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River Walk Bridge at Sunset - Columbus

Sun Apr 12, 2015

I realize that some people don't like HDR photography or heavily edited photos in general because it's not natural. However, I love it. I love to see what I can create from a photograph, whether from my phone or from my camera. Digital photography allows you to be even more playful with photographs, which annoys purists to no end. I play a lot with photos, I edit some photos more than others, but in the end I like to create something that I want to see. In this photo I played with the coloring and gradients until I found something I liked, no real plan. So if you are in the annoyed crowd, then this site maybe isn't for you, but hopefully if you are reading this, you are not annoyed, but instead, enjoy the photos that you see. In most cases my photos are closer to what you actually see than someting straight out of the camera.

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Poindexter Hall - MUW

Sun Mar 29, 2015

The W in Columbus is a very historic college and thus it is filled with some great historic architecture. For such a small college, it contains lots of nice buildings that are fun to photograph. My favorite time of day to go there is around sunset where I've gotten some great shots. I don't do many black & white HDR photos just because I love to play with color and creating vibrant realistic photos, however there are times when black & white is just the way to go and there's no avoiding it. I think, especially, with buildings like this it's fun to get rid of color and give it a more vintage feel to go along with the architecture.

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Columbus Lake at Sunset

Thu Mar 26, 2015

I have shot so many photos near the Lock & Dam that I think I've run out of things to take pictures of, but, obviously, it's a great place for photos, especially at sunset. This was just after sunset behind the old Woody's restaurant and it was so calm and peaceful. I wish that sunsets lasted longer, because I was shooting frantically trying to get as many shots as I could because everything just looked so cool, but with low light it's impossible to get quick shots with a slower shutter speed and making sure the camera is steady (Remember I take multiple exposures each time). Water and sunsets go together so well! The good thing is that sunsets and sunrises come back everyday (when it's not too cloudy) so get out there and shoot!

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Snowy Path

Sat Mar 21, 2015

I just can't help posting these photos of the snow, so if you are annoyed by it you'll just have to forgive me. Who doesn't love photos of snow? Especially when that snow is Mississippi, which is a fairly rare site. In any case, here is a photo of a snowy road that runs next to the River Walk in Columbus past Reuben's Catfish place. It's a road that you will rarely see a car on and one that I've taken photos of at various times of day. This was the one that finally worked. Be forewarned, this may not be the last one I post this year.

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Lake Lowndes

Wed Mar 18, 2015

This is a photo of Lake Lowndes in Columbus. This is pretty much just a straight forward HDR shot with some nice colors in the trees and blues in the sky and water reflections. Not a lot of detail to go into about this one. I encourage you to visit Lake Lowndes if you're in the Columbus area and check out that beautiful area.

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Holly Hock's - Columbus & Newspaper Article

Mon Mar 9, 2015

First of all I would like to thank The Dispatch in Columbus, MS for publishing an article about me today in their paper. Here is the link to it if you want to check it out. Still trying to get the word out there about my photography to the rest of the state. 

Here is a nighttime shot from downtown Columbus of the Holly Hock's store. This is located right across the street from the WCBI building. Nighttime shots can be very tricky, even when not shooting for HDR, however, when shooting for HDR the problem of "noise" can become an even bigger problem as more noise is always introduced when processing the three exposures. This was probably my first nighttime photo shoot, and though there is more noise in the photo than I would like I still like how it turned out. As you can see, most of the noise comes from the roof of the overhang in front of the store, which is where there was the least amount of light, thus less detail for the camera to pick up on even in the brightest exposure. Also, shooting with a steady camera can also be a challenge, which is why I always use a tripod (I actually use a tripod 95% of the time, even in bright daylight). Sometimes the trick here is to not use autobracketing, but instead shoot three exposures manually, though I think I did use autobracketing for this shot since there was no movement going on, save for the guy walking the dog in the background, but I actually don't mind that in this photo. 

My favorite part about this photo are the shadows being cast from all kinds of directions because of the many different light sources. This is what can be great about nightime shots in towns near street lights. When shooting during the day, you are almost always just dealing with one light source. The same things apply to indoor shots most of the time when it comes to various light sources or how light can bounce around and change color through windows and such.

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MUW Dorm

Thu Mar 5, 2015

As was said in one of my first posts, universities in Mississippi have beautiful architecture which makes it fun and easy to shoot. This was the side of, I believe, Columbus Hall (Correct me if I'm wrong) on the MUW (Mississippi University for Women) campus in Columbus. This is a pretty large building on the front of the campus. I've walked around campus several times taking photos and have gotten some great results from it. I thought this shot was nice with moon hovering right above the tower. It's a nice smooth HDR image. Hope you enjoy it!

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Another Snow Photo

Sat Feb 28, 2015

Just had to post another photo from the snowstorm that happened on Wednesday. It was lots of fun! That much snow doesn't come around very often so I can't miss the opportunity to share cool photos from it. Hopefully you'll enjoy them. This photo was from Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. As my wife and I were riding around and trying not slip and slide in the snow we decided to visit the cemetery (morbid I know) because we thought the big tombstones would look awesome in the snow. This is a really old crumbling Mausoleum and I'm not sure how old it is, but it looks cool in the background of this huge tree. Friendship Cemetery is a neat place to visit because of how old it is and how many really nice tombstones, statues and mausoleums that it holds. Go check it out!

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Backhoe at Sunset

Wed Feb 25, 2015

The snow is currently falling outside of my house here in Columbus as I type this! Hopefully it will stick and I can take my first HDR snow photos (Finger crossed).

I found this backhoe and some other equipment next to the railroad tracks here in Columbus one day at sunset. I didn't think there was anything special about it other than the sunset which had some nice colors, but this turned out to be a nice shot with the added yellow of the backhoe. The tree on the right kind of balances it out. Sometimes you just take a bunch of shots and hope for the best and sometimes you get some good ones. That's the great thing about digital photography, you can shoot as much as your SD cards will allow you (which is a ton by the way). So go out and shoot and have fun and maybe something great will come out of it, and if not... well... at least you had fun doing it and that counts for something.

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Columbus Lock & Dam

Thu Feb 12, 2015

This is a photo of the Lock & Dam in Columbus on a very windy day. I know the water looks calm here, but that's only because I did a longer exposure, 10 seconds to be exact, as you will see in the camera settings below. I've been playing around with this a little more lately and water on a windy day is a great time to practice. I thought this turned out pretty well. This was right as the sun was setting so the low light made a for a better long exposure.

I have sort of been involved with photography since college, but nowhere near the level that I have been involved in the last year. It was always something that I was interested in. I even took some classes in college, since I was an art major, and I have loved it ever since. However, I never really took the time or money to really get into it as other things took precedence over it in my life. Now with digital photography being easier than ever, I decided to really delve into it and just see what happens and Mississippi in HDR has been the result of that. And I am really excited to see where it will go from here. Help me out by sharing my page on social media, or just mention it to your friends.

Tomorrow I'll share a little about the equipment that I use. Also, I'll be driving through North Mississippi tomorrow, so I hope to get some photos in that area.

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