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Green Tree

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Green Tree

Sat Sep 2, 2017

I found this tree next to the Reservoir as I stopped at an overlook point on the Natchez Trace near Ridgeland. The sky was overcast and it was a bit rainy so there was a dramatic effect taking place with the clouds that created a nice backdrop for this tree that was right on the edge of the water.

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Merry-Go-Round

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Merry-Go-Round

Sat Jan 7, 2017

It's awlays fun to shoot at night when you have some lights to play with to see how the colors plays off of the lights and how the light bounces off objects to create colors. It's also fun to experiment with aperture settings at night and to create starbursts by closing the aperture really tight. It oftens adds a new dynamic to the photo and is actually more closely resemble how your eyes see the lights at night. Next time pay attention to how points of light become starbursts. Photography has always made me wonder what camera settings our eyes are on at different points of the day or looking at objects from varying distances.

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The Chariot Awaits

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The Chariot Awaits

Wed Dec 28, 2016

Here is another shot of another merry-go-round that was next to the one I posted a photo of yesterday from Canton. This is a little chariot merry-go-round with some awesome lights strung up, which created some great bokehs with a wide open aperture.

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Merry Go Round

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Merry Go Round

Tue Dec 27, 2016

Here is another shot from my trip to Canton last week. One of the few lights they had on were under the merry-go-round in the middle of the square so I was able to get a few good photos of it. This was shot with my new Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens, wide open at 1.4. I love this lens, which I use mostly for portrait work, because of how wide the aperture opens up, giving some great bokehs. It even works well as a 3 shot HDR image. I used a little Nik Collection editing on this one to add some light leaks to it.

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cinem

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cinem

Mon Dec 26, 2016

Here is a photo from my slightly dissappointing trip to Canton last week. I went with high hopes of photographing the many Christmas lights that Canton displays around their downtown square. Unfortunately, my timing was bad because 90% of the lights were turned off at around 5:30am. Anyway, I made the most of it and got some other photos while I was there. I'm pretty sure this theater is no longer being used, but I liked the character of the building and the missing "a" was a nice touch. The good thing about taking photos so early in the morning is that you don't have to worry about people getting in your shot... or cars.

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Yellow Tree

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Yellow Tree

Wed Dec 16, 2015

The fun thing about photography is that you don't have to limit it to straight out of the camera images. Photography is an art, like painting, drawing, printmaking, woodworking, only the tool are different. Sometimes I see a scene with my eyes, but my mind sees it in a different way, so I try to recreate that in post-processing. Sometimes I don't even know what I'm trying to create until I play around and find something I like. I played around a lot with this photo, as you can probably tell, using two different textures that I created myself. I used to download free textures from the internet until I figured out that I could do these on my own, with my own camera, and it would be all my own. It's more rewarding that way.

This tree sits on the banks of the Ross Barnett Reservoir on the Madison County side just off the Natchez Trace.

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Natchez Trace

Sat May 16, 2015

Here is a shot of the Natchez Trace near Ridgeland. If you've never been on the Trace before, this is basically what most of it looks like. It's a peaceful highway that runs from Natchez to Nashville featuring many great stops along the way.

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Father Daughter Time - Ross Barnett Reservoir

Sun May 10, 2015

Got to spend about 3 hours around the Jackson Metro area, which was not a lot of time, so I was rushing around getting photos and since I started in Ridgeland, I made my way out to the Ross Barnett Reservoir first to get some shots and one of my stops around the reservoir was at the Overlook stop on the beautiful Natchez Trace. While there I made my way down to the bank and this man and his daughter came down to take a break from a bike ride on the nearby bike pat, so I kindly asked them if I could photograph them as they looked out on the reservoir and they were nice enough to let me, so, kind sir, if you are seeing this, then Thank you once again for letting me capture this precious moment in HDR.

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