Archive for November, 2008

18
Nov
08

McBaine Burr Oak at Night… Again

What did I do last night instead of study for Comm Law??  I went back to the big Burr Oak Tree in McBaine to take some more photos.  The tree is lit with one of those police style MagLites and the road is lit with a little LED flashlight.

It is amazing how quickly the stars move in the sky.  This is a 30-second exposure and you can already see a little blur in them…

I should also add that this tree is over 350 years old– that’s the 16th century we are talking about.  It is pretty amazing when you think about it.  It was around long before the United States was a country and has survived century upon century…

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16
Nov
08

Kansas City Adventure

In all the years I have lived in Missouri, I have never visited Kansas City– only driven through it.  I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun I had there.

In a day, I went to Arthur Bryants BBQ, the Power & Light district, The Plaza, Kansas City Star, the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art and Union Station.

While at Union Station, they let us hang around on the platform and take pictures as the trains arrived.  It was great dramatic lighting as passengers got off the trains.  I never thought I would have so much fun at a train station.  I think I spent over 2 hours hanging around.

Here are some shots that I got from the day:

Passengers arriving on trains from St. Louis and Chicago converge on the station platform at Union Station in Kansas City.

Passengers arriving on trains from St. Louis and Chicago converge on the station platform at Union Station in Kansas City.

Passengers board an Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles at Union Station in Kansas City.

Passengers board an Amtrak train bound for Los Angeles at Union Station in Kansas City.

A mural painted on the side of the Kansas City Star circulation building appears to interact with a parked car along Murray St. in downtown Kansas City.

A mural painted on the side of the Kansas City Star circulation building appears to interact with a parked car along Murray St. in downtown Kansas City.

A view of the Kansas City skyline seen from an overpass on Interstate 635.

A view of the Kansas City skyline seen from an overpass on Interstate 635.

The main lobby of Kansas City Union Station recently decorated for Christmas.

The main lobby of Kansas City Union Station recently decorated for Christmas.

14
Nov
08

Nighttime Photo Fun

I was bored the last couple of nights and decided to entertain myself by running around the countryside taking night photos.  There has been a pretty full moon lately which provided some nice fill light.

The photos were lit with a big MagLite as well as an LED headlamp that I normally use for camping.  It was a fun little experiment on a boring night.

Katy Trail Bridge

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The above photo looks like I took it at sunrise but in reality, that orange glow is the light pollution coming from the city of Columbia.

03
Nov
08

McBaine Farmers

A few shots from my final project in Fundamentals of Photo J class.  I am following 2 farmers in McBaine, MO during the fall corn and soybean harvest.  More info to come later when I feel more in a typing mood:

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