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The Streets of Springfield

Springfield Missouri probably isn’t the first place you think of when someone mentions street photography, but it does have streets, and occasionally there are people and/or things that are interesting to photograph.  These pictures are from a camera club field trip. I had fun hanging out with our photographers and taking pictures on what turned out to be a pretty warm day.

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Photographing Bugs

Until this weekend, I had never really taken much time to photograph insects – if they leave me alone, I leave them alone.  However, one of the members of our camera club, Tom Riley, is a retired professor of entomology from Louisiana State University, and he arranged a field trip to photograph his favorite subject.  Last night, we put up a few ultraviolet lights to attract the bugs, and this morning we photographed them.  It was really a lot of fun.  Some of the evolutionary adaptations are quite amazing.  We were staying at another club member’s place (thanks, Rita Szabo!), and a few of the images in the gallery are from things lying around.

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Dickerson Park Zoo

Zoos raise more than a few ethical dilemmas for the thoughtful person – I’d much rather catch a fleeting glimpse of an animal in the wild than stare at an animal through bars, no matter how benign.  So it was with mixed feelings that I went to the zoo today with the camera club.  I will say that the giraffes seem to have adapted rather well to visitors handing them zoo-supplied snacks – long tongues on those giraffes!  Anyway, we had special access through the zoo’s education department to photograph some of their birds of prey and reptiles. I didn’t find those pictures to be particularly interesting, but I did find other things to photograph.

The first image in the gallery (click on the image below to see the gallery) is of a white peacock that sits on the roof of the admission gate in the early morning (they roam around the zoo the rest of the day). The next two images are of some interesting machinery at the zoo that caught my eye.  The last one was taken while looking down from an observation deck at a koi pond covered with a very thin oil slick (in fact, you can see the back of one of the carp in the image). Though it was disheartening to watch the fish surface open-mouthed into the oil (the nearby coin-operated feed dispenser makes it popular with the fish), it did make for some colorful, albeit abstract, imagery.

White Peacock

One Light Photography

These images are from the camera club’s second session of off-camera lighting practice using a simple one light setup.  It’s always fun playing around with ambient light to see what you can do.

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Arkansas Field Trip

Yesterday, the camera club went on a field trip to Arkansas.  It was cloudy and often rainy, but no one wanted to be anywhere else.

The first three images in the gallery below are from Smith Creek.  Acquired by the Nature Conservancy in 2005, Smith Creek is indescribably rugged and wild, full of wild flowers, lush greenery, house-sized boulders, caves, bats and occasionally photographers.  I ended up wet and muddy, but happy.  Many thanks to Harvey Williams, who gave us much easier access to this beautiful place.

The fence image is from the Mill Pond in Boxley Valley, and the last image is from Twin Falls at Camp Orr.

Smith Creek

Japanese Stroll Garden

The Japanese Stroll Garden is such a nice place to visit – whether you’re out for a walk, or for quiet contemplation.

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Tea House

Brick City

Brick City is the home of the art department at Missouri State University.  Through special permission, members of our camera club were able to head inside and consider the apparatus of making art as art in its own right.  It was a lot of fun!

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Roaring River State Park

The camera club traveled to Roaring River State Park yesterday.  While a lot of people go there for fishing (and it will be very crowded next weekend as trout season opens), we were there to take a few pictures.

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Hatchery at Roaring River State Park

Wickman’s Gardens

Today the camera club made what has become nearly an annual trip to see the kind people at Wickman’s Garden Village and photograph the plants and structures under their care. It was so much fun! When we started, it was raining, and nothing sounds quite as nice as listening to the rain in a greenhouse.  Anyway, here are some of the images I captured during this pleasant afternoon.

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Portraits at the Firehouse

I volunteered to organize the field trips this year at our camera club, so there should be a few more updates this year than last.  Our first big field trip of the year was to work with some of the techniques used by Zack Arias – an Atlanta-based photographer who put out an educational video a few years back.  The video covers working with a single light source.  After showing the video to the club, we ventured out to practice what we learned.  Mostly, I just moved the light around and answered questions, but in doing so I managed to steal a few images.

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