April 28, 2012

Photo Challenge: Temptations

It’s time for another Brenda Photo Challenge!  The current subject is “temptations.”  After checking out my photos, please click on the above link to see contributions of the other participants.

For southern residents like us, there are few things in life that compare to a glass of fine Kentucky bourbon!  Some folks would consider bourbon a temptation.  We consider it an occasional drink that is relished while rocking on the porch and recalling the day’s accomplishments! 

We visited a few distilleries while we were touring through Tennessee’s northern neighbor recently.  One of the places we stopped at was the lovely Jim Beam distillery in the little town Clermont (about 20 miles south of Louisville).  We visited here a couple of years ago, when we diligently completed the entire Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  But we couldn’t take any photos then because there was a thundershower.  We had an overcast day this time, so our latest visit was much more pleasant.

One of the features at the site is the statue of Booker Noe and his faithful dog, Dot.  Booker was the grandson of Jim Beam and a master distiller for more than 40 years.  He was a gregarious fellow and held many parties at his home in nearby Bardstown.  He also was known to frequently sit out on his front porch with Dot and enjoy a glass of bourbon while watching the world go by.  The camera settings were f/5.0, 1/800 second, and ISO 400.

This close-up image was taken at f/5.6, 1/250 second, and ISO 400.

There were some lovely displays to demonstrate how bourbon was created “back in the day.”  Of course, a copper still is essential!  The camera settings were f/5.0, 1/30 second, and ISO 400.

And my captured still life scenes begged to be transformed into painterly versions, so I obliged.  This vignette shows measuring and data recording for completing the bourbon recipes.  The image was taken at f/5.3, 1/40 second, and ISO 400.

A nearby worktable contained a handsome assortment of containers and an oil lamp.  The camera settings were f/5.3, 1/80 second, and ISO 400.


  1. Beautiful pictures!
    Wishing you a nice happy weekend!

  2. Great shots Donna! Love the colors....!!
    Now, pass me a glass please!Hahaaaa
    Happy weekend Girl!

  3. Such BEAUTIFUL photos and a neat history lesson as well. That's why I love coming here. LOL!

  4. Wonderful photographs. My very favorite is the first one showing Booker Noe in front of that beautiful red barn. He looks like a happy fellow.

    I notice that you have a lot of photos taken on the ISO 400 setting. I must check to see what my ISO is set on (not that my camera is anywhere in the same league as yours).

  5. Enjoyable post, I like the selection of a glass in the statue.I saw a jar of homeade the other day when I stopped at a favorite restruant, wasn't sure of the maker.

  6. i like bourbon, too. especially in winter. :)

  7. Very nice pictures. Luckily bourbon doesn't tempt me...I'm kind of a amaretto kind of girl!

  8. Great post, wonderful pictures and interesting storyline. Thanks, have a great weekend.

  9. I'm not into burbon but these photos make it really tempting to try some. Great post and love the photos.
    Have a great weekend!

  10. beautiful pictures. Love that statue of Booker, he looks like a fun loving kind of guy

  11. When I "used" to drink, I liked Southern Comfort and coke.


    Have a blessed day.

  12. Wonderful photos! I love visiting TN...a beautiful state...one with good bourbon!

  13. Love all the meatal pots, do you use a tripod? I still struggle with mine but I know my pictures would improve if I used it more


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