Thursday, October 29, 2009

Springfield Roller Girls Oct 25th Bout

Some of the shots I took at the recent October 25th Springfield Roller Girls bout with Kansas City and Tulsa.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Fall At Little Cedar Lodge

Here are some shots of the incredible fall color at Larry and Carol's home near Jefferson City. As soon as I got up I grabbed the camera and scouted around thier home for some great shots. They have such an incredibly wonderful place. Makes me want to live in the country.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Fall Photo Walk Pictures

All these shot were taken either on or near the Jefferson Avenue Footbridge in Springfield.

The day started out with light rain but cleared for a bit and then became cloudy and cold again. We had four of us walking and had a model, Erica along so we could practice our portrait photography skills. I hope to post those pictures at Ozark Faces soon.

Monday, October 12, 2009

The Santa Fe Depot in Strong City, Kansas

A reminder of a glorious day gone by. The old Santa Fe depot in Strong City, Kansas still stands proud along side the busy Burlington Northern Santa Fe mainline.

Wednesday, October 07, 2009


I liked this combination of colors and goods next to a gas station in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas.

Monday, October 05, 2009

Chasing Windmills

This shot was taken on Day 3 of my Kansas journey. I spotted a windmill farm south of Kansas Highway 400 while I was driving along and thought it might be fun to try and get some pictures of these huge beasts. Little did I know the journey would help me make some additional discoveries.

My first discovery was that my CRV is a pretty good off road or should I say barely a road vehicle. Mud was the first obstacle I faced trying to get close to these windmills. What a wonderful drive though. Kansas is anything but flat. It was fun getting back in the boonies so to speak.

I finally found the windmills and they were really going. But even with a heavy wind the blades on these behemoths only turn so fast. I wanted my pictures to reflect the fact that these guys were not standing still. I closed my shutter to F/22 and put on a polarizing filter to slow the shutter speed as much as I could to get a blur on the blades. I wish there was a way to capture the sound of these windmills whirring around.

The second discovery was made when I left the windmills. But for that one you are going to have to wait.

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Sunrise in Emporia

Most of you know of my great love for trains. Well, the first thing I do when I get to a new and exciting photo location is scout out the railroad facilities. I look for the possibility of action (active trains) layout (how will the light be at different times of the day) and atmosphere (does it give me a "railroady" feel). When I drove into Emporia after a long day on the road I immediately got excited. A major transcontinental mainline, east west orientation and good location with the signal bridges and three tracks. All I had to hope for was a terrific sunrise. Well here is the result. One of many shots from the morning.

Welcome to beautiful Kansas. It is much more than just interstate and endless flat sections.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Going Home

Dawn comes to downtown El Dorado Springs, my hometown. This is the second in a series of photographs I am doing of my old hometown. I hope to eventually capture it in all seasons.

I love going home. Now that my parents are gone it is more difficult to get there at opportune photo times such as dawn. This trip found me leaving at 4:30 to arrive at sun up.