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First Presbyterian - West Point

Thu Apr 2, 2015

This is First Presbyterian in downtown West Point right across the street from Sally Kate Winters Park at sunset. This is from a photo walk that I took around the downtown area in which I got several good shots, some that I have alreay posted. Although the building is the focal point, I really like the detail of the tree on the right.

I'm really excited that spring is upon us and the leaves are returning along with the green grass, which means more opportunities to get out and shoot the rest of the state. I'll probably put a small tutorial soon on the basics of creating HDR photos, so be looking for that if you're interested in learning HDR photography.

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Christmas Lights in the Park

Sat Mar 28, 2015

Here is a shot of Sally Kate Winters Park in West Point at night on Christmas Eve of last year. My wife and I decided to venture out for about an hour as we waited for her sister and our brother-in-law to get to town. Night time shots can be difficult to get right, but they are fun to shoot. You can be the judge of whether or not I got this one right, but I really like it. Having multiple light sources makes for interesting things going on as the lights seem to shoot out of the lamp posts. I believe I used seven exposures for this one. 

Why am I posting a Christmas photo in March? I don't always edit my photos as soon as I take them, since I tend to take lots of shots in one shoot, so digging through all of my photos takes some time, so they are not always ready to post immediately, though I will admit that I get so excited about some shots that I can't wait to edit them and post them. Other shots I don't like immediately until I edit them later and find that they turn out to be really good. I think it's good, in no matter what type of art that you pursue, to step away from your work for a little while and come back to it later with fresh eyes. You'll be surprised how often your opinion changes or what new ideas you can develop in that time away.

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Leaning Tree - Clay County

Fri Mar 13, 2015

I posted a photo of this tree a little while back during sunset. This is a shot from the middle of the day that I took a few months before the sunset version. I don't know which one I like better, but I do know that it's fun to shoot photos of this tree at different times of day/year because the scenery changes so much depending on when you're there. I didn't originally plan to go with a "leaning" theme the last couple of days (see the "Leaning Tractor" from yesterday) but maybe it's the slight lean that makes it interesting. It is fun to play with angles when shooting photos (this tree is not on a hill though it does sort of appear that way in the photo) because slight changes like that can make a big difference in the composition and can sometimes make it work better. You can decide if it works here.

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The Ritz - West Point

Tue Mar 10, 2015

Here is another photo from my hometown of West Point, and also another photo of an old theater. I'm sure that there are tons of these in Mississippi, and I look forward to discovering more. This one was fairly recently remodeled and made into a cafe and also a place that hosts local events. It has become a nice attraction in West Point and really helped to revitalize downtown West Point along with a few other buildings. I have always liked the feel of downtown West Point with the old buildings and beautiful park and it's good to see that it has not become run down like so many small towns have. Can't wait to show you more of West Point!

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Pecan Tree at Sunset

Fri Feb 27, 2015

I always thought that this tree would make a great photo. In fact I have photographed this tree several times and will probably post the other photos at some point in the future. Maybe it's the fact that it has a slight lean, or just how it always looks against the sky in the background, not having to fight against other trees since there aren't any nearby. My wife graciously allows me to stop often when we are on our way to West Point to visit family (maybe with a slight sigh sometimes). I actually took this photo on Thanksgiving as we were on our way to a Thanksgiving meal and couldn't resist this photo with the sun setting and boy am I glad I stopped!

In case you were wondering, none of my photos are currently for sale. I know that most photographers will immediately start sellling their photographs, but I decided to wait a little while before selling any of them. They will eventually be available to buy so just keep an eye out for that and I will make an announcment as soon as I decide to begin selling them.

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Old Train Trussel

Sat Feb 21, 2015

It's not often that I'm able to get up at sunrise to take photographs, but I am trying to do it more often. It's much better than trying to get sunset shots, one because of the sheer beauty of a sunrise (there's just something special about it), and also because of the quiet of it. There just aren't that many people moving around at sunrise. This photo was from on of those mornings (Saturday nonetheless) that I was able to get up and about and capture a sunrise. This was taken at Waverly Park near the boat ramp there. I hiked through the woods just a bit to get to the tracks. Unfortunately there is a fence not allowing me to actually get on to the trussel, so I just stuck my camera lens through the fence and shot three exposures really quickly and went on my way.

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Commerce Street in West Point

Thu Feb 19, 2015

I'm excited to finally reveal one of the many photos of my hometown, West Point, MS. This is Commerce St. downtown and I took this photo standing in front of the City Hall building. West Point has a nice downtown area and is a great place for a photo walk. I remember scurrying around quickly as the sun was setting trying to get in as many photos as possible. You can check out a few more on the Photos page under Clay.

Yesterday I posted a photo of an old building in downtown Ackerman. After also posting it to Facebook, I found out from others that it used to be a hotel among other things throughout its history. It was called the Cochran Hotel and was built in 1908. That is part of the reason why I created Mississippi in HDR, not only to showcase great photography, but for others to see the beauty and discover more about the history of this state. More to come!

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