Thursday, May 22, 2014

This past week I shot some portraits of retiring professor Jan Dauve. For more than 25 years he has taught Agricultural Economics to thousands of students at the University of Missouri. I even had him in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006.

Jan was great to work with, but it was one of the first portraits that I had to shoot without much of a story or direction. I came up with the idea to shoot the photos in the classroom Jan taught most of career — Waters Auditorium.

I lit these with two Canon Speedlights mounted with an Impact Quickbox I fired the flashes with a Pocketwizard.

Enjoy!










Sunday, May 11, 2014

Tiger Farm-to-Table Dinner | Columbia, MO

Last weekend I was quite the busy photographer in Columbia. From shooting a story at a Mizzou softball game to covering the dinner I am sharing below, it was great to be outside all day shooting things for the University of Missouri.

This dinner was the first time for the folks at Bradford Research Center and a collection of student groups on campus. They wanted to highlight local farmers and showcase the great food they all produce. And what an event it was!

For several weeks I worked to help promote the event and luckily the dinner sold out at just over 100 guests. The four-course meal featured salads with greens grown at Bradford, shrimp raised at Bradford, local beef raised by Legacy Beef, amazing pork tenderloins from Patchwork Farms and cheesecake from Goatsbeard Farms. All the food was incredible.

Thanks to Leslie Touzeau and Lebo Moore for setting up the dinner and dozens of MU students that helped out. I hope this event becomes a regular thing.

Enjoy!



















Sunday, May 4, 2014

Lee's Bluff | Fredericktown, Missouri

Thanks to a fellow photographer friend, I heard about Lee's Bluff. The 300-ft high cliff provides panoramic views of the St. Francis River in the Mark Twain National Forest outside of Fredericktown. This place is an amazing view, probably one of the more incredible ones in the state. There are no cell/radio towers in site. No buildings or really any human visual impact.

Really excited to shoot some photos of this in some nicer light. Planning a campout on the bluff sometime later this month. Excited to see what I get.

Enjoy!





Saturday, March 8, 2014

Tanner Buschmann | Mizzou Track & Field Student

Just had a story published on CAFNR's website about Tanner Buschmann. Check out the story....link. Below are the photos I shot. Tanner is a biochemistry sophomore and is on the track and field team.

I shot this with my Canon 7D and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens. Using the longer lens allows for a shallow depth of field. It was a cloudy day for nice diffused light, but I wanted to pump in a little more color onto Tanner. So I had my co-worker Aaron hold a gold reflector off camera right. That added the nice warm hues on his face.



Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Ice on the Missouri River Sunset | Easley, MO

We have been dealing with quite a cold winter this year in central Missouri. With cold comes some unique shooting opportunities though. I know that the prolonged cold would be having an effect on the Missouri River by creating pancake ice. This is a really cool effect that can add a lot more to an image of a cold river. With basically having icebergs floating down the Big Muddy, you can't help but make a great picture.

Winter also seems to have great sunsets. Something with the loss of humidity or colder temperatures can create more dramatic light in the sky. This evening was no different with some great color.

I chose to shoot at this location because for one, it is easily accessible. This spot is only about 10-14 miles southwest of Columbia and is a simple drive down 63 and 163 to Easley. Two, there is a nice bend in the river at this spot that actually bends to the southwest, making it perfect for sunsets.

This is just another perfect example of just getting out there and braving the elements to get a cool shot.

Enjoy!















Sunday, December 29, 2013

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

In 2012, I traveled to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Here is an overview of select images from my trip last fall to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Tennessee.



A waterfall leading into the Little River.


A waterfall leading into the Little River.


A waterfall leading into the Little River.


Fall colors still remain on the banks of the Little River. 


Rhododendrons reach over the waters of the Oconaluftee River.


Early morning light amongst rhododendrons along the Alum Cave Bluffs Trail.


Fresh frost on ferns and other forest floor vegetation.


A black bear rubs its back on a tree in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 


Water rushes down boulders of Alum Cave Creek.


Alum Cave Creek.


Fresh frost among the forest along Alum Cave Creek.


The Alum Cave Bluffs Trail in morning light.


Fog fills the valley below the Alum Cave Bluffs.


The Alum Cave Bluffs.


Alum Cave Creek.


A female elk grazes during a rainstorm in late fall. 


Historic cabins are part of the farm museum in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.


Rhododendrons.


Fresh frost on forest of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Rhododendrons along the trail to Laurel Falls.


Fresh frost in the Smoky Mountains.


Fresh frost in the Smoky Mountains. 


Fog fills the Gatlinburg valley below Clingman's Dome.


Sunrise from Clingman's Dome.


Sunrise from Clingman's Dome.


Sunrise from Clingman's Dome.


Sunrise from Clingman's Dome. 


Observation Tower at Clingman's Dome.


Laurel Falls.


Laurel Falls.


Laurel Falls.


Laurel Falls.


Laurel Falls


Laurel Falls.


Mountains viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway.


Mountains viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway.


A mill in Cade's Cove.


Ogle's Cabin


Mountains viewed from the Blue Ridge Parkway.


A turkey.


Mingus Mill.