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Chevy and a Sunset

Wed May 4, 2016

As I was exploring Western Clay County I stopped at a lime stone company located in Palo Alto, which is way out in Clay County. I was trying to find a good place to catch the quickly setting sun. When I pulled into the parking lot I saw this Chevy truck and something in me told me that it would make a cool shot, and I'm glad that I did. I love to find simple things like this and make it look beautiful and super cool. The colors worked out well in the post processing.

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Control Point

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Control Point

Tue May 3, 2016

I got some great photos from my last stop in Tibbee. Here is another one from the Tibbee Control Point near the train bridge. In this photo, I really played with the lowering the Vibrance, while bumping up some of the White Balance controls, to really get some cool effect with the color to get a certain sunset mood out of it. Something that is calming, but with splashes of color. LightRoom is like a playground for me when it comes to editing photos. I am always discovering new things to bring out what I feel is the best in my photos.

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Shiny Fence Post

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Shiny Fence Post

Mon May 2, 2016

After the rain cleared away yesterday, a beautiful sunset was awaiting, so went way out in the country and took some photos of it. I found this old barn on Wilcox Rd. in western Clay County and the sun was just about to fall behind it and it was hanging in a great spot to catch a sunburst behind the fence post.

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Tracks Under a Pastel Sky

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Tracks Under a Pastel Sky

Fri Apr 29, 2016

Here is another photo from the train tracks in Tibbee. The first one I posted two days ago. I took some more liberties with this photo in my post-processing and really brought out the colors in the sky, which became very pastel. This photo has a darker mood compared to the other one. I do this often with one location, where I take several photos and them process them differently, so though they maybe similar photos, they are much different in regards to feel. Although my first photo was a vertical layout and this one is horizontal which also makes them much different.

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Horse at Sunset

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Horse at Sunset

Thu Apr 28, 2016

Here is another photo from Tibbee. The sunset was gorgeous and the horse was patiently eating some grass while I took several photos. Obviously, I played with the vibrance and saturation on this one to really bring out some color in the sky and the grass. I love the patch of yellow in the grass as well. 

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The Tracks

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The Tracks

Wed Apr 27, 2016

Went out to shoot a sunset the other day and ended up by the tracks near Tibbee Creek, so I got out of the car and walked about a quarter mile down the tracks to get some shots of this old train trestle, which I've always thought was awesome. The sky was the perfect background for this shot too. Luckily no train was nearby.

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A Night in the Park

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A Night in the Park

Sun Apr 24, 2016

Since I have been very limited in my travels lately, due to weather and other unforeseen circumstances, I have been shooting a lot of photos within a few blocks of my house, and honestly, I feel like I've gotten some really good photos. It has also forced me to play around with different types of shots because I am shooting the same areas multiple times. I've done a good bit of nighttime photography which has allowed me to learn more about what works and what doesn't. I have learned that it is ok to shoot with my aperture turned all the way down to f22 when it's dark to get some nice starburst effects with lights (which you can get with an aperture setting of at least f16). It's given me some good nighttime photos such as this one from Sally Kate Winters Park in downtown West Point.

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Street Bokeh

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Street Bokeh Experiment

Fri Apr 22, 2016

It's always fun to experiment with photography by trying different angles, different aperture settings, or laying your camera in the middle of the street and shooting straight ahead. The good thing about digital photography is that every photograph is free, so you can take as many photos as you want as many different ways as you want and it doesn't cost you an extra dime. In this shot, I literally set my camera on the stripe in the road (making sure no cars were coming), set the f-stop to 1.8, manually focused so that the only area in focus was just a few feet in front of the camera, and took the shot. I love creating nice bokehs with lights, because they make these nice little circles of color that are so fun to look at. I wanted to create a nice depth of field with a small area of focus, but still be able to have recognizable objects in the background. Sort of a slight abstract photo. Go out and experiment with compositions, angles, camera settings and see what comes out of the camera!

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Church at Night

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Church at Night

Thu Apr 21, 2016

Here is a shot from my little photo walk in downtown West Point the other night. The great thing about where I live is that when I want to shoot, I can just walk one block over and I'm in a beautiful downtown area with endless photography possibilities. This was just after sunset, looking east and, as you can see at the bottom of the photo, I caught a car passing in front as I took the shot, which I think was a 30 second exposure.

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Down the Hill

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Down the Hill

Mon Apr 18, 2016

I went downtown in West Point and took a ton of photos at sunset. I was feeling super creative so I was shooting every kind of shot I could think with my 19mm wide angle lens and my 50mm lens that I use mostly for portraits. I am anxious to process all of them and post them soon. Here is some light trails that I captured with some light from the sun still shining over the horizon.

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