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After The Storm

After The Storm

After The Storm is an image made in the southern deserts of New Mexico on a full moon night.
A quick thunderstorm moved in around 2 a.m. and dumped a quick shower on me, but after waiting it out, I was pleasantly surprised to see the aftermath you see here.

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
  • Aperture: ƒ/4.5
  • ISO: 1600
  • Shutter speed: 20s
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • Taken: 16 November, 2013

Blue Christmas

Blue Christmas

A very blue Christmas. I found this cool little spot and tried to get a shot of my Christmas tree on the nearby railroad tracks. However, I couldn’t quite get the framing I wanted and when I moved the tree over to the side of the tracks and against this wall, I was overwhelmed by the color and knew I had to try this shot instead. I’m glad I did, as this shot turned out very well and was much better than what I had originally intended for this location.

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 4s
  • Focal length: 17mm
  • Taken: 8 December, 2015

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween everyone – Be safe out there!

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 63s
  • Focal length: 55mm

Cannonball Church

Cannonball Church - abandoned civil war church

This Presbyterian Church in a small Civil War rivertown called Rodney was built in 1832. This church has quite a bit of history attached to it. After the fall of Vicksburg to the Union army, a gunboat named the Rattler was stationed on the river near this church.

The admiral of the ship ordered all of his crew to remain onboard until the town could be fully secured. However, on Sunday, September 12, 1863, 22 soldiers left the ship and went into town to attend Sunday services at the church. After the 2nd hymn was sung confederate soldiers surrounded the church and a massive fight broke out.

The remaining soldiers on the Rattler then proceeded to fire on the town and this church. Today, there is still a 12lb. shell embedded in the facade just above the middle window.

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 10s
  • Focal length: 17mm

Decadence

Decadence at Windsor Ruins Mississippi

These stately columns are all that remain of the Windsor, the largest Antebellum House in Mississippi.

The mansion was built by Smith Coffee Daniell, II, in 1859 and actually survived the Civil War. The home consisted of 25 bedrooms with 25 fireplaces and cost an enormous $175,000. It had gravity-fed plumbing throughout as well as basement with a school room, dairy, and supply rooms.

The roof observatory high up on the top of the mansion was used by Confederate troops to watch for Yankee troop movements on the river. In fact, one young soldier was shot in the doorway of the home. After the war, Mark Twain used the observatory as a muse of sorts, and even wrote about the Windsor in his book “Life On The Mississippi”.

In February of 1890, a careless party guest dropped a cigarette and ignited the house while the owners were away on errands. They returned to see the house engulfed in flames and as it burned from the top down, it made fighting the fire virtually impossible.

Today, all that remains of the Windsor are it’s 23 Corinthian Columns. There are no photographs of the Windsor in it’s heyday, as all records were lost in the fire. The mystery of what this home looked like was finally solved when the diary of a Union officer was found to contain a sketch of the home done by the soldier as he travelled to fight in nearby Port Gibson.

Only Windsor Drawing

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter speed: 25s
  • Focal length: 17mm

Episode 2 – What’s Your Guess

What's Your Guess - Episode 2

A few hints:

This is in a large city although it is not very common

It was originally designed as a park

Although not visible, a major US Interstate runs through this photo

  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/400s
  • Focal length: 35mm

Hotel California

Hotel California

An old abandoned church sits awash in moonlight. For some reason the title of Hotel California seemed appropriate as this image reminds me of the classic album cover.

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/5
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 25s
  • Focal length: 17mm

Bethel Church

Bethel Presbyterian Church

Built around 1829, the Bethel Presbyterian Church’s strong and bold design is an early example of the Greek Revival and is a rather unusual move away from the flair and arches of the Federal style.

The church was damaged by a tornado in 1943 and the rear walls and portions of the flooring had to be rebuilt. Exceptional care was taken in rebuilding efforts to keep the windows and strong appearance as close to the original as possible.

Today, the church no longer has an active congregation but is maintained through donations.

  • Camera: ILCE-7R
  • Aperture: ƒ/5.6
  • ISO: 1000
  • Shutter speed: 25s
  • Focal length: 17mm