Friday, December 26, 2014

Night Moves

 First Baptist Church, Lawton, Oklahoma
 The Vaska Theater, Lawton, Oklahoma
 Mexican Villa, Springfield, Missouri
 Mercy Hospital, formerly St. John's, Springfield, Missouri
Steak & Shake, National & St. Louis Streets, Springfield, Missouri

I have been playing a bit with night photos.  Trying to get back into the mood to take pictures.  The first two images were taken in Lawton, Oklahoma and the last three were taken in Springfield.  I think night time is a good time to take pictures of icons.  The image are all of prominent businesses or landmarks in each city.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge

I am somewhat biased, but I believe the Wichita Mountains of Southwest Oklahoma are some of the most beautiful, enchanting and haunting mountains in the nation.  They are approximately 400 million years old and frankly there isn't much left of them.  Teresa and I went out on a rainy, blustery December Sunday morning to see them.  The rain, heavy at times, had just let up.  It has been very dry in Southwest Oklahoma so the soaking rain was a great relief.  It almost seemed like Elk Mountain was grateful as she showed her winter colors well after the rain.  I hope you enjoy the images.  

You can visit this beautiful place.  It is about 5 1/2 to 6 hours west on I-44.  Lawton, Oklahoma is the nearest city and is a great place to stay overnight for your visit.  Home to Cameron University and Fort Sill it has plenty to offer.

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Tuesday Tidbits

It is my aim at Ozark Photos to give you information you can use.  With that in mind I am introducing "Tuesday Tidbits" which will be links to something I found during the week that might just make your life a little brighter.

Do you have that stressed out feeling?  Perhaps the holiday cheer is too much for you or the news too depressing.  Well I hope this U Tube Video brings a smile to your face.

Monday, December 08, 2014

Random Thoughts on Photography Today

I have been thinking a lot about photography.  It has changed considerably in just the few years I have been off this blog.  As I listen to various podcasts and read magazines I see the DSLR camera is being dissed in favor of the mirrorless cameras.  I submit that this is just a trend.  I submit all stand alone cameras are going the way of the buggy whip.  With the quality of the cameras on today's cell phones and the fact these cameras are always with you the day of they stand alone camera are numbered.  Only the "professional" photographer will use them in the future.  

This brings me to my second thought.  To be perfectly honest I had visions in the past of being a "professional" photographer.  So did (and do) millions of others.  Only those really smart in business will survive and thrive.  The professional photographer who can brand, sell, read the tea leaves will be successful.  Taking a great picture is secondary.  Taking a good picture is all they need.  Look for instance at all the pro photographers selling books, videos, classes to the millions (yes MILLIONS) of us who want to be photographers.  They are making the money not us.  They have adopted and survived.  The millions languish.  

This brings me to my third thought.  Photography should simply be for fun.  I recently discovered painting.  It was fun.  It made me look at photography differently which is why I am back.  It is fun again.  I will play and create just like the old days.  Life is good.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Wow, Time Flies

It has been a long time since I have posted to this blog.  There have been a lot of reasons, mainly because I moved out of what I would call the Ozarks region for about three and a half years.  I am back in Springfield now and hope to get back into the Ozarks scene.  In the meantime you guys will need to endure a few photos of the beautiful state of Minnesota.  My youngest daughter Amy was working there for the last year in the Mesabi Range located between Duluth and International Falls.  Gorgeous part of the country.