This is the rather impressive and often photographed JC Nichols fountain in Kansas City, Mo. This was one of my favorite images from a recent visit, although I fear this is one of those “it REALLY looks better when you see it large” images.
Ken Bello has an interesting post up at oneowner about people in photographs such as this. I remember thinking as I was out shooting, that this walker was going to mess up the shot…then I got to thinking maybe it wasn’t such a problem after all. I think it works pretty well.
Another in my epic ‘Happy Bird’ series…well I guess two images do not really a series make…but I digress. Taken within minutes of last week’s “Happy Duck In The Rain”, these geese seemed both happy and surprised at the rain. We are in drought conditions in Wichita and this shower was a wonderful little anomaly. I would also like to state that no geese had to be paid off for this one, they were happy to pose during the shower. I was using my vehicle as shelter and shooting out the open window.
I was fortunate enough to spend Saturday in my wife’s hometown of Belleville, Ks. photographing my lovely nieces and assorted family members. At one location, off in a field in the distance, I spotted an interesting abandoned stone house that was falling apart. (I think this was probably a circa early 1900’s farmhouse at one time anyway.) I’m always a sucker for abandoned buildings and architectural details, so this was a moth-to-the-flame type situation. My primary mission in Belleville was portrait photography, but my brother-in-law was kind enough to drive me over to the stone house for a quick (under ten minutes) photo session. So what do you do when confronted with an interesting subject, but under mid-day harsh sunlight and an uninteresting sky, and a time limit? Why you just wing it of course. (Then do some monochrome conversions when you get back home and hope you got something worth keeping-that’s what I did anyway.) I’m not sure how successful I was, but thought it might make for a mildly interesting post. I’ve filed this location away as somewhere that would be worthwhile re-visiting in more dramatic lighting conditions-or even at night. I can’t believe my wife never told me about this house.
~Just a final quick note, it looks to me like these particular photos benefit quite a bit when viewed at the larger size you should get when clicking on the photo. ~
I was kicking myself later on the image above. If I had been thinking clearly I would have centered a single distant tree in the window opening. Dang it.