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  • jmorlife63 2:01 am on September 15, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , potrait, , UCM   

    Family Portrait 

    This family portrait was shot around sunset at Lincoln, Missouri. The family is Cody & Misty along with their four month newborn child with a really kewl name, Blaze. The young couple have known each other for ten years and have been together for the last three years. These young people are hard workers and are currently seeking a house to purchase around Warsaw, Missouri. Many thanks to Cody, Misty, and precious little Blaze for allowing me to photograph them for my Portrait Photography class at UCM. Nikon D3100 with a standard 55mm lens.


  • jmorlife63 6:24 am on April 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Jump and Twist 

    A student at the University of Central Missouri enjoys some music and exercise before classes begin. The last of the snow melts away during the warming period in mid-Missouri during the spring semester of 2013.

  • jmorlife63 6:07 am on April 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The Tracks 

    I don’t mind telling you that Michelle was a bit apprehensive about posing along the railroad tracks in W-Burg. Reports of people being fined in W-Burg for doing this are common. However, I think Michelle has a bit of rebel in her and she agreed to sit for me with the old chair I had brought (as a prop) to the shoot. I really like this image of Michelle as I believe it captures her essence. This is also a “straight image.” Good photographers don’t need no [sic] photoshop! I’m glad she’s a good sport. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • jmorlife63 5:48 am on April 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Today in Warrensburg the weather finally gave our portrait class a break. It was a mild and sunny day. These images are “straight” and have not been edited or photo-shopped. There was some assistants on hand utilizing a couple reflectors while those who had their cameras enjoyed a wonderful photo shoot. Thanks to our models and Mr. Breshears, our instructor, for selecting the locations near the Freedom Tower on the campus at UCM.


  • jmorlife63 5:42 am on April 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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  • jmorlife63 11:47 pm on April 24, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    It was an overcast day in da Burg. The perfect time to pull out the Nikon. My model, Michelle, works with me at the radio station on-campus. Michelle was kind enough to give me some of her time so I could get my darn “outdoor” assignment completed for portrait. On this shot, I asked my model to walk back and forth across my frame of view. I decided to focus on the middle ground leaving the primary subject soft. I deliberately choose the urban-monotone environment for effect.



  • jmorlife63 5:58 pm on December 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , finals, personal, projects, slide shows, UCM   

    School, Finals, Projects..bla 

    It is finals week at UCM. :-O My photo-story project is due tomorrow. jmorlife63 is hoping to post the final-cut right here! I did a few of these in junior college. They are indeed a lot of fun but take time to edit properly and find just the right audio you need. I generally do mine on my Macbook Pro and “imovie.” There of course is better software, such as final cut pro. ย One more week after this week and I’m freeeeee!!! My last final test is December 14th so I hope to be posting more images as well. Merry Christmas! See ya soon!

    Anybody with any tips/suggestions for making better slide shows with audio PLEASE comment here.

  • jmorlife63 9:34 am on December 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , feelings, learning, , sage, UCM, ,   

    Wisdom for the Blogosphere 

    Today I only had one class to attend at UCM. It’s called, Writing Across the Media. The topic was “The Blogosphere.” The instructor, Professor Joe Moore, often lectures while engaging students which makes the class more enjoyable and less boring. The “Blog” is slang for “Log.” Questions arose such as, why is a blog important? What problems do you see with blogs and websites but the most prescient for me was, what good comes from blogs? This made me think. Sometimes college students think. Yes.

    I consider myself a fairly private person. I am generally an optimistic and outgoing personality-type, however, my personal life tends to remain hidden from many who know me except my closest friends. This is going somewhere. Trust me. In a certain organization that I have been a member of now for many years, we join together at certain times to “share our experience, strength, and hope with each other” that we might solve our common problems (Some who read here will understand). The point is that there is simply no substitute for experience. In my nearly half-a-century (yes, I’m a non-traditional student) revolutions’ around the sun, I like to think that I have gained at least a nominal amount of knowledge about life. I have made a decision to share some of my personal experiences and knowledge with readers of jmorlife63. I have decided to share the good, the bad, and the ugly. So let’s get started, shall we?

    I was 40 years old before I realized this one;ย I am NOT responsible for the way you Act, Think, or Feel.

    This was a biggie for me. Really. Oftentimes I meandered through life thinking that somehow I was responsible for other peoples actions, thoughts or feelings. This is simply not true. If someone makes you act a certain way, think a certain way, or even hurts your feelings, who is at fault? It is only I. I can only allow this to happen if I decide to give that power to another person. For example, any power that someone has to piss me off? I simply give it back to them.

    I can recall attending junior college in Oregon. I was working my ass off and attending school on a full time basis. My job was in mental healthcare. I worked with autistics, schizophrenics, and what I’ve always consider the most difficult, borderline personalities. As if this wasn’t stressful enough, I had some know-it-all co-worker (no education) constantly bashing my work skills and methods while often belittling the fact that I was attending college. I would dread going into work every morning because my co-worker Jim was causing me more stress than my mentally-ill client. One day he openly said, “Your just wasting your time going to school… all that crap your learning is BS.” Jim was always trying to push my buttons. Especially since I was the only person considered qualified or level-headed enough to work with this “one-on-one” mental client they had at that particular facility. The point is, I wanted to tell him what an ignorant SOB he was (which he was) but I never gave him that power over me. I replied to him in a calm but very firm tone, “Well thank you Jim. I certainly appreciate you making disparaging comments about my education.” Oddly enough it worked! I gave any power he had to piss me off right back to him! Jim was silenced.

    Perhaps Jim was jealous of my accomplishments. Perhaps he bombed out of high school. Perhaps he tried higher education and couldn’t cut-the-mustard OR it’s entirely possible he was just an assh**le. It doesn’t matter.

    I learned that I am NOT responsible for the way others Act, Think, or Feel. I AM responsible for the way I act, think, and feel. And after Jim shut his big trap? I felt mighty damn powerful. It works if you work it! Us Bloggers are smart peeps!!! ๐Ÿ˜‰DSCF0708

  • jmorlife63 9:42 pm on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , groundskeeper, , UCM,   

    Feature Photo Assignment #4 

    A grounds worker at the University of Central Missouri bundles brush during the fall clean-up on campus. Nikon D3100: ISO100,125th @ f5.6

  • jmorlife63 9:25 pm on October 16, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Photojournalist, Professor, UCM,   

    Feature Photo Assignment #4 

    Dr. Terry Ownby, photography Professor at the University of Central Missouri relaxes while his students seek out possible “feature photos” on campus for an upcoming assignment. Dr. Ownby has an extensive photojournalist background with the US military and has been an Assistant Professor of Photography at UCM since 2006. Nikon D3100:100ISO,125th @ f6.3

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