Friday, January 30, 2009

Study Basketball

These are photos of the Study 7th grade basketball team. I took these at the city championships this last weekend. The 7th graders won thier game in OT and got 3rd in the city.

I kind of thought the first shot might be a good fit for Carmi's simplicity theme.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Natural Bridge at Haha Tonka State Park

There is an actual natural bridge in Missouri. It is located at Haha Tonka State Park which is loaded with various examples of Karst topography.

If you look closely you can see Teresa under the bridge, which give you an example of the size of this massive structure.

The odd shaped tree trunk in the foreground is actually the base of a large grape vine.

This was taken last Monday so I converted the picture to black and white which was probably a good choice considering the limited colors in Nature right now.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

Smokey Hill Railway Museum in Belton, Missouri

It is rare that I can get a decent picture at a railway museum because normally the trains are displayed in rows next to each other about 10 feet apart. The Smokey Hill Railway Museum is small but has some nice equipment including a train that operates during the summers powered by the GP7 shown above. I turned everything on this post to black and white but I am sure you noticed the color version in the header. Which do you prefer?

Saturday, January 24, 2009

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Part 6

Selected Photographs

Well today will be the last day from the Nelson-Atkins Museum and as I stated I saved my favorite section, photography, for last. Now is where I have to admit I goofed up because I did not take close ups of the plaques which tells the photographers name and the name of the print. I thought I had the info but don't.

The top print is by a photographer who has a book out and has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning which incidentally is the only network news program I watch consistently and like. I like his work and the style he uses, always having hidden details, a person standing, and a car with it's lights on. Wild huh?

The second picture of these is my favorite. I wish I knew who did it. I love this portrait.

The third picture is of Albert Schweitzer in Africa and is also a neat portrait, one I would love to duplicate on Ozark Faces some day. This one is by W. Eugene Smith.

I hope you have enjoyed the visit to Nelson-Atkins. Judging from the lack of comments and visitors it appears I have scared everyone away using the title "Art Museum". I would encourage you, however, to visit your closest local art museum though, even if they don't allow you to take pictures, you can be inspired in your work by the works on display. I know Teresa and I were.

Tomorrow or Monday we move on to more traditional "Ozark Photos" fare.

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Part 5

Images in Stone

Here are some of the sculpted treasures from long ago that are on display at Nelson-Atkins. I was pleased with the way they turned out in the low light.

One more day coming up at the museum. I have saved the best for last. We will take a look at the photography section and I will show my two or three favorite pictures. I want to do it in a way that honors the photographer. I figure filling the frame with their picture was not right so I hope you will enjoy the way I present them.

Until next time, happy shooting!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Part 4

A Knight's Tale

Today we move further into the museum and I want to show you some of the pictures I took. A full size display of knight and horse armor was there and I loved the way these shots turned out.

Bear with me for a couple more days in the museum. There were some really neat photo ops in there.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Part 3

Not many words for this one. I caught it as I was leaving the "Age of Steam" exhibit.

Attention OTC Portrait Class Alumni

I was absent during the last class of my OTC Portrait Class but had offered through April the opportunity through a blog or otherwise to have a "class reunion" or continuation. I want to make good on that promise.

If you attended the Fall 2008 OTC Portrait Class and want to get together for a Photo Session please contact me at my email address and we will see if we can arrange a get together.

Monday, January 19, 2009

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art - Part 2

Another shot outside the massive structure that holds the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and this is only the original section. Added to this is the new Bloch section (of H & R Block fame). In this shot a lone jogger works his way down the stairs, he will repeat this many times as we shoot pictures!

At least someone is playing football in Kansas City. Yes that is a giant birdie on the grounds, one of several scattered around. Don't want to see who ever was playing badminton with those.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City

A good friend emailed us and told us about an exhibition at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. The exhibition was entitled "Railways in the Age of Steam" and she new I in particular would enjoy this. So Teresa and I got up early Saturday morning to visit this Kansas City landmark that neither of us had been to before. We arrived at about 10 in the morning and expected to spend the entire day there before returning home in the evening.

We really didn't know what to expect. We brought our cameras, but knew a lot of art museums such as Springfield's do not allow cameras. We were pleasantly surprised that Nelson-Atkins did allow cameras for all of their collection, but could not allow any photographs of the special exhibits such as the "Days of Steam" exhibit. We eagerly brought our cameras and I really enjoyed photographing some of the art that was not part of the special exhibit. I like to think the artist would be pleased to know their art was being used to create another form of art sometime a thousand or hundred years in the future. I hope to share some of these pictures which I will treasure for many years with you in upcoming posts.

We are starting off outside, where art is in full evidence and you can see the size of this Midwest treasure. It was a cool winter day but the grounds and the museum were crowded. This was the last weekend of the "Railways in the Days of Steam" exhibit so I think a lot of people were coming before it was gone. The exhibit was sponsored by the BNSF Railway.

Friday, January 16, 2009

In Celebration of Democracy

Lincoln in Toast Photo by Teresa Young

With the Lincoln's

This post is to celebrate two things.

First, the inauguration of our 44th President this coming Tuesday. It is truly a great nation that can peacefully change its' leadership every 4 - 8 years (or 13 in one case). I remember reading about the first change in leadership when George Washington calmly rode out of town (Philadelphia back then) and left the reigns of power in the hands of John Adams. This peaceful change of power was virtually unheard of in the world up to that point.

Secondly, I wanted to highlight the upcoming 200th anniversary of President Lincoln's birth. One of our greatest President's, Lincoln like so many of the soldiers that fought for him in the Civil War, gave his life for our country. I would encourage everyone to visit the Lincoln Museum and Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois. This is probably the greatest of the Presidential Libraries we have visited.

The top picture is one taken by Teresa of a display in a cafe on the square in downtown Springfield, Illinois. Someone very creatively toasted bread so it would come out in the likeness of Lincoln. The bottom picture is taken in the Lincoln Museum and shows us posed next to wax likenesses of the Lincoln family. The picture was modified to black and white and then "old photo" using my NIK software.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

Lazy Days of...Winter?

Well I have had a difficult time getting out to take some pictures so you will have to excuse my lack of new posts. I am an accountant in my real life so year end work has taken priority. Combining that with a project we have been working on at home and miscellaneous other time eaters have kept me occupied. So what have I been working on you say? I eluded to it in a couple of past posts recently and it involved getting pictures printed. A picture is just a digital file unless you print it. If you print it it then needs to be framed and displayed. Having printed a lot of our pictures for the SWMCC competitions we decided to frame them and put them up. We have also been wanting to display the family pictures in a way that they look nice rather than standing up places collecting dust. Well as you can see from the pictures attached we have been busy painting walls and putting up pictures in an organized manner. It has been a fun project and we work on it a little at a time as time permits. Of course I am as slow as a seven year itch when it comes to doing chores around the house. I am also somewhat of a perfectionist on these things. (No comments big brother!)

The pictures above show the preliminary results. The top picture shows our family picture wall. The other pictures show our prints. I have a couple more large size prints to get frames for so they will be in a group of four just like the right side smaller prints.

Today was a beautiful day in the Ozarks. Chewie and I went for a long walk while I was baby sitting him and the gals went shopping. It was sunny, little breeze and 45 degrees, perfect hiking weather if I was out on a trail. I saw four private planes fly over, something I hadn't seen in a while. I wonder if the price of aviation fuel has dropped or if the flying weather was just as perfect. My Dad used to fly so I picked up my plane watching habits from him.

Chewie was in heaven. He greeted each dog as it came along and stopped to smell every signpost, mail box, bush and fire hydrant along the way. I won't mention what else he did to each of those though. After the walk we came home and he collapsed into my lap. What a dog's life!

Teresa and I went to see the movie Marley and Me. I highly recommend it.

I hope you all are doing well. Have a great week.

Monday, January 05, 2009


Another frost shot taken the same morning as the one posted in December with the frame. I liked this one because it reminds me of where I live here in Missouri which is also known as the cave state. Like stalactites and stalagmites, these two crystals struggling, but not quite able to reach each other.

Kind of reminds me of communicating with kids or even your spouse. Trying to get close to someone but never quite able to get there. What are your thoughts? What do you see?

Saturday, January 03, 2009

Port of New Orleans 2

Here is another shot of tugs on the Mississippi River. These where docked for the holiday and I am sure the crews were enjoying their Christmas day. I liked the way the liked came out on this picture and the business it shows. The mist in the warm air I am sure is due to the cold water flowing south into the warm New Orleans air from the cold north.

I just realized this is my first post of 2009. I have not had a lot of time to take pictures. Teresa and I are painting in the house and putting a lot of the pictures we have taken and entered into competition on our walls. It has been a lot of work but fun. Little do you realize how many prints you accumulate until you start trying to get them on the wall. We had a local photographer, Geoffry Sweet, who did a presentation for our photo club. He was talking about how we need to print our photos rather than leaving them on our hard drives. I agree with him. Just think of all the great pictures out on people's hard drives. At least by showing them on blogs such as this they are out for people to see.

What do you think? Print or hard drives?

I hope everyone is having a great beginning to 2009.