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“Surreal Lightning”- Altus, Oklahoma – Glenn Patterson – Guest Photographer   43 comments



“Surreal Lightning”- Altus, Oklahoma – Glenn Patterson – Guest Photographer

Glenn captures what could be a movie poster titled “2012: End of the World”.  I expect a giant space ship to pop out of the clouds and start leveling the sleeping city below.   I can hear the rumble of the thunder in my minds ear.  The rain seems to explode from the cloud with violent force and the lightning really is surreal.  Glen is a true storm chaser and has a collection of several wonderful lightning photographs. 

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Here is Glenn with the reality of this amazing photograph:

Took this shot August 21st 2010 around 2am.  I was out and about chasing some Thunderstorms, I particularly like going after Lightning myself when chasing.  The night of shots wasn’t turning out anything spectacular for me, so I was heading back to the house to call it a night, but on my way back I see this small cell off to my west.  The cell wasn’t more than mile or two in diameter, but it had a rain core in the center and lightning was dancing all around it, so I stopped at a small rest stop just 5 miles north of my town Altus, Oklahoma.  I got my window mount secured, the camera set-up, and just started shooting.  It was little surreal that this little storm was so active and having the full moon behind the storm adding some back light to the storm was an added bonus.  Along with the city lights highlighting the left side of the storm made it the perfect set-up.  I’m glad I gave up on the bigger storm to run into this little powerhouse, gotta love the randomness of Mother Nature.

Camera: Canon Rebel T1i
Exposure: 30sec
Focal Length: 18mm
ISO: 200

Processed image in Photoshop CS5. Created a HDR tone map of the image and multiplied it over the original image to help bring out the detail of the clouds.

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Texas Longhorn – Witchita Mountains, Lawton, Oklahoma   15 comments



Texas Longhorn – Witchita Mountains, Lawton, Oklahoma

Is it really a Texas longhorn if it was born and raised in Oklahoma?  Who cares?  I guess I do for the sake of argument.  In fact, the breed was created from feral Mexican cattle and later saved from extinction in the hills of Oklahoma.  I think Texmexlahoma Longhorn cattle would be a more appropriate name.  This particular Texmexlahoma Longhorn and her calf were swimming through a golden field of native prairie grasses just outside Lawton, OK.  I waited for the calf to nurse just to make the photo a bit more interesting.  This park is known for its bison herd, but it is also full of longhorns, elk, deer, and cute little prairie dogs.  I saw plenty of each during this two day trip.

Bison Glow – Wichita Mountains, OK   13 comments

Bison Glow – Wichita Mountains, OK

“You have to get up pretty early in the morning to get up pretty early in the morning” I am not sure who said this little pearl of wisdom, but no truer words have been spoken.  Such is the case for this photo.  Not only was it early, but it was cold as well.  When the sun finally came up it looked like the prairie was set on fire with golden light and this American bison was just about to light up.  The top of its head had just started to glow when I swear the temperature rose fifteen degrees in as many minutes bringing it up to a balmy thirty degrees.  Even though bison are the largest terrestrial animal in North America and very dangerous, this guy seems to me to have a bit of a Snuffleupagus quality to him.  What do you think?

Young Buffalo at Sunrise – Witchita Mountains – Lawton, OK   2 comments

Early Bird Gets the Shot, Early Worm Gets Eaten!

My biological clock is designed to wake up early.  This sucks for my past roommates and loved ones who have to put up with me stomping around at four or five in the morning.  However it is great if you are a photographer (or surfer).  I like to check, clean, and organize my gear the night before and then head out well before sunrise the next morning to my destination.

Good Morning Witchita Mountains

While visiting my aunt in Lawton, OK I woke up early every morning and drove to the Witchita Mountains Wildlife Refuge to look for some big grazers. When I arrived it was pitch black, but as the sun peaked over the …well … peaks I was stunned.   Holy Poop dude this place is amazing.  Elk, bison, and even Texas (Oklahoma?) longhorns were everywhere.   I used my car as a blind for about 75% of the shots then hiked for a while once the golden light had faded.  Being face to face with a 1,500 pound bison can be a bit intimidating.  Okay maybe a lot intimidating. I did this for three days straight and found great photo opportunities each day.  For example, this little guy posed within thirty feet of the car in perfect light on the first day.  Oddly enough I was the only car I saw all morning except for the ranger’s truck.  I find that whenever I check out a new place I am usually rewarded with a great experience.   It is just having the motivation to go check it out.

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