For decades I have been photographing the St. Francois Mountains of the southern Missouri Ozarks. Last month I made several photographic trips to the area and I began reflecting on my ties to the region... yes, my childhood memories are rooted deep in the St. Francois Mountains... but I still find it a thrill to explore this region. Perhaps it reminds me, subconsciously, of those eye opening experiences as a child when we first began visiting the area.Read More
From late December 2017 and into January 2018, Missouri has experienced some of the longest stretches of frigid winter weather in decades... sandstone box canyons have been transformed into winter wonderlands, featuring ice flows and icicles draped over ledges. Forays into these environs yielded a new dimension to my portfolio. What is so unique and different?Read More
As mentioned in my previous blog, I have decided to divide this year's top ten list into two segments. My first post consisted entirely of images from my trip to Ireland, and the images chosen for this post have been culled from all of my images outside of that trip... Among the images I have chosen, you will find scenes from old familiar places as well as several new locations... I invite you to join me on a journey through the lens of my camera as I reflect on the past year.Read More
This year, as I contemplated posting my top 10 favorite images from 2017, I found it difficult to choose... I decided to create two top 10 posts, one dealing exclusively with my Ireland trip... Although my portfolio contains images of familiar sights, it is these ten images that sum up my experience in Ireland. I hope you the viewer find enjoyment in them as well.Read More
It has always amazed me how photographs can bring back a flood of memories; and not just of a scene, place or the technical aspects surrounding an image. The synapses of the mind are so intricately connected that a whole wealth of memories and feelings can be evoked by an image. Consider this image of the Val di Cogne located in Gran Paradiso Park...Read More
Many who read this may dismiss the situation being addressed as having little relevance since it pertains to a minority group that does not enjoy popularity in general. The news media and others seem to lack concern and give little attention to the situation. Nonetheless the consequences could have far reaching effects...The events that are stirring are quite likely the rumblings of something bigger. They are certainly an affront to freedom and justice.Read More
Although I began to write this blog a year ago (and created the images two years ago) it has sat unfinished until now...Read More
Looking back on 2016, I have mixed emotions. Although I created some wonderful photographs during the year, it was not without pain and sorrow...In choosing my top 10 photographs, I have noticed a couple of recurring themes - waterfalls and sandstone canyons.Read More
Two of my favorite times to photograph nature in Missouri are at the edge of change during spring and fall. Although many photographers love to capture masses of color, such as a hillside full of autumn foliage or fields of colorful flowers, I prefer the more subtle transitions.Read More
Whenever I begin looking through a collection of my images I start to recall the stories behind them and this image has a lesson that goes along with it... Sometimes we only see what we are looking for and miss out on the endless possibilities that surround us.Read More
Hawn State Park will always hold a very special place in my heart... What though is it about Hawn State Park that makes it so special? I think, at least for me, it is the geology that makes the difference...Read More
As I see and hear reports... I also pause to reflect for a moment on one of the reasons I am drawn to nature and capturing its beauty through the camera. As humans and their impact on the earth come and go in the stream of time, it is the earth which remains.. I find solace and draw healing and renewal from this as I put life's pains and sorrows behind me.Read More
The old adage "patience is a virtue" is never out of date when it comes to photography. Particularly as I travel through Europe, capturing the scenes that elicit remarks about my eye for composition, do I recognize that more is needed...Read More
Although I have moved on with the times and now shoot exclusively with digital cameras, I still have to acknowledge my roots. The knowledge and experience I learned, shooting with film and equipment with more limited capabilities, has affected the way I look at scenes and the way I "see".Read More
This morning I visited Chouteau Island for the first time. I've wanted to check it out for some time but haven't got around to it. The island is along the Mississippi River on the Illinois side, a little south of the confluence with the Missouri River. Four days of rain had made it a muddy mess and the trails were flooded so hiking was limited. It was a cold morning along the river with light cloud cover allowing the sun to occasionally break through.
The trees have lost their leaves but there is still green ground cover mixing with the dead leaves. One area of the island is becoming overgrown with vines that cover the trees and almost anything vertical. The vines have lost their leaves and the yellow brown vines covering the trees are mixed with dead leaves and it creates a surreal atmosphere. I captured a number of scenes that convey this atmosphere and will be posting a gallery of the images in days to come. Here is one of the scenes I captured this morning.
To see more images from this trip visit the Chouteau Island gallery on my website.
I thought I would begin my website blogs with one of my most popular images, "Red Umbrella In the Piazza".
This photograph was taken in 2005 in Florence, Italy. As usual, I went out to photograph early in the morning. Walking from my hotel towards the Ponte Vecchio and Piazza Della Signoriaa cold rain began. Then the debate began - Should I return to the hotel? What should I do? I went to the portico of the Uffizi (which looks out over the piazza) for shelter. Looking out over the piazza I noticed the lights and reflections on the wet stones and watched the people passing by on their way to work. Posted on the walls under the portico were numerous signs stating no photography allowed (the statues on the portico). Guards were standing around watching me as I began to set up my tripod and as I set up facing out into the piazza their concerns disappeared.
I focused on a small section of pavement that had color, light and rendered the details of the stone. My intentions were to wait and watch as people passed through the frame and capture their movement with a slow enough shutter speed to cause blur and yet retain the detail in the pavement. I was hoping for the right person to come bicycling through the scene. Circumstances did not seem to be working for me in this regard when I noticed this woman walking towards the frame with a red umbrella. The wishes and hopes began... please come through this frame. This was my first venture into the digital age and I was travelling with a small, high-end (at the time) point and shoot camera, a 7MP Canon G6. The camera had slow reaction time so I knew my timing had to be impeccable, I had one chance, one shot. Just as she started to enter the frame I released the shutter and voila! Careful planning and pure serendipity came together to create this shot.
I often cite this image when discussing technology and gear. This is one of my best selling images and it was photographed with a 7MP point and shoot camera. I have sold numerous prints in 24" x 30" size and it looks great. It is a lesson in the fact that gear is not the most important equipment a photographer possesses. An eye for composition, skill, knowledge, patience and being at the right place at the right time - that is the equipment a photographer must utilize. The rest is just mechanics and technology.