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Photography in and around Ash Grove

Braving snow, serious mud and fellow photographers, I went to the Southwest Missouri Camera Club’s field trip in Ash Grove, MO, led byԹ Jenny Stephens. Թ The purpose of the field trip was to take pictures of high school seniors, but because of a date change, only two models were able to make it. Թ So rather than take up someone else’s learning time with Jenny, I had fun photographing the surroundings which included downtown Ash Grove, and the Phenix Marble Quarry. Թ It was definitely worth the trip to see the Quarry and its endless possibilities. Թ Hopefully I’ll be able to get together with Jenny and explore itԹ againԹ someday!

Click on the image below to see some of the pictures from the day.

Birds During the Snowstorm

You can always find birds on our back deck – especially during a snowstorm. Թ I mean, why fly away, when there’s food here? Թ They’re certainly fun to watch.

Here are a few quick pictures of them fluttering around our deck during the Snowpocalypse of 2011.

Click on the image to see the gallery.

Presentation for the Southwest Missouri Camera Club

I was invited to give a presentation to the Southwest Missouri Camera Club about something related to Photoshop. Թ Despite the short notice, I managed to babble convincingly for over an hour about sharing files through the InternetԹ cloud (a nebulous discussion), uploading web sites automatically from a Lightroom plugin, and custom camera calibration. Թ A wide and varied list of topics, to be sure, but it filled the time slot. Թ I hope it wasn’t too boring. Թ In order to have a few shots to use for demonstrative purposes, I took a few quick photos from the room in the library in which the presentation was held. Թ Some of them were kind of fun. Թ Here they are…

Anytime you think you’re out of ideas for photography, just look around – I bet something interesting is right beside you!

Last Photos of 2010

In a year that’s been seemingly all about photography, I guess it shouldn’t be surprising that I took over 40,000 pictures. Թ That may seem like a lot, but if I take 100,000 next year it will make this year seem kind of lazy by comparison. Թ Time will tell, I guess.

It’s fitting, then, that on the penultimate day of the year I took 1,660 pictures of Erica. Թ Click on the image to see more:

Photographing the Eclipse

Photographing the moon is always hard – at least for me. Թ Wildlife photographers need equipment that naturally does well for lunar photography – namely, very long lenses. Թ My longest lens is 400mm – far short of the 600mm and 800mm used for wildlife photography. Թ I do have a doubler for my lens, which does bring it up to 800mm, but unfortunately it loses quite a bit of sharpness along the way. Թ Tripod stability is also critical. Թ My tripod is fine for most work, but holding a 400mm lens perfectly still is hard – the slightest movement of even a camera strap can affect the image.

Photographic challenges aside, it was a tremendous pleasure to get out and watch the eclipse. Թ I hope you did the same!

Lunar Eclipse

Pregnant Photographer Kim McKinney!

I’ve known Kim for a few years now. Թ She’s a very talented photographer (she photographed Mary’s and my wedding) and a good friend. Թ I was hugely flattered when she asked me to photograph her pregnancy. Թ It’s always challenging for a photographer to be on the other side of the lens, but it ended up being a lot of fun! Թ These pictures are from early November. Թ Congratulations, Kim and Lance!!!

Some Family Pictures

No, not my family, but Stephen Fullerton, who I photographed for Skepticon, asked me back in October if I would photograph his family (yes, still catching up). Թ I’m glad I said yes, and I’m glad we did it in October – it would be hard to do in the single digit temperatures we’re having this week. Թ Anyway, I had a great time photographing this wonderful family!

Click on the picture to see some of my favorite images from the session.

Photo Fun with Amanda and Erica

I’ve worked with both Amanda and Erica in the past, and I’d work with either of them again with no hesitation. Թ Both are energetic and a lot of fun to work with. Թ The other night, on very short notice(!), I had a chance to work with both of them at the same time. Թ  It was hard to keep up, but luckily I have a fast camera and a couple of lights that can cycle quickly!

Click on the image to see the gallery.

Kevin and Carey Stratton

The day after Thanksgiving is not what I would think of as a typical wedding day, but Carey and Kevin made it work nicely. Թ Here are a few quick pictures from their wedding!

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Thanksgiving Light

At least for me, this fall has been busier than most. Թ There were trips to the Southwest, New Orleans, Skepticon, and we had a wedding to photograph (which was yesterday – congratulations Kevin and Carey). Թ All were fun, but tiring. Թ Eleven hours of sleep last night helped!

On Thanksgiving day, after arriving back home after dinner at Mom and Dad’s house (thanks for cooking!), Mary, excitement in her voice, told me to look at the light in the woods behind our house. Թ I always wish I were in a better place to catch these interesting moments of light – by a lake, a mountain, etc., but none of that is close enough since these moments usually don’t last too long. Թ This light barely lasted long enough for me to grab a camera and snap a few before it faded.Թ I’m sure that others who do live in more favorable locations, or who happened to be in the right place at the right time did much better with this light than I.

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