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Cloudy Sunset

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Cloudy Sunset

Wed Feb 3, 2016

Sometimes when I'm on my way home from work, I see a beautiful sunset and I want so badly to photograph it, but sometimes there is no good place to capture it so I just wait for the next one. On this particular day I had to capture this one as the sun was casting all kinds of vibrant colors on the clouds, so I simply pulled off of Hwy 82 and took this photo just off of the overpass and I was really pleased with how it turned out.

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Flowing Dam

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Flowing Dam

Sat Jan 23, 2016

This is a shot of the Columbus Lock & Dam. When I lived in Columbus it was a good place nearby to get some good photos, especially at sunset. I liked to take photos of the dam when it was open because I could play with slightly longer exposures to practice getting those types of photos. I actually took this particular photo with a vintage lens mounted to my Sony camera with an adapter mount, which turned a 50mm lens into about a 75mm lens to create a more cropped image. I really like how this image turned out as I usually shoot HDR with my 19mm wide angle lens, though I am shooting more with my 50mm for different looks in my photos. It's fun to play around and see what works and what doesn't.

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Landscape of Many Colors

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Landscape of Many Colors

Thu Jan 14, 2016

This is photo is from my really early times learning HDR photography, so in other words, I had no idea what I was doing as far as correct camera settings. I just saw a nice sunset so I shot it. The only thing I did know was that I was using autobracketing. After originally looking at the photo I didn't think it was very good, because it had too much noise and it was too dark at the bottom of the photo. Lo and behold a year and a half after taking this photo I go back and re-edit it using editing skills that I have learned over that time and it actually turned into a really nice photo. There is still a little noise because the ISO was too high for shooting HDR, but I think it adds to it a little bit and even with the noise this is a very smooth photo as far as color transition from the green at the bottom to the vibrant blue at the top. I was able to bring out the colors and now I love this photo. All of my first successful HDR photos are very special to me because I wanted so badly to create something beautiful so that I could share what I was seeing with others.

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Dreamy Path

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Dreamy Path

Wed Dec 30, 2015

Here's another photo from Plymouth Bluff standing in roughly the same spot I stood in the photo I posted two days ago, only looking in a different direction. Again, I thought this photo had potential but I wanted to adjust the colors to get the look I wanted, so I went for a more autumn feel and a surreal landscape. I really like this photo and how the path leaves a lot of mystery as to where it leads to. Who knows where it will take you.

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Yellow Trees

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Yellow Forest

Mon Dec 28, 2015

This photo is from a hike at Plymouth Bluff Environmental Center near Columbus and sitting right on the Tombigbee River. It's a pretty short trail as far as hiking trails go, but full of nice scenery. I like how this bridge looked from the view I had of it, but I thought the foliage was too green and I wanted to give it a sort of dreamy look, so I turned all of the greens into yellows (thank you LightRoom) and voila, it turned itn

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Main Street Light Trails

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Main Street Light Trails

Sat Dec 26, 2015

Here is a light trail shot I took in downtown Columbus. Actually, I have to confess I made this into a light trail long exposure shots with photoshop. There were originally no light trails in this photo, but I thought it would make a cool light trail shot, so I used my ninja like photoshop skills and created it myself. Much too long of an explanation to tell you in this blog post, but maybe at a later date I can explain a little more how I created it. I love photography, especially digital, because of the manipulation possibilities. Sometimes you just create art out of an ordinary shot. So much fun. I am learning more about long exposure photography and capturing it in camera, but as for now this will suffice.

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Tall Tree

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Tall Tree

Wed Dec 23, 2015

Here is the wide shot from the same place I shot yesterday's photo. This is a really tall tree filled with tons of ornaments that they have collected over the years. I actually took a couple of close ups of the tree that show some of the ornaments. It's a beautiful tree in a beautiful house. Perfect for Christmas.

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Santa on the Stairs

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Santa on the Stairs

Tue Dec 22, 2015

Today is Day 4 of Christmas photos and I went with something a little different for this one. As I was shooting photos of my friend's tree I kept noticing the Santa that was sitting next to the window on the stairs, so I thought it would make a good photo and this is the result. I decided to go with a vintage look on the advice of my wife (she's so smart) and I was really happy with how it turned out. 3 more days til Christmas!!!!!

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Downtown Park Lights

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Downtown Park Lights

Mon Dec 21, 2015

I like this little corner park in downtown Columbus which is right next to Holly Hocks where I posted a photo froma couple of days ago. There are always interesting colors here because of the color of the lights bouncing off the walls and and ground. Add in some Christmas lights and you get some nice reflective light off of the brick and the magnolias with the sun setting in the background. I love Christmas lights and what they add to a scene. Christmas is getting ever closer.

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White Tree

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White Christmas Tree

Sat Dec 19, 2015

Here is photo #2 in my week of Christmas photos. This tree is inside of Holly Hocks store in downtown Columbus. The lady working there was nice enough to let me take a few photos inside of their beautiful store that is well decorated for Christmas. Go check out this awesome store!

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