Friday, June 19, 2009

Front Porch Friday Addendum

Now this is a front porch designed for comfort! Taken with my new Blackberry when Teresa and I were walking back to the car from the Springfield Cardinals game tonight.

Front Porch Friday - Rendezvous Style

Even tents can have front porches and they are very evident at a rendezvous event. It is part of the fabric of the event to sit out and get to know your fellow redezvousers.

This will probably be the last formal Front Porch Friday since I haven't gotten out to take pictures well and the response has not been what it used to be.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

2009 Finley River Rendezvous in Ozark, Missouri

I took Friday off and Teresa and I cleaned our closet, garage, attic, and shed. We worked on more stuff today. Gee whiz am I tired! But it was not all work...I got to play just a little.

There were so many things going on this weekend. Blue Grass Music at the Ray House at Wilson's Creek, Civil War Days at Hulston Mill and the event shown above which was the Finley River Rendezvous in Ozark. I had to pick one so we chose this one as we didn't get to give it justice last year when we snapped some shots on Sunday afternoon. This year I wanted to give this event my front and center attention and I was really pleased with some of the pictures I got. The rendezvouers were very gracious welcoming Teresa and I to take pictures.

The top two pictures are some overall shots of the site in the Ozark City Park. It was about 9 am so the light was already pretty harsh but there were some opportunities as you will see here and over at Ozark Faces. I loved the lines in the third picture.

We have so much going on! We are down to 2 openings in our Springfield "World Wide Photo Walk. If you are interested in going be sure and get over to to register for this event. Participation is limited to 50 and incredibly we have reached 48! I am looking forward to seeing old friends and meeting new ones at this event. We have a lot planned for the walk so there should be something for everyone.

Activity in the High Noon Photo Contest is picking up. At first I thought Mark was going to walk off with the prize but he has some competition now. Be sure and let your readers know about the contest.

If you live in the Springfield area be sure and either stop by the Finley River Park in Ozark tomorrow or take a drive to Greenfield for Hulston Mill's Civil War Days. You will be glad you did.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Morning at Nathaniel Greene Park

This was taken early in the morning at Springfield's Nathaniel Greene Park. I have been taking some time to take some early shots before I go into work. The light is magnificent when you hit the right day.

Don't forget about the High Noon Photo Contest described below. So far I have had very little participation. Is this too tough of a competition?

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Old Ship Models...

Another Polaroid scan of 35 years ago! This is a Lindberg model of the German Battleship Tirpitz shortly after I completed it. My friend Danny and I used to sail our models in ditches after rains!

This ship has survived many, many years on Danny's grave. I check on it and him every time I go to El Dorado Springs and pass the small cemetery where they rest. It is battered and worn but so far no one has taken it or thrown it away.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

For The Love of Star Trek 2

This one reminds me of the current movie poster...

Ok, no more until tomorrow! :)

For The Love of Star Trek

This is probably the strangest picture you will ever see me post here...

Most of my long time readers such as Mark and Lori will know that I am an avid Star Trek fan. I took this picture about 35 years ago hanging an unpainted AMT model from a clothes line and snapping away with a Polaroid. Both the model and the Polaroid are horrendous, but I loved the angle of the shot I captured. I scanned the Polaroid last night and was attempting to isolate and turn the cloudy sky black but got to this stage and thought it was pretty interesting so there it stayed.

Going through the old Polaroids was a bunch of fun, just goes to show I had an interest back then at 15. I wish I had pursued it!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Coach Ricky Simms, Jr. 1974 - 2009

This post is dedicated to the life of Coach Ricky Simms of Study Middle School. Coach Simms was the ISS teacher at Study and coached the 8th Grade Football, Basketball and Track programs there. We learned this week that Coach Simms passed away leaving many devastated students. Today Teresa and I attended his memorial service at Deliverance Temple here in Springfield along with about 1,000 other teachers, students, former students, administrators and family.

Coach Simms will be remembered for his love of the Study students, his smile and his competitiveness. He and his 8th grade football team brought Study the City Championship for the first time in 38 years this year. Judging from his teams emotions at today's service he was not only a good coach but a good mentor to these young men.

Coach you will be missed.

These picture were taken a few months ago at the Hillcrest Junior High City Basketball tournament. These pictures were hanging on Coach Simms office wall and were in the video shown at today's service. I only wish I had taken more.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Downtown Hartsburg, Missouri

Teresa and I almost missed this beautiful little town close to the Missouri River. It is on the Katy Trail State Park and is about 5 miles off US 63 between Jefferson City and Columbia. This was a "High Noon" shot and I was very fortunate to have some lovely clouds as a background. I used my polarizing filter in my NIK software to help highlight the sky.

Be sure and check out the High Noon Photo Contest post below. This is the type shot you can get at high noon. You just have to carefully work your angles and composition as the light can be very harsh. Often though a photo opportunity will present itself and you would be amiss not capturing it while you are there.