"River On Fire"
For the past two weeks, I have had the great pleasure of having the company of Annick Jaquillard from Switzerland. She is a wonderful photographer from the small town of Nyon, located on the edge of Lake Geneva, whom I met on Google+. We have spent the time here traveling around the Western part of Oklahoma with both of us taking a combined 2000+ photographs during the two weeks. I will be showing all of you some of her work here on the blog in the near future.
The above photograph, and all of the others I will post here were taken during this 'vacation'. The image "River On Fire" was captured along the Canadian River near the old railroad crossing outside of Bridgeport, Oklahoma. It was a chilly morning with mist rising from the river. Nikon D200 with Nikkor AF-S 18-70/3.5G ED-IF DX @ 70 mm. ISO 100 @ f/22 @ 1/60 second. Processed entirely in Lightroom 4.
"The Colors Of Fall"
This one was captured in Red Rock Canyon State Park 2 days ago. The best colors we have seen in many years. To me, this image captures the essence of this place during the Fall season - all of the colors are showing. Nikon D200/Tokina AT-X Pro 80-200/2.8 SD MkIII @ 80 mm. ISO 400 @ f/32 @ 1 second. Processed entirely in Lightroom 4.
"Annick's Little House"
We were on our way to Quartz Mountain Nature Park in Southwestern Oklahoma, when suddenly we came upon an abandoned house from the early part of the 1900s. Annick screamed for me to stop, and being well versed in the ways of women, I stopped.
The small structure was a fabulous derelict with leaning and tilting doorways and windows. To add drama to the scene, the sky was putting on one of those displays of clouds that you just can't stop looking at. The landscape surrounding the house was a wide open vista with distant, low lying mountains of granite. All in all, one of the most dramatic, but lonely landscapes I had seen in quite some time.
I walked away thinking about the family that lived in this house. How courageous and resilient they had to have been to survive in this place. To live in an environment where the nearest neighbor was miles away and to be challenged by year round extreme weather conditions. We cannot even begin to imagine how hard and difficult life must have been for them, living as most of us live today. I left with a sense of admiration and respect for the life they had chosen to live out here. Nikon D200/Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24/4 DX ASPH @ 19 mm. ISO 100 @ f/16 and 1/50 second. Processed entirely in Lightroom 4 and Topaz B&W Effects 2.
"Dry As An Old Bone"
On our way back from Quartz Mountain, we passed through the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. The day brought fog, drizzle, and wind for our return. We worked our way down to Lost Lake in search of a haven from the weather. Much to our surprise, the rain and wind practically disappeared. Several hours later, we both walked away with a hundred images or so apiece. This image was captured in a dry stream bed. The Sun was starting to make his appearance occasionally, creating some weird light in the sky, which I have accented in this photograph to better give a feeling of the mood. Nikon D200/Tokina AT-X Pro 12-24/4 DX ASPH @ 14 mm. ISO 200 @ f/22 @ 0.6 second. Processed entirely in Lightroom 4.
These are just a few of the many images that I will be sharing here in the near future. To see more, check out the Featured Images page. Leave your comments, as they are always appreciated.
I would like to thank my dearest friend, Annick Jaquillard for making this the best two weeks I have spent in many years. It was really nice to have someone accompany you on your photo treks, especially when it's a talented photographer like Annick. To see more of her gorgeous photographs, log onto Google+ and type her name in the search box, or click on this link: https://plus.google.com/111545979626664530313/posts?partnerid=ogpy0 . I promise, you won't be disappointed.
Until next time, good light and good shooting - Thomas