Monday, August 15, 2011

The Southern Wild

Photography is about being at the right place at the right time - and capturing the moment.

Today that is commonplace - few things happen that don't get recorded by an iPhone.

But, luck and a smartphone won't get you very far in the world of wildlife photography.

Meet Rez area resident Joe Mac Hudspeth Jr.,  he can tell you all about it.  He's been taking wildlife photographs for much of the last 30 years - and doing it better than most.   

Countless hours in cold duck blinds and cramped kayaks have enabled him to capture shots that have won numerous national awards.

He spends much of his time shooting around the Barnett Reservoir, the photo used on the cover of his latest book was taken just above Ratliff Ferry.  The picture, called Top of The Morning, has been a number 1 revenue producer at Ducks Unlimited banquets. 

Return To The Southern Wild is Joe's second book and features a collection of images taken over 30 years in his native Mississippi.

With a forward by former Mississippi Game and Fish Commissioner Billy Joe Cross, this volume boasts 144 pages of full-color photographs .  “Joe Mac has a sincere love for Mississippi wildlife and the special places he’s captured on film,” says Cross.  “His images of wildlife remind all of us why we cherish Mississippi’s natural resources.”

In a unique section at the end of the book called “How I Got The Shot”, Hudspeth retells the colorful stories surrounding a dozen photographs and what he had to go through to capture each one on film. Included is background on the book's cover photo.

A few samples.
Note:  click on any photo to enlarge.

Blue Winged Teal
Selected for Mississippi Duck Stamp 2009/10
photo: Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.

Purple Gallinule
photo: Joe Mac Hudspeth, Jr.

Signed copies of Return To The Southern Wild are available at two Rez area locations, Polk's Discount Drugs on Spillway Road and Apple Annie's on Grants Ferry Road.

If you prefer a personalized copy contact Joe Mac at (601) 992-0752.

Learn more about Joe Mac and his photography at his website:

The Rez News
Ross Barnett Reservoir


Anonymous said...

Mr. Hudspeth's photos are beautiful, thanks for the article

Lottie said...

Wow!! wish l could find shots like those!! Beautiful!!

Anonymous said...

Is this a photo blog?

M. Korpiel said...

Joe Mac has the patience of Job to get the right shot. Thanks Joe Mac for your talents and gifts!