Thursday, January 31, 2008
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
What an incredible highway! If you take it be prepared to go slow and enjoy the view. Roadwork usually causes delays as there are just a few months they can work on it. IF you go in the winter be prepared in the avalanche areas and be careful. It is one open and unprotected road. Hairpin curves and lack of guard rails add to the excitement.
I hope everyone has a great day.
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
I urge you to get out and take photos of old bridges and buildings. I see some many of them being destroyed to make room for the new and better as land space becomes more valuable and limited.
Monday, January 28, 2008
This was a morning shot toward the sun, the Capitol building and the highway 54/63 bridges.
What a beautiful day it was to take pictures!
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Today's picture is a return to Colorado via the archives. I have been going through those pictures in anticipation of this years Camera Club competitions. Also when it is 11 degrees outside I have a tendency to stay inside.
This is a scene on the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad's eastern terminus at Antonito, Colorado. When the run come in the locomotive is turned on a loop to be refueled and watered. this also puts it in the right direction to make its morning run to the west.
I hope everyone is having a good week and surviving the winter (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere).
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
I've decided everyone has had enough of this cold weather. To make everyone feel a little warmer I have gone back into the archives to the summer and post this picture of the Missouri Department of Conservation's Springfield Nature Center.
The Missouri Department of Conservation is probably one of the best, if not THE best in the nation. They are progressive and have had much success in bringing the wild back to Missouri. It is a true testament to what can be accomplished with a well run and properly funded department of conservation.
Monday, January 21, 2008
For those of you in the Springfield area, stop by and visit the Rusty Moose. You will be impressed.
Saturday, January 19, 2008
Just goes to show you should always carry all your equipment with you even when it is 16 degrees outside!
Have a great weekend.
Friday, January 18, 2008
I hope to get out and take some pictures this weekend but the bitter cold may stop me. Next weekend I am traveling to Jefferson City and hope to get some neat pictures there while Teresa is in a Library conference.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
They crested this hill and lost control of their car slamming into the trees at the bottom of the hill. As near as can be told they were killed instantly as the car disintegrated against the small but stout trees at the bottom of the hill.
The spot is marked by a multitude of makeshift memorials left by the students and friends of the two high schools they attended. A reminder that youth and driving don't always mix well. Please encourage your young drivers to drive slowly and responsibly. Carrying friends is not always a good thing and should be discouraged by parents until the driver has some experience.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
I thought I had better give Amy equal time since I posted a picture of Katy. I took this as the same place as the picture of Katy and Rebecca. I was just fooling around being a nuisance of myself while we were waiting to get in and see a Christmas train display.
This shot is a simple point, focus and shoot image using the pop up flash on my Nikon D80 (Mark, I do have Nikon's). I have always liked Anna's people shots so I find myself zooming in on my subjects more than I would have in the past, although this is not as close as I am describing. Minimal Photoshop work on this one.
I hope everyone has a good Wednesday. I am trying to get back into a more regular posting mode. I also hope everyone has had a chance to read about Anna's news, if not go to http://annacpics.blogspot.com/ and check it out. She has certainly been busy lately!
Tuesday, January 15, 2008
A classic river bend and no way to capture it the way it needed to be captured. This is a classic example of missing that one piece of equipment that would have made the shot. This was taken on the Rivercut golf course. I couldn't back up any further due to obstructions. A wide angle lens would have made the difference in this situation as I needed just a tad more help. Hopefully I will return to this spot and get the right shot soon.
I hope everyone is having a good week. I have done some computer maintenance this week, working on Amy's Sony Viao. It came with a C: drive that was partitioned at only 15GB and she was pushing that and getting low disk space errors. The D: drive was at the remainder of the systems 90 GB. Go figure what they were thinking about. Norton's Partition Magic program handily solved the problem and I should be able to complete my work on this machine tonight. It was actually kind of fun working this machine over. I took the cover off and did the interior cleaning and then went over the system with a fine tooth comb. This is the oldest of our computers and it was badly in need of some work.
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Saturday, January 12, 2008
Another day, another flower. I took a rose to the back porch and set the aperture to f22 on the macro lens to get a deep depth of field. Setting the aperture to such a small size of course lengthens the time of the exposure so I set the timer on the camera to reduce shake. While that was going off I grabbed a piece of black poster board to get rid of the distracting background and held it there while the exposure went off. With the other hand I painted the rose with light from a flashlight to brighten it more since it was an overcast day.
It was kind of fun to experiment. Get out and try something new and tell us how you did it. That is your challenge for this week.
Have a great weekend.
Friday, January 11, 2008
It will be interesting to see what similarities develop in the future. Thanks girls for many wonderful smiles.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I badly misjudged the time to get to Roaring River State Park the other day and we only had time for a few shots and the lighting was not really good for any of them This is a shot of the headwaters of the stream that comes out of the rocks and goes down through the fish hatchery. Trout are the item here and the river or stream hosts hundreds of anglers on day one of trout season.
The water color is a faithful rendition. I am not sure what makes it so green/blue. If you look closely you can see some dark areas which are trout just below the surface.
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Well you all have seen the color version of this picture in the header. Here is a black & white I have been playing with. This is the old mill site at Linden, Missouri. You can find it by turning south on Highway 125 from Highway 60 just west of Rogersville, Missouri and travel south about 4 miles to the Finley River crossing.
I wish they hadn't strung power lines accross the river right at this point. I guess that is why we have Photoshop.
Fellow blogger Sniderman is a Ky3 Stormteam Meteorologist and they did a great job of reporting the storm news and warnings. Amazing. I am sure it was a long evening for Dave but thanks for all your hard work!
I didn't realize this at the time but I was glued to the TV last night. I watched continuous storm coverage on Ky3 from the time I got home until I went to bed. I haven't watched a full night of TV in years. So phooey on the reality shows and Hollywood writers and producers, give me storm coverage anytime!
Saturday, January 05, 2008
I converted this shot using the new black and white converter in CS3. I enjoy using this converter as it gives you the opportunity to apply filter effects such as a red or yellow filter. I also love the Adobe Raw Converter that comes with the software.
I hope everyone has a great Sunday.
Thursday, January 03, 2008
Tuesday, January 01, 2008
Thanks for your inspirations in 2007!