Monday, April 30, 2007
Sunday, April 29, 2007
When it was all over they had fun but my oldest, ever practical, said "it was just kind of like every other dance." Oh well.
Have a great Sunday.
Saturday, April 28, 2007
What are you most passionate about in your life? Like most people I have gone through a lot of passions. Right now photography is high on my list. In the past scale modeling, reading and traveling.
Pick a song that best describes you. This is a tough one. I like lots of music and pinning something down is difficult. There is a song by the group Nickel Creek that I have been fond of for some time it is called "When You Come Back Down" Perhaps that is it.
In a quiet moment you get to yourself, what do you do? Normally if time is short I try to read something. If I have a longer period of time I try to tackle one of the yard projects I have been dreaming up or I work on my model railroad. Lately I try to dream up my next photo shoot.
What surprises you most about other people? I think the thing that surprises me most about others is the levels of self absorption most people have. I know it shouldn't surprise me.
Who has made the most impact on your life? There have been a lot of people (and more than people) that have impacted my life. God, Parents, My wife and children, Grandparents. I want to focus on one person that has had a huge impact on my life and that was my best friend in high school, Danny. Why? High school can be the best of times and the worst of times. Danny was always a rock during that time. We had fun talking, building models together, sharing dreams. College years separated us and unfortunately a couple years after I was married Danny was killed in a terrible car wreck. I miss him dearly.
Share one sure fire way to get to your heart? Just a smile normally.
What is one thing you own that would be hard for you to give away? My model train collection. Not valuable by any means but meaningful.
Share something that you hope to do one day. I would like to do our trips around the United States again. This time with my camera and my new founds skills and passion. I would love to write a book. Maybe by the time I am 80 or 85 I will get around to it. Don't laugh, my Grandmother did just that.
Thanks Anna for the interview opportunity. It was fun and different. Although I didn't strictly volunteer when you are up at 1 am and can't get to sleep sometimes you do crazy things.
Friday, April 27, 2007
Thursday, April 26, 2007
We have visited several of the presidential libraries which range from honest assessments of their time and administrations successes and failures (Eisenhower, Truman and Bush 1) to glorious "look at how great I am" montages (Clinton). I have to admit I am biased to some degree on this statement but it was too painfully obvious.
I love the Presidency and reading and studying the men (so far) that have served there. It is a great institution.
I bet this posting will generate some heated discussions. I hope everyone has a great Thursday.
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
I hope everyone has a great Wednesday. Hopefully tonight will give me more time to make the rounds.
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
The one I really remember is the one in Lamar, Missouri which was in the back of some business building, kind of out of the way and small, but it was rich in the books that I wanted as an older elementary, early junior high type. This library saw me about every week during the summers.
I had a break from the public library life during high school, more because I was more interested in girls and other high school life than going to the library. Although the little town I lived in didn't have much of a library that I can remember.
During my college years the library was the center of life. It was there that I really met and got to know my future wife. Little did I know that several years later she would become and enjoy being an elementary librarian after teaching in the classroom for years.
This shot was take with me lying on the floor through the stair banisters looking at a stain glass window in Springfield's oldest library, the Carnegie branch library. Springfield has the nicest library system I have ever seen. I have also included a shot of the outside. The flag is at half mast for the Virginia Tech shootings.
I think public libraries are one of the strongest parts of the United States. A place where everyone, from the rich to the poor can seek out information to improve their lot in life.
I hope everyone has a great Tuesday.
Monday, April 23, 2007
The bleeding heart was one of my mother's favorite flowers. She used to be so excited when they came out every spring. Typically they grow best in a shady area.
Things are beginning to recover but after our major ice storm earlier and now this freeze I am afraid things are going to be very stressed this year.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Saturday, April 21, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
OK, I am just playing with my Elements program, but I kind of liked the way this turned out. I was going through some stuff in the garage last night and I ran across my Grandfather's WW1 helmet and canteen. I thought about them and considered a still life. Color didn't do anything for me and the black and white was more impressive. Then I got carried away.
You don't hear much about WW1, it was completely overshadowed by Hitler and WW2. Although the way the victory and the vanquished were handled at the end of WW1 probably led to Hitler and WW2. The stories that my Grandfather used to tell were bone chilling, he really didn't talk about it very often. He saw Paris and much of France. He was present at the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson before the War.
I hope everyone has a great Friday.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I am running short of time today so I will simply wish everyone a great Wednesday.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
I debated on what to post after news of the horrific massacre at Virginia Tech. It is sad our nation has to continually be bombarded with events such as this. Why one person can ruin the promising lives of so many young and talented people and the people that teach those students is beyond me. I am sure we will learn more as the hours pass into days and the days pass into months.
I mourn the loss of so many and pray for all of those who are hurting, whose lives may be constantly affected or shortened by the wounds of this day. When can we learn to live with one another?
Anyway, today's shots are in one of our local parks where a couple were working to get airborne a rather large kite. I remember the joy of kite flying. It took me back to a time when life was a little easier, less traumatic than the day just past.
Monday, April 16, 2007
As I said yesterday, this shoot was done as practice, as they were originally not going to have any photographer other than the multitudes with their small digital cameras. As such you are competing with a lot of people with cameras. As a true wedding photographer you would have to be clear that you are the one photographer and they are to pay attention to you. Handling "family and friends" with their own cameras is one of the challenges you will face as a wedding photographer.
Take the shot above for instance. I had the full attention of the groom, but the bride was distracted elsewhere. While I like this shot I can't help but wonder if it would have been much better if she had been looking directly at my camera.
The challenges of wedding photography.
Have a great Monday.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
My Wife and I were privileged to help a friend's daughter out by serving as their wedding photographers. This was our first wedding and I was...well a little uptight about it.
It ended up going well and the pictures turned out great from both of us. I will share a few of the pictures just to give you an idea of some of the scenes you might be expected to capture. Weddings are a chaotic place to practice your trade. Someday I hope to do this more often but I have to get to really like taking people pictures. My wife is a little more of a natural at it, but then she has had more practice.
When was the last time you took a risk and did something totally out of your comfort range but really want to do?
Have a great Sunday!
Saturday, April 14, 2007
It is fun to look for shots in unusual places. Take this morning for instance, and of course I did not have my camera with me; it was snowing, the sun was shining (figure that one out) and I went by a high school soccer field with a game going on. What incredible light and action shots no less. Oh well.
Your turn: What shots have you missed in the last few weeks?
My wife and I are shooting our first wedding this afternoon. I am really nervous about it.
Take care and have a great Saturday.
Friday, April 13, 2007
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The Victory motorcycle shown is a new American brand. I like the way the cylinders on the engine create the "V". These cycles were absolutely immaculate.
It was sooo... cold that morning I think we both got frostbite trying to take these pictures. She claims it took her a whole afternoon to get feeling back in one finger. It was in the low 20's which killed all of our flowers and seemingly overnight turned what had been spring back to the dull colors of winter. Another weather disaster.
The motorcycle shoot was fun and definitely something different. Will share more of it later in the week.
Hope everyone has a good Tuesday.
Monday, April 09, 2007
Have you ever lost anything that has meant a great deal to you?
I hope everyone has a great Monday
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Thought I would share this as Easter weekend draws to a close. I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend.
Saturday, April 07, 2007
I felt this was an appropriate post for this weekend. If you click on the picture I have left it full size so you can enjoy the detail. Unfortunately I do not know the modelers name as I would have liked to given him or her full credit.
Teresa and I went to a presentation last night put on by a local Church of the Lord's Last Supper. It was very well done. Remember the meaning of Easter as you go through the rest of this holy time.
Have a great Easter.
Friday, April 06, 2007
OK, to be truthful I was looking for a reason to play with my new SB-600 flash and I spotted my oldest daughters White House Easter Egg collection. Her uncle works in the White House and gets her one of these every year. So I thought I would share them with you.
The top shot is an overall collection view. The years represented, not in any particular order, are 2001 to 2007. The second and third shot show each year although some are very difficult to read even in person.
The one to note is the one on the right side. It is black with a dull gray writing. This was the 2002 egg which was the first egg after the 9-11 attacks on the World Trade Center, Pentagon and the Crash in Pennsylvania. It was made this way to show we were still in mourning.
The final picture is of the 2007 egg which is my favorite with its gold lettering.
I hope you enjoy our little White House Easter Egg collection.
Have a happy Easter. My normal post will take place in the morning.
Here is the result. It was near noon so the sun was a huge factor in the shot, but I kind of like the way it turned out.
Has something ever bugged you until you finally decided to take a picture of it?
Hope every one has a "Good Friday".
Thursday, April 05, 2007
What have you done lately to add some excitement to your life? Or better yet, what do you do to stand out?
I hope everyone has a great Thursday. Maudy Thursday, the night of the Lord's Supper.
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
We have had a major cold front come through. On Monday we were approaching 88 degrees today we will be 48 degrees for a high with a chance of freezing for the next 3-4 nights. Welcome to Missouri!
I got an SB-600 flash Friday but have not had a lot of opportunity yet to try it out to the point I would post anything from it. I have used it enough to really appreciate it already. I have had it in use both on the camera and off it. So it is extremely versatile.
I hope everyone stays warm today, take care and have a good Wednesday
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
Bradford Pears did not fair well in our recent ice storm. They grow in a vase like shape wherein all the main branches kind of radiate from the center. The wood is weak and they are prone to giving way in any ice or wind conditions. They do bloom first every year which makes them popular. It will be interesting to see if people plant them in numbers like they used to since they have spent so much time hauling them off.
Hope everyone has a good Tuesday.
Monday, April 02, 2007
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Last Saturday we were in Eureka Springs marveling at the old buildings and homes. This weekend we were closer to home at Burrell Park here in Springfield. Sometimes modern architecture can be just as beautiful as the old stuff. But, as Carmi discussed a couple weeks ago in his blog, Written Inc., will it have the same staying power or timeless attraction. I doubt it, but what do you think?
I love architecture of all types. I guess I should have become an architect or engineer instead of what I did chose. I've seen some pretty ugly buildings out there. Perhaps we could run an ugly building contest.
Hope everyone is having a great weekend.