Saturday, December 30, 2017

"Stoic Hunter"...

The stoic pose of a Red-Shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus) signifies it's patient hunting style. This species is often heard more than seen. This hawk is usually on the hunt for small mammals, amphibians, reptiles, mice, snakes and occasionally fish.

Central Arkansas, June 2017.
Photo # KSA_0145a.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Thursday, December 28, 2017

"Circle of Life"...

From grasses to trees, this photograph depicts the growth of grasses through trees. The trees at the top of the frame are actually reflections in water.

Location: Lake Bailey, Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas. April, 2008.
Photo # DSC2_101abw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Thursday, December 21, 2017

"Geminids Meteor"...

A single meteor streaks across the sky at approximately 22 miles/second. The track of this meteor's points to the source, which is the Gemini constellation. This meteor shower shares an orbit with the asteroid (3200 Phaethon).

Geminids Meteor Shower.
December 13, 2017.
Photo # KSA_2708abw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"Cardinal White-Out"...

A male Cardinal stands out against the white-out of a winter snow.

Photo # 1028_KS10320e. February, 2010.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Timeless Speed and Curves"...

The beautiful, sexy, fun curves of the Porsche 550 Spyder. Even though this may be a replica, it doesn't negate the inviting curves this design tempts you with. You know you want to jump into this seat and take it for a spin!

Photo # KSA_1095_bwk. November, 2017.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Saturday, November 25, 2017

"Legacy of Rural Barns"...

Often I have the opportunity to photograph the homesteads, garages and barns of relatives. This is one of those garages. If you take a moment to appreciate the story each item could tell, each has quite a story. Just a quick glance you'll see items such as: true gas can (not plastic!), fan shield, many license plates from the early and mid-1900's, mailbox, many axe and broom handles, Coca-Cola and "Pop Kola" bottles, pry bars and much more.
What are current generations doing to preserve these stories? Are they keeping these tangibles? Are they capturing good photographs? Are their stories being lost?

Hope, Arkansas. November, 2013.
Photo # IM3_5422a.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

"Stream of Dreams"...

This location had a sense of spirit, atmosphere and dreams. To capture it all in one frame was a challenge. Dreams don't always happen when our eyes are closed. Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

Location: Cedar Falls Creek, Petit Jean State Park, Arkansas. 12/31/2006.
Photo # 20061231_KS10053abw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Time Flies...

A dragonfly caught in flight over water. Why is it that water is so calming and seems to allow time to stand still? The still of this action photo, along with the composition, begs longer study.

Location: Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. April, 2006.
Photo # 200641_DSC_3081bw.
This photo was not cropped.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

"Mystery in High Contrast"...

I found the juxtaposition of these Porsches facing opposite directions interesting, as well as the opposing colors. The exhaust from the cold morning adds interest to the mood,. Overall, the lighting suggests it could be day or night.

Porsche Palooza, Eureka Springs, AR. November, 2016.
Photo # KS9_8793cbw2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Sunday, October 8, 2017

"1974 911 in pencil"...

Here you can see the beautiful lines of the classic 911 in a black-and-white, pencil rendering. Still looks fast today. Simple is often better.

1974 Porsche 911. Porsche Palooza 2016.
Photo # KS9_8476_sl.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Saturday, September 30, 2017

"Art at 0 mph", Study I....

Porsche in black-and-white. Body lines showing speed even at 0 mph.

November, 2016.
Photo # KS9_8615-18a_35bw_waterc.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

"Bloom Where You Are"...

Regardless how great or small, there are opportunities to bloom where you are. You don't have to face the same direction, listen to the same tune, nor follow the same path. Keep an open mind and heart.
Comments welcome.

Photo # 2006423_DSC_220050_bws1. April, 2006.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Friday, September 22, 2017

"Mother Nature in black-and-white"...

Grace, curves, peace, feathers, wings, water -- all a wonderful mix to combine into an artful pose and photograph. Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

Wild, migrating, Trumpeter Swan.
Private lake, Arkansas. January, 2006.
Photo # 2006114_DSC_0271bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Porsche GTS...

"Porsche GTS"

Porsche Palooza 2016.
Photo # KS9_8581-86bw4.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, September 11, 2017

Vintage Frame...

Occasionally, I like to post portraits from the past. This is one from almost ten years ago. Malissa commissioned me to do some casual, outdoor portraits.

July, 2008.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Monday, August 28, 2017

"Branching Out III"...

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. April, 2008. Comments welcome.

Photo # _KS3_0035c.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Band of Brothers, Study I"

Certain times of year, you'll see white-tailed bucks gather together. Here you see four bucks showing their inquisitive nature yet always on watch. There were actually a few more out of the frame. Comments welcome.

Location: private land, Arkansas. August, 2016.
Photo # IM5_3288bw2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

"Big house on the hill"...

Just a few generations ago, this house was considered big! We often forget what families had to go through to have what little they had. And it's not often how much you have that brings you happiness. The simplest things matter. To see how this house sits on top of this hill, offering such a grand view, the family who built this must have been proud. Comments welcome.

Location: homestead, Big Flat, Arkansas (Baxster/Searcy county). July, 2016.
Photo # IM5_3161-7bw1.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

"Stories and Songs"...

Red Hill Community Church opened in the 1940's and closed its doors around 1961. Not much remains of this church today, but this piano, inside these walls, could sing many songs and tell many stories. Comments welcome.

Location: near Marshall (Searcy County), Arkansas. I don't want to share the location to keep it protected as much as possible.
Photo # IM5_3091-5h2. July, 2016.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

"The Elegance of Takeoff"...

A Great (White) Egret (Ardea alba) takes flight with ease. This bird is the symbol of the National Audubon Society, standing an average of 3 1/2 feet with an average wingspan of 5 feet. Comments welcome.

Location: Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. July, 2016.
Photo # KS9_1358bw2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

"An Arkansas Craftsman, Study II"...

This is another from my series of portraits of Paul V.
A true craftsman, Paul V. lives up near Huntsville, Arkansas. He has many stories and skills that some argue will be lost in the coming generations. He's holding another of his skilled results. As we talked in his shop, he pulled a few of his homemade knives and began to tell me how he's made them over the years. He also makes fiddles, guitars and banjos, and works on his cars and trucks. At first glance of this photo, you may think he's quite rough around the edges, but actually this is one of his many smiles. (ha) He's a great guy and actually quite camera shy. Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

Photo # KS3_0858bw. August, 2013.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

"The Chalkboard"...

This one frame can tell many stories. Not only can you begin to imagine what has been drawn on the chalkboard, but later the pencils that were sharpened with the sharpener. Laneburg High School was built in the early 1930's and is struggling to remain standing. My father went to school here and I was fortunate to have him with me while I was photographing the school on this day. Comments welcome.

Location: Laneburg High School, Laneburg, Arkansas.
I did get permission from the land owner to photograph the school.
Photo # IM5_3955bw. June, 2017.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

"Nature's Paint"...

At any random point in time, Mother Nature can add a path of light as if painting a scene with a brush of light. This stream of waterfalls comes alive when a beam of sunlight peeks through the clouds.

Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. May, 2017.
Photo # IM5_3747-50bws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Friday, June 30, 2017

"Water Symphony"...

A symphony is often described as a harmonious state of things in general and of their properties. This incredible symphony of multiple waterfalls, speed and stream variations, whirlpools and cloudy mists of water if a wonderfully, complex sonata of nature, for both visual and audible senses. Each section of this panorama is a study and appreciation of nature. In addition, if you view this from across the room, you'll appreciate another perspective. I hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. January, 2010.
Photo # 10124_KS10104-122bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

"Heather, Sophisticated"...

A fun photograph from a portrait session several years ago. As I often try to do, I wanted to create a timeless photograph but I wanted a mix of sophistication with this pose. What you don't see is the fun laughter before and after this frame. :) Comments welcome.

Photo # 1019_KS10384bw2. January, 2010.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

"Dreams in Color"...

One question that we often ask ourselves, 'do we dream in color'? Maybe we don't have to dream with our eyes closed. Why not dream with your eyes open? Here's to your dreams with your eyes open.

Location: Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas.
Color infrared. July, 2009.
Photo # DSC_0070-80a4.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Monday, June 19, 2017


Several years ago, I was commissioned to photograph this model. We spent a few hours at this location and this was one of my favorite concepts. I hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

July, 2009.
Photo # 9718_KS10091sbw3s.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

"Delightful Outtakes"...

A few years ago, I was honored and commissioned to photograph this vibrant and friendly soul, alongside one of her passions, of course: cars! JoAnne and Robert are one of the friendliest couples you'll ever meet. They're always finding something to laugh about and their passion for cars (especially Porsches) can keep anyone entertained for hours. Even though I titled this photograph an outtake, it's reaches far beyond. The details of this photograph tells such a wonderful story of both JoAnne and Robert - always fun, laughing, humble, compassionate and always in close proximity of a special car. And good luck finding a spec of dirt in their garage! (jealous)

JoAnne T., Sept, 2011.
Photo # KS0_9328abw2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

"Spring Silhouette II"...

Photo # KS0_5325bw. April, 2011.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.
Comments welcome.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

"Rural Arkansas"...

Highways provide access to visual, timeless treasures that you can't often experience from the Interstates. This single photograph provides a richness of rural flavor, from the alluring curve which leads through the community, to the rural school zone on the highway, to the homestead with the detached garage and larger barn. You may be able to see the old pickup truck in the left-side stall of the barn.

Location: near high school, Bigelow, Arkansas.
Photo # IMG_8252bws. April, 2013.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"Out of the Shadows"...

Nature so easily mixes water and light to creating something wonderfully pleasing to the senses.

Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. March, 2010.
Photo # 10328_KS10306-12bw3.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

"Aster Art"...

Wild Aster in black-and-white. You can see the detailed pollen on the lower petals. Few take the time to appreciate art in nature. This photograph reflects a sample of just how wonderfully simple and beautiful nature can be, even without color. Comments welcome.

Photo # KS1_8320-8330bws. October, 2012.
Location: private land, central Arkansas.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, April 22, 2017


This White-tailed deer fawn enjoying a peaceful walk. Fawns have two rows of spots along either side of the spine. The average number of spots is 300.

Location: private land, central Arkansas.
Photo # KS1_3124bws. July, 2012.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

"Oak: Stages of Growth"...

Comments welcome.
Photo # IMG_2938a. May, 2012.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography

Monday, April 3, 2017

"Hog Wild Moonshine Chopper"...

This rural art is very creative, entertaining and detailed. Is this a remnant of the past or future? Is this a turn off Fury Road? Hope you enjoy.

This is part of a collection which I've shared over the past decade.
Location: rural Arkansas (protecting the location from vandals). April, 2012.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

"Waterfall Clouds"...

It doesn't take much water to boost one's imagination. This photograph could appear to be two-in-one. The left side displays a waterfall with the beginnings of churning, whereas the right side displays motion that mimics clouds high above the earth.
Comments welcome.
Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. March, 2012.
Photo # KS1_9862-66abws.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Fawn in Sunlight"...

At birth, white-tailed deer fawns have a spotted, reddish coat that is fairly silky. There can be several hundred spots on the coat. The spots enable to deer to blend into its natural surroundings. Fawns usually lose their spots around three-to-four months.

Location: Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. August, 2016.
Photo # KS9_6438bwsc.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Light Dimensions"...

Location: Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas.
Photo # IM5_2855bw_rcc2. July, 2016.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.
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Thursday, March 9, 2017

"Thunder Lake II"...

Location: south Lake Conway, Conway, Arkansas. June, 2016.

Photo # IM5_2629-31bwb.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.
Comments welcome. Feel free to share.

Monday, February 27, 2017

"Roadmaster Stories"...

There is much to be said and respected of the automobile designs of the 1950's. This is the passenger, front door of an abandoned 1951 Buick RoadMaster. To a series well known for its mass of steel, this intimate view of the door interior shows the design detail not only in aesthetics but in fabric stitching.
It is possible this particular car was used in law enforcement. There is a post mount spotlight on the drivers side and you may notice the Driver's Accident Report form in the seat. There were additional, empty forms under the seat. This car has many stories to tell.

1951 Buick RoadMaster Sedan - Model 72R
Price new: $3,051.

Photo # IM5_3235bw. July, 2016.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Velvet Contemplation"...

Velvet begins to drop from this 8-point, white-tailed deer as it pauses for a view.

Photo # KS9_1728cbw. July, 2016.
Location: private land, central Arkansas.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

"Country Roads"...

Sunlight is breaking through the clouds, lighting the path around the corner. You can use this analogy in life. Comments and sharing welcome.

Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge, Arkansas. July, 2016.
Photo # IM5_2901bws2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

"Peaceful Spirits"...

Trumpeter Swans (Cygnus buccinator) enjoy a peaceful, winter day at the lake.

Magness Lake (central Arkansas). January, 2014.
Photo # IM3_5947c2.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Friday, January 13, 2017

"Waterfalls of Light"...

Light comes in many forms whether it's internal or external. It can be in the air, or as in this photograph, in the water. Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome!

Waterfall, Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. February, 2010.
Photo # 10213_KS10145bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

"Woolly Hollow State Park in snow"...

The drops of water at the lower left is melting snow from the branches above me. Hope you enjoy. Comments welcome.

Woolly Hollow State Park, Arkansas. February, 2010.
Photo # 10210_KS10014p3bw.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.

Friday, January 6, 2017

"Moments of Warmth in Snow"...

A Fox Squirrel enjoys the last moments of sunset on a snowy landscape.

February, 2010.
Photo # 1029_ks20386.
(c) Kelly Shipp Photography.