MKimages: Blog http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) MKimages curtis59@me.com (MKimages) Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:03:00 GMT Thu, 06 Jul 2017 21:03:00 GMT http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/img/s1/v5/u923126273-o442875259-50.jpg MKimages: Blog http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog 80 120 Nothing great. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/nothing-great 20170703_01620170703_016

This image will not make most people stop and look. It’s not a great mountain vista or the grand Ansel Adams type of landscape. This type of photography is done for me, for the joy of art.

I liked the being there as much as the finished image.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/nothing-great Tue, 18 Jul 2017 21:15:00 GMT
Turn Around http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/turn-around 20170703_01120170703_011 Last weeks post I showed you an image of a deer skull. As I was setting up I happened to turn around and saw the sun coming through the tree. Always look over your shoulder and see what is going on. Again the light is what I saw first then I went looking of a foreground subject that happened to fall in the light. The yellow flower made a good subject, I was getting a lot of lens flare so I moved the camera into the shade of a tree.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/turn-around Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:00:00 GMT
Just Look http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/just-look 20170703_00520170703_005 Went looking for a great Landscape image early one morning. When I left the house the sunrise was looking good, so I went looking for a subject that happened to fall within the sunset. The sunrise didn’t materialize as I had hoped. Found t stand of trees, (pine I think, I don’t know my trees.) that looked like a fire had cleaned out the under brush. I was looking for something to put in front of my camera, when I saw something white out of the corner of my eye. I did set up this shot moved the skull into a better position and added a few pinecones. Not much in color but I did like it as a black & White image. 

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/7/just-look Thu, 06 Jul 2017 20:51:14 GMT
One more, I just can't help it. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/one-more-i-just-cant-help-it 20170602-001920170602-0019 Ok I know, I’m just like every other Papa showing off his grandkid photos, but let me bring this around to Photography tips. A few blogs ago I talked about pre-visualizing an image and that’s what happened here. Knowing that I was going to shoot a sporting event I use the “is this Action or Stationary” idea. It’s action so I placed my Nikon on “S” which let me pick the shutter speed and the camera do the rest. I picked a shutter speed of 1000 (little high for the action of t-ball) and you can tell that the camera picked a lower f/stop because of the blurry background. The is called “stop-action Photography”

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/one-more-i-just-cant-help-it Tue, 27 Jun 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Love the subject http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/love-the-subject 20170602-001320170602-0013 This is not my normal type of image for this blog, but indulge me for a moment. Let me move away from Mike the Photographer to a title that I very much enjoy, that of  “Papa” I love this subject and the other 3 grandkids that God has bless me with. They bring great joy and love the opportunity to photograph what I love.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/love-the-subject Tue, 20 Jun 2017 12:45:00 GMT
Dosen't work http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/dosent-work 20170406-00820170406-008

Great photographer always talk about “pre-visualization”, a fancy word meaning: to have an idea of what you want your photo to look like before you press the shutter. There are times however, that sometime you see something that you need to just point and shoot. This image was “pre-visualized but didn’t even come close to what I had in mind. That’s not ice but moving water, the colors were suppose to pop in the final image. I’m showing you some of my junk.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/dosent-work Tue, 13 Jun 2017 12:30:00 GMT
All wrong! http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/all-wrong 20101125-04120101125-041 Still don’t know why, but this is one of my favorite images. It’s not good because your eye doesn’t have one place to rest. It’s a center balance composition. Just all wrong, that maybe why I like it. I did this image on one of those evening that I had some time on my hands and went looking for some images.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/6/all-wrong Mon, 05 Jun 2017 12:17:32 GMT
10 stop difference. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/10-stop-difference 20170406-00520170406-005 Ok sometimes I go cheap. I saw other photographers using a 10-stop ND filter to get some long exposures, but instead of buying the slide in kind I went cheap skew on kind, which can be a real pain. This image was made with a 2-minute exposure that way the water looks like ice and the clouds are moving.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/10-stop-difference Tue, 30 May 2017 13:30:00 GMT
Back Lighting http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/back-lighting 20170406-01420170406-014 I was out doing the same old thing, (photographic rut) the big landscape. Then my wife told me about the guy catching fish. What I saw was not a guy catching fish, but a fisherman who was backlit. Changed to my longer lens so that he didn’t know that I was taking pictures. I took lots of different a angles and this was one I liked.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/back-lighting Tue, 23 May 2017 13:00:00 GMT
Big Head http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/big-head 20111217-067-Edit20111217-067-Edit I’m a man and sometime I let the “ego” get the best of me. I do the landscape photography stuff because I enjoy it. I could never make a living do it. This image recently sold at action for $1700.00. If you ever come across a photographer with a Nikon 750 and a big head, that would be me.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/big-head Tue, 16 May 2017 12:45:00 GMT
Everthing Changes http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/everthing-changes 20120817-1327-HDR20120817-1327-HDR This image is of the bridge in the Devils Elbow area in Missouri. It’s one of those places that I go back to a lot. Last week we received over 7 inches of rain and this bridge had water running over the road surface. I lot of people lost properties and a young man lost his life. My prayers are for those people. With nature there is always change, sometimes good, and sometime not so good.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/everthing-changes Tue, 09 May 2017 12:45:00 GMT
Coming full circle. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/coming-full-circle 20130325-82920130325-829 Hi my name is “Mike” I’m a recovering HDR photographer. When I first started doing HDR photography I couldn’t help myself. I would over do the process just to get everything in full detail. It didn’t matter that the images were boring in composition or that the colors were not real, I was in love with the process of making HDR images. Same thing happened when I first learned the Zone system. Then my HDR to a turn for the better, “how can I get these HDR images to look real?” Now I still shoot HDR but the question today is , “do I even need HDR to make this a good image. 

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/5/coming-full-circle Tue, 02 May 2017 12:21:35 GMT
Over cooked! http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/over-cooked 20120514-628-HDR20120514-628-HDR Love doing HDR photography (look it up in Google). However this is over cooked. What I mean is it doesn’t look real, I over did it in post processing. It was fun while I was doing it, but I have out grown this type of HDR imagining. Today’s HDR image are hard to tell that they are a HDR processed.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/over-cooked Tue, 25 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT
Style ??? http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/style 20110805-2140-HDR20110805-2140-HDR This is not my kind of style of photography, but I was just telling my wife, I need to try some other types of photography. Oh sure I will still be shooting the landscape stuff, but I need to branch out. Do something different, something that I would not normally do. I’m thinking like I teach compotation “if it looks good to you, take a photo.”

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/style Tue, 18 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT
All things end http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/all-things-end 20110429-614-HDR20110429-614-HDR

This image was taken and one of my “Go to spots”. A place that I return to over and over again to photograph. I was saddened the last time I was there because they had to put a fence around the building to keep people off. I will continue going there because there are still good places to shoot. 

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) Ha Missouri Ozarks Tonka ha http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/all-things-end Tue, 11 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT
Photo in mind. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/photo-in-mind 20170326-00320170326-003 I kept a list on my phone called “Places to photograph” and most of the time it’s just a place that I’ve heard about. Then there are times that I’ve been to the place before but there would be a better time to reshoot it. This is one of those images. We had a rainy weekend but on Sunday afternoon it had stopped raining. Went to my list and saw a note “rainy day”. I had this image in mind. New notes for reshoots will contain, time of day, weather conditions, and time of year. Paddy creek falls now has note that reads. “Fall colors on a rainy day.”

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) Creek Ozarks Paddy Waterfall http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/4/photo-in-mind Tue, 04 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT
Story time http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/story-time 20160130_01120160130_011

The old saying “A picture can be a thousand words.” And sometime a picture can be summed up into a few words. In my job as an Army photographer I’m always trying to tell a story about events. My approach is to get as much information in one photo as possible. However it’s the simple, less busy image that still tell the story that I enjoy the most.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) Bennett Fishing. Springs http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/story-time Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:15:00 GMT
Less is more. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/less-is-more 20160215_089-Editin Photoshop20160215_089-Editin Photoshop

Have you ever gone out to photograph and you feel like you just shoot a wall hanger (“wall hanger” the winner, the Ansell Adams image, homerun) only to get home and think “what posses me to take the picture?”

Well this image is not one of those. This is more like “ Hey there something about that I like, oh well just take it and delete it later.

         After I down loaded my card this image didn’t do anything for me, then a few weeks went by and went back to this image and as it turned out, it was one of the better images I got that day.

Just a simple image that was my better image sometimes we over think our images, well a least I do.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) Lake Ozarks of the http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/less-is-more Mon, 20 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT
Photo Safari http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/photo-safari 20160215_104-Editin Photoshop20160215_104-Editin Photoshop

Ok I know this is a photographic cliché.

I just couldn’t help myself. He was just so cute. (Maybe it was a girl squirrel, not sure)

What is a Photo Safari, that’s when I have a day off and my wife is working. I grab my camera backpack and get in the car and just go looking for something to photograph. No time or due date just me and my camera, good time.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) Squirrel http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/photo-safari Mon, 13 Mar 2017 21:00:00 GMT
Change is a good thing. http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/change-is-a-good-thing 20160215_036-Editin Photoshop20160215_036-Editin Photoshop

First let me apologize for getting behind on my blogging. I change things in my life and my photography.

 In life: I have resigned my position as pastor at church. Still going to the same church, some maybe asking why? That would be a great question. In the beginning started with 35 and now we are running about 120 worshippers every Sunday and it was more then I could keep up with.

This will bring a change in my photography. Will have more time to be behind my camera. I will also look to do different kinds of photography. Landscape are fun, but I need to try different thing photographically.

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curtis59@me.com (MKimages) Deer http://mkimages.zenfolio.com/blog/2017/3/change-is-a-good-thing Mon, 06 Mar 2017 21:38:35 GMT