Normally I reserve my flashbacks to Friday, but today I thought I could make an exception. Today is the 35th anniversary of the death of ‘the King’ Elvis Presley. I was fortunate enough to get to see Graceland just after I picked up my first dSLR in 2006. We were on a trip through Alabama to see Grand Valley State win the National Championship in football. Part of our itinerary though was to check out Graceland. I had heard stories of its beauty, but I guess some of it you have to see to believe. You are awed in many of the rooms long after technology should have passed them by. The most somber part of the tour though takes you to the grave of Elvis. For me it was moving watching the people still full of great emotion (at that time) thirty years after his death. The uncontrollable sobbing and gift giving was amazing to see in person. This is a somber picture, but I thought that it should find its way to the site today.
As I said this picture was taken in 2006 shortly after I bought my Canon Rebel XT. I really had no clue how to use the thing yet. I had only really shot sports so something like this was foreign to me. I would change a lot about the composition if I could, but maybe I can fix that next time that I go. With this shot I opened up Photoshop and ran the Topaz Labs plugin that I haven’t used in quite a while. I liked the effect that the dramatic preset had with the photo so I went with it. My original picture seemed very flat. This fixed it for me.