Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

Aww Mondays

Dad! I love this toy, but it’s kinda creepy.

No Expense Spared

Several weeks ago I shared a few photos of collectable miniature pick-up trucks and explained how I captured those images. Well here is another look and my state-of-the-art small venue photography studio. No high-end studio lighting to be found here. Those two lights are rechargeable LED work lights from Walmart. and they are far and away the most expensive things in the studio, except for my camera & lens. Of course they can be used for any project around the house. The lights have a 2 hour run time per charge, but it takes several hours to completely recharge them and they will not work while charging. The upside is the elimination of extension cords on the floor for me to trip over. Okay, the chair is a left over shower chair from my surgery. You’ll have to scroll back to “Happy Socks” parts I, II, & III to get the full story. It allows me to get down to the level of subject and saves a of stooping and bending. Thankfully my camera also has a flip screen that helps as well, I just haven’t gotten accustomed to using it yet. The base and background are 2’x2′ pieces of 1/8″ plywood that I painted. I painted the opposite sides different colors for more variety. The possibilities are endless. I’ll go into more detail in another post one day soon. So what did the coffee cup finally look like?

Here is an image of a souvenir cup from the 1986 Tulsa State Fair that I found at a local flea market. I grew up in Tulsa and the fair was always a big deal. The pottery is Frankhoma. Frankhoma pottery was made near Tulsa and was very popular when I was a youngster. Note that the background has changed.

The final image is a pitcher. While Frankhoma pottery was considered by many to be country-western in theme, there are elegant little details that scream art deco and mid-century modern. Look at the spout on this pitcher. It is just beautiful. Oh look…different base, different background. How does he do it?

Monday’s Music Moves Me

I have to admit, the first time I read the theme for 4M this week I was at a bit of a loss. We are supposed to pick songs that are played at sporting events. I mean, we play the National Anthem at every sporting event, but then what. Well if you are a college alumni, chances are you attended football, basketball, or some other sport that had all or part of the band in attendance. So, let’s start there.

Prior the start of home football games at major universities like USC, Penn State, Alabama, Texas and my alma mater, University of Oklahoma, the marching band puts on a pre-game show that is often more fun and certainly more enthusiastic than the half time presentation. So I chose only one video today, but you will find the National Anthem, the State song, and the school fight song all in one place. At the end of the video you will be ready to play some football, or at least root your favorite team to victory. Without further delay, I present the Pride of Oklahoma…The University of Oklahoma marching band. This is gonna be fun.


16 thoughts on “Aww…some Monday’s Music Moves Me

  1. Awww, the house princess is most adorable, but that toy is a bit creepy. Great shot.

    So that’s how you do that type of photography. I had no idea. Shows you how much I know about photography.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday and week, my friend. 🙂

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  2. Love your photo box and lighting, and the results you get from it. We tried to do it on a bigger scale since most of our photos are dogs, but It didn’t work very well. Photography is a fun thing to play around with.

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    1. You get some awfully nice images of the pups.without any “studio”. Photography has always been an interest of mine and retirement has made it possible for me to pursue it more seriously. Stay tuned for fireworks on Wednesday.


  3. Driller,

    The vintage mugs look great. I like how you’re using every day stuff for your home photo studio. All of it together works beautifully for your projects. I’m certainly keeping this idea in the back of my mind when we finally have a place to do such things. We’ve watched the Oklahoma Sooners many times and have always enjoyed seeing them play. Thanks for joining the 4M crew on the dance floor, my friend. Have a boogietastic week!


    1. The whole idea is based on cleaning up the clutter in the background. Sometimes when you shoot at home there are windows, dogs, kids, or just general clutter that interferes with the image. Just adding a base and background cleans up the image.
      I just had to give the OU band some props. Even I was ready to buckle up my chin strap and take the field after that show.


    1. There are literally thousands of ways to take control of the backgrounds in your photos and this is a very simple solution when photographing smaller objects.



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