Shindig on the Green in Downtown Asheville, NC

You can’t go wrong with downtown Asheville on a Saturday night. Tonight I took some photos of Shindig on the Green in Pack Square Park. It was packed with people for this folk festival, which is celebrating it’s 44th season. Live bluegrass music, dancing, food and fun: everything you need for a great festival! This was the second shindig of 2010, with six more to go.

Shindig on the Green in Pack Square Park

A good turnout to Shindig on the Green

Folks playing some bluegrass

Folks playing some bluegrass

Hula Hooping in Asheville

Hula hooping at Shindig on the Green

Shindig on the Green - 44th Season

Backstage at Shindig

Practicing bluegrass in Asheville

Practicing beneath Asheville's City Hall

Okie Dokies Smokehouse at Shindig

Okie Dokies Smokehouse

Ice Cream shop The Hop

The Hop serving yummy ice cream

Musician having a good time

Harmonica player having a good time

Bluegrass musicians playing

A bluegrass group plays a tune

Stand up bass player in bluegrass band

Providing the low notes for the band

Music festival in western North Carolina

Behind the stage at Shindig

Playing the fiddle

Fiddle player stares into the sun

Dancing at Shindig in Asheville

The Dixie Darlings

WNC folk festival in Asheville

Banjo player pickin' away

Guitarist

Guitar player having a good time

Folks playing bluegrass

Folks playing a bluegrass tune

Glen - MC at Shindig on the Green in Asheville

Glenn, the MC

WNC folk festival

Pack Square Park filled up

Dancing at Shindig on the Green

Dancing at Shindig

Toy tractor

A child's toy tractor ... left behind

Bluegrass music at WNC folk festival

On stage at Shindig on the Green

Backstage at Shindig

Musicians wait in line to perform

Dancing on a board

On stage dancing

Shindig on the Green truck

Booth at Shindig / Courthouse and City Hall in background

Parrot

A parrot ... there was a parrot there

Brush Fire Delays Downtown Asheville Fireworks

A brush fire alongside I-240 East that ignited during downtown Asheville’s 4th of July firework celebration. Asheville Fire Rescue arrived shortly after the blaze started and extinguished it.

Asheville brush fire on I-240

Asheville brush fire before fire rescue arrived

Before the Fire Rescue arrived

Before the Fire Rescue arrived

Asheville Fire Rescue arrive

Asheville Fire Rescue arrive

Fire Rescue extinguishing the fire

Fire Rescue extinguishing the fire

Overlooking I-240

Overlooking I-240

Kids watching the the scene

Kids watching the the scene

Spectators alongside I-240 after the blaze is put out

Spectators alongside I-240 after the blaze is put out

Asheville Fire Truck

Asheville Fire Truck

Stars and Stripes on back of fire truck

Stars and Stripes on back of fire truck

Firework show before the fire started

Firework show before the fire started

Downtown Asheville fireworks on 4th of July

Downtown Asheville fireworks on 4th of July

Enjoying the fireworks

Enjoying the fireworks

Pack’s Tavern in Asheville

Asheville was treated to a beautiful sunset last night, followed by a somewhat ominous sky. I took some photos in Pack Square Park just after 9:00 when there was still enough light. This is the new Pack’s Tavern in downtown Asheville, NC.

You can also see this on my flickr stream as well as a few other shots I took last night in the park.

Pack's Tavern in Pack Square Park

Pack's Tavern in Pack Square Park

Biltmore Estate House in Asheville, NC

The magnificent Biltmore Estate house in Asheville, NC. I took this after at twilight after a photo shoot with some clients at the Biltmore Estate.

Photo of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

Photo of the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina

On flickr

(As well as this being my photograph, the Biltmore Estate image is a registered trademark, so please don’t steal or use this photo … for anything)

Photo from Biltmore Estate Wedding in Asheville, NC

Setting the scene with a wide shot is an important part of wedding photography. Each shot tells the story of the wedding and if I didn’t have that wide shot to establish the surroundings then all those great close-up moments would lack context. That isn’t to say a close-up photo needs to be side by side with a wide shot to make sense, but for the wedding couple’s book or photo slideshow, it’s essential.

Here is a wide shot I took at a Biltmore Estate wedding last year. The Biltmore Estate is a popular tourist destination here in Asheville, NC and is a fairy-tale setting for weddings. It’s also a photographer’s paradise!

Biltmore Estate Wedding - Asheville photographer

Camera/lens info: Nikon D300 with Nikkor 18-200mm VR lens (I’ve parted with both… to upgrade)

Asheville wedding photographer

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