"The Edge Of Chaos"
With this post, I thought that I might tell you a bit about where I live, my early beginnings, and some of the photographic opportunities available in the area. In future posts, I will delve into the direction I am taking my photography and talk about some future projects that I have planned.
I live in a small town in Western Oklahoma. The countryside is mostly farm and ranch land with rolling hills of Triassic red rock or flat fields of grains and other produce with a liberal sprinkling of the oil and gas industry thrown in. Out here, one can find a variety of subjects to photograph, from Red Rock Canyon State Park to big sky sunsets, thunderstorms, relic farm buildings, windmills, discarded farm implements, and old cars and trucks rusting in the fields. As can be seen from the images in several of my galleries, I have taken advantage of this wide variety of subjects available to photograph.
One would think that all of this potential would generate a great many images - more than one could possibly ever photograph in a lifetime. But you see, the wind is a problem out here. We get about one or two days a week where the wind is not blowing at least 15 to 20, or higher. Very frustrating for a nature photographer! It is imperative that you take advantage of the few opportunities you are given. This obviously applies to any situation, no matter where one lives and photographs, but many of us do not do this full-time but are part-timers, myself among them.
There are many photographers out there whose work that I admire but Art Wolfe, William Neil, and Jim Zuckerman were my early influences. Marc Adamus, Varina and Jay Patel, Ami Vitale, and David duChemin are a few of the practitioners who recently have influenced my work, either through their images or their words. Thank you all.
I started my photographic journey in the early 90's, so I began with film and transitioned to digital. As a result, I have had the luxury of having lived in both worlds. Some of the images in my galleries are scans of Velvia, Provia, Ektachrome, and Kodachrome. For the last three years, I have been shooting digital exclusively. As many have written elsewhere, the advantages are obvious. The ability to control all aspects of the 'developing' process from capture to print is a capability that none of us could have foreseen 15 years ago. I would like to thank all of those visionaries, engineers, scientists, and software developers who have made this revolution possible. You know who you are!
I would like to share a few links to others whose work I follow:
Check out what they have to share with us both visually and with the printed word.
The image shown above was taken a few days ago. We had a large super cell thunderstorm about 10 miles South of town. I was down in a canyon shooting wildflowers and noticed the colors of sunset creating this wonderful sky. The image was taken with a Nikon D200 and Tokina AT-X 12-24/4 DX Pro @ 12mm, 0.6 sec @ f/22 and ISO 100. Processing was in Lightroom 4 with a bit of clarity, saturation, and contrast added, then slightly cropped.