I hope you’ll forgive the relative silence around these parts lately–it was a busy summer! Now that I’ve got a bit of a gap before a busy fall kicks in, let’s see what’s been going on.

First up, we’ll check in with Walt, who turned one over the summer, and since he already had a sweet pair of conductor overalls, it made sense to head out to the Museum of Transportation for some photos! It’s one of my favorite places for shooting, and not just because I love trains. Just a lot of really interesting spots that make for some cool compositions.

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I spent a fair amount of time last night and this morning worrying about the weather, and where to go for the best view of today’s eclipse. Much time was spent fretting over things like “partly cloudy” and “partly sunny.” In the end, I realized there wasn’t much I could do to control cloud cover, so I picked a spot I liked, and drove out. And after all that wondering, conditions couldn’t have been better. There were some early clouds, but after about 25 minutes or so, they’d moved on, and we had an unobstructed view of the entire eclipse.

I finally got to use my telescope for something besides looking at the moon, and I’m pretty happy with the results! Admittedly, these picture will never fully capture how it looked when totality hit. For that, I’m very glad I made a point of just looking at everything with my eyes.

That said, these pictures are still quite cool, and I’m glad to have had the chance to experience the event. And hey–only seven years until the next one!

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Ideas beget ideas. Quite often I’ll go into a session planning on doing one thing, only to find myself pulled in a new direction as the shoot evolves. I saw this image from one of my contacts on flickr, and thought it would be fun to try something similar here.  So I recruited some friends and headed on down to Laclede’s Landing to see what we could do.

I had one image in mind, but not much else. Once we got that out of the way, I more or less turned Raii and Olivia loose to see what ideas they had. As you can see, they had a number of good ones! And what had started as a shoot to get one image turned into a shoot with more great shots than I knew what to do with. So I’ll share them with you!

Raii and Olivia, by the by, dance with CKDC, who you may have seen earlier.

And did you know you could follow me on flickr? I have work there that doesn’t always make it way to this blog.

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