Category Archives: Viewpoints

Jan
7
  • Resolutions, posted 2014-01-07

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    For the past several years I have held to a single New Year’s resolution.  That was, “To make no resolutions.”  This seemed to work well because there was no feeling of disappointment or discouragement when a resolution was not met, regardless of the reason.  I planned to do the same thing this year but earlier today I read a blog post by photographer Joe McNally.  The resolutions that he included there could apply to almost any other photographer.  I’ve shared a […]

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Nov
28
  • Thanksgiving Things to Do, posted 2013-11-28

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    Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends and family.  For those in the St. Louis area some things you may want to do after you enjoy Thanksgiving are listed below the photo (and you don’t need to fight the crowds on Black Friday to do these things :-)). Top to bottom (L-R):  Wild Lights 2012, Christmas Traditions 2012, Garden Glow 2013, Victorian Christmas 2012, Gardenland Express 2012 Winter Wonderland, a large light show at Tilles Park on McKnight Road just off […]

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Nov
16
  • Creativity, posted 2013-11-16

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    Creativity seems to be getting a lot of interest in the last few days.  I saw an article Thursday afternoon about creativity.  It raised some interesting questions that I shared with some people at work in the following message. A short (probably no more than 5 minute read) but interesting article on creativity.  While it was written by a photographer, it really talks about creativity in more general terms. http://www.shutterloveonline.com/photography-tips/tips-from-pros/Creativity-Can-Be-Le-1588.shtml I found two ideas especially thought provoking – first was the […]

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Nov
10
  • Veterans Day 2013, posted 2013-11-10

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    On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, an armistice was signed by the allied nations and Germany officially bringing an end to World War I.  The following year, President Wilson proclaimed that this day should serve as a day of honor for those who fought and died in the country’s service.  In 1938, November 11 became an official holiday known as Armistice Day.  In 1954 at the urging of the military services the […]

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Jul
9
  • I Need a Permit to Shoot (Photos), posted 2013-07-09

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    This link was shared earlier today by Mike McCarty on Google+: http://petapixel.com/2013/07/09/i-need-a-permit-to-shoot/ Had I read this a few weeks ago, I would not have thought much about it.  I’m not a professional photographer so I’ve run into very few locations where taking photos was restricted (although some do restrict commercial use of photos taken).  This would seem to have little impact on me although I have occasionally run into an overzealous security guard (but a policy would not have helped). […]

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Jun
20
  • Struggling With Creativity, posted 2013-06-20

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    I recently read a blog post by Ian Plant titled Creativity is Dead (http://www.outdoorphotographer.com/blog/ian-plant/2013/06/creativity-is-dead.html) which made me think about a challenge or question that I deal with almost every time I take my camera out. What is creativity and is it really that important?  I don’t consider the image here particuarly creative yet it is one of my favorites of the pumas at the St. Louis Zoo.  I call it “Togetherness” and the only thing really special was being in […]

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May
16
  • Once a Cardinal…, posted 2013-05-16

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    More years ago than I like to count I walked across the stage in the cafeteria at Weiner High School and accepted my diploma.  That was the start of a journey to many places, many friends, and many opportunities.  While I have enjoyed most of the things I have done since that time, I still have fond memories of my time at WHS and was sad to hear that it was closing at the end of the 2012-2013 school year. […]

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Apr
25
  • No Kentucky Derby For Me, posted 2013-04-25

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    I’m not usually one to protest publicly or share thoughts on policies I disagree with.  Instead, I more often shake my head in amazement or internalize any strong feelings that I have.  Today, though, I decided to diverge slightly from this to explain why I will neither attend the Kentucky Derby nor watch it on TV.  A personal protest that I’m sure will have no impact on the Derby nor the network airing it. Yesterday morning I read an article […]

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Apr
13
  • Mixed Feelings, posted 2013-04-13

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    Just got home from the Canon Explorers of Light (http://www.learn.usa.canon.com/explorers_of_light/eol_home.shtml) seminar by David Stoecklein (http://stoeckleinphotography.com/) in St. Louis today.  It was a great seminar but I came away with a real mix of feelings or thoughts: Appreciation – for the St. Louis Camera Club and Canon making the seminar available to everyone in the St. Louis community, not just members of the Camera Club and for David Stoecklein who travelled to St. Louis to present the seminar. Admiration and Awe – […]

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Feb
8
  • Rice Threshing, posted 2013-02-08

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    Every year since 1976, my home town has hosted the Arkansas Rice Festival to celebrate the end of the harvest.  As part of the festival, each year a demonstration is held where rice is harvested and prepared for milling much as it was done in the first half of the 1900’s.  This includes cutting the rice with an old reaper and binding the cut rice into shocks; loading the shocks onto wagons for a trip to town, using pitchforks to […]

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