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Coming Storm

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Coming Storm

Thu Jul 14, 2016

As I was coming home from Columbus this past Sunday, I could see the approaching storm in the distance when I was coming up on the windmill on Hwy. 50, so I thought it would make a nice photo. I have photographed the windmill a lot, which you can see by looking through my Clay County photos. I think this may be my favorite one, because of the clouds in the background and the way that I chose to edit it. I rarely, if ever, do this, but I added a good bit of noise to the photo to give it a bit of a more vintage/film look. There wasn't a ton of color in the scene so I thought it fit perfectly to edit it this way. The American flag is a nice touch also.

I really tried to make sure I didn't lose the rain coming out of the clouds in the middle of the photo. I really wanted to capture the darkness of the scene due to the storm and really keep those shadows under the clouds to hold on to the drams that I saw when photographing. I actually had to hold my camera as high as I could to capture the rain in the distance as I was a little too low to get it otherwise.

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Fishin'

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Fishin'

Fri Jul 1, 2016

I posted a couple of photos here and here of these two fishing a while back. I got quite a few sweet moments of these two boys enjoy some fishing time together at a friend's house. There was no posing or anything, I just photographed them while they did their thing, and they didn't mind one bit.

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Red Truck

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Red Truck

Mon Jun 20, 2016

Here is another angle of a water truck that was parked by the windmill on Hwy 50 between West Point & Columbus in Clay County. Here is the first photo that I posted. I think old beat up or rusty vehicles look so good in HDR because the texture real pops out.

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Train Tracks Rainbow

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Railroad Rainbow

Tue Jun 14, 2016

This after-rain sunset kept giving me so many photos, so I have to keep posting them. This rainbow was just the icing on the cake and in this picture you can see where the rain is moving from and how the skies are clearing in the west creating some great colors and light. This was on the edge of town going north.

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Sunset Rainbow

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Sunset Rainbow

Fri Jun 10, 2016

Here is a photo from the same sunset that I've been posting photos of the last few days, however, this is from West Point as I was heading out to Monroe County. I spotted this awesome rainbow that had been developing as I was driving and I was rushing, trying to find a good spot to capture it. I ended up on some railroad tracks behind some tall grass and this is the end result. Enjoy!

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Water Truck

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Water Truck

Wed Jun 1, 2016

I've been seeing this truck parked by the windmill the last few times I've ventured down Hwy. 50, so last night on my way back to West Point, there was a nice sunset so I decided to get a shot of the truck with the sunset in the background. I really like how it turned out. I have a thing for photographing old, beat up, abandoned, or vintage things against beautiful sunsets. It creates such a contrast between the rugged object and a beautiful natural setting, which, to me, makes the object beautiful itself.

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Moon Over a Gazeebo

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Moon Over a Gazeebo

Mon May 30, 2016

Here is a photo of the gazeebo at Sally Kate Winters Park in the heart of downtown West Point at night. I closed the aperture all the way to 22 for this photo to get the starburst effect fromt the park lights and the moon. It's interesting to shoot like this at night, both for the starbursts and to get some good long exposures, though there was no attemp to get light trails in this shot, but I did capture some movement in the clouds.

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Wet Hallway

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Wet Hallway

Sat May 28, 2016

This photo was from my first visit to West Clay High School, which has been abandoned for about 20 years. It was really cool to see walk the hallways and see the kind of shape that it is in now, which is about as good as you would expect from a 20 year abandoned high school.

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Puttin' on a Ritz

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Puttin' on a Ritz

Fri May 20, 2016

I really love the sign for the Ritz or Cafe Ritz in downtown West Point. It is an old movie theater that was renovated and is now a restaraunt and event center. They really kept that vintage feel with this sign and I love to photograph during different parts of the day. Search my photos for a couple more photos that I have posted of it in the past. I shot this one with my 50mm Sony lens so it's much more cropped than previous photos that I've taken, which really features the details of the sign much more.

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Clock Tower

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Clock Tower

Sun May 15, 2016

Almost all of the HDR photos that I take are taken with my 19mm Sigma Wide Angle lens because it works better for most landscape shots. Sometimes, though, I shoot with my 50mm lens which, obviously, gives me a more limited focal length so the shots are always tighter, but I constantly love the photos that I get when I use it. This is the City Hall building in downtown West Point on a sunny late afternoon. I took this while I was doing a pre-prom photo shoot.

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