Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, October 05, 2007
Since taking this new job I have seen a few rather large bugs. In the past four months I've seen a luna moth (think the sleep aid commercial with the green moth) a Polyphemus Moth, and a 3 inch long, brown praying mantis. I find it kind of funny that a chemical company - that makes agricultural products and bug repellent used to have facilty on the property where my new company now sits and we are getting these bugs that appear to be on steroids. In the case of the aforementioned moths, they haven't lived long. They are pretty sloth like creatures during the day (like me in the early morning) and tend to get run over by cars. I've been seeing these in the company's parking garage and the traffic is high. The praying mantis was in a stairwell and I was on my way home and had nothing to capture the creepy little critter in (I'm sure the thought of that would seriously disturb my sister lol).
At any rate, this morning I noticed a large moth near my usual parking spot. When I came out for my first cigarette of the day I stopped by the cafeteria and pilfered a large styrofoam cup and lid just in case. Sure enough when I reached my car the guy was still there. So I caught him and brought him home so I could get a few shots of him before setting him free.
So here he is, a Pink-spotted hawkmoth, in all is Mothra like glory....
Monday, May 21, 2007
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Sunday, March 25, 2007
We begin with a few lounging 'roos and one alert 'roo. I guess he was the lookout. There were probably 20-30 of the skippies lounging around. At one point they did all hop up and sprint around as if spooked. These animals are completely uncaged which was kinda nice. No wires to shoot through.
More lounging 'roos.
Geese are pretty common around here, but I just happened to be looking in the right direction to get this nice spread eagle...errr geese shot. I rather liked it.
For some reason, I always forget how large elephants are until I see them at the zoo. Seeing them in the wild, even with someone there to provide scale just doesn't do the behemoth's justice. Since I could find a way to capture a shot of them that displayed that massiveness, I chose to shoot the eyes and provide a window into their spirit.
The meercats (sue me on spelling :P), ever the inquisitive creatures of Africa, kept turning this way and that watching the people watching them. It must be nice for them to have the zoo come to them.
The KC zoo does NOT win points for orignality, meet Simba. Simba does boast a pretty large pride, I counted a good 6-10 females lounging around him. That must be some little black book he has.
There were a couple of bird cages to walk through, and while I did find more interesting birds than this duck, I do like his coloring, and the focus came out :).
Finally we come to something unique, a gorilla performing his daily meditation. This zen master spent a few moment's chanting before finally curling up on his side, using his arm as a pillow and taking a little nap. I'm tellin ya I think it might be time to check these animals' food for some kind of sleeping agent.*
*Any implication that the animals at the KC zoo are drugged is intended for sarcasm only and not intended to be taken as fact or accusation.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
I've shown what I have to a few people, and they seem to like them, but I tend to either have sentimental favorites or am overly critical of my work - I guess I tend to be a perfectionist at times.
In any event, this blog should come back to life in the coming weeks. In addition to shooting in Kansas City, I plan on taking a trip to St. Louis which should include visits to the St. Louis Zoo, Shaw's Gardens, and down town St. Charles.
So please keep checking back. I may not post as often as Cagey , but I haven't forgotten about this little blog either.
Monday, January 29, 2007
I have spent the last few months making photography purchases though to enhance what I have already captured. Tri-pods, back drops, lens attachments, lights, etc. I have a few more purchases to make then I'll probably close the wallet until I decide to buy a dSLR camera.
I am also spending this time giving serious thought to selling some of my photos. I've done alot of reading on the subject of late and have fleshed out most of the challenges I will face. Still working out some of those, some, can't be overcome, they just need to be faced. Some examples of these challenges I will be looking to overcome or merely face are as follows:
- Which pictures do I put in my portfolio to sell? I figure I'll get some help on this.
- Are the compliments I'm getting just people being nice? Only one way to find out although a few of the people I know wouldn't blow sunshine up my ass.
- How much is a photo worth? (Printed, matted, and/or framed?)
- What subject matter should I focus on, or should I continue to keep it ecclectic as I have to date?
- Where/how to sell them?
Those are the primary questions I am facing at this time. There are more obvious, business related ones as well, but if I can't get through the above it is kind of moot. I have sold one print at cost to a co-worker for her office, and one or two more said they would like to purchase a print, so we shall see. Most likely I will do those at a discount just so I have additional samples around the office for some exposure.
Well I'm off to daydream about nicer weather.