By Michael Burleson
Calm by Michael Burleson (f 5.6, 1/800, ISO 800)
This shot was taken on an overcast afternoon when my wife and I took a break from her schoolwork to see her horse. Horses are known for their theraputic qualities and are often used to promote mental health.
While she was visiting, I decided to walk around the barn to take a few shots of the horses.
This was a very subtle and still moment between her and her horse that displayed a calmness I was thankful to capture.
The sky that day really painted the canvas for the shot, and I didn’t really find it necessary to edit it much. I chose black-and-white because it really brought the moment to life.
By Lynne Rogers Harris
Smoke Dancer by Lynne Rogers Harris (f/8, 1/125, ISO 100)
I had been wanting to try my hand at shooting smoke as I had seen some really cool images. So, I bought some incense sticks, set up my black backdrop, used two flashes pointed at the smoke from the sides, and started shooting.
I learned quickly that too much of the flash was hitting the background but my setup just didn’t allow me any other options.
At any rate, I pulled the image into Photoshop and played a little and still wasn’t very happy with the result. I then “inverted” the colors and voila. Suddenly, to my eyes,
I saw a sketch of a dancer and fell in love with it. I hope you can see the dancer, too.
By Terry Barnes
Time to Reflect by Terry Barnes (1/320, f/10, ISO 100)
This spring I learned the PhotoPills app can calculate the dates and times when the sun will be exactly centered down the east-west streets in New York City. I wondered if it could be done in Oklahoma City, specifically at the National Memorial.
The Memorial is located at the site of the former Murrah Federal Building. There is a block-long reflecting pool with “portals” on each end about 10-feet wide by 25- to 30-feet tall. I wanted to center myself on the east end of the pool and have the setting sun centered through the west portal with a reflection on the water.
PhotoPills gave me two possible evenings in September, so I entered the dates into my calendar and waited four months. On September 16, the clouds obstructed the sun, so I
only got a few planning shots.
I returned the next evening to a perfect sky. I set my camera to take a shot every 15 seconds, starting about 10 minutes prior to the “PhotoPills time” and continuing until the sun had crossed the portal. This picture was time stamped within a minute of the time the PhotoPills app had provided. What a smart app!
By Bill Webb
St. Olaf Stars by Bill Webb
This star trails image is a composite of 125 images taken using an intervalometer to trigger the camera every 16 seconds. The individual image exposures were 15 seconds long at f/2.8, ISO 1600, using a 14mm ultra-wide-angle lens. I positioned my camera to place the polar (North) star above the steeple.
Capturing the photos took about 30 minutes. In Photoshop I stacked the images to create the trails.
The light on the cemetery markers is caused by another photographer who turned on his car lights (a REAL no-no) while I was doing this. I have another version of this image that eliminated the lights (they were on for just two frames), but I kinda liked this one.
The location is St. Olaf Kirke (The Old Rock Church) in Cranfills Gap, Texas. Gates into the property are locked so you can’t just drive in.
By Darren Wiedman
Fuzzy Dice II by Darren Wiedman
This shot was one of about three hundred that I took for our “Motion” competition many months ago.
One Saturday afternoon, to my wife’s delight, I spent several hours dropping dice on a glass table with my right hand while simultaneously pressing the shutter release cable with my left.
It took a while to get the lighting right and not have odd reflections on the glass. Timing was also a huge issue. I was trying to capture the dice in a way where some were still falling and others were bouncing back off the glass. But the dice would often ricochet out of the shot.
I included the wall in the background to give a sense of depth, but later I realized that the harsh line was a bit distracting. But it did help if one of the dice was crossing the line. That issue eliminated a lot of otherwise good images.
I wanted to give a sense of motion while still having the dice remain sharp, so I “dragged the shutter.” This is done by using a flash to freeze part of the action, while keeping the shutter open long enough to capture more of the subject with ambient light.
This was a lot of fun, and I could’ve done it much longer. But I ran out of daylight, and my wife ran out of patience.
Fuzzy Dice II by Darren Wiedman (f/4.5, 1/80, ISO 400, 78mm)
By Bill Webb
Just a Light Touch – by Bill Webb
This great heron was photographed at the Colleyville Nature Center as it flew above Angler’s Pond.
I had been watching this particular heron for quite a while and using it as practice for birds-in-flight photography.
I had come to recognize the signs that it would take flight, and I felt that it would fly over this pond and toward another one. That helped me anticipate where it would go.
Sure enough, almost on cue, it lifted off. With my shutter release set to continuous high-speed, 1/1600s, f/6.3 and ISO 1000, the camera clicked away, and I was able to capture the beauty of this heron’s flight as the wing tip barely grazed the surface of the pond.
I’m still practicing and learning how to capture birds in flight, and this is my favorite image so far in that quest.
By Jay Gosdin
Earlier Photo: This really shows that returning to the same location year after year produces new and exciting pictures and makes you more productive.
Both planning and luck come into play with landscape photos. This picture was one year in planning and shot outside of Ridgway, Colorado.
The previous year at the same exact time, I shot this at a different angle and won a ribbon at the club. (Photo at right)
One year later, I was not expecting the moon to be rising at the exact time of the sunset light on the distant Cimarron Mountains.
Getting the moon like this in camera without using a composite only occurs at rare times, thus, the luck in the picture. But I knew the strange maroon light on the mountains would be the same if shot at the same time of the year and at sunset.
Moon Over Cimarron Mountains by Jay Gosdin (f/11, 1/30, ISO 100, 100mm)
By Jeanne Crockett
Patience Finally Pays Off by Jeanne Crockett
My passion for photography grew in my back yard, and the butterflies that come there have been one of my favorite subjects.
For years I have planted things specifically for the butterflies and have been able to photograph caterpillars and chrysalises as well as the adult butterflies. The one thing that eluded me was the moment a butterfly emerged from its chrysalis.
This fall there was a bumper crop of gulf fritillary chrysalises in my yard. At one point I counted 30! I determined that I would be there for the moment one of those butterflies emerged.
I spent several hours for a couple mornings cruising my back yard monitoring the chrysalises I knew about before this one began to emerge right in front of me. I was able to take pictures from the moment the chrysalis began to split until the butterfly flew away.
(f/10, 1/30, ISO 200, 105mm)
By Mangesh Sangapu
Euless Hawk by Mangesh Sangapu
The first time I saw this hawk, it was on my porch lunching on a gecko. I tried to save the gecko but the bird flew away with its meal.
I saw this bird a few times since, but it’s been too far away. I solved the distance problem by getting a Sigma 710mm, but I never expected to get such a close-up.
I was bird-watching from our back window and to my amazement, it came out of nowhere and landed on a tree close to our home. I hastily grabbed my camera and quietly opened the back door. I took this picture just as the hawk became aware of my presence. It flew away moments later.
By Susan Taylor
In the Windmills of Your Mind by Susan Taylor
I took this picture as a multiple exposure on my Nikon 5200. I didn’t even know I had this option in my camera until the first day of class at TCC!
That same day we went to the carnival at the stock show, and I started shooting multiple exposures. When I arrived home and looked at my pics, I saw my double exposure of the ferris wheel and a title immediately came to mind: the lyrics from the ’60s era song “In the Windmills of Your Mind.”
I tweaked it a bit, made it black and white, and then looked up the lyrics to make sure of my title.
It was then that I read that the song’s composer, pianist and Oscar winner Michael Legrand, had died only three days earlier!