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The Awesome Blood Moon

My friend Patty mentioned to me yesterday about the lunar eclipse which would take place Tuesday morning, April 15. We had tried to view the Super Moon a couple of months back, but we were not successful. My husband and I set our clocks to 2:00 am and managed to get out there about 2:30 am. I had some trouble with the tripod but took the photos around 2:35 am. I had trouble getting it to focus, so I put it on manual.

I checked online to see how to set my camera. It recommended using the spot metering and I found out that my Nikon D800 had that. I set it up on a tripod. The manual settings I used were f/2.8, the shutter speed on 30 and the iso on 6400. I took about 8 photos but only one turned out. I was very pleased with the photo. I was glad the clouds had moved out a couple of hours earlier.

In a total lunar eclipse, the full moon turns a coppery red as it passes into Earth’s shadow. During the process, the moon’s bright glow dims, taking on a red hue because of shimmers of sunlight and sunsets seeping through the Earth’s atmosphere. Tammy

 

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A Girl’s Dream Horse

On a recent trip to San Antonio, Texas, I took this photo of the bucking horse in Logansport, Louisiana. I used my Nikon D800 and I am embarrassed to say we didn’t stop, I just took it thru the windshield. I was very pleased how clear the photo came out. I did a little tweaking  in photoshop to make it unusual.

As a child, we traveled thru Logansport to visit my grandmother who lived in Center, Texas. The highlight of the trip for me was to see the bucking horse and to get some ice cream from the DQ. Of course my dad very seldom stopped for the ice cream and never to see the horse. So writing this story I decided to see if I could find some information on the horse. I was quite surprised to find a whole page of info. I hope you enjoy the article I found on this website:

http://www.townoflogansport.com/about-logansport/Historical-Sites-And-Places-of-Interest/Bucking-Horse.aspx

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Bucking Horse

If you tell someone you are from Logansport, Louisiana, the likely response is “I know where Logansport is, isn’t that where the Bucking Horse is on that building?” So it is with this in mind that a decision was made to include our famous Bucking Horse in the Historical section of our web pages.

The story is that Coy Pace, owner of Pace’s Hardware, saw a potential opportunity to cash in on the marketing of the molded animals available for distributorship. Because of Logansport’s colorful history as a town of lawlessness and actual gunfights in the streets in the early 1900’s, he purchased the Bucking Horse and gave it the job of riding herd over the Town of Logansport. He had it securely mounted on the upper story of the Pace Hardware building. Now everyone that has a horse has a legend to tell about it. This spirited steed also has a history to tell and brought its master much attention. The sight of the horse hanging outside caught the eye of someone passing through. She stopped to inquire about the horse and eventually she purchased a very large chicken (larger that the horse) to be delivered to her in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The story goes that the chicken arrived and shortly was stolen. Friends of the distraught lady “well maybe I should say, very good friends of the lady” separately and unknown to each other contacted Coy Pace and each made arrangement to have another chicken delivered to their good friend. The chickens were ordered and shipped as agreed; in the meantime the original stolen chicken was recovered. Now the lady in St. Tammany parish had a flock of chickens. Obviously, Coy would have been pleased; his investment had paid off and just not in chicken eggs!

Coy Pace is no longer with us, but his unknowing gift to the Town of Logansport has been the notoriety the Bucking Horse has brought to our town and it will continue to delight visitors and those that drive by for generations to come. The reins of ownership of Pace Hardware were eventually passed to his son Mallory Pace, and the horse remained above the entrance to the hardware store.

The building is no longer occupied by Pace Hardware, but is still referred to as the Pace Hardware building if anyone local is giving directions to somewhere near the Historic building. The building is owned by Don Paul, and still retains many of the old hardware store’s features lovingly restored to pristine conditions. Stop by, take a look up at the cowboy, who still hangs on for all its worth. He has continued to watch over our town through all of the changes as years have gone by.

The crowds brought by the Old Spanish Trail Ride and the Frontier days celebration that would fill the Main Street of Logansport, from store front to store front, with residents dressed in western and frontier attire. Mock gunfights with authentically dressed Cowboys and outlaws, thrilling everyone as gunshots were heard throughout the town. Little cowboys and cowgirls would grab their cowboy hats and pistols and head to town to join the celebration. The Frontier Days would bring Governors to our streets, where they would ride their fancy palominos and serenade the parade watchers with “You Are My Sunshine.” Governor Jimmy Davis was a frequent visitor to Logansport, back in the day.

I wonder what that cowboy and his bucking steed think now as they watch our Main Street highway crowds passing by. But the crowd now is in the form of Oil and Gas related vehicles as they rush to and from the many new Gas wells and new well sites throughout DeSoto Parish as they pass through the Town of Logansport. New excitement has come to the Town of Logansport from the discovery of the Haynesville Shale and Logansport hopes the bucking horse, with heels kicked high for all to see, remains as a reminder of Years Gone BY!


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Creative Juices

I went out on a limb today and attended my first luncheon with the AAFSB. It was held in downtown Shreveport in the Red River District at CoHabitat. The speaker was Nikki Arnell who is the Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at Arkansas State University. She spoke on “Keeping Your Creatives Creative!” I wasn’t sure what to expect or what I might do with the information. I realized that she was speaking to me.

I have been in a rut for the past year or so. I started Art Studio Graphics 15 years ago, but I sort of got sidetracked. I bought a rodeo newspaper in 2001 and was editor, publisher, art director, salesman, etc. You see where I’m going… I sold it almost two years ago and I needed a break. Being creative is not a job, it’s who you are. It’s really difficult to describe, but Nikki did an excellent job of doing that today. She inspired me to go back to my office and write this blog.

I need to get back on track. I recently bought my first apple computer and I am loving it. I hate learning new programs but if you want to stay current that is what you have to do. I am learning Lightroom and Illustrator. I have always been a fan of Freehand but I don’t have the Mac version and I have been wanting to learn Illustrator. So no more excuses!

I took the following photo this past weekend in Llano, Texas. We went on an exotic hunt for fallow and axis deer. This is one of their small whitetail does.

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AAFSB Member Art Showcase

I am really excited about the reception tonight at Norsworthy Art Gallery. It is from 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm and is open to the public. Hors d’ oeuvres and a cash bar will be available as well. The showcase will continue through September 30th. This art showcase features artwork from members only of the American Advertising Federation of Shreveport-Bossier. I submitted 3 pieces, two of which are photographs and one is a limited edition print of a pencil drawing. Here is some information about each piece…

The one titled “Two Broncs”:

I took the photograph in Cheyenne, Wyoming at Frontier Days Rodeo in 2006. The rodeo is outdoors and the pen was full of saddle bronc horses they use during the rodeo. This was my favorite pose of them. Last year I decided to do a pencil drawing and chose this one. Most of my pencil drawings are for clients, but I decided to do one for myself.

“The Wild Side”

I took this photo of my horse last month for my website. I bought her two years ago to train as a barrel horse and it has taken us that long to get along! She’s not really wild, just full of energy. She has a large gas pedal if you know what I mean.

The last one is really special to me. “Brotherly Love”

I took this photo with my iphone last year right after my brother started his cancer treatments. He was casually playing his guitar and on a whim I pulled out my iphone and snapped a photo. I loved the way it looked and decided to add some design to it. My brother also paints abstract, so I wanted it to appeal to him. After a long year and a half, I am happy to say he is disease free!

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Barrel Racers Turn Out for Kim McDuff

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Southside Riding Club of Keithville, Louisiana made history this past Saturday. On April 27, 2013 the club hosted a benefit of one of our fellow members, Kim McDuff. She was injured a couple of months ago in a horse related accident. She was hospitalized for several weeks waiting for the infection to subside in her leg so she could have surgery to repair the compound fracture. She is still on high dollar medicines at this time. The club went into immediate action and organized a benefit for her. Over $6700 was raised to go towards her medical expenses and medicines.

We had 134 riders competing in the 5D barrel race which had $1000 added. I have been a member of Southside since 1971 and I can’t remember ever having over 75 riders compete in an event there at one time. It was awesome. We also had a silent auction, raffle items and all the proceeds from the concession stand went towards her cause.

Let me just tell you about barrel racers… Even though they are in competition with each other, they will turn out for their competitors when needed. That was evident this past Saturday! The weather bureau was showing a 40% chance of rain, but nobody cared. They came and the rain held off until Saturday night. Barrel racers showed up that I hadn’t seen in years. Everything went smooth. No accidents. Do delays. Well one horse did need some coaxing towards the end, but that was it. How do I know this? I took photos of everyone that is except for me and the last 10 runners. My daughter, Lindsey, stepped in and took a few while I made my run. I have to say, it was a pretty tight race. Most of the times ranged from 16.5 to 18 seconds. My apologies to the last ten runners, after holding that camera for over five hours, I was done!

You can go to www.tammyrandall.com to view and buy the photos. There is a coupon for 10% off that will show up when you check out. It is good thru May 6, 2013. I am also donating 10% of all the sales to help with Kim’s expenses, so order yours today. Tammy

Featured in the photo is Taylor Norwood, Kim’s daughter.


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In This Fast Paced World, Why Do You Still Need Business Cards?

Yesterday at our local riding club we had our annual Queen’s Contest. Several years ago we asked a veterinarian if he would come out and perform his services for our horses. It is open to the public. It has grown each year. This year we had five stations: a veterinarian, an equine dentist, an equine chiropractor, a horseshoer and also a station offering electromagnetic pulse therapy for horses. We had a good turn out, I must say. I needed one of my horses trimmed, so I tried out the horseshoer. I had never met this man or ever heard of him. I use one of the best horseshoers in this part of the country, but sometimes I don’t have the time to take my horses to him. I have tried out several local shoers, but I was not happy with them. I was happy with the trim job this shoer did on my gelding, so I asked him for a business card when he had finished. He explained that he didn’t have a business card and didn’t have the need for any. He proceeded to pull down the side of his trailer and there painted on the side was his phone number. The first 3 digits I can’t remember, but the last 4 digits were SHOE. I told him that I printed business cards and if he ever needed any I could print them for him. I grinned as I walked off because I had already forgotten his number!

When someone gives me a business card, I put the information from the  card into my phone. This way I can keep the card or not, whatever I decide. Here are some examples of cards I designed for my husband to take to his knife shows. These cards can be printed full color on both sides. They are printed on gloss cover and are very sturdy. I normally sell these cards for $125 per 1000. For the next two weeks I am running a special for $100, this does not include tax and shipping.  The order must be finalized by April 30, 2013 to get this price. Give me a call at 318/925-1040. Tammy

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Captain Shreve Softball Swings into Action Against Airline

My daughter Lindsey is the assistant softball coach for Captain Shreve High School. After watching her play softball for almost 20 years, the next best thing is to watch her team play. I love the game of softball. It’s interesting to see all the different levels of athletes. They start out in t-ball and they don’t even know which way to run if they happen to hit the ball. They pick flowers in the ourfield. Some move up to church league or little league, others to tournament ball. You can’t wait until your daughter is in high school. It’s a magical time, but guess what… it is over way too soon. Some are lucky to have their daughters play college ball. Wow, is this a whole nother level? (and yes I had to look that up) My daughter played for Bossier Parish Community College and then the University of Arkansas at Monticello. I enjoyed taking photos of the teams that Lindsey played on. I started out with a 35mm Pentax and later bought a small Fugi digital camera. How can I explain how slow that camera was? I would push the shutter down way before the swing, before the slide, before the pitch. It was awful, but I still enjoyed taking photos. By the time she was playing college ball I had my first Pentax digital. I thought it was the bomb. I chose Pentax because I had all the lenses from my 35mm Pentax from the early 80′s. This was not a good choice, I might add. I very seldom used those old lenses. When I was ready to upgrade my camera I chose to stick with Pentax. I always felt my photos were nice. I was happy with them. I even sold a few. Several months ago I contacted a friend, Eric Eggly of Point Seven Studios, and got his opinion of what camera I should purchase. He explained that Nikon had just come out with a D800 that was super nice. After much thought, I purchased it along with two lenses. I am loving it! I can’t believe the difference a camera can make. I shoot all my photos in the manual mode. This week I took my camera to a Captain Shreve game when they played Airline. I got permission from Coach Smith to stand in the dugout and take some photos. Lindsey was worried I would get hit by a ball, but it was all good, only a couple of close calls! This was the first time I had taken action shots with the D800. I was very happy with the photos I took. Getting to know a new camera is hard work. Here is one of the photos. I hope you enjoy viewing the gallery. I am pleased to say that Captain Shreve beat Airline 4-1 and they were pumped! Tammy

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