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Courthouse in the Sun

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Courthouse in the Sun

Thu Aug 4, 2016

I had a friend, who lives in Oxford, tell me the other day that every time he saw a photo from Oxford he got mad because I keep coming to Oxford and not contacting him to let him know that I was in town. I had to break the news to him that all of those photo came from one trip. That made him feel a bit better. Anyways, I tell that story because people often ask me if the photo that is posted each day is also taken on that same day. Obviously, from my previous story, that is not the case. I have actually taken a photo and posted it in the same day maybe one or two times, but 98% of the time, the photo was not taken the same day. In fact, I sometimes post photos that were taken more than a year ago as I go back through old photos and rediscover them or re-edit them.

I love the square in Oxford and the charm that they have been able to maintain within it and it was great to be able to walk around and photograph it almost by myself as it was early in the morning on a Saturday and no one else was out at that time. Beautiful place.

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Monochrome Depot

Sun Jul 31, 2016

Here is another photo of the University Depot in Oxford. Right on the edge of the Ole Miss campus. Click on one of the tags to see the other photo I posted of this depot. 

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Morning on the Square

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Morning on the Square

Wed Jul 27, 2016

It was reallly quiet on the square when I took this photo, just after sunrise. I like to get into a town at or before sunrise, because it's always quiet and void of people for the most part. Not that I don't like people, but it's easier to get the shots I want when there is no crowd or cars to fight against. The light was really great for this photo.

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Square Corner

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Square Corner

Wed Jul 20, 2016

Here is a photo from the Square in Oxford just after sunrise. Such a nice little slice of Mississippi that's well known across the Southeast. I love town squares and the charm they add to their respective towns, especially when they are well taken care of and full of shops and restaraunts.

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Courage

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Courage

Fri Jul 8, 2016

This is the James Meredith statue and monument from the Ole Miss campus. I thought this was a great tribute to Meredith being the first black student to enroll at Ole Miss amidst lots of backlash stemming from racism. Powerful reminder. I tried to capture it in a powerful way.

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Shiny Tree

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Shiny Tree

Thu Jun 30, 2016

As I was walking around the Ole Miss campus toward the Lyceum I happened to look behind because I had passed this really cool old building on the Grove. When I did I saw how the sun was dimmed by the tree as it kind of peaked around it. I know enough about my camera and its setttings to know that I could probably get a nice sunburst if I closed my aperture down as far as it would go. So I set the aperture to f22 (basically a pin hole) and ended up with this neat effect that I really love. 

I really likek to play with light like this, by using a smaller aperture and seeing what comes about because of it. Although a higher aperture is mostly used to let in less light, I also like to paly around with it at night for that very reason, because although, yes, it is darker at night, or sunset/sunrise, there are lights all around that can be muted and given a nice effect with a higher aperture starting at about f16. It's not always needed, but is fun to play with and see what kind of photo you can get with it. The great thing about digitial is that you can just snap the same photo at every aperture if you want to and choose the one that looks the best, that's if you have a lot more patience than I do.

Sidenote: There was also a truck parked in front of that building that I didn't want to be in the photo, so the tree being there also allowed me to take a photo without the truck.

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Oxford-University Depot

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Oxford-University Depot

Wed Jun 29, 2016

This is the Oxford-University Depot right on the edge of the Ole Miss campus and a few blocks from the Oxford Square. I always enjoy seeing these old historic buildings, especially when they have either been restored or kept in great condition. They offer some great architecture that really makes it stand out from all the new and modern looking buildings around it. They always seem so much more sturdier than newer buildings and they probably are since they have been around so long. This building was built in 1872 and like other railroad depots in small towns was a busy place back in its hayday.

I used the same preset that was used on yesterday's photo, only tweaked less for this one. Sometimes the preset just sticks as it is on a photo (which makes editing much, much quicker) and instead of trying to play too much, you just have to let it be great like it is and keep your hands off.

I really like the shadows in this photo along with the curve in the foreground, which I think creates a little movement and leads the eye up and into the center of the photo. Most of the time I think I see composition instictively instead of take a lot of time to get a composition perfect. I think that I just know it when I see it. Obviously, you don't always get it just right and maybe even completely miss the mark. It's great to be able to crop photos to adjust composition, which is what I did a bit with this one by rotating the image slightly and then cropping off a bit of the left side to get a symmetry on the building.

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Tad Pad

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Tad Pad

Sun Jun 19, 2016

Here is a shot of the former basketball arean at Ole Miss, which has now been replaced by a much larger and better arena. The Tad Pad as it's called still looks like it's in the 1960's and was in need of being replaced, but nonetheless I like the vintage look of it as it makes for a nice photograph.

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Faulkner Bench

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Faulkner Bench

Sun Jun 12, 2016

As I walked around the square in downtown Oxford I spotted this memorial statue of William Faulkner sitting on a bench, smoking a cigar. I took many photos of it, but I think this was my favorite as he appears as if he is posing for the photo fully recognizing me.

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In the Grove

Thu Jun 2, 2016

It was a lovely morning on the Ole Miss campus as I was walking around taking photos just after sunrise. Such a beautiful campus with the Grove at its center

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