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Oh what a beautiful evening it was at Knob Knoster State Park. I am so glad I got myself up from my computer and decided to go for a little photo expedition. Not that it’s too hard, but with gas the way it is, I must weigh my choices. Photography won hands down.

I only had an hour so I went straight to my ole’ faitful spot. I knew the cloud cover was just heavy enough to keep the sensor from easily being overexposed. I also knew the clouds would make for an interesting part of my composition. I wanted to focus again on my pre-visualization skills as Ansel always did. I knew that I needed more than a horizon and sun photo, I wanted to push my own personal envelope.

I walked around the dam of the lake, looking for intriguing subjects. I took some of the horizon, which I will most likely upload at a later time. I was nearing a treeline that borders the lake when I noticed the sunlight became increasingly more intense. The sun was peeking out from the cloud cover! I had to work fast. I knew from previous experiences that light like this does not last long. The color range in the clouds was an awesome background, the lake a spectacular reflector. You can see the wispy clouds in both the sky and the lake. Amazing! I quickly composed what I felt would be an impacting image. I stooped closer to the water with my tripod, I wanted foreground detail. Being that the light was so harsh, I actually used a fill flash in order to retain detail in the foreground. Good thinking right? I thought so. This image was about the only one I was able to make in the less than a minute of spotlighted sunlight. I feel it did a good job of showing the warm evening light.

I shot numerous shots tonight, but this powerful image was my favorite. I only hope that I can convey that power in my images, so that my viewers can feel like they were there with me. I wish all could experience nights like this. Feeling the warmth fade with the sun, seeing the tones of the sky go from blue to orange and then back to a blueish violet, I sit there. I contemplate what my eyes just captured, what my heart felt, and what I can’t wait to share with my viewers. I know its another night that will be thought of on the nights I must study, do homework, or just don’t get out in time. Night is here, the owls are telling me so. The mosquitos are buzzing something in my ear, I am not sticking around to know what they are saying.  I walk back to my car satisfied, feeling many emotions. I know this was a great night, if it were my last, my photos would attest to what I felt. A photograph is in deed worth a thousand words.

Good night for now, I return tomorrow to the Ozarks to fish. Stay tuned.


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I have recently been researching Ansel Adams’ photography and philosophy. It was interesting to learn that his photographs were almost all pre-visualized. He believed that you should take into consideration composition, color, tones, and detail all before exposing the film. He created the piece in his head and then on the film. One of his famous quotes was, “You do not take a photograph, you make it.” How true! You must visualize what you want in order to achieve your goal. I have tried to take this approach with my photography and do so more now that I see how it worked out for Ansel. You make the photograph. You reconstruct nature to what you see. Nature in itself is not art in technical terms, but the reorganization of elements in nature is art.

This image is one that I captured while fishing near Kansas City. How simple but so refined. I reconstructed the scene to evoke a sense of calm and subtle geometry. The blue gives you a smooth and easy retinal stimulation, while the individual stems give the image a sense of solidity. Only the necessary went into the image. No more, no less. Maybe a weak example of the previous paragraphs topic. None the less, it was my reconstruction. What would you have done?


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“One of the joys of having dual passions is that when one does not live up to expectations, you have something else to pursue. In my case photography is that filled void.”

I wrote this on my flickr site as well as uploaded this photo. Due to the compliments of the image I decided to post it here. I really enjoy the images contrast and detail. I felt that this image consists of layers. I take my mind one step foward and think about what lives in those layers, what photos I could get, and how I would take them.

The grass in the foreground must have dozens of grasshoppers, snakes, and frogs that live amongst the area. The rocks are probably where the turtles come out to sun bathe, and the birds land and fish from. The water must hold thousands of fish. Bluegill, crappie, and bass all call this home. I think about how they glide around, all of them having their own nooks to live in and about. I look at the treeline across the lake. I know that deer would be amongst those trees. They are too smart to come down when I am there, but with the blanket of darkness soon to come they grow bold. The sky is full of beauty and creatures. The heron, the mallard, or even the simple sparrow all call the air their home.

Oh how I could spend a day laying there, contemplating all the before mentioned events. I do not have all day to lay there, but I do have all day to contemplate it.

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