Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Here are some shots of the Chalmette Ferry which is what we took to get from Algiers on the Westbank of the Mississippi to get to the east bank. I guess they don't get too many people taking pictures. This nice lady gave me a real hard time about it! Besides me Teresa and her brother Tom were taking pictures. I am sure the drivers sitting in their cars were having a good time talking about the nuts with the cameras.
In the end we talked for a while and enjoyed the warm weather and the wind as we finished our crossing of the Mississippi on the return trip.
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Two years ago we made this same trip and the community was still pretty much boarded up and there was still a lot of debris around. Today the debris is gone and the homes are rebuilt and occupied. It was great to see.
Monday, December 22, 2008
The subject of this post is frost that was on the window of our back porch Sunday morning. There were many examples of this on our windows as the temperature was near 4 to 5 above on this morning. The picture was taken with a macro lens.
Let me know what you think of the frame and the picture if you get a chance.
Friday, December 19, 2008
This year the "soft" manger scene was placed under our Christmas tree for all to enjoy.
Sunday arrived and Katy and Chewie came for their weekly visit. It wasn't 20 seconds after Chewie got his normal greetings out of the way we noticed he was playing with something (you know where this is going don't you?).
Katy hollers, "Chewie, put baby Jesus down!" He took off relishing the attention he was getting and having a grand time with everyone after him. Around and around the house he went with the three of us trying to trap him and rescue the infant from the clutches of this monster dog. Left, right and around the house again, boy was he having a good time and we were laughing so hard which was just encouraging the little rascal.
Finally he dropped the little Jesus and Katy dove in rescuing him. Chewie, recognizing his error ran back to the manger and tried to make off with a camel but Teresa cut him off and we pick up the now scattered manger and move it to the coffee table on the back porch.
The next week he spots the manger again and have a picture of him in the act of trying to kidnap baby Jesus again!
I hope you take some time to remember what Christmas is really all about and stop and think about that young mother that bravely gave birth to the Son of God in a manger so long ago.
Merry Christmas everyone!
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Two large combines sit in a barren soybean field near El Dorado Springs. These things were huge and this was 2 of 4 of them! Talk about a lot of money in one spot.
Not much new here. I have not been getting out too much lately to take pictures. We did have a photo shoot over the weekend that was really fun and I have been absorbed in that. The shoot was a family of six delightful individuals. I will be sharing more of that on Ozark Faces when I am able.
I finished my portrait class the other night and unfortunately had to miss the last class. I wish everyone in the class great success. I admire their work and enjoyed taking the class with them.
Friday, December 12, 2008
This is the finale on my Christmas light special! These two shots were taken in between the other two and I am happiest with these. The top picture was a house where I had to shoot east away from the setting sun and the bottom one was taken west into the setting sun. I am particularly fond of the bottom one with the aura of light around it. But then I couldn't not take a picture of the house across the street with the nice front porch.
Hope you all are enjoying your lights. Get out and take a few pictures and share your results. Is this a challenge? Why not?
Take care until next time.
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Monday, December 08, 2008
I read someplace that the best way to photograph Christmas lights is to do it when there is still some light. That way there is still some ambient light to work with and he makes the Christmas lights stand out. This is actually the last one I took tonight trying this out. I will share some later this week that were taken earlier in the evening.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
Within minutes the United States Pacific Fleet was in ruins. Thousands of Americans would be dead and America would be drawn into the war which had engulfed Europe for years.
The Japanese were cautious; perhaps too much so. They retreated from thier attack leaving the US Pacific Fleet's oil tank farms intact. They retreated north back to Japan instead of taking a southern route home thus missing thier primary target, the American aircraft carriers. The United States aircraft carrier fleet was safe. In fact the carrier Enterprise entered Pearl Harbor just hours after the attack, refueled and left to search for the Japanese fleet.
In the meantime the battleships of the Pacific fleet were burning, men were dying. The great battleships California, West Virginia, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Arizona were sitting in the mud of Pearl Harbor. Maryland, Nevada and Pensylvania were damaged. All except Arizona and Oklahoma would return to the fleet and would play crucial parts in the struggle.
America would rise to the occasion. In fact the Admiral of the Japanese Navy Yamamoto would later be qouted as saying " I am afraid all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant."
I hope that giant still rests in us...
God bless America.
Saturday, December 06, 2008
The little guy's favorite resting spot was the star on top of our Christmas Tree. So of course I had to grab a camera to capture the event. I am sure he was glad to get back outside and away from the two crazy humans chasing him around the house.
Wednesday, December 03, 2008
The bandstand in the park in Downtown El Dorado Springs sits empty now in the cold breezes of Autumn but during the Summer it is alive with bands playing and people listening. Thinking about those summer afternoons brings back deep and fond memories.
Most of you know I love eccentric music. I found a Barry Manilow album once called "The Summer of 78" where he goes back and sings the popular love songs of that Summer. I still listen to this album and it like this picture above takes me home for a while.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
This lucky fellow (gal) has no idea what happens to millions of his domestic farm raised counterparts.
Taken today at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. This was a close as he (she) would let me get! Just think, if Ben Franklin had his way, this would be our national bird. Wild turkeys are plentiful and a popular hunting subject here in Missouri.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
We spent the day taking pictures and then spent the evening with our dear friends Howard and Virginia. They were my first employers and good friends of my Mom and Dad, both of whom have passed on. Howard sold and worked on TV's and I helped him. We used to work on TV antennas and I always dreaded those that were on old 2 story farm houses. I couldn't stand being on that wobbly ladder! It was a great first job and I give a lot of credit to Howard and Virginia to get me started with good work habits and teaching me so much about myself.
The other person I always visit when I venture to El Dorado Springs is my best friend Danny. Danny was killed in an automobile accident about 20 years ago now. He is buried in a small rural cemetery near Filley, Missouri. We used to build ship models together during the summer evenings in my garage. I put one of those models on his grave about 19 years ago. It remains there to this day.
This has been a very hard post for me, but one that is long overdue. Thanks for taking the time to read along.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Lori has posted a picture from a tag that Lisa started called sixth folder, sixth shot. The premise is that you go into your "my pictures" file and go to your sixth folder and get your sixth picture. I got lucky and pulled one of my Colorado shots. Bent's Fort to be exact.
Give it a try. It was fun.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thank you El Dorado Springs, I will always call you home.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Take a look at the results from my new studio lights on Ozark Faces .
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
I haven't been to a train show for about a year, primarily because I tend to spend a lot of money at them. This time I took my camera to control the urge.
The lighting was atrocious but I managed to capture a few shots. If you want to go someplace where there are a bunch of happy men and boys then go to a train show. There were even a few happy gals, in fact there were more than I think I have ever seen at a train show.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I ran across some more fall colors today despite snow flurries yesterday morning
These were taken today in the parking lot of my eye doctors office, Mattox Nue Prater. You just never know where you will find a shot. I just happened to drive by there today and since I pay them so much I figured I could take some shots of their trees!
The bottom shots are of flowering kale with some gray dusty miller thrown in. Both of these hang on in a garden to provide late season color.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Sunday, November 09, 2008
I spent most of my weekend working at work and on wedding pictures Teresa and I took Friday. You will be able to see those pictures at Ozark Faces Congratulations Nancy and Don!
Saturday, November 08, 2008
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Regardless of the party in power, life will go on. Half of us will complain about the new Administration and half of us happy with it! About 27 months from now we will start the whole process over again. That is America and I am proud to be a part of her.
I played with this in Photoshop, the original image was much brighter but I felt like the "pickpocket" theme demanded a more night-time look so I cut the saturation level quite a bit. I may display the original later in the week and you can tell me whether you like this or it better.
Got several neat pictures with an urban feel to them so it was a very good trip!
Monday, November 03, 2008
Sunday, November 02, 2008
Saturday, November 01, 2008
You can check out my new portrait blog Ozark Faces by clicking this link or the new link under "other important sites" to the right.
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
The steam rising off of the Finley River offered this neat shot. I could see the effect of the sun rays coming through the trees, the problem was capturing what I saw.
This somewhat mysterious shot will have to be my Halloween shot. I hope everyone has a great All Hallowed Eve.
Monday, October 27, 2008
Saturday, October 25, 2008
A lull in my work schedule has enabled me to finally get out and get some fall color shots for Stacy. Nature has cooperated with my schedule magnificently.
Yes, I did get up and out at sunrise to get my fall shots. I am finally a convert to the golden light hours.
This shot was taken on the Finley River near Linden, MO.
Friday, October 24, 2008
Check out your local rock show or rock, gem and mineral society. I bet the members would love to have you come to a meeting and take pictures.
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Next Thursday evening I begin a series of classes on portrait photography. Fortunately I have a willing subject to practice my lighting techniques on. I have been studying various artists lighting and I like the concept of minimalist lighting. I will be using mainly flash units in my work on this class so I will keep you posted periodically on my progress.
In the meantime please take a look as the the link on the right called The Strobist. This site is all about lighting.
Watch out, I will be looking for models for the next few weeks. If you live in the SW Missouri area and want to be involved email me.