The Jackson County Courthouse

One of my favorite Presidents is Harry Truman. In 2005 I followed some of his footsteps around Missouri. The main goal of the trip was to follow Truman, but I did pick a weekend that the White Sox were in town. While he was part of the town Truman put a statue of Andrew Jackson on one side of the courthouse. It is only fitting that the town would erect a statue of Harry on the other side of the courthouse. The courthouse is now just a relic of an older time. No offices are in here anymore. The courthouse has now become another piece of Harry Truman history that you can walk through.

Using the Kodak CX6330

This is one of my older photos. This Kodak camera is the one that I started using when I had to give the Sony Mavica back to my parents. I actually received this camera as a gift so that I would give the other camera back. The first thing that I noticed about this camera was the way that it rendered colors. The Mavica was a bit desaturated, but this Kodak was great. I used this camera for about a year before it broke on me in Illinois. I was driving through a bad storm with my air conditioning on. As I opened the window to make a picture of the storm something popped in the camera, and it never came back on. The humidity must have busted something in it. That paved the way for my next point and shoot which then showed me the way to a dSLR. I would love to visit Independence and Kansas City Missouri again with my current gear. Many shots I was just not able to make with the gear that I had in the low light. Now I know that I would be able to make them.


Throwback Photo

I took this picture in 2005 while visiting the Kansas City region. I thought that with the elections coming up next Tuesday that I should post a picture with a President or something related to a President in it. When I think of the perfect President Truman comes to mind. He really was a great man to have been thrown into the fire he was thrown into, and to come out on the other side unscathed. I was lucky to come out unscathed while taking this photo as well. Just before I took this picture the tornado sirens went off in the small town of Independence, Missouri. A terrible storm blew through that I watched from the courtyard of the museum. I really had no basement to go to so I took the best view of it that I could. After it blew over I went back in, and this was the first thing that I saw. I loved the way that the colors all came together here. I need to go back with my dSLR to get the shot that I really wanted.

Technical Data

Since this was taken with a point and shoot I really couldn’t do much to it. I did adjust the clarity, highlights, shadows, contrast, and the noise on the photo. With a jpeg though I really could not make any big change to the shot. With these throwback pictures I might be going more for framing than anything else.