Welcome To AHB-MAG – A Happy Boy Magazine

Thought For The Day: When you brag about what you have, you have nothing but objects.

Get lost on West Point Lake, Lake Harding, Lake Martin, and surrounding areas through the photography of David Thrift.

Thank you for visiting. Enjoy outdoor photography by David Thrift (that’s me) bringing you a look at the people, nature, and wildlife on the backwaters of Lake Harding and West Point Lake in Alabama, and Georgia.

A photo a day or more as time permits taken by me from somewhere around West Point Lake, and Lake Harding in Alabama, and Georgia, plus my upcoming photo magazine featuring lots more of my photography.

AHB-MAG is the upcoming premiere photo magazine by myself, David Thrift, a photographer from, and residing in Alabama. I consider myself the Clark Little of West Point Lake and Lake Harding photography. I have an extensive catalog of photos taken since 2014 which continues to grow and I want to share my visions captured at my favorite outdoor locations through my website and magazine.

A little info about how I manage promoting my work. Normally what happens is I go out to a favorite location and shoot a series of photos of which I post one or several, either on my blog (which will post to my facebook page as well), or my instagram which posts also to my personal page. While all this is going on, I am working on photo edits from my catalog of previous outings and these are the photos that will go in issues of my magazine. I think this is a great way to keep current and past photos I’ve taken flowing on my website and social media.

Please be sure to check out my blog at least once a day as I will be adding content daily.

About the name of my magazine – AHB-MAG. “AHB” are simply the initials of someone I cared for. “MAG” is short for magazine. “AHB-MAG” is a re-brand from my original photo magazine title which was going to be called “Driving Nature Magazine”. Being prior military (ex-army), I like the way these letters look in that format. It reminds me of military lettering, and will fit great for the magazine cover design I have planned.


Originally title “Driving Nature Magazine”, I wasn’t really sure if I was happy with that name or not. It totally fit my photography style for sure, but it is kind of a long name, and I hate long names for projects. There was a situation with the person who’s initials are involved with my magazine title re-brand that left me very hurt, angry, and feeling deceived, but one thing he said to me was that he didn’t think my feelings were real. This re-branding is my way of saying that my feelings were real for him. Either way, I don’t put my heart out there for nothing so I have no plans to change the magazine title again regardless of situations, and I like to think of the letters to stand for “A Happy Boy” because that’s what I wanted to make him, but now that is just a title for my magazine.

What my magazine is about: My sole purpose for this self published magazine project is to provide a look book, or coffee table book style photo magazine for the gay (and straight) community featuring my photography of traffic, nature, and the lakes around my home town in Alabama, and Georgia. I want it to most especially be a treasure of photos for people who aren’t able to get out and enjoy nature and getting around as much as I do from day to day, and to bring a taste of the south U.S. landscape to nature lovers.

Please follow this website to stay up to date on my magazine project progress. I have a ton of editing to do, and it may be awhile before this website really starts filling out, but I will be sharing sneak peek photos from time to time until I have the first issue of my magazine put together. Thanks for visiting. Come back soon.

Photo Of The Month – April 2017

Kicking off my new blog and front page on this website with my photo of the month for April 2017. This is a blue heron flying across the lake at Long Cane Park on West Point Lake. I shot this photo on Teusday, March 28th, 2017.

Photo Of The Day – Monday, April 17th, 2017

NOTICE: I’m sorry I haven’t updated the photo of the day lately. I promise I will get them all caught up very soon.

Today’s photo of the day is one I took this morning on my way home. A cool yellow jeep, and a log truck. There was something reflecting on the windshield… most likely my charge cable for my phone. I haven’t figured out a way to position it so it doesn’t reflect in my photos when I mount my phone on the windshield. Oh well, still a great photo I think. Hope you like it. See more on the blog, and check out the galleries below.

Free Photo Galleries

This is the start of some free photo galleries I want to put online. These are to give you an idea of the kinds of photography I’m into and like to include in my magazines. Complimentary content that goes along with my photo of the day, and posts on instagram. I will try to post at least one gallery each week of varying subjects (clouds, nature, people, and the lakes I photograph), but there may be more depending on my schedule. The newest gallery will be listed last.

  1. Gallery #1 – Back Yard Cloud Gazing On Thursday, April 6th, 2017 [link]
  2. Gallery #2 – Long Cane Park On West Point Lake On Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 [link]
  3. Gallery #3 – Thistles In My Front Yard On Friday, April 7th, 2017 [link]
  4. Gallery #4 – Lake Harding On Friday, April 14th, 2017 [link]
  5. Gallery #5 – Lake Harding On Sunday, April 16th, 2017 [link]
  6. Gallery #6 – Back Yard Cloud Gazing On Monday, April 17th, 2017 [link]

  7. Gallery #7 – Sunrise At Tiger Town In Opelika, AL On Tuesday, April 18th, 2017 [link]

Project S.O.A.R.

Do you love beautiful sunset’s? Who doesn’t right? Well, this is just one section that will appear in each issue of my AHB-MAG. More info about this part of my project coming soon.

Announcement: I am happy to say I am making progress on my first magazine issue faster than I thought I was. I have all the photo edits done that I need to put my driving photos section together, however I am editing and adding more for extra content since I already have them loaded up to work with. I am pushing my first issue launch to October this year instead of January 2018.