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Happy Halloween

Tue Oct 31, 2017

Happy Halloween! I hope you gets lots of trick-or-treaters this evening!

I worked in Tupelo for several years and during my time there I ran across this little baby doll on McCullough Blvd. and I have always remembered it. So just about everytime I go to Tupelo I check to see if it is still there and I take a photo of it. Thankfully, as of a few months ago it is still there and I still have no idea why it was ever put there, but it is very creepy and makes the perfect Halloween post.

Today marks 1,002 straight days of photo posting but sadly will come to an end. Although I will continue to post, I will not be posting every day, so keep on the lookout for future posts that will be dispersed over the weeks a little bit more.

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Fenced In

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Fenced In

Sun Oct 1, 2017

I took this photo at the Tupelo Regional Airport having to park on the side of the road and walk across a field to get to this fence. This is actually a pretty big plane that is no longer in use. Apparenlty they park some of the planes here and use the spare parts from them.

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Frisco

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Frisco

Mon Jul 31, 2017

This is the Frisco caboose that sits in downtown Tupelo next to the railroad tracks. Unfortunately it has been vandalized but besides that it is a cool red car that still has the "Frisco" logo ont he side, albeit slightly spray-painted over. I won't go into how common it is to see things vandalized like this, I will just appreciate what's left of the original. The red really contrasts nicely with the blue sky.

In other news, I'm heading to Natchez this weekend with my lovely wife to celebrate 15 years of marriage. I'll be touring around the area taking a ton of photos, so if you have any recommendations that may be off the beaten path a bit, please drop me a comment or email and let me know about it.

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Grill

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Grill

Sun Jul 30, 2017

Very late post today. Been enjoying a weekend with family and being thankful for improving health in my immediate family, so posting a photo was on the back of my mind, although I was taking lots of photos in the process.

This is the Plymouth car from the Elvis Presley Birthplace in Tupelo. The chrome looked great during the mid-afternoon and editing this as a black and white image really brought out that shine.

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Fountain Flow

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Fountain Flow

Fri Jul 28, 2017

This is the fountain at the Elvis Presley birthplace in Tupelo. I thought it looked really cool against the sky and since it was so bright outside I was able to get a fast shutter speed to capture the water droplets pretty well. Mississippi summer skies are so great because of the super puffy clouds that get generated, I assume by all the humidity. I really never appreciated it them properly until I started photographing it.

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Drone Tamper

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Drone Tamper

Thu Jul 27, 2017

Hopefully you are not tired of seeing posts from Tupelo, but I got a lot of photos there over the last weekend so I felt it necessary to show them to you. This is another shot from the railroad tracks downtown. This massive machine looked really cool with the bright yellow and variety of textures and pipes and hoses going on. HDR photograpy really brings that texture out and makes it look like you could feel it through the photo, especially the black vent on the side of the tamper. It was cool to get to photograph this up close. In hindsight I should've gotten some close up cropped shots of all the cables and the stripes that are all around it.

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You Are Welcome

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You Are Welcome

Wed Jul 26, 2017

This is the church (or replica, I think) that Elvis Presley sang in when he was child and it sits adjacent to his childhood home in Tupelo. I've taken a photo of this church before so I decided to capture if from a different angle this time and the sky was perfect for it. It's always amazing to me to see how far people come from to visit Elvis's birthplace and how his stardom reached the entire world.

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Rusty Train

Tue Jul 25, 2017

As you may have noticed I spent a good bit of time in Tupelo over the weekend and was able to get out and get some photos while I was there. Here is another shot from downtown near the railroad tracks. This rail car looks like it may be retired and was sitting on the old unused tracks against a great summer sky. There was a lot of sweat involved in taking this photo as well as it was a tad over 100 degrees that day.

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Train Stairs

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Train Steps

Mon Jul 24, 2017

This is the Frisco train car that sits on display in downtown Tupelo next to the railroad tracks. I took several photos of the entire train from different angles, but I also decided to get in close and photograph only parts of it. I really liked how the red was fading and rusting and showing this yellow color through it and how the it is slightly uneven at the top. All of those things were interesting to me and I thought it would make a nice photo.

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Broken Windows

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Broken Windows

Sun Jul 23, 2017

In the grand scheme I am really new to photography. I took some college photography classes during my time as an art major and I have fiddled with cameras in the past and I have known about composition for a while, but actually taking on photography as a hobby and even trying to make money off of it has only happened within the last 3 years, so through taking more photos and trying to actually be a photographer I am still learning and have learned so much. One of my most recent vetures in photography has been shooting exclusively in Manual Mode on my camera. Since really diving into HDR I kept my camera on Aperture Priority all the time, only changing the aperture settings, wider for portraits, narrower for landscapes, wider for dark scenes, narrower for light scenes, etc., etc. But since late last year I decided to shoot all Manual, all the time, no excuses. Since that time my photos, at least to me, have gotten much better and much easier to post-process, because, duh! I'm getting the settings right in camera and not having to fix as many issues in post. What a revelation!!!! 

One of the biggest troubles I always had was shooting during the middle of the day. I used to think that it just wasn't an ideal time to shoot for HDR because the sunlight just blew all the highlights out to a point that you couldn't recover them in post. Now it is becoming one of my favorite times to shoot because I can get results like this, with a beautiful blue sky and the texture of those puffy clouds that you feel like you could reach up, grab and eat, like cotton candy. When I see clouds like that in the sky it makes me itch to get out and shoot. And believe me, there was sweat involved in taking this photo, because it was 101 degrees outside and I think the humidity may have been 1,000%!

This photo comes to you from downtown Tupelo, near a mostly abandoned building and factory that sits next to the train tracks. I was out exploring yesterday and this area really caught my eye (I love abandoned, slightly broken places) and I was already excited about shooting that sky. A train had just come through so I stopped near it and saw that there were some old tracks that had a few no longer in use train cars sitting on it, so I got out, walked around, photographed, sweated profusely, and did more exploring.

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