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Stop

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Stop

Sun May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day to all the mothers and soon to be mothers out there. Enjoyt this sunset photo from a little one way street in downtown West Point.

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Corner Door

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Corner Door

Mon Apr 24, 2017

Not good weather and lots of yard work kept me from getting out and getting photos this weekend, but hopefully I can catch some good stuff this week and next weekend.

Here is a shot of the Southern Ionics corporate office in downtown West Point, part of a beautiful downtown that I live one block from and get to enjoy everyday. Thankful for small towns that are rejuvinated with stores and other businesses that keep that small town flare and charm going.

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Pastel Lake

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Pastel Lake

Thu Apr 20, 2017

Here's a great sunset I caught last year from Waverly Waters just outside of West Point. The water was very calm and created some true reflections almost to the point that if you flipped the image upside down it would look the same. It's like a double sky!

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Barn Light

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Barn Light

Sat Apr 8, 2017

This is another shot from the sunrise I posted yesterday. When I am fortunate enought to catch a great sunrise, I take lots of photos to get the most of it, and if you've never shot a lot of photos of a sunrise, it's not easy, because that sun rises super fast! I never really noticed how fast the sun actually moves until I started shooting sunrises and sunsets. It brings new meaning to the phrase "catch a sunset".

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Windmill Light

Fri Apr 7, 2017

Lately it seems like everytime I get up early and try to shoot a sunrise, it is either too cloudy or no clouds in the sky. I'm hoping that changes tomorrow morning, but as for now here is a great sunrise that I caught not far from home in Clay County. When the clouds are like this, you get a great sunrise (or sunset). The light needs something to bounce off of to create more color and shades of colors. Fingers crossed for a sunrise like this tomorrow morning.

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Barn Path

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Barn Path

Tue Mar 28, 2017

Here's another shot from a little photo ride around I did on Sunday. I took this photo with my 30mm Sigma Lens. I think it may be the first HDR photo that I've posted taken from that lens. I used it to get a little closer to the barn to showcase it a lot more. I like how the red barn stands out agains the scenery. The new blooms on the trees give a nice color and I desaturated the green and yellows just a bit to make the barn pop a little more. There were some nice bits of clouds floating around to break up the sky a bit and add to the composition. Spring is here!!!

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Gated Barn

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Gated Barn

Mon Mar 27, 2017

Yesterday I noticed that the clouds were so magnificently puffy, so I grabbed my wife and we took the t-tops off of the Jeep and went for a late afternoon ride. The clouds did not dissapoint! In a post a few days ago I posted a single shot HDR that wouldn't work as a 3 shot image because the ISO was too high. However, the ISO in this photo was too high, yet this one worked as a 3 shot image. Go figure! Apparently when you have plenty of light, there is room for error when it comes to ISO and as long as your other settings are good. 

I forgot to check everything but my ISO when I was taking shots here and I didn't notice until later that my ISO had been at 800 the whole time, so we decided to stop back by on the way home and get a shot that would actually work as an HDR image. However, when going through and editing I liked the clouds in this one better so I decided to merge the 3 images and it turned out fantastic. There is a bit of noise, which I was able to reduce some in post, but nothing too overboard.

I have begun shooting completely manual on my Sony A6000 camera and I feel much more awesome doing it! I can get the adjustments just right to get the shot I want (even when I forget to check my ISO), making sure that I expose for the things that I want to expose for (like that fabulous sky for example!). That's actually the reason I didn't notice the ISO after forgetting to check it. Everything looked right in camera. If I had been shooting in Aperture Priority I would've noticed the image being too blown out at smaller apertures that would have turned me on to the fact that the ISO was too high. In the end it all worked out and I go the shot that I saw in my head. More to come from this ride around shoot, including a videoed editing sessions (possibly live).

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Windmill Sillhouette

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Windmill Sillhouette

Fri Mar 24, 2017

Here is a single shot photo (I usually do 3 shots per image) of the West Point windmill at sunrise with some beautiful purple clouds on the left side of the photo. The reason I only used 1 shot here is because I set the ISO too high at 800 when taking this photo (I was a camera newbie at the time). Photomatix, the software that I use to merge my multiple images to creat an HDR photo, automatically adds a bit of noise to a photo, so the higher the ISO of the images, the more noise gets added to the photo. That's why I always now keep my HDR shots at the lowest ISO my camera will go, which is 100. There is nothing wrong with shooting at a higher ISO, however it is not very beneficial for HDR images. If you ever want noise in an HDR shot you can simply add it in post-processing very easily. Aaaah, the magic of technology

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Sunset Peek

Mon Mar 20, 2017

Sorry for the late post today! Sometimes posting a photo everyday gets a little complicated, but I always find a way to make it work!

This is a nice little sunset near a windmill just east of West Point (which I have posted photos of many times).

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Old Barn

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Old Barn

Fri Mar 3, 2017

You may have noticed that I have been posting a lot of monochrome photos lately (I don't say black & white because most of them have had a slight to medium tint). Sometimes you get in a certain mood when editing photos and you just have to go with it. That is not an illustion to darkness in my life, let me just say. Black and white doesn't necassarily mean sad, it just gives more drama in my opinion, and I guess I have wanted more drama in my photos lately.

This barn is located just outside of West Point. I reallly like the reflection in the water.

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