Saturday, December 31, 2011

Photo of the Day......Mallards

Maplewood tidal marsh North Vancouver British Columbia Canada. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Photo of the Day.....The Incredible Shrink Wrap Man

Saw this while driving along a Springfield street.  I have no idea what to think of this, but poor guy seems have lost his head somewhere along the line.  Too much beer? 

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Photo of the Day......Ring Billed Gulls

While taking a Christmas morning walk along Lake Springfield we came upon a busy flock of Ring Billed Gulls.  This is our first time spotting Ring Bills on Lake Springfield.  Someone had thrown them a slice of bread and the frenzy was on.  What ISO?!  Where do I focus?!  How do I find composition and focus?!  Oh damn just shoot!   In hindsight I realize that there was not as much light as I thought.  It was near midday but it was also just past Winter Solstice.  I should have shot at at least 200 if not 320 to keep the shutter above 1/1000th at all times.  Even big birds are quick and blur their wings at less than 1/1000th.  

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Photo of the Day......Boating up the James River

This is the second photo taken with the Canon 40D camera.  Camera technology is changing so rapidly.  View westward from the bridge over looking the James River on a early fall day in 2007 


Monday, December 19, 2011

Photo of the Day......Don Truman

An older photo from October 14th. 2007.  My coworker and friend Don Truman.  Navy Master Chief Boatswain's Mate  Retired. Bronze Star.  Purple Heart. Navy Cross.  


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Photo of the Day...... Camping with B

I've been spending some of the weekend recovering bad CDs so I have an abundance of older photos to look over.  This is a snap taken during the evening of Semptember 24th. 2007 after setting up camp on Beaver Point in Ruckles Provincial Park Salt Spring Island British Columbia Canada.  It was wet and well....cold.   


Thursday, December 15, 2011

Photo of the Day......Sunset Snapshot

The color of the sunset tonight was rather intense.  I set my point and shoot camera on the roof of the car and held my breath.  


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Photo of the Day......Courtyard Door

Something from the archives today.  View of the courtyard doors at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio Texas.  Photo taken on June 8th 2007.  


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Photo of the Day......Old Tractor Behind the Shed

I don't know what model Case tractor this is.  A cursory hunt on the internet was no help.  Photo taken near Kenton, Oklahoma on July 3rd. 2011 with a Canon D10 camera.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Photo of the Day.......New Mexico Historical Marker

I have to wonder what someone had against whatever it was located on the road running west to Springer New Mexico.  Looks like someone took a shotgun to it.  The bullet holes look more like indiscriminate fire.  .22 caliber maybe.  Photo take with the D10 on July 1st. 2011 on New Mexico Highway 406 right near where the sticker says it is.  

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Photo of the Day......New Mexico

Photo taken on July 3, 2011 in the northwest corner of New Mexico near the Oklahoma border.  You might see a more versions of this shot in the coming days. 


Sunday, November 27, 2011

Photo of the Day......Nikki Noir

I recently submitted these photo for an assignment so I thought I would share them with you.  


Friday, November 18, 2011

Photo of the Day......The Symbol of the American Great Plains

The horse is the icon of the American West.  This free ranging horse was photographed near Little Big Horn Wyoming on August 8th. 2011

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Photo of the Day.......A Once Grand and Beautiful Home

A once beautiful home now abandoned and in disrepair.  How many stories does this old house contain?  Photo taken in Chadron, Nebraska July 6th. 2011.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Photo of the Day......Back to the Drought Raqvaged Prairies

I couldn't leave the ravaged prairies of Cimarron County Oklahoma for all that long.  A photo taken on July 2, 2011 of a long abandoned farm.  The grasses bone dry.  The Cottonwood trees, ravaged by decades of wind, ice and tornadoes, hanging on to the little water their deep roots can tap from the parched land.  The people long gone away. 

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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Photo of the Day......Stormy Evening Departure

A change of pace from the "ponderous" prairie drought photos.  A Dassault Falcon 2000 departing Springfield-Branson Regional Airport on the evening of July 28, 2009.  

Monday, October 24, 2011

Photo of the Day......Sunrise on the Western Pairies of Oklahoma

Run rise at 5:38 AM Central Daylight Time northwest of Guymon Oklahoma on July 2nd 2011.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Photo of the Day......Big Horn Sheep Ewe with Lamb

You all may have noticed I have abandoned the "dynamic" blog format for the older "simple" format.  I hope this doesn't negatively impact your visit.  Even though the dynamic format was pleasant it required a couple extra keystrokes to leave a comment and I am very interested in any comments you may wish to leave on the site.  I also noticed that the dynamic format would not work on the iPhone.  Even though the iPhone accounts for only 5% of the visiting traffic I felt it may be locking some people out.  

I am still working on photos taken in No Mans Land out in the Oklahoma panhandle, recording the drought conditions there.  Tonight I have a related image but a bit different than the usual.  On the morning of July 2nd I spotted a herd of Big Horn ewes with lambs and yearlings climbing up the east side of Black Mesa. I was afraid that they would hurry up the mountain side if I took time to set up the tripod so I attached the 200mm lens with the 2X extender to the camera and held it against a rock to steady my hand and hoped the image stabilizer worked as advertized.  

This photo is of a ewe with suckling lamb.  I am sure she is looking back at me to be sure I behave.  Please notice the dead grass all around the ewe.  Survival is tough for them in this drought.  They survive on grasses during the summer and you can see most all the grasses surrounding them is dead.  

I know very little about the sheep of Black Mesa but I am making inquires and hope to tell you more about them as I post additional photos.


Friday, October 7, 2011

Photo of the Day.....Prairie Road

I'm still working on photos taken in the panhandle of Oklahoma.  So I've been posting mostly small town and prairie shots lately.   Today I am posting a photo of a prairie road located in the Valle De Escondido in the Northeast corner of New Mexico just off highway 406 just south of the Carrizozo Creek. Looking at a prairie road makes me wonder where does it go and how far?
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Monday, October 3, 2011

Photo of the Day.... Grain Elevator at Dawn

A grain elevator located about a mile Northeast of Guymon, Oklahoma on a very hot shimmering summer morning July 2nd 2011.  it was the beginning of a full day of photo shooting while traveling from my overnight stop at Guymon, OK to my destination Black Mesa Ranch north of Kenton, OK.  


Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Photo of the Day......Entering Medford Oklahoma

Entering Medford Oklahoma on a hot 102F/39C July 1, 2011 afternoon.  Driving southbound on US highway 81 running along the old Chisholm Cattle Drive Trail.

Wiki says Medford was founded by Hobart Johnstone Whitley a land developer and member of the board of directors of the Rock Island Railroad.  I don't know when Medford was founded but according to Wiki it would have been sometime between the years 1870 and 1890.  Mr Whitley is better known as the founder of the famous Los Angeles California housing subdivision known as Hollywood.  It is said he and his wife named the subdivision while visiting during their honeymoon. 

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Photo of the Day......Abandoned Kansas Prairie Farm

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Monday, September 12, 2011

Photo of the Day......Wind Blown Cottonwood Tree in Southwest Kansas

I must apologize for the bird identification error in the 10 Sept. 2011 posting.  The bird is a Western Meadowlark and not a Northern Flicker.  I'll check some bird resources next time.  

With that said, I am posting a photo of a wind blown Cottonwood tree in South Western Kansas on 1 July 2011.  Like so many trees on the prairie it seems you can set your direction by which way the tree branches are blown.  If the tree is leaning to your left you must be facing south.  If it leans to the right your looking north.  If the tree is leaning towards you your facing west.  If it leans away from you your looking east.  

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Saturday, September 10, 2011

Monday, September 5, 2011

Photo of the Day......VFR to Clinton, AR

This is a snap shot I took back on September 11, 2009 of the sectional chart in my lap while taking "Old Blue Belly" to her new home in Clinton, AR [KCCA]  It was a day of low and slow, flying.  

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Sunday, September 4, 2011

Photo of the Day......Cattle seek shelter from the blistering hea and dryness

It has been 80 years since the Great Plains drought of 1931 to 38 that resulted in the great migration.  Today this same land is experiencing a drought of equal severity. However there is no Farmstead Act and the Prairies never recovered from the the Dust Bowl SO there are far fewer people living here today.  

Cattle take shelter from the overwhelming heat and dryness under a tree stand on a long abandoned farm house near Guymon, Oklahoma.  This appears to have been the home of a very successful farmer at one time.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rollo's Photo World: Photo of the day......Beautiful Golden Girl

Rollo's Photo World: Photo of the day......Beautiful Golden Girl: While roaming along Lynn Creek in North Vancouver British Columbia with my grand daughter there were a group of people letting their dogs pl...

Photo of the day......Beautiful Golden Girl

While roaming along Lynn Creek in North Vancouver British Columbia with my grand daughter there were a group of people letting their dogs play in the water.  This exceptional beautiful Golden Retriever caught my eye.  

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Photo of the Day......Abandoned Farm

An abandoned farm in Baca County Colorado.

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Sunday, August 28, 2011

Photo of the Day......Oklahoma Prairie Sunrise

I took this photo on the morning of July 2nd 2011 at 5:43 AM CDT.  The location is just northeast of Guymon, Oklahoma,

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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Photo of the Day......Abandoned Watering Hole

Thank you to everyone who are still following this blog.  I have been away on an extended trip covering many states and Canadian Provinces.  As you can guess I have lots of photos.  Too many photos, I think, now that I am beginning to process them.  

Initially I stayed four days at the Robert's Ranch just north of Kenton Oklahoma.  This photo is an abandoned windmill powered water well located east of Boise City in the western panhandle of Oklahoma, USA.  The Cimarron Strip.  No Man's Land.  The Dust Bowl.  It has been 80 years since the great drought of 1931 to 36 that resulted in the great migration.  Today this same land is experiencing a drought of equal severity.  If you are interested in a quick summation of the situation please check out this video.

I have attempted to approach photographing this land in the spirit of Dorothea Lang so many photos will be black and white in recollection the the Dust Bowl days.  


Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Dear followers

A wish to apologize for a complete
Lack of posts the past six weeks. Initially I
was finishing An assignment and since July First I've
Been traveling with a comitose laptop, and
Posting via iPhone is impossible. It will be a couple more weeks

Friday, June 17, 2011

Photo of the Day..........Ozarkers, Can you tell me the name of this plant

I spotted these plants growing on the east side of the general assembly building and I have no idea what they are.  They have soft fuzzy leaves and bright yellow flowers on the top stalk.  These plants stand between four to six feet tall.  Any locals know what they are called?  They look semi-arid in origin to me.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bonus Photo of the Day....Edit Blunder Turns Interesting

While editing a photo I messed up the healing brush settings and got an interesting result so tried some healing brush "painting" and got this.  

Photo of the Day...... I'm a little Thunderstorm Short and Stout

4:30PM at the intersection of USH-65 and Evans Road.  It's a perfectly clear cloudless day except for this one little thunderstorm to the southeast.  Trying to become mean and nasty on some town somewhere.  My guess West Plains?

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Bonus Photo of the Day........I'm sure there is a reason??

I am sure there was a reason to put tiny clown car wheels on great big railroad freight cars but I can't think of one.

Bonus Photo of the Day....Lady in Black

Here is a B&W of the "Lady in Black" taken with window light only.  This room is bright and awash in sunlight.  To the right is a skylight that also evens out the room light.  It makes for a very good studio. 


Photo of the Day......Low Key Lighting

We learn by doing is the old expression.  I've been dipping my toe into  portraiture.  I have not invested in the studio lighting gear needed so these are crude attempts using only a couple floods and one spot, and natural window light.  I will be posting a few low-key, color and black and white "Noir" portraits over the next few days.  This photo was taken with one floodlight to photo right.  I mixed the lighting around to open and close the light in different areas with different set ups.  As I said.  We learn by doing.  

Finally, I will be revisiting this "Lady in Black" theme again come this fall when the sun is lower in the sky and streaming into the tall south facing windows.  

I have to also mention the real quality in any of these photos is due to the model.  She is awesome.  


Friday, June 10, 2011

Make up Photo of the Day..........Self Portrait

Yea.  That's me in the car.  Can't you see me?  It's me, really.  Me and my little Prius. 

Photo of the Day......I can't help it if I am CUTE!

I am Sir Rooster du Purrr.  My heart belongs to an Edinburgh Lass, but alas she is so far away.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Photo of the Day......Ultimat Vodka

I decided the blog needed a face lift.  I will likely change the color schemes a few more times before I let it ride again.  I will very likely not stay with the introduction photo.  It was taken last year during an assignment for an aircraft sale. The misty trees seemed to be getting tired and depressing.  

Today is an early attempt at product photography.  My goodness but you do have to keep the product clean and dust free.  I wasn't too concerned since I was trying to see what I can do with the lighting first.  

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