Saturday, January 17, 2015


 Statement for the 4x4 Art Exhibit.  So named because it features an artist from each of the 4 states in our area;  Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma and of course Missouri

 Today's artist was Emily Wood from Arkansas.  She paints mainly with Acrylics on wood panels.  I absolutely love the way she uses the grain of the wood panel to help tell the story and be part of the image itself.


Emily speaking.  She gave an excellent talk and the questions were great.

Two of my favorites in her exhibit.  The top picture is from her sound series and the bottom one is from her location series.  I just love the feelings each one exudes.  Truly amazing work to be seen. 

The 4x4 exhibit runs through March 15, 2015.  Be sure and take time to go by the Springfield Art Museum to see this fun exhibit.

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.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Old Friends

Teresa and I were working on doing some long needed repairs to our old picket fence in Fort Scott and I looked at a couple of tools I was using.  I have had these two Black and Decker tools since Teresa and I got married 32 years ago.  I bought the orange saber saw to start my first model railroad layout and Teresa got the Workmate to use in her furniture refinishing.   I really don't know what I would have done all these years with out either one of them.

Today they were manufacturing pickets for the old portion of the fence.  This section has the arrowhead design you see in the one mounted in the Workmate.  The ones you buy now are the government safety version.  They have blunt picket heads.  I simply cut those off and made new ones to match our fence.

In one of my old Eric Sloan books I read that different parts of the North East had different style picket heads for each locale.  Ours most closely match Connecticut's style if I remember correctly but even they are not exact.  Perhaps this is truly a Kansas style...

Tomorrow hail damage repairs begin in earnest at Ozark Photos West.  Our new roof goes on and then the fence gets painted.

Thursday, September 08, 2011

After Hours - Fort Scott

The Nu Grille

The Buffalo Grill

Fort Scott, being a smaller town gets quiet after about 6pm. When I drove in town the other night from attending the Four States Photo Enthusiasts Meeting in Joplin the other night it struck me that it would be fun to photograph Fort Scott after hours or when the lights come on. What I didn't count on is how colorful after hours could be. Hopefully this will be the first of a series.

Monday, August 29, 2011

An Evening With Mr. Graham

About 6:30 this evening my friend and co-worker Steve texted me that Mr. Graham was over and visiting with them. Steve and his wife Kendall purchased the old Stout house here in Fort Scott and are restoring it. Mr. Graham was the son of one of the ladies that worked for the Stouts and he grew up in the home's "servant" quarters although he says he felt like a member of the family. He is a wonderful story teller and at 90 is a jewel of a person to be with. I was able to catch a few shots as he pondered and recalled the stories of his past. The final shot shows RK with Steve and Kendall.

It was a wonderful evening and made me long for the days when my grandparents were alive and we sat around hearing their stories. Everyone has a story to tell if you will just take the time to listen.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Return to the Xeriscape Garden

Teresa and I were able to spend a little while at the Master Gardeners Xeriscape Garden in Springfield. Long-time readers of this blog will know this has traditionally been one of my favorite spots to shoot. Even in the blistering heat of an extraordinary hot Missouri summer this garden is beautiful.
I hope you enjoy!