Archive for July, 2011

Giving it back

July 14th, 2011 No comments

Joplin was my hometown for several years when I went to school (Missouri Southern State University) and worked for the newspaper (the Joplin Globe).

I was very saddened by the destruction of such a warm and wonderful community and I wanted to help it rebuild.

I set up a facebook page (“Auction to help Joplin“) and auctioned off some of my photographs and a half-day workshop.

I’m happy to share the news that I raised $3,500, and Shelter Insurance Foundation generously matched the amount, which made it to $7,000.

I’m happy I could give something back to the community that has been so warm and generous.

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Photography Workshop on Prairie Garden Trust

July 3rd, 2011 3 comments

I hosted a photography workshop on the Prairie Garden Trust in New Bloomfield, Missouri yesterday.

Henry Domke manages this beautiful prairie, and he kindly allowed me to use this place. (Please contact Henry if you’re interested in visiting this place.

This workshop was for people who made the highest bid in the auction I set up to help Joplin tornado victims. (For more details, visit the Facebook page here.)

The workshop included discussion on photography techniques such as how to look for good background, what exposure to use, effects of f-stop and shutter speed, white balance, and differences between auto-focus vs manual-focus, etc. followed by photo-shooting in the field.

We had a great time photographing butterflies and flowers on the prairie.

(Click here to read Henry’s blog on this workshop.)