As many of you know, I spent the month of July on the road in Southern Oklahoma. I made thousands of images that I will spend time going through for some time to come. Traveling with no set destination and no time constaints is one of the most enjoyable pursuits a landscape photographer can do. Deadlines and schedules get thrown out the window and you are allowed the luxury of relaxing and taking your time with the creative side of the business. But all good things come to an end and eventually you have to get back to making a living.
In the coming weeks I will be sharing some of the images created during this extensive trip and sharing some stories of places and things I have seen. On with the show.
WICHITA MOUNTAINS WILDLIFE REFUGE - I am at Quanah Parker Lake which is one of eleven lakes located within the refuge. Named after the great Native American Commanche chief who never lost a battle the lake is one of the most scenic in the mountains. I am on the south end of the lake a bit west of the boat ramp where fishermen launch their craft. Power boats are not allowed on any of the refuge lakes so only oar powered and trolling motors are allowed keeping noise to a minimum. This lends a certain tranquility to all of the lakes that make them ideal locations for photographers as well.
On this morning I am sharing the lake with a few fishermen. We nod at each other as I pass in my search of a composition. Spoken words are not needed as we are all here for the same thing - the common bond of just being in Nature while all others are still in their beds or sleeping bags. I wander along the edge of the lake and find a granite outcrop that is above the lake and looking down into the lake. I see a dead cedar angled into the water and don't remember seeing this in previous visits but that does not mean it has not always been there. When there are several miles of shoreline to explore it is easy to miss something. With camera in hand I begin searching out the framing and once I find what I envision I set to work. It is a few minutes past sunrise but the Sun is still behind Mount Scott and will not show his face for another 15 minutes. I begin making exposures and after a handful of frames I am content with the results and begin wandering in search of the next image that will add to this body of work. The day is still young and there is much that remains to be seen.
TRANQUILITY - Nikon D700 / Tokina AT-X Pro 17-35/4 SD Aspherical @ 17 mm @ f/11 @ 1/6 second. Single exposure processed in Lightroom 5 and Topaz Detail 3.