My mother and I loaded up our gear (ie camera equipment, jackets, sunglasses, McDonald's milkshakes...y'know just the essentials) and drove out towards Lawton, OK. We arrived at our destination and began scouting for potential locations for sunset photography. Lake Quanah Parker has always been a reliable location for sunset photos. After driving around and not really seeing much of anything (occasional Northern Harrier, bison, and other typical refuge wildlife) we settled on exploring Elk Mountain and the Sunset trail. We hiked about halfway up for some pre-sunset photos.
|On top of one of the boulders off the Sunset trail. We had a great view of the park and a nice warm light over the rocks.|
|Not a bad view from up here.|
|The backlight worked well against the cactus and other vegetation.|
|Lens flare was a real problem facing this way, but the scene couldn't go unrecorded.|
While we were in great position for some sunset photography I still had my hopes set on Lake Quanah Parker. Around 4:15 or so we start to head towards the lake. But on our way there I have to stop and photograph some wildlife.
|Bison that is. There were about five bison just off the side of the road.|
|Every once in a while they would turn themselves into the good light...|
|...but most of the time I was having to deal with the strong backlight. I used to in my favor for this shot.|
|More of the bison.|
|He laid down again and opened his moth. I'm not sure why, but I took the photo anyways.|
|This is one of my favorites from that evening. I was lucky to capture the bison sticking his tongue out at me. As if he was challenging me to capture his expression.|
|I captured this shot at the Osage Lake parking area. I used a (borrowed) Sigma 150-500mm lens for this shot. The telephoto lenses compress the scene. The dead tree in the foreground is a lot farther away from those trees in the background.|
|You just gotta love scenes like this!|
|I shot this one with my old Nikkor 135mm f/2.8 AIS lens. This lens is almost 40 years old and its a sharp as a tack!|
|I loved that little toppled stump in the foreground up against the trees in the background.|
|Mountains in the sunset light|
|Shooting across the other side of the lake I see some bison coming up for a evening drink.|
|I enjoyed watching the shadows and light dance around the face of the mountain.|
|I think it was around this shot I lost the feeling in my fingers. Oh well, it was worth it.|
|The clouds add some scale to the mountains and bring a nice balance to the overall composition.|
|What a great way to end the day of a long overdue photo journey.|
I want to say thank you to my mother for driving me and sharing in the experiences that day.