a visual spectacle. While watching the sun setting in the west, an almost full moon began to rise in the east through a red haze of clouds that were reflecting the suns last hues. The sunset was one of those truly amazing winter scenes but I can honestly say that I have never seen the moon quite like this.

The scene was so breathtaking that I could not decide which I wanted to photograph more so I ran from side to side capturing one while looking back over my shoulder at the other. It was like watching a beauty competition where the sun and the moon vied for attention and neither was going to be outdone. I am so very glad to have had a front row seat.

It was an amazing start to the evening and I had to catch my breath knowing that I was still in for a treat as I began to prepare to capture the city in its entire holiday splendor. As the moon continued to rise, the Christmas lights began to twinkle and once again the city began to spring to life with the spirit of the holiday season. No matter what vantage point you view the display from it is a holiday celebration that the city should be very proud of. As a photographer it is one of my favorite times to capture the city and I think the images speak volumes. The only thing left if to try and capture Santa as he does a fly by over the city.

Christmas is a time of year that we should take a moment to give thanks for all that we are truly grateful for. I think there is no greater gift then the time we share and the memories we create with family and friends. When unwrapped, those memories are the true gifts of Christmas!

To Bob and Lucy Keim – Tis the season – You are missed!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas to you all!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays – Ho Ho Ho!!!
….. dK

 

Happy Faces

December 12th, 2016

Good Morning from the Rocket City. I hope that your Holiday activities are progressing well and that you are in fine spirits!

This past week we lost a true American hero with the passing of Senator and Astronaut John Glenn. I had the pleasure of meeting Senator Glenn on multiple occasions while I was a photographer at the NASA-Marshall Space Flight Center. All were humbling experiences for me yet I came to realize that being humble was one of his most valuable traits.  He was an American icon and a world ambassador that will be missed. God Speed John Glenn.

In somewhat of a contemplative and reflective state of mine, it got me to thinking about one of the questions I am asked the most, other then “when will I be home?” The question I think may be the most asked, “What is my favorite thing to photograph?”  I have been blessed over my career to have the opportunity to photograph many different things, people and places. Of late I think I am have been most noted or “noticed” for my capturing beautiful women in beautiful places and as much as I think again, that I am blessed, but that may not be the thing I want to me remembered for.

Which got me thinking, “ What have I done for me lately?” For the past two years I have been working on a project for the Food Bank of North Alabama (FBONA) documenting famers in Alabama and efforts by the FBONA to get their products into the local grocery stores and markets. Going from farm to farm I began to appreciate the love and passion these famers share for doing what they do. They do it because they want to not because they have to. They are not comfortable sitting indoors at a desk. I began to develop a huge amount of compassion, admiration and respect for their tireless dedication.

My most recent FBONA projects have been going into the local school system where Alabama food products are making a difference at the cafeterias. The goal was to capture images kids eating the food but what I began to realize was that the images of the kids were so much more than that.  To me they are images of hope and resilience, images of a generation full of innocence. I loved the opportunity to act like a kid and get up close and personal with them. At the end of the shoots, I felt very honored to have been asked to be a very small part of this project. While looking through the images I realized there was a common theme and emotion.  In the faces of each of these children, there was a sense of joy, trust and spirit that was expressed in their eyes and smiles that affected me. All I could think of was how great it would be to be so un-encumbered and free and to approach life today with that spirit!!

It has been, by all accounts, a very gratifying experience for me. If you want to know more about the Food Bank and their mission, go to: https://www.foodbanknorthal.org/

Enjoy and revel in the spirit of these beautiful faces.

Keep us in mind for any and all of your upcoming photographic assignments. All of the art showcased in my blogs, as well as, on my web sites is available for publication or for purchase as corporate and/or residential collectible art. It may just make a the best holiday gift!!!!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS ……

~ dennis keim ~