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Downtown Snow

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Downtown Snow

Thu Sep 22, 2016

I actually posted this photo last year, but since I have learned how to create better HDR images, I often go back through old photos and really clean them up. The first time I posted this photo, I did so in haste, the same day that the snowstorm happened. It ended up being a little sloppy (although many people liked it) and I was never really happy with it. Fast forward a year and a half and now I really love it and I think this is the way I intended it to look. I won't even link to the original, but you can feel free to search for it on the site.

When creating HDR photos, it is easy to get a huge halo around the edges of objects, especially rough edges like trees. It becomes where when the sky is flat, either with no clouds in the sky or with a cloudy white sky, so the more HDR you put into it, the more halo you get. I have learned to be much more subtle with this so as not to create that awful halo. I was successful this time around with this snow photo.

Many people discover HDR photography and they just go crazy with the HDR effect and it created really dirty, sloppy images, where, at least to me, the beauty of the scene is covered up by the HDR effect. In my photography I won't the beauty of the scene to be brought out through HDR to give you the feeling that you are actually standing in the scene. So for you HDR photographers out there, especially new ones, learn to be subtle. It is actually is a discipline, that is often hard to learn.

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Teasdale Grave

Mon Sep 19, 2016

Since the heat just won't go away, I figured I would post a snow photo to cool you off just a bit. This is the Teasdale grave at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. I took this photo last year during the snowstorm that hit in late February. My wife and I had a great time riding around taking lots of photos before it was no longer safe to drive. Friendship Cemetery was a great place to get photos during that storm. This weeping angel is a pretty well known tombstone.

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Two Bridges

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Two Bridges

Fri Aug 19, 2016

This a photo from the River Walk in Columbus. These are two bridges that take you to a little island across the Tombigbee River channel. The one on the left is the old bridge that has been restored as a walking trail, and the one on the right is the newer car bridger that replaced the old bridge.

I used to go to the River Walk to run, walk, bike ride or just to take photos, and I have gotten several great shots there. This is probably the most unique one though as far as the editing goes. I really played with the black & white treatment, giving it almost a metallic feel. It was pretty much an accident, but I love the way it turned out.

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Sunset Dock

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Sunset Dock

Thu Aug 18, 2016

I took this photo a couple of years ago while in the early stages of learning to shoot HDR. In fact this is just a single image, as opposed to the 3 images in one, which is how I usually shoot for HDR. It's much harder to get a good HDR image when there is not much light, since HDR processing introduces more noise, so I tend to take a single photo in those circumstances.

This scene was just as beautiful when I was standing there looking at it.

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Snowy Banks

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Snowy Banks

Wed Aug 17, 2016

Here is a photo to cool you off during this hot summer. I took this the day after last year's snow when there was still a good bit of snow on the ground. My wife and I really enjoyed playing in the snow and building a snowman and taking lots of photos. The summer has been so hot and muggy that it makes me long for another day of this.

I took this at the Columbus Riverwalk.

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Smoky Sunset

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Smoky Sunset

Fri Aug 12, 2016

I took this photo during early spring this year. As I was driving home from work I noticed that there was lots of smoke in the air creating this creepy orange haze in the sky as the sun was getting ready to set. I had to quickly pull off of the highway and try to find a nice spot to capture it. I took several photos with my Sigma 19mm lens that I usually use for landscape shots. However I wanted to get a better photo of the sun, which looked huge in the sky, so I pulled out one of my vintage 50mm lenses (which turn into a 75mm with my E mount adapter) to get a photo. This happened to be the place I found for that shot, and though it doesn't really capture how huge the sun looked to me, I really liked that, because of the haziness, I could shoot straight at the sun with no flares and capture it as just a glowing circle and not as a huge blownout light in the sky. I took this just off of Hwy. 45 where Hwy. 82 crosses over it.

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Clock Tower

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Clock Tower

Mon Aug 8, 2016

I took this photo from the top of a building in downtown Columbus which was pretty easy accessible. Unfortunately I didn't get many good shots up there, but I did get this one, which I really like, of the clock tower on the Lowndes County Courthouse which is a really tall clock tower. I have posted a photo of this building before, but I had to get really low to be able to get the perspective to include the clock in the photo. I like the simplicity of this shot and how the clouds almost look like a painted back drop.

I visited Eupora this weekend and got some good shots that I'll be sharing this week. Stay tuned!

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Car Show

Tue Jul 19, 2016

Here is a photo from a couple of years back during a car show at the Market Street Festival. These shots always turn out so cool in HDr because of the texture and shine of the car. I ended up going with a bit of a vintage look on this one because of the cold car. There was some noise that showed up in the background, especially in some of the darker areas, but I decided to leave it because, in this instance, I thought it added to the feel of the photo. What do you think?

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Tomb Texture

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Textured Cemetery

Sun Jul 17, 2016

The final photo in Weekend of Textures is this photo from Friendship Cemetery. I basically used the same textures from Friday's photo with some subtle differences. This scene was more blue since it was closer to sunset so the colors are dramatically different. I really dirtied this one up more because I thought it fit the scene and the time of year that it was taken (early fall). I really like the splash of yellow on the horizon. That Pin Light Blend Mode works great with colored textures!

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Weekend of Textures

Fri Jul 15, 2016

This weekend I am going to try something a little different. I am calling it "Weekend of Textures". Today through Sunday each photo will be processed using different textures. Today's photo is from Clay County where I spotted this water truck parked next to the windmill (See yesterday's post). I though this photo would be a perfect candidate for a texture so away I went playing around with textures that I've collected through my own photography along with some textures from Google's Nik Collection. I used 3 of my own textures on this one and I played with the Pin Light Blend Mode on a couple of them which created these nice rainbow like colors that you can see in the top left and right corners. One of the textures was of a pieces of peeling wood that had been painted red and I think that Pin Light Blending really brought out some of the colors that make up the red. Very neat effect. It nice for photos to have a sort of worn vintage look such as this. More tomorrow!

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