Bedford’s, Beale Street and More

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Image: Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 44 mm, f/2.8, 1/10 sec, ISO 100, on tripod.

We had a break from the heat and humidity of central Florida for the past 4 days and took a short trip to Memphis, Tennessee for a photo expo put on by Bedford Camera and Video.  The theme was Shoot Rock N’ Roll and was hosted in the recently-built Guest House at Graceland, a large 450 room resort hotel with a couple restaurants, ballrooms and theaters. It was a great setting for hosting various professional photographers including Patrick Murphy-Racey, Lindsey Adler, Lucas Gilman, Elia Locardi, and of course, Arthur Morris.

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Image: Arthur Morris speaking at Bedford’s Shoot Rock N’ Roll Photo Expo, Memphis, Tennessee. iPhone 7 Plus, hand-held.

Topics covered all types of photography including landscape, wildlife, travel, adventure, wedding and stylized portraiture. It was very informative as well as inspiring.  After the first day of the expo, a few of us headed out to Beale Street in the evening to check out the scene. When we arrived, the sun was still setting and the streets were relatively quiet.

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Image: Beale Street at sunset, Memphis, Tennessee. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 36 mm, f/22, 1/60 sec, ISO 800, on tripod.

The town prepared for the evening with some cops out on the streets ready to keep the area calm for Friday night’s activity and fun.  They relaxed against their cars and chatted among themselves and with tourists until the sun went down.

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Image: Cops on Beale Street at sunset, Memphis, Tennessee. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 56 mm, f/16, 1/60 sec, ISO 3200, hand-held.

After a nice dinner and sunset, we enjoyed some night photography, trying to capture the neon lights and bustle of activity.  Beale Street was closed to vehicles, allowing us to walk down the middle of the street to take in the scene and listen to various styles of blues music coming from the bars and clubs.

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Image: Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 55 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 1000, on tripod.

At times, I focused on some of the more unique neon signs that reflected colors onto the buildings and enhanced the ambiance.

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Image: Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 62 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 1250, on tripod.

Bedfords also brought out a couple models to pose in the street and had a light shining on them to highlight their features.  I took a couple quick shots as one of them moved into various poses.  At one point, a drunk man came up and put his arm around this woman and she kindly went along with it before returning to her poses.

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Image: Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 58 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 1000, hand-held.

My settings for these images varied greatly because the light changed greatly over the evening.  At times, I used a small aperture (f/16 or f/22) to have a greater depth of field while the sun was out so I could get subjects near and far in focus.  This aperture also allowed me to capture the sunburst.  When nighttime came, I went with a larger aperture (f/2.8) so that more light hit the camera sensor and allowed me to keep the ISO relatively low to minimize introducing noise into the image.  When I shot hand-held, I kept the shutter speed above 1/60 second since my images tend to lose sharpness when the speed is slower than that.  I also brought out the tripod for some of the images for slower shutter speeds and to take crisp, sharp images.

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Image: Beale Street, Memphis, Tennessee. Nikon D750, Nikkor 24-70 mm at 32 mm, f/2.8, 1/60 sec, ISO 1250, on tripod.

I have one more week in Florida to prepare for my upcoming adventure to Iceland and Greenland starting August 11!  Stay tuned for another post or two wrapping up my England/Scotland adventure from July and then we switch to landscape photography with waterfalls, icebergs, Viking villages and more!


Author: Dr. Amy Novotny

Dr. Amy Novotny founded the PABR® Institute with the mission to provide pain, stress and anxiety relief to those who seek a naturalistic form of treatment when other treatment methods have fallen short. Her unique approach comes from her experience treating in a variety of settings and with a wide range of patient populations over the past 12 years. Her background in orthopedics, sports, geriatrics, balance disorders, nerve injuries, and most recently, chronic pain; and influences from coursework at the Postural Restoration Institute gave her the foundation to develop this treatment method to address a wide variety of painful and restrictive conditions. Her methods have helped countless people reduce and eliminate pain, stress, anxiety, orthopedic surgeries, sleep issues and the need for medications. She co-authored two Amazon #1 Best-Selling books Don’t Quit: Stories of Persistence, Courage and Faith and Success Habits of Super Achievers, which share her journey on how and why she developed the PABR® Method. Her ability to speak French and Spanish has allowed her to communicate with and help various clients from all around the world, including France, Mexico, Central America and South America. She has a variety of interests including running 40+ marathons, running 10 ultra marathons (including two 100 milers), completing an Ironman triathlon, photographing wildlife and landscapes all over the world that has led to several of her images being chosen as Photos of the Day, most notably National Geographic Your Shot World Top Photo of the Day. Visit her photography portfolio here!

14 thoughts on “Bedford’s, Beale Street and More”

  1. Really enjoying the wild colors and angles you caught with the camera.

    I didn’t receive an email on this new one. Would you please make sure I am on your list for this blog?
    (Thanks—-my computer has been a little quirky the last couple of days.)

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    1. Thanks Chris! I loved playing with another style of photography for the evening. I checked on your email address and it shows you as subscribed. I sent you an email about it. 😊 Thanks for letting me know.


    1. Aww. Thanks Mike! It definitely was fun for the evening and is good to take in. I think it would be a nice visit for you, especially if you like neon signs, lights and blues music. 😊


  2. At first I thought this shoot was quite different from the mating rituals of birds you have beeen shooting, then I read the caption about the drunk guy and the model and realized it’s all kinda the same thing. Nice pics. Love how you captured the glow of the lights.

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  3. You’re having way too much fun, but that’s great. It’s exciting just waiting to see about more of your adventures and photographic growth – if that’s a term. Congrats Amy!!

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  4. Cool shots here, and while I have pretty much zero photography expertise, I appreciate you sharing your photo skills in these blog posts. It must be so fun and helpful for people who are photographers to see how you’re getting your shots.

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