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Landscape Photo Project

Published December 20th, 2013

Over the last year, I embarked on a journey to photograph landscapes where ever I came upon them. This includes cityscapes as well as natural landscapes. Here are the best 13.

Sunrise Over Rocky Lake Shore

In the dead of winter, I woke up at 4-5am many times to shoot sunrise at 1000 Hills. The scenery did not disappoint. This was one of the first photos I captured when I started going out early.

1000 Hills Boats

This is a long exposure photo of boats docked at Forest Lake shot near sunset.

Sunset Over Rocky Lake Shore

This is one of the first photos I captured this year. I did some focus and exposure stacking, where I would blend 5-10 images of the scene in order to get the foreground and background in focus and get an accurate exposure.

Winter Scenery on Truman State Campus

This is probably my favorite photo of the year. I photographed this during the first big snow in the winter of 2012. A photo from this same spot now will be void of most of the trees as they have cut them all down to renovate this building.

Mid-year, I learned a lot about HDR photography from Trey Ratcliff, so I incorporated some HDR effects into the building portion of this photo.

Downtown Kirksville

This was shot during a project where I was capturing the essence of Kirksville for a client. This includes a bit of HDR work.

A.T. Still University Campus

Here's an early morning photo of the founding school of Osteopathy. This was part of the 'essence of Kirksville' project

Mesa Cacti at Sunset

During a trip to Arizona, I photographed the desert scenery. Since it was my first time in the desert (with camera in hand), there was so much to take in and so much I wanted to shoot.

Dead Saguaro Cactus

This is actually a decomposing cactus. The tube-like pieces are what hold and/or carry water to the plant.

The plant had quite an ominous presence in the landscape of green, living plants. It felt much like a man-made statue, or a shrine to something, with it's bent pieces and the way it looked propped up. There were cactus pieces that were even more decomposed that almost mimicked burnt ashes (perhaps representing a burnt offering - if we are continuing the shrine metaphor).

Phoenix Sunset

During my second visit to Arizona this year, I ventured to 'Hole in the Rock' and photographed this sunset through that 'hole in the rock'. You can see the rocks on the left and right of the photo.

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Palms at Sunset

This is photographed near the zoo in Phoenix. I love this monochromatic look that the light/sun provided.

You can actually this these palm trees and water in the left side of the previous photo.

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Texas State Capitol Building

As I walked around the capitol building to capture different angles, I found that this one was my favorite. It just felt iconic.

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Southern Confederecy Statue

While photographing the Texas State Capitol Building, I saw this monument on the grounds. I was struck by the lighting on the center man. He's lit with an orange glow from the sunset, while the others are in blue/shadow.

Abstract Night Austin Skyline

One night, while attending a web conference in Austin, TX, I looked out my hotel window and saw a highway with lots of traffic. I rigged up my camera on a chair (had no tripod with me) to get some long exposure shots, as the highway was forming a perfect S shape. Those shots were OK, but when I picked up the camera and began shaking it a bit during the long exposure, I got this great effect. The composition, colors and blur were perfect.

Thanks for taking the time to check out this project. I'll be working on another (still undecided) year-long project in 2014!

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