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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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Weeping Angel

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Weeping Angel

Thu Jul 7, 2016

Here is a photo that I took during the last snowstorm we had last year. My wife and I ventured out to capture as many photos as we could before the snow got too heavy to drive in. One of the first places I wanted to go was to Friendship Cemetery in Columbus because it is full of really old graves and tombstones that I thought would make for great photos in the snow. This tombstone has probably been photographed a lot by people, but it's not often that you get to capture it in the snow. It was such a perfect opportunity to photograph it and it seemed only fitting to make it black and white.

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Milky Way Over Crawford

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Milky Way Over Crawford

Tue Jul 5, 2016

A couple of nights ago I convinced my wife to ride with me to find a nice dark spot to try and capture the milky way. I used my star tracker app to find out where it was and off we went, south of town to find a good spot. It was around 11:00 pm when we set off and I knew that south of town (West Point) would be the best spot because the largest part of the Milky Way was supposed to be visible in the southern sky and there are less city lights to block our being able to see it, since the closest larger southern city was Meridian (90 miles away) and Starkville would be to the west so its lights shouldn't be an issue. 

A few miles before Artesia, I knew of a dirt road with no houses, and likely no traffic, so we took that road to do a little test. I was happy to find that when I got out of the car to set up my camera and tripod, that I could faintly see the Milky Way with my own eyes. I knew that this was a guarentee that I could capture it with my camera since my camera was going to be able to gather more light than my eyes could once I took a photo. The hardest part about photographing the Milky Way is light pollution. Unfortunately it's often very hard to find a dark enough sky to really capture it since you have to escape the city lights. It would have likely been hard to photograph from any other point of view (East, West or North) without having to drive over 30-40 miles from town because of the location of towns around the Golden Traingle area. 

The test went well, but I needed a more interesting shot, and also a place where we could point the headlights of our car towards the subject to be able to get good focus. We drove on into Crawford and took a backroad and found this little farm a couple of miles off of the highway. We pulled up to the gate, shone the headlights and I got my focus right and off I went snapping photos. I have photographed the milky way before, but I used a different technique, geared towards a more light polluted area, which didn't allow me to see the results in camera because it produced too bright of an image that I had to tone down in post to see the if I captured it. This time, I prepared by trying to figure out some caculations beforehand so that when I came to a spot I knew what settings to try first that would allow me to see the result in camera, which worked out very well. I used the 500/600 rule which you can read about here.

I'm really happy with the result, but I need to find more places to shoot the Milky Way so if you know of any good dark areas to do that, with some interesting subject matter, please let me know!

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Callaway Hall

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Columbus Hall

Fri Jun 24, 2016

I haven't posted a photo from MUW in a while, but that is such a beautiful and historic campus and is thus a great place to take photos. Lots of old unique buildings. Until recently, I lived in Columbus, so MUW was a place I frequented for photos. I took this one around sunset and the lamps had just cut on so you can see the glow around them, and I also love how the light is reflecting off of the many windows in this building. Columbus Hall is a residential hall for students and is a massive structure that sits at the front of campus. I think the perspective here really captures its size.

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Tarlton Two

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Tarlton Two

Thu Jun 23, 2016

In the early days of this blog I posted a photo of this store. You can see it here. I stumbled across this store when I was headed to Louisville from Columbus and taking some back roads because the back roads are where the really good shots are. I loved that it still had the hand drawn sign on it, which gave it a lot of character. I'm sure this building has some stories to tell.

I added a texture to this photo to give a bit more of a rough, old look. I play around with textures from time to time, using textures that I've created myself. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don't and I rarely use them in my photos. It's super easy to create textures because they are all around you. I've even gone on photo walks, just to get textures. Brick walls, concrete walkways, gravel, tree bark, leaves, there are so many textures around you, even wherever you happen to be right now. Just take your camera, take a photo of an interesting texture and try it on some of your photos and voila!

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Park Lamp

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Park Lamp

Wed Jun 22, 2016

I often dig through old RAW photos to see if I missed anything in the past or if I find out that I now like a photo that I once thought wasn't that good. This is one of those photos. I took this a couple of years ago in my early early days of HDR while walking around downtown Columbus at night (obviously). There are probably some things I would do different in the setup and camera settings now, but the colors here are great. As you can see, the colors changes from the top of the photo to the bottom with all of the different lighting going on. There is alwasy a weird green glow from the lamps in the park here that give it a mysterious feel which makes for good photos. I really should go back and retake some photos to see what I can get now with more knowledger and a better camera, both of which I know have! 

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Tiny Fair

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Tiny Fair

Sat Jun 18, 2016

Here's another shot from the fair using tilt-shift. I love tilt-shift photography and I use to make tilt-shift photos when I had a cheap little camera. It's super easy to make in photoshop, however, not all shots work well as a tilt-shift photo. The best ones are shot from above the subect or subjects since the point is to make the scene look like a miniature set, which you would be standing over looking down on. I shot this from the ferris wheel.

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Area 51

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Area 51

Thu Jun 16, 2016

I love going to the fair and taking photos. There are so many colors and so much movement to capture. It's definitely sensory overload with all that is going on, not to mention, the people who work at the fair are always really interesting as well. This is  along exposure of the Area 51 ride, only about .2 seconds but the ride was going fast enough to capture some nice light trails.

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WIN

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WIN

Fri Jun 3, 2016

I love going to the fair and taking photos. There is so much color and movment, along with interesting people. It is sensory overload and I love to capture that, or at least attempt to.

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