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Day 1 of 30 day Challenge

This blog has taken a back burner to social media. I’m teetering on the edge of bolting from Facebook with the upcoming election cycle. This 30 day challenge as cheered on by Sheila Delgado is different from last year for me. Last year I did drawings. This year I’m planning to post photos and commentary. I’m still learning to draw, but want to do both. The photo below was one I did with my Holga film camera (big Surprise, I know!) down in Mississippi. I wasn’t sure this would come out, but hoped to get the detail in the front and center and the blurred background. I’m never sure they’ll work out when I do the photos. I was thrilled when I saw the scan!

Frosted Kudzu in Mississippi
Frost on a field of Kudzu near New Albany and Tupelo Mississippi last fall.

A foggy morning in the Delta

It was the last day of my trip to the Delta to hang out with a bunch of photo friends and the plan was to get checked out of the Shack Up Inn at 8 a.m. and do some more riding around and photos with my buddy.  I set my alarm for 6:30 so I could have a leisurely shower and get my stuff packed and triple check the room for chargers left behind, or whatever. For some reason, I woke just before the alarm and looked out the window to see some dew on the window. I got up to look out and saw it. FOG! I texted Lowry to see if he was up and tell him about the FOG!  I jumped into some clothes, brushed my teeth and grabbed my bag to head towards where his shack was. All plans to pack etc were ditched, because, you know, FOG! Lowry was up and we were on the road in no time. I wanted to get some photos of the church right across from the Inn, and we did that, then Lowry suggested we try for the swamp right up the road a bit. It was a gold mine!  We did some more riding around, found some cool trees and shot them for a bit, then the fog started to lift. We both knew the photos from that morning would make the trip. I’ll let you judge.

Blue Chevy truck on the ground of the Shack Up Inn, Clarksdale MS
Probably one of the most photographed trucks in Mississippi, it’s on the grounds of the Shack Up Inn. I had to work the angles to avoid capturing the newer cars parked behind it and preserve the idea this could have been shot in the 60s.

Lone tree in fog near Clarksdale MS
So, I didn’t really love any of the church photos in the fog. This tree next to it works for me though. I liked the differing textures on the ground in front and the silhouette of the tree itself.

lone tree in fog separated from his neighbors
I liked the separated tree being apart from the others

Trees pointing to another tree in the foggy swamp near Clarksdale MS
I took advantage of the reflections and the trees to create the stripes in the photo. I liked the downward slope of the trees on the left pointing to the lone tree on the right

Foggy swamp scene near Clarksdale MS
Loved the Silhouettes

Swampy sunrise near Clarksdale MS
Same scene as the earlier photo, just a slightly different angle. I liked the sloping line that kind of creates a triangle on the left side of the photo.

Swamp scene in fog near Clarksdale MS
Loved the shapes and reflections

Sun and containers in fog near Clarksdale MS at railroad crossing
This is what I was shooting when the truck came by

Truck going over railroad crossing in Fog near Clarksdale MS
This truck was coming down the road, and I only had one chance to get this. Loved the shapes

Color version of the B&W
Color version of the B&W below

Two trees separated in the fog
Two trees separated in the fog

Barren tree and field in fog near Clarksdale MS
We were cruising by and had to stop for this scene. It reminded me of a movie scene.

Mississippi delta fog and sunlight in trees
This looks like stage lights being set