Tag: historical

  • New York Glass

    As a child with a hobby of collecting old bottles, this vintage glass was unearthed during the 1970’s while digging near a haunted house in Marquette, Michigan. Photo One is a small bottle from the Napier Chemical Company in New York, and has an air bubble in the glass. Photo Two is a taller bottle from the Black Cat Polish Company in Buffalo, New York, and to this day retains much of its original cork. See more in my gallery.

  • Morning Oasis

    Morning Oasis

    Many hours in the desert without water left me parched, and, as I approached the Pyramids on the Giza Plateau of Egypt, I imagined a large pool of fresh water…

    You won’t need to use your imagination, however, to locate refreshing products featuring my digital artwork, when you explore any of the following galleries:

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Song for Today

    Midnight at the Oasis, by Maria Muldaur (1974) – see lyrics here.

  • Macro Shots

    Welcome to my first experiment using a mirrorless camera with an inexpensive Canon-FD-Lens-Mount-to-Nikon-Z-Camera-Mount adapter.

    I always wanted to try my old lenses, formerly paired with a Canon AE-1, on a new camera. However, with lenses made by different companies, I’d (wrongly) assumed that each would require a unique adapter.

    In fact, only the lens mount fitting matters. So, with this series of photographs, I’m using a Vivitar Series 1 90mm f/2.5 Macro lens made by Tokina.

    I’ve also applied a scaled-back version of my usual post-processing routine to these photographs, shot as RAW files, using Affinity Photo.


    Because this is a dumb adapter, both autofocus and changes to aperture are no longer available in-camera and must be made manually.

    In order for my camera to retain IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization), information such as lens number, focal length and maximum aperture, had to be assigned in the Set Up Menu as Non-CPU lens data. I also assigned a Function Button to use as a shortcut.

    Without autofocus, I’ve found it helpful to use Focus Peaking, which superimposes a selected color to highlight areas in focus. Depending on the primary color present in any given scene, one may assign a contrasting color for improved visibility.

  • Nemo Bridge

    Located along Emory River in the Obed Wild And Scenic River National Park, in Wartburg, Tennessee, Nemo Bridge is an historic railroad structure utilized for purposes of mining from the 1870’s until 1929.

    If you have an empty wall at home or work, you may enjoy an accent piece featuring one of my photographs. Several print types are available to suit your interests, so visit my gallery today to review your options.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Song for Today

    Canadian Railroad Trilogy – by Gordon Lightfoot ’67 / see lyrics here

  • Cades Cove

    Cades Cove

    Here’s another view of Cades Cove, as photographed from my vehicle along the roadside. This historical region was home to early European settlers, and features several old churches, cabins and a grist mill. Visitors might also encounter bears, prevalent within this verdant valley, along the 11-mile (one way) scenic drive. You can find prints in my gallery, which make a great gift-giving idea, as well as an excellent accent piece for your home or office. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Poem

    Sands of Time

    Around the lake on winds of change
    The sands of time did rearrange
    To shift terrain along the shore
    Resculpting landscapes to explore

    © 2022 Phil Perkins

    One of the early lessons I learned as a child growing up in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, in the city of Marquette on Lake Superior, was the enormous power of Mother Nature. Though some geographical locations remain relatively unchanged over time, the shorelines of my youth were renewed with each major storm — altering beaches and sandbars, as well as gigantic boulders washing up on to the harbor breakwall.

    This vintage photograph highlights the shores of Gitche Gumee to the northwest of Marquette, near Little Presque Isle. If interested, it’s available on a variety of prints and other items in my galleries at Pixels, Redbubble and ArtPal.

    Enjoy the great outdoors!

  • Black and White Cabin

    These black and white photographs features a structure located at the Dan Lawson Place, originally built around 1856 at Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee.

    PHOTO 1 – taken from the front porch, it shows two rooms and three doors. Prints are available in my gallery.

    PHOTO 2 – taken from the back room, it shows the back door plus a cabin. Prints are available in my gallery.

    Print types include framed, canvas, art, metal, poster, wood, acrylic and tapestry. Framed prints may be customized to suit your interests.

  • Antique Glass Bottle

    Antique Glass Bottle

    This macro photography features the base of an antique glass bottle, turquoise in color with a myriad of air bubbles and other maker imperfections – which, in my opinion, make the glass very special.

    It would look wonderful in a frame on your wall, at home or in the office. Or, select from a variety of other products available. Visit these shops to see more:

  • Historical Log Cabin

    Black And White

    Located in Cades Cove, a historic community in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee, this black and white photograph features a rustic cabin built by early European settlers.

    You can enjoy a print in your home or office when you visit my gallery. Select from the following –

    • framed
    • canvas
    • art
    • metal
    • poster
    • wood
    • acrylic
    • tapestry
    Sample Product: Framed Print

  • Glass Bottles

    Glass Bottles

    Based on a photograph of very old glass bottles from a collection, this rendition of a digital painting has been added to a potpourri of products, available in the following galleries:

  • Mandala of Time

    Intricate Mechanism

    Enjoy this unusual mechanical design featuring an intricate mirror image of many vintage time pieces. If you have the time, visit my shops at Society 6 and Pixels for great gifts.

  • Famous Quote

    Life’s tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late.

    Benjamin Franklin

    PHOTO CREDIT: modified photo from unsplash.com.

  • Famous Quote

    Iconic Plaques

    It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.


  • Entrance To Mine

    The Laurel-Snow Trail

    Located on the Cumberland Plateau near Dayton, Tennessee, hikers on the Laurel-Snow Trail will encounter several remnants from historic mining operations, including this entrance to a mineshaft. Use caution.

    Prints available.

  • Famous Quote

    This morning, I visited the web site of a wonderful writer and friend, Lola Garcia de Silva, where she shared this historical quote by a German poet and novelist…

    One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and, if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words.

    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe