Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
I set the lamp up in a pair of spare hands holders, set it under a lamp and got out the camera and my macro lens. These are the results. They are in jpeg as I forgot to reset the camera back to RAW.
It was fun but I would rather do it sometime other than 3 in the morning!
Monday, February 26, 2007
Fort Scott National Historic Site is located in, appropriately enough, Fort Scott, Kansas. I took these pictures Saturday under threatening skies and it kept sprinkling on me. It was near dusk with some interesting light creeping out of the clouds.
The fort was constructed over several years from 1842-1846. It was the gathering point for the Kearney expedition in 1845. Dragoons from the fort fought in the Mexican War in 1842, the U.S. Army returned to the fort in force in the Civil War to insure Kansas and Missouri remained free states. In the 1870's, the Army again returned to the town of Fort Scott, this time to protect workers building a railroad across disputed land.
I have discovered that I love the plains states. There are so many overlooked photo opportunities here. Most of them I discover from places like the AAA travel guides or the state information areas.
These are the first photos that I have taken in RAW. It was a different experience. I am still experimenting. I only have Elements so perhaps if I had full blown CS2 it would be different.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
Saturday, February 24, 2007
The weather in Kansas was rather stormy most of the day today. After the seminar at Pittsburg State University I drove north toward Fort Scott to get some pictures of the fort in the last light of the day. Well on the way up there I was stopping to take some pictures of the low hanging clouds with various farm structures and trees. When I got home tonight I looked at one of my pictures and saw this odd thing on the left. I wondered why it was getting so windy. I was concentrating so hard on getting my composition I didn't notice what was going on. Needless to say the wind died down after I got back in the truck and I drove on a little further oblivious of what may have been on the left side of this picture.
What do you think it is? I am still not convinced of anything.
Update 2-25, I think Lori actually came up with the explanation see the comments for details!
Friday, February 23, 2007
The clean up from our massive ice storm continues. These are some scenes from the tree trimming going on at Close Memorial Park. One of the little loaders had a slight problem with a heavy load and was trying to get itself back on all fours. I have an Olympus C-740 that I try to carry in my truck. I usually carry it with me on my lunch time walks. It takes really nice pictures and covers well when I don't want to take my SLR out.
I am posting on Friday evening for Saturday as I am actually going to a photo seminar at Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas tomorrow. It will be good to have a day away from work.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Jefferson City sits on the banks of the Missouri River. In fact, the Capitol building is on a hill overlooking the river. It may be one of the best located Capitol buildings in the country from what I have seen. Of course I am a little biased in my opinion.
As far as the picture goes I wish I had taken a little more time to get everything straight. I was in a hurry as my wife had finished her pictures and I had two teenagers impatiently waiting in the car!
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
An artist friend of my wife's asked her to take some pictures that she could use on her website and exhibitions. I don't normally take pictures at these instead serving as my wife's assistant. I asked to take a couple of shots and this is my favorite. She was looking out of the north window in her studio with the reflected light of a snowfall throwing a lot of light in.
Yes, picture taking is a joint hobby my wife and I share. It gets kind of confusing who started first but I usually give her credit as she first got into it seriously. She was kind enough to let me join in. So far I haven't gotten her interested in a blog, but she enjoys reading and seeing everyones.
When our artist friend gets her site up I will post a link to it.
Monday, February 19, 2007
I had to stand in the middle of the street for this shot, fortunately as you can see, there is little if no traffic on a Sunday afternoon.
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Yesterday was the annual lawn and garden show at our local fairgrounds. The lighting was not real good and I didn't want to use flash. I am afraid the one of the fountain is a little fuzzy but I wanted everyone to see what was probably the most impressive display there.
Just remember Spring is coming......