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Opened my first Studio in 1972, after graduating with my Masters Degree in Photography, which followed a B.F.A. from Missouri State. It's been a great career that has taken me all over the world on assignments, and I've had the pleasure of working for some of the finest companies on product, annual report, and commercial assignments.

I spent one month in The Peoples Republic of China in 1987 representing Eastman Kodak
and their film capabilities to the Chinese professionals. In 1990 I documented the retrieval of Japanese Hostages held by the Iraqi's in Baghdad just before Desert Storm by the American Group called "Peace Wave".

I have also had the distinct pleasure of meeting some of the finest people from all walks of life due to my profession. I love my work personal imagery.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Looking up and forward.....

We are a week away from the last total eclipse I'll see, without traveling around the world, in my lifetime. I have some explicit plans to capture it but need to do some tests to make sure my plans will work. Of course it's raining now which limits my ability to do anything even faintly close to a test using the sun. Maybe this afternoon it will stop and I can start with the testing. I'm sure that some tweaking will be necessary to achieve what I want and from the location I'll be viewing. I checked the forecast as to the duration of darkness and it looks to be about 2 minutes. I will have to have everything set up in advance to complete the imagery. Hopefully there will be blue sky with no clouds and all will go as planned. I'll keep you posted.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Testing....

I have some thoughts of what I want to do with the eclipse that is coming up and today I'll start some tests to see if it is possible to complete my "minds eye vision". I've never done this type of shooting before so it should be interesting to say the least. I think I'll videotape as well as complete some still images of the eclipse as the old saying goes, "if ya don't have the pictures ya can't proceed with using them." I think this advice was found along with animal paintings on cave walls in France. I think that's what I heard.....

Friday, August 11, 2017

The eclipse....again....

Week after next we will be in for a real treat with the solar eclipse. I remember the one in the 80's which, although wasn't total, made the birds get crazy, traffic to pull over and stop, and everyone look around with a smile on their face. I'm looking forward to it with controlled abandon. It will obviously be the last I see in this lifetime unless I travel to one. Not likely. I have some pictorial plans laid out and it will be fun to see if I can pull them off. The time of the eclipse is only around two minutes so I'll have to do some preplanning as to the layout of my accessories that will be part of the shadow show. If I can pull my idea off it will be pretty amazing, But...you know what they say..Only the Shadow knows for sure......and he ain't tellin'. Tune in later to see if I was successful.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

How much do you want to sell....

I have had accounts in the past that have tried to photograph their own products and often ended up with a drop in sales. Consumers today are more sophisticated than they were even 5 years ago. The quality of of an image often signals to them the quality of a product they may be receiving as a finished item from a provider. In nine times out of ten this is a solid fact.

                                A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS !

In the image below the point can be driven home. This is a typical image from a "just want a pitcher
for the web" client. They bought their camera at a store that promised them they could produce images that could compete with "the professionals". Obviously there is a lesson or two the clerk was unaware of in producing a "professional image".


                                              The following is a professional image.


The milling on the bolts is highlighted as well as the stock listing on the head of the bolt. The soft shadows "ground" the items and they are displayed in a manor that highlights their quality. Producing images such as this isn't "rocket science" but with the techniques of the true professional an image will be delivered that will help "sell a product". If you're a producer of a product line or service do yourself a favor and search out the "Professional photographer" and don't rely on the words of the box store salesman. You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Dodged the bullet............

I can't tell you how lucky we were on our trip coming back from Stanford a month ago today. We were at Yosemite and the surrounding areas on our way back. As we were leaving Utah we witnessed one of the fires that, at that time, was encompassing 3,000 acres. It proceeded to grow to over 30,000 acres in the following weeks.  Looking at the map on Good Morning America this morning it is almost as if the fires followed our route. Mass evacuations of towns and tourist locations is taking place and I can't imagine the pain the fires are causing. Of course the forests will grow back but generations of trees will be lost and how the towns inhabitants will survive is the looming question.
Tourism is the economic mainstay of the areas being hit and that industry will surely be affected. To
add to my personal pain considering the situation, I inadvertently trashed all images from the trip with the exception of some that I had been editing. Duhhhhhh.......buy me books and all I do is eat the pages.............

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Texas traveling again.....

As many of you know I'm sort of a car guy. Had a bunch of them, sports cars, classic cars, a hot rod,
German cars, Fords, Chevys, Pontiacs. Buicks, and English challenges. It only takes an interesting car to get my attention. Once again, traveling out to California, going through New Mexico I had to stop. Nestled off the road I thought I saw a 1951 Chevy pick-up. Brakes on, we slide off the road to the shoulder. I grab my camera for a closer look. Got Rocks, as it turned out was a 1950's series International Pick-up. In that period the "look" of the pick ups all were wadded together and spit out with most of them being almost identical but with different grills, head lights, or hoods. Perhaps my best loved vehicle was "The Video Van, the tongue in cheek name Bondo gave my 1951 Chevy Van.
This vehicle has become my most lasting memory as far as my cars go. Frank Saferight gave it a spectacular paint job of dark metallic brown with black fenders and running boards. Three on the tree, baby moons with chrome rings, and an inline six. Hog heaven. Of course there are several stories about the building o the car, finding parts, blah blah blah.....You may hear them some day. I just find it ironic that someone would leave a truck or car out on the road that could have so many possibilities.



                                       I guess this is the iconic Rock, don't Roll..........


Leaning Tower....

On the last trip we passed through Texas and I noticed a landmark I had never seen. It could even be on par with the attractions through Nevada and other Western stated proclaiming " We have the worlds largest collection of Baby Rattlers !" So you stop the car, go inside a building that is covered on the outside with paintings of snakes, pay them a buck or so and approach a large container which is usually in a corner. Arriving at said box you look down and you see not one or two but hundreds of baby rattles. Realizing that you have been totally had and trying to gather as much composure as you can, you say "WOW", and backtrack to the door, get  in your car and leave. Quietly saying "never again....."

The town could start the billboard campaign several hundred miles away, Newly discovered....The Leaning Tower....and it could go on for miles. Don't Miss It....Texas's Leaning Tower...A Sight You Can't Imagine !! You know what P.T. Barnum said.......

                                                                                                                                                     

                                                 Beware of snakes and leaning towers...


Friday, July 7, 2017

Printhouse print cost...


I just spoke with Robbie Holmes, the C.E.O.,  of Printhouse and the print cost complete with shipping for just the print it's self would be $ 22.00 dollars and they do take credit card payments.
Remember you must become a follower to my blog to receive the file. Email me your email address to get the file and so I can check to see that you are also a follower.

The deal........

I have had many many loyal viewers over the years and I would like to offer to you a gift from me to you. As I mentioned in my blog several times I had an assignment to photograph graffiti for a designer in Oklahoma City. I got a lot of images that I really liked and he bought several and placed them in the Sigma Nu house at Oklahoma University.

I have a file which I would like to give to you, and have a print made for yourself. The finished size is 17 x 11.3 inches which is full frame from the camera. This image, framed and matted would retail for $ 600.00. My suggestion for the mat would be an acid free white with three inch boarders on the top and sides with a 3 1/2 inch border on the bottom. Of course this gives you a size that demands a custom frame but it's well worth it. It's a great look.

If you would like the file please email me at mspeermorgan@netscape.net giving me your email address. Also please sign onto my blog as a follower. After both requests are finished I will send you the file with a print release for one print. Although the file is free, you will be responsible for the actual print charges. I have recommended a source for the printing below. Feel free to forward this email to any of your friends that may be interested in the offer and have them follow the instructions to get a print from me.

I have made arrangements with Print House, one of the premier inkjet printing locations in the U.S. to handle the Fine Art printing of my images. I highly recommend that you use them for the printing of my images. We have a long standing relationship and their work is top drawer. Their email is;

www.printhousefineart.com.

They have printed this image for me before and they have really hit the mark. I am also working on a source for the matting and framing at a discount. Of course there will be shipping charges whether the image is framed or not. That will be included in the final print cost I'm sure.

By becoming a follower you are automatically notified of all new postings by me so it will help you keep currant with what is happening in my photographic world. I will keep this offer up for two weeks to see if there is any interest. I will have more options as the year progresses that will be exclusive to my followers. These offerings will be in photographic technical answers to some questions we all face photographically to possibly more print files.

This is basically a test and if it works there is much more to come. Thanks for becoming a follower.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A quick note...and a favor to ask...

I am launching a new campaign to convert Viewers to Followers. The reason I am doing this is to be able to offer information to my Followers exclusively concerning the various photographic methods I use to complete the images you see on my blog. As a bonus I am offering an original file of a print I captured several months ago along with information on where to get it printed and what paper to ask for. Included will be a release for you to make one print for your own use. The instructions will be offered tomorrow and will be very explicit in the information I will need from you. I have never made such an offer before and it should be interesting to see if it works. Follow up tomorrow and lets see how it works.....

63,000 views are soon to be passed...

I'm at the 62,800 point on the view chart and with this weeks postings 65,000 could be hit by next  week. I have a seminar this morning to watch on marketing then editing some images for me to post towards the end of the week. A wrap-up of a 6 month project is in line for Friday then another weekend. I love my job....Watch for some new images tomorrow or at least by Friday.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

FIRE !!!

While wandering we became curious because of the strange looking clouds ahead of us. We were traveling through southern Utah on our way home and the clouds just didn't look right. After living in Missouri and Oklahoma you become attuned to the sky and weather. Although I've never been through a tornado I seem to have been surrounded by them growing up. They would crop up in the summer and really raise hell on the communities they struck. The temperature drops, humidity rises, the clouds turn a grey green yellow color and birds seem to take off. It's not a good feeling.But these clouds were somehow different. The higher ones were whispy and below them there was a ball of white which was getting bigger. We couldn't figure it out. Karen was the first to speculate that we were approaching a fire. Didn't seem right to me and we continued to drive. After twenty to thirty miles it became evident that it was a fire and as we passed it I took a shot to document it for my blog.

The weather started to turn also the further east we got. Storm clouds were on the horizon and cars approaching us had their headlights on...a few had water peeling off their cars. We pulled into a gas station to see if anyone had heard anything about what was ahead and as we were standing there a trucker rode in from the east. I walked to his cab and asked him about the ride into the truck stop and he said that it was the worst wind he had ever encountered and his 90,000 pound truck was being tossed around the road. The water was pouring in sheets. He was ready to stop for a while.

We stuck around for awhile and the storm did pass and we resumed out trip. After a 19 hour drive we arrived home to hear that the forest fire we saw was at 5,000 acres and have since it heard that its is out of control and covers 30,000 acres and has consumed residences and approaching several towns.
I just don't know how that type of fire could be fought with any effectiveness. The news also said that it was accidentally started by a man using a propane torch to burn weeds on his property. Huge lapse of good sense. I've just started to edit images form the trip and I will display them as I get them done. Business is very good so please realize that business is always first. Images on the way as time allows.

Happy Fourth of July by the way....



Friday, June 30, 2017

While wandering among the arches...

As I have mentioned in previous posts while wandering the outposts of our country I have noticed the presence of stacked rocks. Sort of a silent statement from someone that they had been present at a given time. The most I've seen at one time was in Arizona along a creek, the furtherest north was in Alaska, and occasionally see them in New Mexico, Arizona, and Nevada. They are called Cairns and are viewed in many different ways. Conservationists have no use for them, hikers much the same, but the public in their excitement to be in the outdoors occasionally start stacking. I personally have no feeling one way or the other. BUT...I do see the hidden drive we all have to be present in one way or another.
                                             These were in the Arches National Park.
I will have to think about taking a position concerning these I guess. Neutral is an option for me.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

I'm Back !!

I apologies for the lack of content over the last couple of weeks but I've been on the move. Our Granddaughter graduated from Stanford and we went to attend the Graduation ceremonies. Stanford  has a fabulous campus that is stunning to say the least. The students refer to it as "the farm" due to the fact that many areas go as uncut fields of grass. However the facilities are top notch. As I watched the students gather for the commencement speech I marveled at the range of ethnicities that were present.
All of these kids are at the top of the educational game many walking away with multiple degrees in some highly specialized fields. Sarah majored in Chemistry and is bound for P.H.D. studies that may take another 6 to 8 years.

As I sat watching I felt that I would love to repeat my educational career at Stanford simply for the electrical experience I was feeling. It is an absolutely inspiring arena of education. Anything is possible....get on board and make it happen.






These are a few shots of the campus. I have to get to work editing some shots I took on the way back so look for more posts later today or tomorrow...

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Great Shoot yesterday .......

I got back from my shoot and processed the images this morning. I shoot with Nikon exclusively and it really delivers a big file to work from. At 36 megapixels I can enlarge to almost any size. The largest prints so far have been of the Graffiti assignment I received from an interior designer in Oklahoma City and he has ordered 2-80 x 120 inch images from me. To save you from the math they were 10 feet tall and clear as a bell. He has really started to develop a market for my images as he has ordered several.

The reason I bring up the size thoughts is because I am going to send to my client a disk  of the images I shot yesterday. I don't think they have a computer with enough ram to view the raw files and by sending them over the net would be a very long download time. They will also be able to give me their preference as to the cropping and other information I need to have. I guess it all comes with a days work.

I may be somewhat invisible as I'm going to be very busy photographing. I'll post as I can but it should be a couple of very interesting weeks.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Just a quick post ...then off to Missouri for a shoot.....

It's that time of year again....the lilies are blooming....

Sorry it's so short but business comes first...

             
                                            Click on the image and it will get larger.................

Saturday, June 3, 2017

I'm back and got the tar scared out of me..........

While I was on the last weeks shoot I didn't have access to the internet and basically forgot the proper address for my blog to sign on to. I have spent the last hour or so trying to resurrect the necessary information. I have right at 400 posts and 62,000 views so I was panicking that it might be lost forever. Obviously however....I'm back and will have a bunch of images to pass on to you. I will get them edited today and a few on by tomorrow. Check back tomorrow afternoon to see some pretty interesting stuff....nothing like sharing the panic.

Friday, May 19, 2017

The tidal wave continues...

Well it looks like I'm getting about 2000 views a week as my numbers are skyrocketing. Suddenly 70,000 views is around the corner. This next week I've got a completely full schedule so look forward to some interesting images throughout this weekend and next week.The weather may be the defining factor however......

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Thanks for the reschedule.....

As I mentioned in my last note the weather was to be the pits today so luckily enough I was able to reschedule my shoot to yesterday and it went very well. The wind was a bit bodacious but we worked around it by being behind large wind blocks such as buildings, fences, and wooded areas. The light was fantastic as the clouds covered the sun basically acting as a large soft box with gentle light that was also directional. It work out very well. I did come across a wall that I found very interesting and would like to see some of this in Carthage.....probably could be filed in the never gonna happen file.
However it really struck me as something interesting and it is popping up all through our downtown area. I'll get it posted next week.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Potential rain Thursday...

I guess it's all in the life of a portrait photographer...I have a session scheduled for Thursday and rain is in the forecast..that could be good or very bad. Obviously water falling on a client doesn't ideally work well however the light just before, or just after, or during a break in the weather can be fantastic...

Hopefully I'll have great images for you to look at later in the week.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

We passed 60,000 views and will have 61,000 by tomorrow !!!

Sorry I've been so invisible but it has been a hectic week. I had several deadlines to hit and was successful....but I was invisible to you all in the process. I hate that but business is always first. I closed the deal on the sale of one five foot by six and a half foot print plus a 40 by 60 inch print to the same individual. Big prints seem to be moving right now. I spent the last three weeks working on my "studio" outside getting everything planted into different locations to use as backgrounds. I have to use the whole area available due to the necessity of being flexible as to where the light is. If the light is best in one area I'll use it, if not, the other areas could be good. Same goes with the wind....some areas are better than others. I have a session next week and I'll upload some examples of what I'm talking about.  I love my job....

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Solution......dumb us....

I had mentioned that we should probably put the "leaf guard" net up and was met with lukewarm response.......so I did it anyway.  We bought it in the Fall to keep the leaves from falling into the pond and took it down earlier in the Spring. It works great for keeping the leaves out, preventing their decomposition into sludge in the bottom of the pond. If the heron comes back he will have a hard time getting through  the netting for his daily brunch at Morgan Pond. It is strapped down solidly  on the edges so I think we have the loss of fish taken care of. If we have guests over for dinner or whatever we can move it for a better look at the fish. I was just about to name the backyard the "Valley of Death"...

As dumb as it sounds the fish seem to know that something has changed as they are swimming freely throughout the pond. Before I put it up they huddled in the deepest part of their ocean and didn't surface much unless I fed them. Even then it was an "eat and swim" situation. Dinnertime conversations became very limited. If I have photographic sessions out there I will also remove it for that.

Years ago Leon Kennimer gave a siminar I attended were he explained the advantage of shooting with the sun reflected from a pond. It's like adding a hot box lighting set up without electricity to an environmental portrait situation. I did that when I was in Carthage at Spring River and Morrow Mill but until we put in the pond I didn't have the capability to do it here. The parks in Tulsa and the Garden Center require a fee to be able to shoot within their boundaries and that just rubs me the wrong way. They are tax supported entities here in town. So Morgan Pond was the was to get around the problem.

Click on the file and it will get larger...
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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Bird must like NPR

Update !!! Looked out this morning and the damn thing was back. NPR was on the radio giving the news...we thought the radio would scare it away. No such luck.........it must like the news.

However, it stepped on one of the bamboo poles we have on the outskirts of the pond and it moved, scaring the bird off. Fed Ex should deliver the "Banshee Eagle Screaming Motion Detector" today and that may help. Of course then again.....all of our neighbors may vacate the area in a panic. Only in America...........

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Lost fish.......

As many of my followers know we have had several Koi ponds over the years. Tulsa is no exception. When we bought the house it had a useless backyard...or perhaps better yet.....ski slope with no snow. We really hated it. Never spent any real time out there just mowed it. Back and forth...back and forth east to west, west to east. Over a four year period we started to change it up with no real plan....just get rid of the slope and perhaps turn it into an outdoor studio location. First was a patio with some precast concrete pavers... Expanded it the following year adding railroad ties to hold the backfill dirt in place. The next year we added a concrete wall to reinforce a larger patio pad and then noticed that there was room between the old deck for us to add another deck with a Koi pond. As we were doing this it seemed logical to add a lower deck to the one we were putting in with stairs to the lawn below.

As we did this-digging the pond-we had the railroad ties from the previous wall and a bunch of dirt from the excavation of the pond. We took the ties and put them to the south of one of our Bradford pear tree and used the fill from the pond to create a level area we deemed "the secret garden". A year later while Karen was at church I built another wall from stackable "pavers" south of the railroad ties.
Filling it with dirt I was able to hide the ties and we had another planting area. As one of the features
I added an architectural piece of stone I got out of a dumpster when there were redoing the Post Office in Carthage and added that as an area for a plant.

Needless to say the back yard is a great area to photograph clients in. HOWEVER !!!

We started with 3 Koi and several other exotic goldfish. Evidently fish have no morals as I hadn't seen any marriage ceremonies in the chapel on the bottom of the pond or any rings on fins of the fish and we suddenly had about 45 fish swimming in the pond. Most farmers will tell you never to name animals on the farm if you are going to eat them...kinda hard to have a friend for dinner if you know what I mean. Koi and goldfish are basically carp, we don't eat carp, so we named most of them. They all have personalities and we would look at them from the deck noting subtle changes and size growth.

Last week I thought that the numbers were different......didn't see a couple of fish we had named.
Buck was missing as was Golda. Golda had a habit of hiding under the water fall so not seeing her was not a big deal. Over then next several days as the rain kept coming down and the Arkansas River, which is a bout a mile west of us, started to get higher I noticed more fish missing. Mentioning it to Karen she looked and agreed. I looked out of my office down at the pond several mornings ago and there was a Blue Heron getting ready to snack on our babies ! I flew down the stairs, ran outside and as the bird flew off I was screaming in a provocative voice " Get out of here you Son of a B-------!! And don't come back !!! If the neighbors were out....they must think I'm crazy.

It's hard to count fish however they are straying in the deep part of the pond which is deeper than the bird can reach.....I think. We have the radio on next to the pond and that seems to be working. The bird hasn't been by since we put it out. Tomorrow we have a motion activated predator bird call arriving which will replace the radio. The neighbors may really think I have gone south when they hear a screeching banshee eagle call from the backyard. "What in the hell is he keeping out there
now ???"

Maybe when the Arkansas goes down the bird will leave us alone. When I think of the fish we lost I think it is appropriate to mention Leonard Cohen singing "Hallelujah". The fish were our "kids" and they will be remembered. Google Leonard and the song.....it just seems to fit. The bamboo across the pond is serving as another deterrent to the bird....why make it easy... The black tray on the left will be cut down and turned into a potting table. It used to be my darkroom sink. Click on the image and it will get larger.


Sunday, April 30, 2017

About the rain.....

I guess I should have wished for it to stop sooner. We got a total of about 6.5 inches this weekend and had a bit of flooding in town. Not as much as the news would lead you to believe but it made a mess of other towns. I was to be in Tahlequah to photograph an art show and make some contacts for  future work and thought I should call my sponsor to see what was going on with the show. It's a good thing I did as they were unindated with 7.5 inches of rain and the town flooded. Needless to say the show was cancelled the day before and reset for later in June. I just had not gotten the memo so to speak. I have a bunch of repair work in my yard/studio replacing paths that got washed out and trimming back some broken bushes. The wind though is so strong now that I'll have to put it all off till tomorrow. Auntie EM !! AUNTIE EM !!!..........sure hope some of our trees aren't uprooted by the wind.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Dreary ol'day...

Sick of the rain ! We could get a much as 5 inches before the weekend is over..

So far we have had a walk way wash out, drained three inches off the Koi pond and need to do it again, mud washing over new grass seed....QUIT !!!!

I spent the morning editing a real estate job I had Friday and thought I should look at some files from Alaska. Our present weather seems to match the attitude of the area we were in on the boat. Drizzly, a bit cold and just cast a blue funk over the day.

We have been missing a few fish from the pond...or at least it seemed so. I looked down from my office and saw a blue herring standing on the east side of the pond. I raced down stairs, quietly took off one of my tennis shoes and threw it at the bird. As it was flying of I called out in a not too low of a voice "And don't come back you son of a B____ !! Hope the neighbors weren't out standing in the rain....it's all in a day around the house....Click on the image and it will get larger on your screen.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A new account ......and 60,000 views around the corner..

I had the good fortune of a local realtor seeing my blog and contacted me for an assignment on Friday. Because of the weather report predicting rain, I went to the location of the home she wanted to get photographed and produced the outside images yesterday. If it is raining on Friday it won't make any difference as I will have all of the necessary equipment to compensate for the lack of daylight inside.

This is the basic bread and butter work of a studio. Not too creatively challenging however decisions must be made concerning the location of the shooting spot to show the most inclusive angles and the best view of the rooms. Generally I never get to preview the locations inside so it's kind of like Christmas.......each assignment is unknown until I get to it. The larger the location the longer it will take. Every day is a new day....I love my job.

By this weekend I will have surpassed 60,000 views ! Absolutely amazing....

Monday, April 24, 2017

A great leap forward...

Just checked my stats and 58,000 views is around the corner. I'll be shooting today so look forward to a new post soon. Thanks for your support.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Stat check.....

I guess I'm like a kid at Christmas........I really like looking at my statistical ratings from Google. Presently I'm sitting at 55,000 views and collecting about 5,000 views a month from all over the world. Going at this rate I should have 100,000 views by December of this year. I could have never guessed this would be the outcome of something I started for the heck of it. It has earned me business from viewers and I hoped has helped spread the word that because someone bought an expensive camera, they can't call themselves professional.

It takes years of education and experience to carry that label. As the photographic education is well on the way, the act of "seeing" is suddenly realized. Intrinsically everything I look at is subconsciously divided up into compositional spaces. I love it as that happens. The world takes on a different view. I can remember in my first photography class with Bob Johnson at SMS, on a class outing, his ability to "see" compositions I was blundering through. I had not learned the act of "seeing". That and the people I have met make this the job of a lifetime I'll be forever grateful for. I love what and how I see......Thanks for sharing my blog with me....

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Sigma Nu Images.......

When my Dad went to Missouri University he was an Sigma Nu. He said that joining the frat was really the only way to get decent housing at that time. There were several Carthagenians attending MU  then so when he settled in Columbia he had college friends, that were also from his home town.










I got the assignment to produce the images from a very well known Interior Designer in Oklahoma City, Mr. Ron Licklider. He had seen my work on my blog and dropped me a call. The first assignment was to photograph art deco elements found in Tulsa. That was then followed up by another assignment to photograph some graffiti and I completed both assignments. Then a problem surfaced.....which ones to choose. I left that problem up to him. The graffiti was especially hard as there were so many to choose from. I've got to admit that one image especially hit my fancy, that being an 80 by 60 inch image of some really nice graffiti. That image is included in the selections above. I had a great time working on this and Ron has told me he has another assignment coming soon......I love my job.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

A new project....

As I mentioned in a previous posting I am looking at a proposal for me to photograph images for a foundry of their past work. The "studio" images you have seen were samples of how I would light the work on a black background then a white. Many of the pieces they have cast reside at locations throughout Tulsa. This is a sample of one of the larger works I'm sending to them so they can get an idea of what I would do.


It will be a challenging project for sure.
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Thursday, March 30, 2017

The Sigma Nu pictures....

I got word today that the images I made for the Sigma Nu house at OU have been hung. I'm going next week to get some images of the installation for promotional purposes. I'll be sure to get the shots on the blog as soon as I get them processed. Look for some new images this week end of other things that I want to post.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

2 New Image tests and Passed 53,000 views....

I seem to have had somewhat of a mental block in getting together the test shots for the upcoming shoot involving the sculptures. It wasn't rocket science but I had to work it out over the weekend
and finally got it done. This assignment will involve some shooting in the studio but a real bunch of imagery to be photographed enviornmentally. Many of the statues are larger than life and situated all around Tulsa and other metro areas. It should be a great time. I would like to complete all of the work over the next month or so while the trees and grass are in their best state. I'll keep you posted.



Saturday, March 25, 2017

Great time last night...

I may have mentioned in the post concerning the installation of the sculpture piece I photographed a couple of weeks ago, but I met the lady that owns the foundry that cast the statue while there. We hit it off well and she was in need of a professional photographer as her guy had decided to move on for one reason or another. In the course of the conversation she invited me to Pawhuska Oklahoma for  an art show last night. Karen and I went and I was blown away. The show was well done with some real talent from throughout the United States but the real surprise was Pawhuska. What a vibrant local culture there. The town was hopping, clean, Oklahoma friendly, and the buildings and renovations were outstanding. A really great surprise !!

It really reminded me of Carthage when it was on it's upsurge in the 80's. Excitement, cohesiveness, and the merchants were game for anything. The town square had a great variety of businesses wow..
it really looked good. Distressing that I see just a hint of that now. Granted it can be reborn but it will take leadership that I think must come from out of town. The complacency of being in a location for an extended time is like blinders on a horse.....your vision becomes limited. Pawhuska has buildings like Carthage, many of which are being renovated into condos on the top floors and retail establishments on the ground level. It would do the Chamber of Commerce leaders well to take a chance, do a day trip to Pawhuska, and light the fire again. If they don't think of it as a good idea...other business owners and leaders could make the journey themselves and come back invigorated and start the revolution. If there is enough positive feedback from the trip maybe...MAYBE the ball could start rolling again.

I ran some tests to show my new client how her pieces could look on a white background and as close-ups. I'll have the black backgrounds to show you tomorrow.


Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Surpassed 50,000 approaching 51,000 views........WOW !!!

Well the title says it all. 51 is around the corner and I better get some new images up so you have something to see. I had an assignment to photograph an installation of a statue in commemoration of an special individual last week and am honored to have received it. The site is in a wooded area a short distance from a main road here in Tulsa. It's quiet, surrounded by trees and has a commemorative wall designed for meditation and for me, I sort of  began to consider the present and future. It's a very special place. The landscaping work isn't totally done as yet but should be finished by the end of May.
I will follow up with a set of completed images to view.

I really like the feelings evoked in this special installation and location.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

YAAAA HHHHOOOOOOO Hit 50,000.....

Thanks everyone the Blog has had 50,003 hits as of yesterday. I appreciate it. Now that the weather is going to clear up....expect more shots soon.....

Friday, March 10, 2017

A quick note......

I just checked my stats on Blogger........

The Blog will definitely be over 50,000 views by tomorrow. Thanks for watching...
I sound like a newscaster....

That's wrapping it up till tomorrow .....

Lightning in the sky......

Ok I'm confused.....70 degrees yesterday, thunderstorm last night with no rain and 40 degrees now and possible snow this weekend...

Climate change is happening big time regardless of what the Oklahoma born Head of The EPA says.
It is hard to believe that he can bury his head so deeply in the sand or not read enough information concerning what is happening to the climate. It is a problem that goes beyond words to think that this guy is in the position he is. The scientists have tried to explain the situation to him but.....he's turned his ears and brain off.

ANYWAY......great light show last night.

Click on the image and it will enlarge.......
50,000 reads are around the corner....perhaps by Monday.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Rural Oklahoma Road Trip....

It had been a while since Karen and I went on a "Road Trip".....meaning that I needed to get out and see what there was to be seen. I had recently been out to Enid on an assignment with no time to stop and look around coming or going.  I traveled through several small towns that looked interesting but with no time....I just drove on. We sort of repeated the trip yesterday. There is always a search and find feeling when I photograph for myself. I've spoken of this before and I continue to do it. The images are always concerned with either a "color field" view or a compositional view of an element in the image. I can never really preconceive what I'll end up with and sometimes I come back with nothing. Some day are good and others are duds.

As I have mentioned in the past, if you click on the image it will fill your screen. I mention this because size does matter and by clicking you see the whole composition. If you don't click on the images you don't see the whole "scheme of view" and what you are looking at without the click is sort of like reading a Readers Digest version of a story....some parts but not the complete idea. Here are several images from the weekend. I hope you like them.
Door Chair
No Parking
Yard Sale

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Road for wagons ????

While in Kansas several weeks ago I noticed a strange "formation" for lack of a better explanation.
There was a raised "road" of sorts running through the plains. It was in the West side of the highway and obviously hadn't been traveled on for decades. It was still there though sticking out for all to see. Trees had sprouted on the North and South sides of it and it ran until it was out of sight. I wish I could hear the stories it could tell from the beginning. It would surely be the true history of settling the area.

Once again, click on the image and it will enlarge.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Carterville again.....

Browsing through the Carterville shoot I found a visual statement that may reflect the image of many small towns. This is obviously a second hand store/thrift shop/flea market. Many of the small towns are feeling the loss of jobs, anchor businesses, and old long standing businesses are passing on to greener pastures or just failing entirely. It's sad from the standpoint that the quality of life in the small towns is generally good with neighbors knowing neighbors, and several moms looking after the "kids in the neighborhood. But the jobs that sustained these people have either disappeared or moved to a larger population area. The hit that Carthage took when WalMart came was almost devastating to the Carthage square. The stores I grew up with, Western Auto, Otasco, Scotts, Kresge, Millers Clothing, The Fox and Roxy theaters, Lees and Doc Bakers News, The Hobby Shop, Killingsworth and VanPerks Ladies shops, Edmonsons, Belks, The C&W Cafe, College and The Carthage Pharmacies, Bank of Carthage, Central National Bank, Charles Cook Attorney, Murray Duncan Drug, and several other business have vanished. The square has some businesses, a few are doing well but the complexion of the economy has drastically changed. It seems as though opportunities exist in the town but it will take a true effort to revive it to it's past business activity.

Looking at this images I'm captured by the expanded view of the surroundings both inside and outside the storefront. The street is almost vacant but there is still the hope of potential business with the lighted OPEN sign. Click on the image and it will enlarge....

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

7,000 views so far this month...approaching 50,000 !

Obviously adding new images to my blog is a game changer. The more I add, the more views I get.
Should seem pretty obvious but I haven't thought much about the relationship of that until just recently. As I have said many times....I'm not a rocket scientist.....

I'll get some more images today and hopefully have them posted by tomorrow.
Thanks for looking ......by the weekend I could be over 50,000 views. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, February 20, 2017

How the past finds us....

As many of you may know I originally started college as a printmaking and drawing major. That went well until I took my first photography course at SMS, for no credit, something that I had always wondered about since seeing the movie Blow Up. That in it's self is a long story but the magic of seeing the print develop in the trays hooked me from the first time. The magic still continues almost 48 years later.

I got a note from Susan Fix Griffiths, a neighbor of ours growing up in Carthage, and whose family I became good friends with. She was working at the Powers Museum in Carthage and came across a drawing I had done when I was 18. I remember drawing it and it is a part of history now because it is no longer there. Morrow Mill was a fishing area, swimming hole, and relic of past times in Carthage.
I am very appreciative of Susan dropping me the note. I had no idea where it was. This is the drawing.
Morrow Mill-1968

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Carterville revisited...

Growing up in the Cultural Mecca, as a teenager at 16, I used to go to the Webb City pool hall and shoot pool with my friends. We would go over on old 66 , aka Route 66, and really never thought much of it. As I was growing up I remember occasionally listening to a grab and gab talk show on a local radio show from KDMO. It was broadcast from the Boots restaurant which was just south of what they called, "The Crossroads of America." the intersection of U.S. 66 and U.S. 71. It was hosted by Lee Crocker and George Kolpin. They would interview people traveling through while they were grabbing a bite to eat. Being on the Radio was a really big deal then and they had no trouble getting takers for the interviews. For all practical matters the Mecca was not only the center of the United States then, but also for most Carthagenians was the Center of the Universe. But there wasn't a pool hall we could get into. That necessitated the trip to Webb City.

Between the Mecca and Webb was Carterville. It was inhabited by miners and their families and at one time was pretty prosperous. Way before I arrived however. In the 60's the loss of mining employment was getting to the economy and what was there was soon to be gone. Now it is more or less a narrowing wide spot in the road, a nest of memories. I stopped through there this last weekend and copped a couple of shots. The terrain has changed, the chat piles we used to play on are gone and there is no traffic. There were a couple of shots I should have taken but I didn't. Maybe next time.
Click on the image and it will appear larger on your screen.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

More images from Burlington...

As I said yesterday I would add a couple of more images from last weekends shoot. So...here they are.




It may be a guy thing but rusty cars with historical logos really are a draw for me.
Be sure to click on the images so they will get bigger. A really fun shoot and great material for my new book.

Monday, February 13, 2017

I hit the gold mine of images.......

We had a road trip that took us just south of Topeka Kansas this last weekend and on the way we passed through Burlington Kansas. I made a note to remember it on the way back so we stopped. Absolutely more than I would have ever imagined image wise. Hog Heaven. This is one of the images. They will be in my next book that I am starting soon. The light was right everything worked. I hope you like them. I will be starting an internet store soon so prints will be available.

The light was right the subject perfect....I'll add more tomorrow. A great day to shoot.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Our Family Portrait

This last weekend my wifes' relatives got together and I mentioned that I would post the image of everyone on my blog so they could get copies.  Here it is gang ! Great to see and meet you all.
Mike and Karen.

The key to getting a good file to download and make a print from is to click on the picture with your mouse and it will get larger. Then holding the button down on your mouse, click on the enlarged picture and drag it to your desktop. If you want  to make a print at your photo provider place a blank CD or DVD into your slot for the CD or DVD on your computer. Once you see an icon image for the CD/DVD drag the photograph on your desktop to the icon and it should start burning the image on to the disk. Then take the disk to your provider.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Shop Vida

I got a note the other day from Vida, a ladies clothing manufacturer, that they had seen my blog and were wondering if I would be interested in designing for their broad array of ladies clothing using my images. Well obviously there was only one answer that I could give so..........the process has begun.

It is rather different because each article of clothing has a necessary pixel count that must be hit for the garment to have a solid enough image to be printed on it. A tote bag has one size while a wrap has to have a much large file. Suddenly I am glad that my Nikon delivers a 36 megapixel file. I have completed several pieces and really am happy with the look. The problem I'm encountering now is duh................uploading my signature to them for the label to be put on the clothing. It will be the Michael S. Morgan line.......imagine that. The rest of today will be taken adding designs for the look on different items. I'll keep you posted.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Well ....

Quick post !!! Passed 43,000 views.............more relevant news tomorrow.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Amazing .....

I have passed 42,000 views and rapidly moving to 43,000..............we could pass that today.
I have been particularly busy the last two weeks. I didn't get in last night until 10:30 primarily due to a drive from an assignment that started about 5:00. It was fun and I did a good job of it. Today is a paperwork day consisting of billing and processing images. This is the time an account never see's. I really don't miss wedding photography for that reason. Many "photographers" will approach a wedding with the idea in mind that numbers count. They couldn't be further from the truth. When I shot weddings it was really like the choreography of a ballet. There was a set plan and order to the shooting mainly set to the 'music" of the wedding. This is not to say that the schedule didn't have to be altered on occasion but it gave me time with the wedding party in planned segments that allowed me to produce a complete album with the images that were most important. Granted there were a few candids throughout the album, but I rarely shot more than 300 images. This is even a bit over the line as a reality check due to the time in editing and manipulating the images. When I hear of photographers shooting thousands of images all I can think of is the time wasted in editing, and the poor wedding party members that have to spend hours looking at images that are probably just snapshots that Aunt Milly could have taken.

This week looks great as far as my scheduling goes...I'll keep you posted and thanks for being a reader.
 

Friday, January 20, 2017

Passed 40,000 views....

Quite a birthday present....the Blog passed 40,000 views this passed week...

As stated before at smaller numbers.....I'm amazed. This weekend I'll be able to have time to post an image or two. I've been really busy working between Tulsa and Oklahoma City and it keeps me hopping....

Check in on Sunday and I may have something to show you.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

OK...back in line....

I've just made the proper correction.....incredibly glad I caught it when I did. I guess it doesn't matter or seem to that I keep a chronology going in this series but perhaps it will as I travel through it. I really don't know. It just seems to be the right thing to do. It may change as I produce it ....hopefully it will make more sense....once again I just don't know. Getting repetitive........

This my "working office", designed for my comfort and creativity....stereo is generally blaring...
great place for me to be when I'm working with images. Remember to click on the image - it will get bigger...


Check it out...


Not really sure....seem too be on thin ice .........again.........

You know that as you walk down path of life some things can change....even if an original idea was set out only week ago. In the beginning...I started out to produce a series of images of me growing up in recent "manufactured images" for the lack of a better word. I made another one this morning and as I sat down to write about it on my blog I realized that I stepped out of the original dream. I'm too OLD for the image. ORRRR should I say I'm out of sync with the original idea.

Back to the drawing board and maybe I can correct my left turn...............stay tuned....the new image is on the way.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Suddenly ....EXTREMELY busy....

As always the first of the year hits and business ramps up. The blog work will have to take second seat till this weekend which is a bit frustrating. BUT..........business comes first. Check with the blog next Monday and see what has happened....

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Hang loose....

As I mentioned in a past posting I'm working on a new "vision" or series or what ever. Progress has been good with three new images, two of which I think I've shown you. The third will have an added element of video that I'm trying to work out. Maybe by Monday I'll have it ready to post.....it's problematic because I've never looked at a "vision" like this. Some technicalities to work through.
Hopefully I'll have something Monday to show you. I'm sure that what I post will be just the beginning because of the natural evolutionary sense of my thinking...

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Speaking of views...

Looking at last months spike in views breaks down to 250 views a day. I find that
absolutely amazing....Thanks. I also noticed that suddenly I seem to have realized that
I pay exceptional notice to windows. Throughout my blog there seems to be an abundance of "window views". With the new series, both images deal with windows....gonna have to figure that out.

M

Window view

This is the second of the series of self portraits from a long time ago.....maybe not THAT long ago.
The window is like a time machine of sorts faintly looking to the past with my Dad...

I don't know how or why these images are coming together as such but I guess what is...IS.
If you click on the image it should get bigger for a better view....




Monday, January 2, 2017

While walking in the woods....

I went walking in the woods recently just to relax, maybe photograph, maybe just to walk. As a kid in the cultural mecca of the Ozarks, there was't television. At least until the Morrows got one about 1956. Up until then we as kids were expected to entertain ourselves in the neighborhood and not cause any trouble. We always found something to do...

I can remember stories of trees that had human characteristics sort of "woods magic" so to speak.
Having a pasture behind the house gave me ample territory to explore as well as the field between the Dead End on Euclid where I lived and River street to the east. There were ample hedge apple trees, a few walnut trees that undoubtedly were the the children from the giant walnut trees on the east side of our house. There were animals to spot being made out of clouds then changing into something else, a constant magic show. Now you see it, now you don't. Ok Kid..Did ya see the pig ?? How about the horse ??  Time passed and the parade went on.

The tress especially in the fall and winter took on human proportions, flailing arms, twisted torsos. Occasionally a face showed up. Just a bit unnerving but a part of life. In the fall the trees slept as their spirits took off with the birds and went south. If you were quiet enough you could find one, sleeping


unknowing that he had been seen.....

Sunday, January 1, 2017

I'm starting a new series...

I've decided to start a new series as a personal photographic challenge. Being the guy on the other side of the camera I'm very seldom in photographs although I have produced thousands over the last
44 years for clients. I'm going to be using images from my childhood up to the present as inclusions in some images. These "selfs" won't be in everything I post on my blog but will show up on occasion and can be spotted with a bit of effort. I think it will be fun. The image below is the first in the series...click on the image and it will let you make it get larger.


Thursday, December 29, 2016

What to do..............Will I ever learn.................

I was awakened this morning by a misdialed call at 4:30.........which basically meant I wouldn't get back to sleep. Over the past four decades in the photographic business I have made some really solid photographic friends. Full time pros that make their living as photographers. Every now and then I'll have a friend ask me what kind of camera would I recommend for them....they just want to have a good camera to take some good pictures. Obviously the camera is what makes the difference in their minds. Occasionally I will make a recommendation and leave it at that. I had one individual years ago  that I made a camera recommendation to and before I knew it he had invested in a full color processing system with a printer and roll processor. He put the word out that he was going to put me out of business by producing his own portraits. Needless to say I never had anything to do with him again and he soon went broke and sold the processor for scrap. I had a teacher call me up and ask what kind of lights should she get just to play around with. I said nothing but got word that she had bought a cheap pair of "hot lights" to use in the studio she was setting up. She was going to also put me out of business. That didn't work either.

I recently had a friend ask me for advice on a camera and I gave it to him as he was a sportsman and wanted to take animal and nature shots. I relented and made a recommendation. Then came the questions on lenses. We talked about it and he bought one or two. Another question about a wide angle lens..............he wants to shoot some interior and exterior shots of some apartments and houses his son either owns or is trying to sell. I need to give myself a swift kick in the seat of the pants.

I would think that being friends he would recommend my services to his son because I helped him with the "nature camera". What he doesn't understand is how greatly offended I am that he thinks my services would either not be worth what I would want to charge or HE COULD DO IT WITH THE SAME RESULTS !!!! After all he has a "pro" camera and a case of lenses. That really says more than I want to talk about. Needless to say he is off my radar.

This attitude comes from being in the business, having the experience, the degrees, and business knowledge to deliver an excellent product at a very reasonable price. With the advent of the digital revolution the market has been flooded with individuals that are looking to be the photo heros. They know just enough to be "dangerous" and not a clue as to what they are doing. I had an insurance agent that asked for camera advice 10 years ago and I gave him some. I went in to pay my premium six months later and he was telling me that he had picked up an extra three hundred dollars shooting a wedding the past weekend. I changed agencies. Although I wasn't shooting wedding anymore, I won't support a crossover like that from someone I do business with. The same goes with friends. Either you're on the boat, and doing it full time, or your not. If you're not....leave the photography gigs to the pros. I love my job...


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Following numbers....


I'm confused which to most people that know me comes as no surprise, let me explain. Over the last three weeks my blog has skyrocketed through the web with an amazing numbers of views. Before this month I was getting three to four hundred views a month which I thought was amazing. HOWEVER..over the last three weeks I've had over seven thousand views and the number is climbing. I don't know why this has happened. Believe me I am not complaining...just dumbstruck and confused. Why did it happen and what thoughts am I generating in my readership ? I have had a base of followers numbering the total of eight as of the first of the month but that has almost doubled in three weeks to thirteen. Do my viewers like the imagery, the writing, WHAT ???

I appreciate the readership more than I can say because I love the photographs I produce. The writing has been fun and has kept me on my toes in the vocabulary area of life. Another question I have is that with over a total number of 34,000 views of the blog which, with the increasing number of views each day,...why only the 8 followers ? I'm really confused...........but.......I think that life may be more fun that way. A new year is coming let's look forward to it together.
I appreciate your readership and 2017 is going to be a gas !

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Coming back from Victoria Canada...

Having been to Alaska and through the straits with the ice, walrus, and cold, I went up to the top of the ship just to check it out. From that point I was able to get a shot of what I would call the "Vastness" of the sea. I can't image living in such an environment yet many generations of people have done so. The cold slices through you and it doesn't take long to appreciate the challenges of the environment. If you highlight the image it will enlarge for better viewing.

It's almost Christmas and I expect to be pretty engaged with family here in Tulsa. Remember what Christmas is all about, and I hope we all make it through the holiday in good shape.
Be sure to leave Santa a couple of cookies.....be safe....