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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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Fishin' Buddies Part 2

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Fishin' Buddies Part 2

Thu Nov 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving Everybody! I hope everyone is spending time with family and taking it easy while eating lots of turkey. It's pretty easy to take a load off after a Thanksgiving meal.

Here's a closer shot of the two friends fishing that I posted recently. Caught a lot of great shots of these two boys having fun, but most of them were not in HDR, but the ones I did capture for HDR have turned out to be great, not that I'm biased or anything.

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Sunset In a Field

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Sunset In A Field - West Point

Mon Nov 16, 2015

Here's a shot off of Highway 50 near West Point. If you've never driven that stretch of highway between Columbus & West Point there is an area that is a huge open field that is full of photo opportunities, which explain why I have posted so many photos from this area.

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Beach Dune on Biloxi Beach & The Art of Subtlety

Tue Sep 8, 2015

I hope you enjoy today's photo from Biloxi beach. I plan to go back to the gulf coast at some point to get some sunset or sunrise photos in a different spot, but fate put me here at that time of day the day I was there and this was one of the scenes I was able to capture. Travel has been spotty for me over the last two months due to circumstance beyond my control, but I hope to be back at it soon, though the goal of all 82 counties by year's end is not looking too promising.

One thing I would like to write briefly about today is how much subtlety can make an image greater, and I think this also applies to other art forms as well. Now you may say that HDR is about as subtle as a shotgun, and you may be right, because HDR can be a photo on acid sometimes. As a former art major and current artist, I always jumped into new art forms with gusto and any new trick I would learn I applied it to the max, to the point that it overwhelmed my piece of art. Through really good teachers and lots of practice I have learned about being more subtle and am working on applying this to my photos as well. When I first learned HDR it was super harsh and grainy and really contrasty with every detail being so overdone. At first I thought it was cool looking, but as I grew and continue to grow in the art form, I have learned to tone it way down and to not use HDR to overwhelm the piece and get in the way of it, but to compliment it instead. In most cases I want the user to see exactly what I saw and HDR is a great tool for that. I don't want you to think you are having a wild acid trip (not that I would know what that is like. Using my imagination here) with colors so vibrant your eyes start bleeding, but to think you are actually standing in front of the place where the photo was captured. I want it to look real. Yes, sometimes I add textures and vignettes, but the rule applies there as well. I want you to know that it's there, but I don't want it to punch you in the face. Often I want you to see the little extra stuff on second glance, because the photo is interesting enough to warrant another glance or twenty.

Leave some comments and let me know your thoughts. 

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Industrial Sunset - Columbus

Sun Aug 23, 2015

This is the APAC asphalt plant in Columbus off of Lake Norris Rd. that I happened to be riding by around sunset the same day I took this photo.

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Windmill Sunset - West Point

Sat Aug 22, 2015

This windmill has a special place in my heart and in the hearts of many a West Pointian. Growing up in West Point, the image of this windmill was used in various ways to represent West Point, especially for the annual Prairie Arts Festival, and having family in Columbus my family made thousands of trips down Hwy 50, so this windmill was a weekly and sometimes daily site. This is my favorite photo so far that I've captured of it.

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Trains at Sunset - Meridian

Sat Aug 8, 2015

Something about dirty trains and tracks in a rugged area that makes for a good photo. Add in a sunset for the extra effect and this is what you get. Enjoyed taking photos in Meridian's historic downtown area.

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Ohr O'Keefe Museum of Art - Biloxi

Thu Jul 30, 2015

I love this modern museum right by the beach in Biloxi. Seeing it at sunset made it even better.

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Sunset in Ackerman

Mon Jul 27, 2015

Caught a great sunset in Ackerman the day I took this photo. Here's another shot I posted a while back that I took the same day.

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Biloxi Beach at Sunset

Mon Jul 20, 2015

Who doesn't love to watch the sun set on the beach on a beautiful Mississippi summer day.

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