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Michael S. Morgan

Michael S. Morgan

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Opened my first Studio in 1972, after graduating with my Masters Degree in Photography, which followed a B.F.A. from Missouri State. It's been a great career that has taken me all over the world on assignments, and I've had the pleasure of working for some of the finest companies on product, annual report, and commercial assignments.

I spent one month in The Peoples Republic of China in 1987 representing Eastman Kodak
and their film capabilities to the Chinese professionals. In 1990 I documented the retrieval of Japanese Hostages held by the Iraqi's in Baghdad just before Desert Storm by the American Group called "Peace Wave".

I have also had the distinct pleasure of meeting some of the finest people from all walks of life due to my profession. I love my work personal imagery.

Monday, August 3, 2015


This has transpired over the last several days and may still evolve.....

Not real sure of the origin but fishing has always been in the family...

Sunday, July 19, 2015 of the favorites....

Blu is another of our dragonflies. He's fast, aware and fun to watch. Evidently they are territorial as he is constantly skirmishing with Red. Our pond just isn't big enough for the both of them.

I'm going to be away from my blog for a week or so....occupied with other things. But as Arnold said, "I'll be back....."

Thursday, July 16, 2015

A new member of the "family"...

After noticing a robin hanging around the pond and back yard I discovered her nest just off the deck. It was obvious she was nesting as she really never seemed to leave. Yesterday I noticed three beaks reaching skyward when she landed on the rim of the nest at lunchtime.
I guess two of the three are camera shy and one wants to be seen............It doesn't seem as though they will be around long as the feathers are sprouting and they are really crowded into the nest.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Last post on pond......for now..

As promised I had to wait for the Lotus to open...

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Why we have a pond................

I've been speaking of our pond for the last few posts and you may be tired of hearing about it. I will have one more post after this one so I may address the Lotus that is about to open and maybe be able to catch a shot of the third dragonfly I spoke of earlier. These are several images of the lilies in different stages of blooming that I saw today.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

RED !!!!

It seems we have three dragonflies that inhabit our pond area...Red, Blue, and Tangerine. Occasionally they are there at once but mostly stay apart flying from different twigs or plants around the pond. All are pretty territorial but there seems to be enough room for them as long as they are separated by 5 or 6 feet. They make amends and will get on the same branch or lilly but that seems to be a short lived effort in building a community and are soon chasing each other out of the area.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

New Lilly....

I guess, in the interest of equal time, I need to introduce you to my new lilly. The white one looked great but the pink one is just outstanding. It was acquired as an "unknown" in terms of color and quite frankly I was surprised when it opened up. Great early morning light made this work.....

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Fayetteville Flag 2

As I mentioned in another post this the other flag from Fayetteville. I have seen this repeated several times on barns throughout the U.S. Farmers are proud of their heritage and flag.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Flag detail.......

I had mentioned several posts back that I wanted to do another book of images with particular content, that being of the flag. As we were wandering around Fayetteville a couple of weeks ago I caught up with a couple of more shots. Here's one of them. You never know where and when you will find them but they are there. Ya just have to look....

Friday, June 26, 2015

Peachy Keen.........

As I mentioned a couple of days ago the Koi Pond is the center of our life in the back yard. We initially had one Koi, then purchased six more last year. That was followed by a population explosion with  around 50 small pun intended..and now we have a school of fish. Of the ones we have, many of which are named, Peachy is a favorite. She ( ?? ) swims with Nancy ( ?? ) almost as if they are in a synchronized swim club. I seemed to mention too frequently the orange coloring she was getting on her fins and tail so in an effort not to be too redundant.......I don't say much any more about the color shifts. We named Peachy after one of my Mom's favorite expressions, "Peachy Keen".............Mom lives on...

20,000 views passed yesterday !!!!

Thanks viewers ! I just passed 20,000 views yesterday.....Fabulous !!!!!
21,000 soon to be !!! In a month or two 30,000 views for sure...

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The pond.....

Several years ago, long before we moved to Tulsa, we lived in Joplin, Missouri. We had a great house with a fabulous backyard and a 3000 gallon Koi Pond. Time would be spent watching the fish and life in general around the pond, seeing changes daily in the fish personalities and growth of the plants. After being here in Tulsa for 13 years I decided to change our ski sloped backyard into something other than a pain to mow, landscape of nothing. I extended the patio from our "old deck" to the East eliminating the top part of the hill and also adding an area to use for portrait sessions. From that a deck was added with another just below it adding more portrait area and eliminating more of the downhill slide. That left the old deck to the west, with a wide gap between the old and the new decks. It was obvious......we needed a new Koi pond.

The digging started down the slope, size was generally determined by what looked appropriate for the area, and after a few revisions the pond was built with a 1000 gallons or more water. Seven fish were acquired and promptly named, then there was a population explosion...............we had 45 or more babies. They have grown from quarter inch fish into three to four inches long and are growing more everyday. The colors are fabulous, each one seems to have habits unique to themselves. Fiver rules the cave under the falls while Phantom, our oldest fish, darts through the depths showing himself occasionally. His tail is half of his length and coloring subtle but amazing in the sun. Peachy is basically white/silver but gaining orange pin striping on her fins. Cali swims through the whole pool just eating anything she can get following Goldas' lead. Golda is soon to be enrolled in weight watchers.......she is huge. Nancy is a bright orange and swims in unison with Peachy throughout the pond. Co, Cali's sibling is almost identical to her sister....both calico in appearance.

The pond supports several lilies and other assorted plants which are just starting to bloom. The habitat seems to be balanced in PH and the water
fall adds the necessary action to keep the water moving which eliminates the growth of mosquitoes. All in all it was a good move...I didn't realize how much we missed it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

As promised a new image from the weekend. Not really sure about it ....I guess I have to live with it a bit longer. I usually don't like to post something I'm wavering on but I'll take the chance and go from there. I'll post some images from the weekend tomorrow again that won't be altered with a recommendation on how to spend a VERY interesting couple of days.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

20,000 in sight....

Perhaps you're getting tired of the count notices..... I hope not because it's been really interesting to me. To think that I could, or anyone for that matter, can just start writing about something that seems to make a difference to them and can attract the volume of reads that this blog has is just amazing to me. I started the blog about 4 years ago for the hell of it to see if I could attract an audience. I guess I have. But it's very interesting to me that although I am soon to have the BIG 20, I have a small number of followers on my Blog site. I guess that is just how the cards fall....

Anyway it's been fun and will continue. Next weekend a road trip is in view so expect some images to appear the following week from it. This week I am reviewing files for the creation of new views like the last two, and if I can get a commercial account off the "dime", there will be more commercial images.....the ride continues, thanks for reading.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Larry the River God...

Well the journey continues...and while at the creek I ran into Larry the River God. Didn't expect it. It was very early and I guess he was just checking it all out. He asked me why I didn't have a pole and I replied that I didn't have a pole. "Oh", he said.....and that was that. He left.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

At the beach...

As I mentioned the other day, I'm looking to return to my college creative days of negative blending etc. The creations really spring from associations of files to one another not as preconceived ideas.
Glancing through my files the ol' connections started to work and the image you see evolved. I'm not too sure of the solidity of may need some more tweaking. I'll keep you posted....

Monday, May 25, 2015

A few more images from Baghdad 1990....

As I have said in a previous installment, I was a member of Peace Wave, a group of people put together by John Quigley. We were to try to secure the release of Japanese Hostages from the Iraqis just before the first war, Desert Storm. While looking over my files I have come across these never published images of the group. Not everyone is present as they were involved in the negioations to secure the release of Hostages from the Government.

The hostages had become a real problem for the Iraqi Government as virtually every country had people that couldn't leave Iraq, so the International Sports and Musical Festival was put together by the Iraqis as a cover to get rid of the Hostages. We were to get the Japanese Hostages, and the Japanese the Americans. 

Coming back from Babylon we were taken to and amazing 10 story structure designed by the Japanese. It appeared to be emerging from the desert in an oasis river. Obviously our wish for peace didn't prevail.

Some of the Japenese members of the event.

Just before the Basketball game.

Since we didn't have uniforms we borrowed from the Iraqis.

The immortal Quigley jump shot......

After the event we went to the Japanese Embassy for a very late dinner and chill out time.
Although we were catching up with the Iraqis at the half, the game was called due to unknown reasons. Probably to guarantee a win by our opposition. The gentleman just right of me was one of the American Hostages known as "The walking dead." This was one of three groups in Iraq at the time, the Known, Unknown...those kept in hiding by Iraqi friends, and The Walking Dead. He was known to the American government AND the Iraqis but was left in limbo as he wasn't "held", but had no exit out of the country. He did get out with the Japanese as I understand. As we were landing at LAX a couple of days later the pilot announced that the American Hostages were in the air with the Japanese.

I must say that I never expected the war, which started a month after we left Baghdad, to last as long as it has. I deeply appreciate the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women and their families on this Memorial Day. I wish I could have done more....

Sunday, May 24, 2015

19,000 views passed !!!

Thanks all...Twenty thousand views coming up !!!!!!

Back to the past...

The rain has been relentless, 3.5 to 5 inches last night with more on the way. There's going to be a lot of down time in the office so why not capitalize on it. Traveling to Missouri and Kansas decorating graves of past family members I happened upon several images that seemed to be destined for a new reality. While in undergrad and grad school the creating of these realities was a passion. I've been away from the process since I closed my darkroom down in 1996 and am now reaching to my MacIntosh to rekindle the vision.

This is a composite to start the ball rolling and look for more to appear. Ideas seem to be jumping up as I think about the possibilities so a review of past files is in order to look for material. Only the Shadow knows for sure......

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Getting a better look at my images...

I hadn't thought too much about it before, but did you as a viewer, realize that clicking your cursor on
any of my blog images you can see it enlarged ? Try it makes the viewing of the images much more satisfying. As soon as the rain quits......more images are coming.

Thursday, May 14, 2015


The rains are still falling in Oklahoma.

The good side of the coin..
Ponds and lakes are full
The water table is refreshed from being 13 inches down.
Lawn mower sales will be up.
Moles have drowned.
Ducks are happy.
Fish are swimming.
I haven't had to wash the car.

The bad side of the coin.
It's still raining.
The Koi pond needs to be drained a couple of inches daily.
I need to buy goats as the grass is too high to mow.
Getting stir crazy with cabin fever.
Animals have been seen pairing off and looking for a BIG boat.
My toes are growing webs between them.
It's still raining.
It's going to rain until Monday morning.


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

19,000 views around the corner....

With the recent weather here in Oklahoma...tornadoes...rain...more rain...and more rain coming, my personal photographic efforts have come to a standstill. The commercial work is still coming in but I can't seem to get time to shoot for myself. It is somewhat frustrating because I like to produce personal imagery. With that said, after Wednesday of next week the rain should subside and I can get out and shoot. It feels like, no pun intended, that I've been enduring a drought of personal photographic creativity. I really hate that ! In all probability I will look at some old imagery and see what I can put together this weekend.

With that in mind....look for my Blog to surpass the 19,000 view mark next week. That's pretty exciting....who'd a thunk....

Thursday, April 30, 2015

The pond...

Several years ago while still living in Joplin, we had a large Koi Pond and spent hours beside it watching the Koi. Last year we built one here losing a useless hill and gaining hours of enjoyment with the new addition. As  you know, I enjoy light and how the world interacts with it. We planted some Water Iris last year too late for them to bloom so it was somewhat of an unknown what to expect. This Spring has been delightful with the arrival of the blooms.

I'm sorry to be so brief but I have a commercial assignment to get to. I'll include more images of the pond at a later date.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Some things just can't be ignored.....

Saw it, had to keep it...

Time and technology......

Traveling through the southwest part of Oklahoma I was struck by the number of Windmills in the wind farms. Being in southern California several years ago I was impressed with the number there but I NEVER expected to see the number of them that we saw in my own state. It's like a marching group of troops facing into the wind. Their size is misleading when viewed from a distance as they don't look like they are 300 feet tall. The juxtaposition  of the older wind mill and the present ones was just too good to miss.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Floating Clouds...Anchored Rock......

In southwestern Oklahoma there are the remains of huge mountains that rose millions of years ago and have now dwindled in size leaving an incredible variance of formations. While traveling through the area recently I was struck by the variations of the land forms and quite frankly the amount of water in the lakes and streams. The rocks are mainly granite with some sandstone town in for "effect" and color variation. The fields appear to mainly grow rocks of all sizes and they are abundant where ever you look.

The force of the pressure that sent the mountains upward is visible in the angles of the huge slabs that support the whole pile. The color is typical Oklahoma red...aka after a few centuries..."Red Dirt". I guess the total palate could be boiled down to, as far as the rocks are concerned, red, grey, and black.
Mind you that these are not small rocks, they are huge boulders and slabs everywhere you look. From a distance the Mountains appear to be touching the sky. I caught a few shots and I'll show you some today and a few more tomorrow.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Fine day for Spring....

Was out this last weekend and caught a couple of shots that had perfect light. Soft and even....a get time to shoot.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spring time colors...

Last year we planted a Japanese weeping cherry because of the shape of the tree and the blooms....

It looks like it made it through the winter...

Monday, March 30, 2015


There are some images that speak for themselves.............I guess placement matters.
Have a great day....and look for the signs you never expected to see...

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Passed 18,000 views !!

Thanks to you all ! The Blog has just passed 18,000 views !! To say I'm amazed is an understatement but the number encourages me on. I will start posting more often since the weather is changing and business is picking up with the new year. Once again...THANKS !!!

Ghost trees revisited...

Branson again for some much needed rest and relaxation, of course with camera in hand. The river, White, I believe, runs behind our lodging and is fogged in most mornings this time of year. In fact the fog is so dense it seems as though we are in a jet passing through a cloud. I went out and had my morning coffee waiting for it to lift a bit and watch the transformation of the view.

The trees on the opposite bank are most probably cottonwood and photograph well in the foggy environment. Because there was a bunch of rain this last week the fog was at it's peak and the river was running fast. I Like the low light and contrasty image feel of the river.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Productive day......

I spent some time yesterday marketing one new account and revisiting an older one. I am in process of getting a date to make a presentation to the new account concerning services I can off them which should be fun. I will be presenting to them my image capabilities concerning their products. Because it has always been done in the past, they have photographed their products in house and have had some varied results to say the least. I am going to put together a PowerPoint presentation comparing my imagery to theirs on the same screen. It will blow them away. A picture speaks a thousand words and if they are insufficient-the sale suffers.

The other account has been revamping their location with major improvements which will necessitate some publicity shots as well as informative brochures showing the new changes.

Today I will touch base with another old account as they should be ready to have a machine part photographed that is part of a large overhaul of a drilling machine.

Love my job.....and it pays to keep in touch.

Friday, March 6, 2015

18,000 pages views in sight....

We're about to cross another threshold, 18,000 page views are around the corner. Thanks for your interest. More to follow in the next few days.

Alaska revisited...

I was reviewing my files this morning and found a couple of images I would like to share. It was a perfect day to shoot, slightly overcast and cool. I like water and indirect subdued light so I guess you could say I was in Hog Heaven. I really like these shots. I may add more tomorrow....I kinda feel like I'm on a roll...

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A new assignment .........

I have picked up a new client and we are in process of creating a set of 5 images for for a group in Oklahoma City. As with all clients that are new we have to learn to speak each others creative language. The project is somewhat fluid as he is dealing with a project head and ideas are still bouncing around between the two of them. It's really pretty interesting as we started looking at architectural facets throughout the city originally and that concept is being balanced against another. Of course I have a collection of images that seemed to suit the bill but since then the idea has developed into another area of thought. I'm going to love this project because it will challenge my ability to keep reinventing the visual subject matter that will be used. I love my job....

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Rooms to rent..Cheeeep...

The last several years I have either found or grown gourds and made bird houses out of them. Something to do on rainy days in the Fall. While cruising through a flea market last year looking for props for shoots, I came across a basket of gourds for sale for two bucks. There were several birdhouse gourds and one long skinny one. PERFECT !!!

Last summer we had such a great time watching a family of wrens raise their brood of 4 kids that I knew we needed more residences for them. I cleaned them out a couple of weeks ago, got them varnished, and hung them yesterday. I'll keep you posted on the "Rooms to Rent".

Friday, February 6, 2015

17,000 !!!!

I was a bit behind myself when I forecast that the 17,000 view mark would be hit several weeks ago. It just happened this morning and I believe the time delay was in part because of the time I have been way from the Blog. Business and holidays took their toll on my time so I wasn't able to be online with it as much as I needed to be. This weekend the weather is to be in the 70's and I have an assignment to fulfill for a client that will require a couple of hours of shooting time. Check out the Blog on Monday to see some new images.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

"When you invest in good photography, you invest in your future success"......Brad Feinknoph

I have never heard it put so well, your personal investment in yourself should be the best investment you make. Having produced thousands of images over my career I have always tried to give my clients a broad choice of images to select from. Head shots are no different. I generally will have a conversational meeting with my clients to see what they are looking for. What is the final use of the image to be and what attitude should we portray. This is critical to the success of the session. To look away from producing just a "picture" helps create an authenticity that many people want, but don't know how to achieve.

This is what makes the creation of the image do you do it. It's just not a matter of sitting down, smiling, and whamo it is created. The lighting is important in terms of how to define the attitude of the face. The expression is monumental in creating the attitude of the moment, creating a first impression for the viewer. The relationship of the individual to the camera/photographer, is it a comfortable situation. It must be and it takes some time to get there.

Although generally only one image will be selected I shoot until I'm content knowing I have several to choose from. This doesn't mean hundreds will be taken, it means that through years of experience, I will know when to quit. Very seldom do my clients see all of the images I take. There's no reason to muddy the water with unacceptable  images, show only the best. It is always blatantly obvious which one work and which ones don't.

I am always intrigued by images I see posted here and there by "professionals". The lighting is flat with no modeling to the planes of the face. This always leads to a subtraction of expression. It makes me almost ask "why bother"? The investment that was trying to be made missed the mark. This does not mean that there should or must be dynamic/hard lighting for a head shot or portrait. I'm saying that there needs to be definition to the planes of the face for a successful image. That is what creates a successful head shot and investment in yourself and your future success.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Working with Clients.....The Power of the Image

Over the last 43 years I have been lucky enough to cement together solid relationships with many of my commercial Clients. The relationship obviously starts with the first job and then develops as the work progresses and and then extends on through future assignments. As the relationship develops an understanding also grows between myself and the Client. As I see what they are wanting I can fine tune the desire through the work I produce. The initial project could have one specific desire but throughout the production of the project I can generally amplify that desire into a visual sidewalk that will lead to more interest in the Clients business. It could be through more images of the facilities they have, visually driven questions about the personnel and capabilities, or even just a warm fuzzy of the services offered. A picture is worth a thousand words.

Several of my Clients have begun projects without realizing the potential power of the Image. On several occasions I have had the privilege of showing possibilities to them of how to expand the power of their message using the images in different ways. This could be through websites, brochures, individual images used as wall decor, and television commercials. Sometimes this is an easy process and other times you have to lead the horse to the water.

It is very obvious to me how to expand the value of the Image because I have been working with them so long. For some clients this vision doesn't  really come easily and I try to open the possibility field so they see the light. Multilayering the use of images not only makes sense from an economic point of view but also helps develop the "Brand" of the company, organization, or product. The image could be of a product, service, location or individual that is part of the company from which the viewer could start to develop a "Recognition base". Every time that image is seen, the company comes to mind. By starting with one or two images a building process can begin so that any image from the company, whether it is from a service offered, location view, product or individual, the Name of the company comes to mind. That is the Power of the Image.

Monday, January 12, 2015

On a roll...

Ok..... last image of the morning. Being away from the blog has evidently taken its' toll. I have jumped into a "share" mode of letting you see some recent Black and White images. I like 'em.
The quality of the light is just too interesting to leave alone and not photograph.


As mentioned before I really like to enhance my stock files when traveling. Markets, water, coasts, windows and doors seem to have a hook for me. These artichokes were from the Paris food market.

I really like this image.