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best photos of 2013
Posted: December 31
 
These photos represent my choice of the best photos I have taken this year.
 
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st. Louis zoo
Posted: November 29
 
The weather was nice today so I decided to visit the St. Louis Zoo. I shot photos inside the Primate House as well as the outdoor exhibits.
 
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Augusta Missouri
Posted: November 7
 
I decided to visit Augusta, Missouri today. It is located in St. Charles County just west of the Missouri River. It was a very nice day and I got a few good shots of the town and the Augusta Winery.
 
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forest park - st. Louis
Posted: November 3
 
Today I visited Forest Park to try to get some Fall Color shots.
 
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revised landscape book
Posted: September 14
 
I have revised my Landscapes book by adding a number of photos that I took this past summer.
 
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my candid photography tips
Posted: September 6
 
I am often told that my candid photos of people are my strongest suit. I feel this way as well. Thus I thought that I would discuss some points that I think help me achieve good results when photographing people in a candid setting.
 
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st. Joseph Missouri
Posted: September 3
 
On my drive out to and back from Driggs each summer I had only stopped in St. Joseph, Missouri to get gas and/or eat a meal. This time I decided to head west to the waterfront area hoping I might discover some nice photo ops.

The riverfront definitely did not offer any great photo ops but we ran into a section of town called "Museum Hill". It offered up some beautiful old homes.
 
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snowy range
Posted: September 3
 
On the back to St. Louis from Driggs, we stopped by the Snowy Range just west of Laramie, Wyoming. Bill & Jane Heaston had done that on their way back to Little Rock and urged me to do that as well. Since Bill had flown out to Driggs and rode back with me, we decided to visit the Snowy Range. 
 
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anatomy of a shoot
Posted: August 30
 
As a follow-up to the shoot below, I visited this location again on 27 August 2013. I have included a link which shows the sequence of photos I took that morning. This should provide some feel for the changing weather conditions that morning.  
 
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old patriarch tree
Posted: August 28
 
For a number of years, I have been looking for the so-called Old Patriarch tree. I had first seen it pictured in a book on photography locations in Grand Teton National Park. I had looked for it a number of times but could not locate it although I knew roughly where it was located.
 
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Yellowstone national park
Posted: August 23
 
I don't normally visit Yellowstone National Park all that often. With a lighter than normal visitor schedule this summer I decided to take a two day trip to Yellowstone. My main objective was to visit the northern and eastern portions of the park. My prime destination was the Lamar Valley. 
 
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bluegrass festival
Posted: August 13
 
This past weekend was the 26th Annual Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival. 
 
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my candid photography tips
Posted: August 6
 
I am often told that my candid photos of people are my strongest suit. I feel this way as well. Thus I thought that I would discuss some points that I think help me achieve good results when photographing people in a candid setting. 
 
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raptors on the ranch
Posted: August 3
 
This was the second annual version of this event. I was once again asked by my good friend Emily Nichols to come take photos. She used the photos I took last year in their promotional and communications literature.
 
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music on main
Posted: August 1
 
Music on Main was good tonight. The lady pictured at left is my friend Jessica Collins.
 
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a pretty young lady
Posted: July 31
 
I have been taking this young ladies photos for the last three years. She has the MOST spectacular eyes. 
 
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music on main
Posted: July 25
 
I attended Music on Main tonight. At left is Ashley (far left) and her friends.
 
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Targhee fest
Posted: July 21
 
Targhee Fest is always a lot of fun. It also features a "target rich" environment for my candid photos of people. At left are my friends Jessica and Megan.
 
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70 th birthday celebration
Posted: July 18
 
I don't normally make a big deal about birthdays (especially my own) but I decided to celebrate this decade change. I made reservations at The South Fork Lodge for a dinner. 
 
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music on main
Posted: July 11
 
This was the second Music on Main of the summer. The weather was a bit moist at times and on the cool side. 

Pictured is actress Daniela Ruah.
 
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fourth of July - Jackson, wy
Posted: July 4
 
I usually try to make it over to Jackson for the annual Fourth of July Parade. Lots of interesting photo opportunities present themselves.
 
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gray's lake
Posted: June 30
 
Grays Lake is a wildlife area in Idaho that is south of my place in Driggs. I have been meaning to go there for a number of years and finally made it today. 
 
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fireworks at huntsman springs
Posted: June 29
 
Yeah. I know it isn't The Fourth yet. The Huntsman Springs folks who put on our fireworks here in Teton Valley insist that it happen the weekend before the Fourth. 
 
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music on main
Posted: June 27
 
Made my usual journey down to Victor for Thursday night's Music on Main. Here is a photo of yours truly with my good friend Julie Reggio. 
 
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grand Teton national park
Posted: July 2
 
I went to Grand Teton National Park today with my friend Thomas. Since last summer, Thomas and I have being trying to work out a time to go take photos. 
 
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photo walk - land trust
Posted: June 22
 
The Teton Regional Land Trust sponsored a "photo walk" at their most recent property, a four hundred acre parcel of land along the Teton River. It was being headed by Loren Woods, a Jackson photographer, whom, I had met via email over this past winter.
 
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raptor fest
Posted: June 16
 
This was my third year to attend Raptor Fest at the Teton Raptor Center in Wilson, WY. Horned owl pictured above. 
 
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grand Teton national park
Posted: June 16
 
I would like to have had a few more clouds to add interest to these photos but you takes what you gets!  
 
 
 

 
 
micro positioning plate
Posted: May 31
 
Continuing to do my part to keep Manfrotto in business, I purchased the 454 Sliding Micro-Positioning Plate at Schiller's Camera today.
 
 
 

 
 
topaz clarity - initial testing
Posted: May 28
 
I have done some "Before and After" tests with the new Clarity software and thought I would share my initial impressions by way of some examples from some of my recent shoots. For the following photos, I applied presets and did not go into the sliders and masking features of the program
 
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topaz clarity
Posted: May 26
 
Topaz Labs just released a new product called "Clarity". It is basically the Lightroom Clarity slider on steroids.
 
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Soulard market
Posted: May 18
 
I decided to visit to the Soulard Market today for my photography outing.
 
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Shaw nature reserve
Posted: May 12
 
I made a visit to Shaw Nature Reserve today. It is a nice "park" and offers some nice photo opportunities.
 
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st. Louis zoo
Posted: April 30
 
Decided to spend some time taking photos at the St. Louis Zoo today.
 
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forest park
Posted: April 28
 
Made an early spring visit to Forest Park today.
 
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Lightroom / Photoshop Comparison
Posted: April 26
 
Often times on the various forums I follow, a question will be asked about the need for both Lightroom and Photoshop (or Elements). This fellow does a nice job of providing an answer. He is only listed as "Mark K W" or I would more fully credit him here.
 
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taking Lightroom 5 for a spin
Posted: April 22
 
I have been playing around with a few of the new features of the Lightroom 5 Beta... revised Spot Removal tool, the new Upright tool and the new Visualize Spots tool
 
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hyper-focal distance
Posted: April 21
 
My good friend Mike Margulus & his wife Liz just got back from a trip to Scotland where they worked with a professional photographer one-on-one. One of the topics they covered was the use of hyper focal distance to maximize the depth of field in photos
 
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Missouri botanical garden
Posted: April 20
 
I visited the Missouri Botanical Gardens this morning. The weather was great and therefore lots of folks were there. It seemed most of them had cameras!
 
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Lightroom 5 Public Beta Announced
Posted: April 15
 
Adobe’s Lightroom is probably the best software available when it comes to a photographer’s digital darkroom needs. The company has been putting lots of time and effort into building it into something that appeals to both pros and enthusiasts, and now it’s releasing Lightroom 5 beta, representing the fastest turnaround for a major point release in the app’s history.
 
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blurb book
Posted: April 13
 
Received it in the mail today. Amazing turnaround.

The quality is every bit as good as the "Music in Teton Valley" book I had done last summer.

Two of my friends (Mike Quirk & Bob Scharff) upon viewing the book requested their own personal copy. I processed each copy to Blurb using Lightroom. I had the books delivered directly to them. Again great turnaround and great results.
 

 
 
l-bracket
Posted: April 11
 
Today I purchased a Manfrotto L-Bracket MS050M4-Q2. I had been contemplating this for awhile.
 
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landscape book - blurb
Posted: April 9
 
I ordered my second photo book from Blurb today. This is a book of my landscape photos in an 11" x 13" format. It should arrive sometime around April 23.
 
 
 

 
 
st. Louis zoo
Posted: March 4
 
I am enjoying taking photos inside this winter in the Primate House. The primates are housed behind glass windows but for the most part the photos come out pretty well.
 
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panoramas
Posted: February 26
 
Read an interesting article about taking panoramas.
 
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Missouri botanical garden
Posted: February 16
 
Visited the Missouri Botanical Garden this morning to take photos of the blooming Camellia flowers. There were a lot of folks out his morning doing the same thing. 
 
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gimbal head
Posted: February 17
 
I just purchased an Induro GHB2 Gimbal Head and love it! With my Manfrotto Ball Head it was difficult to maneuver my Canon 500 mm lens.
 
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st. Louis zoo
Posted: February 12
 
I decided to make a Zoo outing today since the weather was a bit nicer than it has been for awhile.

My main objective was to try out the video feature of my Canon 1D-x but I also wound up taking some photos as well. I shot just enough video to learn that to get better at it I would have to devote a great deal of time to that task. Not sure I want to devote time to that but it is nice to know that in a pinch I am able to get something.
 
 
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River Road - Alton, IL
Posted: January 26
 
I went out today with my friend Brian Luenemann to try to get some eagle shots. I photographed a number of Bald Eagles but even with my 500mm + 1.4x TC on my tripod and heavy cropping, I still did not have a very good yield as they were pretty far away from our shooting location.  

This photo is the best of the bunch.
 
 
 
 

 
 
cam ranger
Posted: January 6
 
I ran across an article about an interesting new device that allows you to control your camera and compose your photos using an iPad. It looks to offer some interesting possibilities for those who already own an iPad. 
 
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st. Louis zoo
Posted: January 3
 
I went to the Zoo this afternoon after lunch to take some photos.

I was mainly wanting to take a number of photos so that I could test out my new Lightroom Workflow and work out some kinks. I got some decent photos using my Canon 1D-X with the 70-200 mm + 1.4 TC 

 
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