Let it Snow

We here in Missouri have been lucky so far this year. We have only had one snow, and most of it was gone by a day or two later. I had a VERY cold and snowy Christmas break in Iowa, and I was definitely looking forward to the warmer weather back down here. Afterall, I had friends bragging about it being in the upper 60’s while I was back home. Well that whole story changed when I got back to Missouri. On the first day of school (1-10-11,) all afternoon classes were cancelled because of a big snow storm moving into the KC Metro area. This morning all morning classes were cancelled, because people in Missouri really don’t know how to handle the snow. I think we ended up with around 6 inches according to the reports. I found it funny, because back when I was going to school in Iowa, 6 inches was a walk in the park. We still had school and carried on like it was no big deal. Not down here! As soon as a flake touches down people lose it. Granted the roads are slick (because they don’t properly remove snow,) and no one had shoveled yet, even though it’s been done snowing for 20 hours now

Anyway, this is the first real measurable snowfall we’ve gotten this year, so I was excited to see what Stoli would do. As you remember, from a previous post: (See:Stoli’s Winter Wonderland) Stoli had mixed reactions to the snow. At first he was terrified, but then he loved it. Well introducing Stoli to the snow this time was just as amusing. He went NUTS! he zoomed around the yard doing figure 8’s with his mouth open collecting snow. He would then find a place where the snow was deep and dig himself a hole to lay in, and then cover himself up with snow. He’d wait until I got close and then he’d pop out and run away. He was also a fan of trying to catch the snow my boots kicked up as I walked through the yard. We’ll probably have to buy a sweater or something for him because he likes to roll in the snow and is usually covered by the time he goes inside.

Here are a few shots of Stoli’s snow escapade this afternoon.

Portrait #6 – Q Flash and Studio

Day 6- Today we learned high key studio lighting. We were lucky enough to have Seth Clock as our model, so we didn’t have to spend any time in front of the camera. After we experimented with High Key and Studio techniques, we took to the streets of Warrensburg for some lessons on the Q-Flash.

More Photos on my Flickr slideshow:

Flickr slideshow

Creative Photography – Star Trails and Landscapes

The University of Central Missouri Photo Society held a group shoot last night in the country to work on star trails. After talking with a fellow artist, I decided that I need to start forcing myself to shoot in color. I vastly prefer black and white, and most of my images are usually monochromatic. However, I vowed to start using color. Here are a few results from my shoot.

Editorial Photography – Basketball

On the 2nd, our editorial class had the opportunity to photograph the University of Central Missouri Men’s basketball team. Here are a few shots from the Mule’s practice session. I am shooting with a Canon 40D and a Canon L Series 70-200 f/2.8 IS lens. I discovered, however, that I don’t think sports photography will ever be my thing. I was never an athletic person, and I don’t really follow sports, so sitting on the court trying to keep up wasn’t so easy for me.

Anyway, on to the shots:

Editorial Photography – Travel/Transportation

For our editorial class, we had to do a shoot with a basic assigned theme. My pick for this project was “Transportation”. I have always been interested in night photography, light painting, extended exposures playing with motion, etc. So I decided to apply these concepts to my shoot. Here are the results: