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Reservoir Tree

Tue May 5, 2015

My first stop near Jackson was to the Ross Barnett Reservoir. I pulled off into a big parking lot near a small pier off of Spillway Rd. on the Rankin County side and spotted this tree next to the water. I love lonely trees! They make for great photos and with the Reservoir as the backdrop, it made it that much better. It was really cloudy and rainy the whole time I was there, but the cloudy skies added to the drama of many of the shots that I took. You just have to work with what you got sometimes.

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Crepe Myrtle - Cleveland

Fri Mar 27, 2015

Part of my short tour of the delta last year included a stop in Cleveland, which has a nice historic downtown area. Like many other towns in Mississippi, which formerly had railroad tracks that ran through the middle of town, they turned the tracks into a walkway. It was lined with Crepe Myrtlyes and other trees and shrubs and I thought that the Crepe Myrtles had interesting textures so I took some close up shots of them. Typically I post wider landscape shots in HDR, because HDR is more condusive to wider shots, but I think that close up shots, even shots with some bokeh in it can make for nice HDR shots when done right. You'll see some HDR shots with heavier bokehs come up on the blog soon. The texture of the tree really pops here and it's fun to check out the details in it. Go visit Cleveland!

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Leaning Tree - Clay County

Fri Mar 13, 2015

I posted a photo of this tree a little while back during sunset. This is a shot from the middle of the day that I took a few months before the sunset version. I don't know which one I like better, but I do know that it's fun to shoot photos of this tree at different times of day/year because the scenery changes so much depending on when you're there. I didn't originally plan to go with a "leaning" theme the last couple of days (see the "Leaning Tractor" from yesterday) but maybe it's the slight lean that makes it interesting. It is fun to play with angles when shooting photos (this tree is not on a hill though it does sort of appear that way in the photo) because slight changes like that can make a big difference in the composition and can sometimes make it work better. You can decide if it works here.

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Delta Tree

Fri Mar 6, 2015

As I was leaving my awesome fun delta trip last October this was the last shot that I took. I spotted this tree and road as I was heading home from Ruleville (Got some photos there too) and I decided to turn around and try to capture it. This was a shot that I wasn't initially happy with, but as soon as I tried it as a black & white and then as a sepia photo I loved it and thought it could only work that way and I hope you agree. There are tons of roads like this in the delta so you could stop every 1/4 mile and take shots of dirt roads, but there was something about the tree that really made me stop. I think I'm a little obsessed with shooting photos of trees that stand alone by themselves. They are just interesting to me, but then again I'm pretty easily entertained.

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Pecan Tree at Sunset

Fri Feb 27, 2015

I always thought that this tree would make a great photo. In fact I have photographed this tree several times and will probably post the other photos at some point in the future. Maybe it's the fact that it has a slight lean, or just how it always looks against the sky in the background, not having to fight against other trees since there aren't any nearby. My wife graciously allows me to stop often when we are on our way to West Point to visit family (maybe with a slight sigh sometimes). I actually took this photo on Thanksgiving as we were on our way to a Thanksgiving meal and couldn't resist this photo with the sun setting and boy am I glad I stopped!

In case you were wondering, none of my photos are currently for sale. I know that most photographers will immediately start sellling their photographs, but I decided to wait a little while before selling any of them. They will eventually be available to buy so just keep an eye out for that and I will make an announcment as soon as I decide to begin selling them.

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