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Barn Path

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Barn Path

Tue Mar 28, 2017

Here's another shot from a little photo ride around I did on Sunday. I took this photo with my 30mm Sigma Lens. I think it may be the first HDR photo that I've posted taken from that lens. I used it to get a little closer to the barn to showcase it a lot more. I like how the red barn stands out agains the scenery. The new blooms on the trees give a nice color and I desaturated the green and yellows just a bit to make the barn pop a little more. There were some nice bits of clouds floating around to break up the sky a bit and add to the composition. Spring is here!!!

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Gated Barn

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Gated Barn

Mon Mar 27, 2017

Yesterday I noticed that the clouds were so magnificently puffy, so I grabbed my wife and we took the t-tops off of the Jeep and went for a late afternoon ride. The clouds did not dissapoint! In a post a few days ago I posted a single shot HDR that wouldn't work as a 3 shot image because the ISO was too high. However, the ISO in this photo was too high, yet this one worked as a 3 shot image. Go figure! Apparently when you have plenty of light, there is room for error when it comes to ISO and as long as your other settings are good. 

I forgot to check everything but my ISO when I was taking shots here and I didn't notice until later that my ISO had been at 800 the whole time, so we decided to stop back by on the way home and get a shot that would actually work as an HDR image. However, when going through and editing I liked the clouds in this one better so I decided to merge the 3 images and it turned out fantastic. There is a bit of noise, which I was able to reduce some in post, but nothing too overboard.

I have begun shooting completely manual on my Sony A6000 camera and I feel much more awesome doing it! I can get the adjustments just right to get the shot I want (even when I forget to check my ISO), making sure that I expose for the things that I want to expose for (like that fabulous sky for example!). That's actually the reason I didn't notice the ISO after forgetting to check it. Everything looked right in camera. If I had been shooting in Aperture Priority I would've noticed the image being too blown out at smaller apertures that would have turned me on to the fact that the ISO was too high. In the end it all worked out and I go the shot that I saw in my head. More to come from this ride around shoot, including a videoed editing sessions (possibly live).

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Windmill Sillhouette

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Windmill Sillhouette

Fri Mar 24, 2017

Here is a single shot photo (I usually do 3 shots per image) of the West Point windmill at sunrise with some beautiful purple clouds on the left side of the photo. The reason I only used 1 shot here is because I set the ISO too high at 800 when taking this photo (I was a camera newbie at the time). Photomatix, the software that I use to merge my multiple images to creat an HDR photo, automatically adds a bit of noise to a photo, so the higher the ISO of the images, the more noise gets added to the photo. That's why I always now keep my HDR shots at the lowest ISO my camera will go, which is 100. There is nothing wrong with shooting at a higher ISO, however it is not very beneficial for HDR images. If you ever want noise in an HDR shot you can simply add it in post-processing very easily. Aaaah, the magic of technology

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Sunset Peek

Mon Mar 20, 2017

Sorry for the late post today! Sometimes posting a photo everyday gets a little complicated, but I always find a way to make it work!

This is a nice little sunset near a windmill just east of West Point (which I have posted photos of many times).

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Old Barn

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Old Barn

Fri Mar 3, 2017

You may have noticed that I have been posting a lot of monochrome photos lately (I don't say black & white because most of them have had a slight to medium tint). Sometimes you get in a certain mood when editing photos and you just have to go with it. That is not an illustion to darkness in my life, let me just say. Black and white doesn't necassarily mean sad, it just gives more drama in my opinion, and I guess I have wanted more drama in my photos lately.

This barn is located just outside of West Point. I reallly like the reflection in the water.

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Red Box

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Red Box

Sun Feb 26, 2017

There are many times when I want to get out and take photos but I have been everywhere I can think of in my immediate area, so it can be hard to find motivation to actually get out. However, sometimes I go back to the same places and because of time of day or weather conditions the shot completely changes or I find a different angle and I end up being happy with the photos that I took.

This is a farm just outside of town in West Point and I have probably done 3 different shoots in this location, each at different times of the year and different times of the day and the mood of each photoshoot is very different. It goes to show that when you lack motivation because you think there is nothing left to shoot, go shoot anyway and make subtle changes to make a completely different and unique photo.

Happy Sunday!

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Henry Clay

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Henry Clay

Fri Feb 24, 2017

This is the Henry Clay Hotel in West Point, one of the historic landmarks of the town. Now it is a retirement community, restaraunt and houses Rose Drugs Pharmacy. I thought this shot just needed to be in black & white to really capture the historicity of the place and of downtown West Point in general.

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Exploding Sky

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Exploding Sky

Mon Feb 20, 2017

Shooting sunsets is a lot of fun and often give you great photos, but they can be extremely frustrating, because I might plan to shoot a sunset and then come to find an extremely boring and cloudless sky. However, sometimes the clouds are there bouncing light in every color, creating this great scene. That's what happened in this photo. I never went out intending to shoot a water tower as my subject, but since I was there and the sky was so great, I figured it didn't matter what was in the foreground, because the sky was the main subject.

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Leaning Tree

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Leaning Tree

Sun Feb 19, 2017

If you've followd my photography long enough you will have seen other photos that I have posted of this tree that sits on Highway 50 between West Point and Columbus. It's a tree that I have photographed many a time and will likely continue to do so as it is often a nice subject, especially at sunset, but as you can see, it is a good subject in the middle of the afternoon as well.

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Puddles

Sat Jan 21, 2017

I took this photo last summer as I was wandering around the backroads of clay county looking for something cool. Never know what you might find, unless it's a bar. You always find barns on the backroads. And sometimes you catch the sun peaking over the top. Here's to more sunsets in the future.

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