Saturday, August 29, 2009

Final Shots of the Springfield Roller Girls vs. the No Coast Derby Girls Bout

These are the last shots of the Roller Girls I will post for this bout. There is another coming up in September and I hope to get to that one. These are loads of fun.

Friday, August 28, 2009

More Shots of the Springfield Roller Girls vs. The No Coast Derby Girls Bout

I am posting some more of my shots of the recent Springfield Roller Girls bout we attended. These is a lot of fun to go too and there is even a tailgating party in the lot of Skateport before the bout!

Support your local Roller Girls!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Winner of the First Annual High Noon Photo Contest Is...

Barb with her Sun Through the Trees at Noon entry. I had four judges assign a 1st, 2nd and 3rd to the pictures entered. 1st = 3 points, 2nd = 2 points and 3rd = 1 point. The print with the highest number of points one.

I liked all the entries, but Barb's stood out for the fact that it literally sceamed that it was high noon!

Clayton's Man with the Ipod came in second. Stephanie's Wet Girl and Mark's Water Fountain tied for third and Mark's Spider Web was fourth.

Barb's grand prize is a copy of Joe McNally's new book "The Hot Shoe Diaries." Barb, you will need to send me your mailing address by email.

Thanks to everyone who participated. I enjoyed the images. You can see the images at my Flickr page at For easier viewing click on the High Noon Set on the right side of the page.

Friday, August 21, 2009

High Noon Update #2 - Entries Are Posted

All the High Noon Entries have been posted at my Flickr account see this link:

As you can see there were not too many entries but the ones entered were great!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Route 66 - Honey, Can I Buy This Train Set?

Teresa and I left The Route 66 Cafe the other morning we headed west on Route 66 (aka College Street) and it merges into Chestnut Expressway. We traveled about a mile down the road and Teresa actually spotted the little black locomotive sitting on a small stretch of track at Thomas Steel Company. I quickly spun the car around and headed back for the top picture.

Bill Thomas, the 81 year old owner of the company, spotted me and asked if I was interested in purchasing the little locomotive. He told me the tale of how he purchased the little locomotive from a mining operation near Rolla along with several trucks for cars. Mr. Thomas, who renovated the little engine, is in the second photo and the passenger car he is building is in the third photo.

The little locomotive is 3 foot gauge or narrow gauge. If you have ever ridden the Durango and Silverton or Cumbres and Toltec in Colorado you have ridden on a 3 foot gauge line. 3 foot gauge means there is only 3 feet spacing between the rails.

Please, Teresa, can I have this train. Oh yeah and I need about a 100 acres to go with it.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

High Noon Update

I am sure my participants are eagerly awaiting the results of the High Noon Photo Contest. I have unfortunately gotten side tracked due to a couple of real shoots. I will post the entries on Flickr and announce the winner over the weekend.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Route 66 - An Ozark Treasure, The Route 66 Cafe

Teresa had been wanting to try this cafe, so the other day with one of her teaching friends she stopped into The Route 66 Cafe. They both loved it and they got to meet and talk with the owner Victoria (top picture). Needless to say that is all I heard about Friday evening and Teresa is not an "eat out" person. So I am thinking in my head "this place has to be fantastic."

I suggested we try breakfast there Saturday morning and Teresa was ecstatic. Wow, she was right. I would say I had the best breakfast "out" that I have ever had. I tried the special which was ham steak and eggs and Teresa had the banana nut pancakes. Now, let me tell you about my ham steak and eggs. The ham steak was a true ham steak, thick and juicy; cooked to perfection. The eggs are fresh brown eggs from a local farmer. No processed eggs here and they were delicious. Add to that a generous helping of hash browns and biscuits and gravy, I literally rolled out the door in heaven. Teresa's banana nut pancakes were large and thick again with a generous topping of banana and nuts which were caramelized (I have no idea whether I am using the correct terminology) into a sauce laying on the pancakes. Add to this thick maple syrup and it was like eating a luxurious desert.

We talked to Victoria and asked if we could take some pictures for my blog. She agreed and here we are.

We are definitely huge fans of The Route 66 Cafe and Victoria. If you are ever in Springfield stop by and see her and tell her Mike (the photographer) sent you. You can find the cafe if you travel west on College Street from Kansas Expressway or east from Scenic. It is located next door to College Street Baptist Church. She is not open all the time so take a look at the middle picture for the hours. Four stars out of a possible four in my book!

Springfield Roller Girls vs. the No Coast Derby Girls

Long time readers of this blog will know that I have managed to get hooked up with roller derby for some time now. I love taking pictures of roller derby! It is really the only sport shooting I regularly do.

I want to thank Brandy, Jessica and Kelsey for letting me know about tonight's event.

These women are tough and play hard. But I hope you see through these pictures and others that follow that they also really enjoy what they do.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Morning Arches

This is the Business 65 bridge near the Branson Landing. The morning fog was just about to burn off of Lake Taneycomo.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Fun with Nick and Dallas

We (and I mean we) had a great evening with Nick and Dallas the other night. Nick and Dallas are our good friends and they wanted some new photos. Dallas, you will remember, if you are a follower of my other blog, has been featured in Ozark Faces. Kate was trying her hand at Teresa's D50 and she shot the bottom picture. Which shows Tubby (me) in the KC Royals cap shooting away while Teresa applies some flash with my SB-600 speedlight covered with a Lumiquest Softbox III. My photowalk attendees will recognize this parking garage.

The top shot was taken in the home studio before we went downtown. For more pictures of this wonderful couple go over to Ozark Faces.

I hope you all have a great weekend!!!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Alabama Silhouette

Another shot of the Alabama. This one strikes me as she might of looked sailing around Guadalcanal in 1942 with her massive sixteen inch guns ready silhouetted against the morning sun.

We have a busy week coming. A photo shoot tomorrow night and a senior shoot on Sunday. I am excited!

Saturday, August 08, 2009

Lake Taneycomo

Summertime in the Ozarks means lakes and going to the lake. This is a common sight here in the Ozarks. This was shot from the Branson Landing parking lot on Lake Taneycomo. The time is about 8:30 am before the fog completely burned off about 15 minutes later.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Cafe du Monde

A must stop at Jackson Square in the French Quarter. I have finally become a coffee connoisseur since we began going to Riverbluff Church. This was good coffee even though the temperature was in the mid nineties!

Monday, August 03, 2009

My Algiers Ferry Buddy

This young lady came and shared a window at the front of the Algiers Ferry with me when we rode from the West Bank to Downtown New Orleans. Isn't she a doll?

Time is running out on the HIGH NOON PHOTO Contest. Get your entries in now for a chance to win Joe McNally's new book The Hot Shoe Diaries. Entries are due on August 15th. See this link for details

Sunday, August 02, 2009

At Anchorage for Rememberance

The U.S.S. Alabama was built for a war that began 68 years ago. She was launched as one of the fast battleships of the South Dakota Class which included the South Dakota, Alabama, Indiana and Massachusetts. As the Japanese proved conclusively at Pearl Harbor and other places in December of 1941 the battleship as a design was being replaced by the aircraft carrier. During the Second World War these ships provided fast cover for the US carrier tasks forces which early in the war may have at times counted one or two operational carriers and in the end counted near 100. The battleship's days were numbered and after the war gallant ships were scrapped one after another. Only a few survive today, thanks to citizens of the States they were named for. Texas, Alabama, North Carolina and Massachusetts organized grass roots efforts to purchase and display their battleships. The ships of the Iowa class, America's largest and finest, were retired only recently. The Missouri sits in Pearl Harbor Hawaii next to the sunken Arizona. The Iowa is still in mothballs awaiting a home. The Wisconsin and New Jersey are on display on the East Coast. As far as I know no other battleships survive afloat in the world, their massive guns forever silent. Ships with names like Warspite, King George V, Nagato, Richleau cut up by the scrappers torch.

We have a duty as a freedom loving people to preserve our history. In a time of recession and/or depression it is easy to cut funding for our history, parks, and infrastructure. Our children do not care any more and I fear in a few years important elements of our history will disappear. Only these photos will remain and each of these digital files will rot out of existence if we are not careful and print our photos for non digital preservation.

Please consider teaching your children about history, for many of us it means we have to develop an interest in it and learn about it. Please print your best pictures, especially the ones that capture important moments in your families history. Digital images are wonderful but fleeting. They can disappear as fast as a heartbeat with a hard disk crash or a change in file formats. How much did you have saved on 5.25 inch floppies which can no longer be used by most of us. Have you heard of CD rot? Most CD's and DVD's only have a limited life. Will software be available to read this information 10 years from now if they can be read at all?

Remember you are responsible for history. Our grandparents captured it through Kodak pictures and letter's saved and journals kept. What will our grandchildren have to remember us by?

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Gulf Islands National Seashore

What the Gulf Coast's shoreline may look like if man didn't disturb it.

One of the inhabitants of Gulf Islands National Seashore in Mississippi

The effect of Katrina on the trees at Gulf Islands NSS

On of the places we stopped on our trip along the ravaged Gulf Coast was Gulf Islands National Seashore. It was the girls favorite just because of the "little" critter (8ft) in the middle shot.

We stopped at the visitor's center which is in Mississippi. Unfortunately we could not make it to the actual islands but the lady manning the visitor's center said there was not one thing left on the islands after Katrina except the historical old stone fort.