Friday, October 31, 2008

Golden Glow

Just prior to sunrise on a cold Ozark's fall morning at Turner's Station. A westbound train of empty coal cars approaches in the early pre-dawn.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

The Light on the Other Side of the Wall

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

Early Morning Traveler

A Burlington Northern Santa Fe coal train passes Turner's Station just east of Springfield. The similarity of the cars passing during this time exposure creates the eerie feeling of one solid car.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Fall Color Comes to the Ozarks

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

One More From the Rock Show

This one reminds me of Ireland or at least moss! I could not believe this beautiful green on this rock.

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

Different Directions

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.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

A Feast of Rocks and Minerals

One of the highlights of the Rock, Gem and Mineral Show was this feast consisting entirely of rocks and minerals. It was amazing and easily the top draw of the show. Study the photos carefully and remember the food is all rocks and minerals.

Monday, October 20, 2008

The City on the Edge of Forever

I took this shot because it reminded me of the Guardian on the original Star Trek episode "City on the Edge of Forever". I didn't quite nail the focus but you get the idea if you are an old Trek fan.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Pyrite in a Sea Bed Base

This is Pyrite, more commonly known as Fool's Gold, embedded in a piece of an ancient sea bed. I have never seen such perfect cubes. Just another of the amazing sights and photo opportunities at the Ozark Gem and Mineral Society show this year.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

The Ozark Mountain Gem and Mineral Society

I told you today would bring something different. It is literally amazing the opportunities for photo field trips that are out there. Sometimes you have to be willing to move on short notice. I knew nothing of this show, the 41st Annual Gem, Jewelry and Mineral Show, until my daughter came home from school and told me she could get extra credit for going in her Earth Science class. I quickly volunteered. The only problem is I needed to take a notebook so I could write down the names of the rocks and minerals I was shooting. Note for next year!

On a side note. Teresa has sent her camera off for repair. She has a damaged pixel which was leaving a bright orange spot on her pictures. Has anyone else had this problem? I am a little disappointed in the quality of my Nikon gear. She has had this problem and I have some difficulty with my 18-200mm VR lens. What has been your experience? The warranties really don't stand up too well either.

I hope everyone has a great week. Remember there are "field trip" possibilities everywhere! Just be willing to go, quickly!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Signs of Fall - Summer's Flowers Burst Into Seed

An artichoke flower goes to seed and will soon send its new generation airborne. This was taken at Phelps Grove Park in Springfield.

Tomorrow we will leave "Signs of Fall" for a while for a special treat, which I am excited to share with you. It will give you a new idea for a "field trip".

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Signs of Fall - Leaves Beginning to Turn

Fall is always an interesting time in Southwest Missouri. People seem to come out of their air conditioned cocoons and start enjoying nature again. You also never know what fall color is going to be like. Leaves are definitely turning but without a real cold blast I am not sure how colorful things will get. We have had the moisture this year which should translate into a really colorful fall.

This was taken today at Phelps Grove Park. I hope everyone has a great week.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Signs of Fall - The Canadian Geese Return

These geese stepped literally into my path and my blog. They were blocking the road at the park I was having lunch at and I realized this was yet another sign of fall. So out came the trusty Olympus. Snap. Another sign of fall!
Canadian Geese are so numerous any more. They are prevalent here during the Fall, Winter and Spring; leaving for Canada only during the Summer. They are so numerous they are becoming a nuisance. As you can tell they are messy and they do damage to lawns and during the Spring they are downright aggressive!

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Signs of Fall - The Rain Returns

In a typical year October usually brings rain after 2-3 months of severe drought. Of course this year was an aberration being the wettest year for some time. The rains of fall are always welcome.

This was taken looking up into the sunroof on my CRV. I happened to look up yesterday at lunch.

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Signs of Fall - Grasses in Bloom

Many grasses send up their spires of seeds in the autumn. This particular grass is the variety known as Micanthis. I have always loved grasses. Their form is very useful in landscaping as they provide a contrast to your normal shrubs. They hold their interest until late winter when they need to be cut back. Aside from being divided, which can be a daunting task, they are a low maintenance plant.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Signs of Autumn

One of my favorite signs of Autumn is the annual migration of the Monarch butterfly. They come through here by the thousands. It is truly one of the greatest miracles of nature.

I am going to make "Signs of Autumn" a new series. I am doing this for my friend Stacy who loves fall colors. As shown above, I may get out of the box a little on this one!

Take care and have a good weekend everyone.

Friday, October 03, 2008

Looking to the Great American West

I love to stand on the Commercial Street Footbridge and look west. Missouri, St. Louis specifically is known as the Gateway to the West. Kansas City is often called the first western city and St. Louis is often called the last eastern city. My own personal demarcation is this bridge. From this point on everything seems to have a western flair.

As most of you know I love trains and this shot is so typical these days. The container train on the left and carries Chinese goods east. The train in the middle with the engine on the rear is an empty coal train heading back to the Powder River Basin in Wyoming.

This is the last shot from the Commercial Street Footbridge. I wanted to give you all a flair for going to one place and taking as many creative shots as you could. When I started with our local camera club we used to do this with our field trips.

Go out to one spot this weekend and take as many shots as you can.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

From Here to Infinity...

A container train waits to head east loaded with Chinese goods. This, as with my other shots this week, was taken from the Commercial Street Footbridge. This was taken fairly early in the morning shooting straight into the sun which helps obliterate the front of the train.

One more shot tomorrow morning and then we move on.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Train Watching

A father and son watch the passing parade of trains under the Commercial Street Footbridge in Springfield. Yes, there is a little boy in the shot. I kept hoping he would move out of his dad's shadow so we could see him distinctly, but he stuck close!