Before digital cameras came along, you had to set your "F stop" to the proper setting to have the right exposure for your photos. There was a saying among photojournalists: "F8 and be there."--set your camera to F8, and get to the scene ready to go. Not that much has changed, really.

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Truth be told, I wanted to be a photojournalist when I grew up.


"If your pictures aren't good enough, you aren't close enough."

"The pictures are there, and you just take them."

WW II photographer Robert Capa

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Couple of Weeks of Cell Phone Photos

Train at the crossing. I keep trying for the perfect train photo!

The neighbor's surprise lilies--so called because they just spring up and bloom. They have no associated greenery with them. It's been a good year for surprise lilies--they've been popping up all over!

Dozing BoyCat--so good to have him back healthy again.

No more ugly detour signs! Interchange to I-435 West is open again! (Yeah, poor quality photo, as I used the zoom function, but I am so glad to get this interchange back, I just want to celebrate!)

This display of, ahem, condoms caught my eye the other day with this juxtaposition of labels

1963 Chrysler 300J convertible exterior...

...and interior. I must say, this is one of the best interior shots I've ever gotten!

I had the chance to play with the kittens at the Ward Parkway PetsMart as a volunteer with Tara Animal Rescue was doing some cleaning. These are just a few of the cute photos I was able to take.

Note the little orange Photobomber!

Sunday, August 29, 2010


It was the first week of high school football action on the Missouri side. This is the best action shot I got during the game. Truman breaks up a Ruskin pass attempt. Ruskin ended up thumping Truman 45-6.

I got fooled several times by play action and other ball fakery in the Ruskin backfield, and missed a great shot of Ruskin defensive pressure when I wasn't paying attention. But it was fun. I wonder what it would take to get permission to be on the sidelines. That would be awesome, even without the zoom lens.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Playing With Black and White

I set my point and shoot digital for black and white and shot a couple shots of the BoyCat. The top one is without flash--and jiggly. The bottom is with the flash (which makes the Boy close his eyes). I'd forgotten some of the fun of black and white. I might try it in some other applications!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

GirlCat Naps

She is a master at finding unique places to snooze!

Thursday, August 12, 2010


A recent trip to Wayside Waifs resulted in this bounty of tongues caught in action. Visit Wayside Waifs for yourself: on line at or in person at 3901 Martha Truman Road in south Kansas City.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Town and Country

This 1950s vintage Chrysler station wagon is a rare sight--although station wagons are being seen more and more at car shows and cruises.

As was common in the 1950s and 1960s, the car is decorated with much chrome.

A closer look at what the classic car hobby calls "bright work."

Chrysler's minivans still bear the title "Town and Country" as both a homage to the generations before and a true note that the wagon/minivan is useful in both "Town" and "Country."


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