I like to walk, mostly for exercise but also to explore. And often my early morning walks take me to back alleys around town. I like to carry a small camera and take pictures. As I wandered and took pictures, I started noticing the back doors of businesses. Some were drab, some utilitarian, some colorful, […]
I am an Oklahoma-based editorial and commercial photographer and widely published writer, and a long-time IT networking professional. I like to tell stories about real people doing unusual things. I like working on complex networking projects. I like to exercise. A lot. You can read and view my stories about farmers, ranchers, electrical linemen, motorcycle riders, fishermen, hunters, IT professionals and technologies, and a multitude of others right here on my web site and in dozens of local, regional and national magazines.
For the past year, I have been shooting quite a bit of black and white film and have really enjoyed the experience. I wanted to carry that over into my digital photography, so I set up my Nikon Z6 to shoot and display images in black and white mode. I have done this before with […]
I once again attended the US Cavalry Competition in old Fort Reno, just west of the Oklahoma town of El Reno. This time I took my grandsons Charlie and Jamison Pratt and let them shoot the event with my Nikon Z digital cameras. I have photographed the event several times and have plenty of great […]
After my mom’s graveside service in Eufaula, Kay and I took a weekend Jeep trip with my sister Carole Hanks and her husband – and my long-time friend Mark – to the Kiamichi Mountains of southeast Oklahoma. Talihina Our first night’s stay was in Talihina. We stayed at Hootie Creek Bed and Breakfast – a […]
My best friend Tommy Bolton organizes several motorcycle drag races each year. This time he organized “Soul in the Valley” at Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble, Oklahoma. I love photographing sunset races there, since the sun sets right off the end of the track, giving me the opportunity to take some beautiful pictures that show […]
Last year, several local merchants started Edmond Bike Night at the Railyard in downtown Edmond. I usually try to attend, often riding my Suzuki DRZ-400 or BMW F650GS. This time I brought my Nikon Z6 camera and an old Nikon 105 F2.5 AIS manual-focus lens for some pictures. I had to use the Nikon FT2 […]
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Me and a 50
I used my recently acquired Nikon F3HP and Nikkor 50mm F1.2 lens to capture film images at a mountain bike race at Oklahoma City’s Lake Hefner riding area.
We were hanging around the pool at Kay’s brother’s house in Hot Springs. I had just purchased my Nikon F3HP film camera and used it to capture this picture of her brother Rick and his wife Pamela on Kodak TMAX-100 film. I was just learning the ins and out’s of the F3HP on this trip.
I took this photo of my daughter-in-law Cheryl Pratt and my granddaughter Kaitlyn Reber while at a 4th of July celebration in Hot Springs, Arkansas. We were hanging around the swimming pool and I had my recently purchased Nikon F3HP film camera and a 50mm 1.8 lens. I shot this on Kodak TMAX-100 film.