I have gotten into the habit of carrying my Nikon D80 with me everywhere. Why do I do this? Because you never know when you will stumble upon a great shot. The worst feeling is seeing the shot with no camera to capture it.

Nashville, TN Skyline and Bridge

I was driving home to Atlanta from Louisville, KY last week when I saw an amazing sight. The sun was setting behind the Nashville, TN cityscape leaving beautiful reds, blues and yellows. I pulled off the highway when I saw the bridge lit up like a Christmas tree looking for a place to capture the image. It was 28 degrees and windy outside while I was running through parking lots trying to get the right angle before the sun completely set.

The Bridge

I finally got the shot of the bridge above from another adjacent bridge. Stats as you can see on Flickr:

Camera: Nikon D80
Exposure: 8 sec (8)
Aperture: f/29
Focal Length: 40 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: -1/3 EV

I used the kit lens provided with the Nikon D80 when I purchased it…Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm1:3.5-5.6G ED. So far…I have been incredibly happy with the shots that it takes. Granted, as a kit lens…it does have its limitations, but has you can see…it still takes some great shots with a wide enough range to make it a great multi-use lens.

The Nasville, TN City Skyline

Unfortunately, the shots I took of the sun setting behind the skyline were terrible. At that point, I could hardly feel my fingers anymore so I forgot to check the ISO setting. All of the shots had too much noise to even use. I was pretty pissed about the outcome but as a friend of mine says…if you get one out of every shoot, it is a success. Is the bridge shot perfect…no not at all…but I really like the result and that is what really matters!