A little nature is always good…

Headed off to Squaw Creek NWR this morning bright and early. The latest count estimates about 1.3 million Snow Geese on the refuge. Rented a 400mm f/2.8 lens yesterday to take up there this morning. Going to see the sun rise over lots and lots of geese. Pictures to follow. Have a fabulous day.

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A foggy day

Got up this morning to pea soup fog. Sara and I decided to go see what we could photograph in the fog. I really love shooting architecture in the fog, and today’s fog was really good. So, here are a few foggy pictures to enjoy.

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Pretty Ironic….

…that bad weather canceled the SkyWarn Training session. So, I figured if the ice and snow was going to mess up my plans for the day, I should just play with the ice and snow. So, I got out the camera and tripod and went out the back door. These were shot from my covered patio out into the back yard. These are my first attempts at doing HDR images with the new Photoshop CS5. There are eight images, all shot at different exposures, merged into one HDR file. I made one HDR Black and White, and the other high saturation HDR color. Kind of fun stuff. HDR has come a long way from the original versions just a couple of years ago. CS5 does some amazing things, and I have just found another amazing thing it does. Hope you enjoy these.

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Snow on the ground…….

…….must be SkyWarn training. Yup, up and at um early this morning to go to SkyWarn training. Spring storm season is right around the corner. Got to get everybody trained to run the nets. For those of you that don’t know, SkyWarn is a bunch of Amateur Radio operators that act as storm spotters for the National Weather Service. During severe weather, we go out and sit on top of hills and watch the storms to give early warning to our friends and neighbors. I am Chairman of Kansas City SkyWarn, the group that works with the NWS office at Pleasant Hill, Mo.

After training today, I have a photo shoot at church. We have a group of dedicated volunteers that cooks for Uplift, the folks that feed the homeless in KC. I am going up to photograph them cooking today. Trying to help keep photographs up to date of everything that we do in our church community. We have a very busy group of people. Hope you have a great weekend.

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I am ready. Temps this week are going to be upper 40’s to the low 60’s. Man, am I ready! I know it is too early to be Spring, but a little taste is good, I think. And, along with Spring comes Spring Specials. Looking for about 6 HS juniors or seniors to be models. I have a whole new website coming this spring that is going to be just for seniors. I need to get some fresh faces to make it look great. So, if you know someone that would be interested in helping with this project, and getting some really good deals on senior portraits, send them my way. Contact info is all on my website at http://www.sealsphoto.com .

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An open letter to the NFL.

Wow, what a game. One of the better ones in recent memory. Wow, what a National Anthem! One of the WORST in recent memory. Come on people, why do you show segment after segment of patriotic clips, and then let some celebrity botch our National Anthem like that? Football is a game of rules, break the rules and the officials throw a flag. Well, I’m throwing a flag. And I don’t think I will be alone in this. Make a rule that the person you get to sing the National Anthem MUST sing it as written. No interpretation, no extra words (or forgotten words), no extra notes, just sing it! It is the prettiest National Anthem around (ok, I’m biased on that) so we don’t need any re-writing on it. This is not the first time the NFL has allowed a botched anthem, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. But, I feel better telling you how strongly I feel about this.

OK, rant off. Sorry, had to say it.

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Snow Snow Snow

Man, am I tired of snow. As far as I can see, snow. The only good thing I have found for snow is Snow Ice Cream. Sara made some on Wednesday while we were snowed in. Pretty good stuff. But, I am ready for spring. Bring on the flowers, bring on the grass, bring on the allergies…..oh yeah, forgot about those. Oh well, better than shoveling SNOW!

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Ryan’s Birthday

Today would have been my son’s 31st birthday. Folks, you just have no idea what it is to lose a child. No matter what your kids do, remember to hug them every day. You never know when they will be taken from you. And, teach by example. Always, always, wear that seat belt. My son would be here today if he had taken 2 seconds to put it on before he left for work that day.

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Bill and Lillie

A little different senior session tonight. These folks are REAL seniors. Bill and Lillie are celebrating 50 years of marriage. I shot this for their invitations. I think they will like it.

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New Ideas

Just got home from the annual Missouri PPA conference at Tan-Tar-A Resort. What a weekend. Got to spend some quality time with my lovely bride, see some beautiful scenery in the Missouri Ozarks, and spend two days picking the brains of some of the most talented photographers in the region. We had some really good speakers this year. They just seem to get better every year. I learned some new Photoshop ideas that will be put to good use very soon. I come home every year pumped and ready to shoot. Have some seniors coming up in the next couple of weeks that are in for some fun.

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