Mark Amos' Photos


August 17, 2016

Rebecca's first day of kindergarten was all smiles; she's been looking forward to this for months. How did we get here?


July 1, 2016

We survived! Despite four nights in one tent, multiple coordinated attacks on our food by posses of raccoons, and countless stubbed toes and scraped knees due to sneaky tree roots, our first away-from-home camping trip was a great success.

Highlights of our week included pony rides, playgrounds, dirt piles, s'mores, grandparents, exotic animals, swimming, and campfires every night. We'll definitely be doing this again.

The Baby's Two!

June 10, 2016

How is this possible? Where did the time go? And how can someone this small be two years old?

Camping Round One

May 23, 2016

Planning for a family camping trip involves practice, but practice can be fun!

Campfire? Check. S'mores? Check. Spending the night in a tent? Check.

Airplanes... More Airplanes... Noisy

May 14, 2016

That's how Lydia describes her first air show. Beautiful weather and an amazing show made for a great day in St. Louis.

Life Happening

April 30, 2016

It seems like April was over almost before it began. Here are a few snapshots from our month.

An Evening Stroll

March 31, 2016

Nice weather like this needs to be enjoyed.


February 6, 2016

There's just no substitute for a true wide angle lens in some locations. The Air Force Museum in Dayton is one such place.


January 18, 2016

In photography, light from a single point source like the sun or a bare lightbulb is known as hard light due to the distinct, harsh transitions it causes between highlights and shadows. Hard light is often undesirable, so photographers use various techniques to "soften" the light. Soft light can be achieved by moving into a shaded space so that the fall of light is less direct on the subject or by placing something translucent between the light source and the subject to diffuse the light. Common diffusers include lampshades, curtains, and clouds.

In some situations, though, hard light is a nice way to add interest and drama to a photo. I'd like to offer a few pointers on how this can be done.

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