Angel in Black and White

I’ve been wanting to change up my shooting style, if I really have one, to try something new. Wanting to do more black and white portraiture. I was working with a friend the other day and I asked “may I do your portrait?” and of course she said yes, well she chirped back “sure,” so that’s what we did.

The only light I had with me was a SB-600, yes I still have and use it and yes it still kicks out some good light, I have a small 6X9 Impact soft-box for the light modifier, it attaches with Velcro, works great in a pinch just like this one. The stand for the SB-600 I used a tripod, I attached the mount for the speed light to the head’s plate. Positioned the tripod on the table and used the swing-arm on the tripod to position the light right above me and the camera.

I wanted to go with a white back ground so I used a piece of white expanded PVC that we had behind a wall cutter cleaned it and placed it on a cart against the wall.

After getting everything setup and the flash’s power set, it was time to go to work sorta speak. I like to talk and have a conversation with the people that I photograph, it helps to relax and keep a calm setting, even joking around can get you a nice candid shot, a moment out of the norm, or other words the images that people don’t like to show. These are a few of them. I do want to go back and get some with a larger studio light but I still like the way they turned out.

Angel Adams is a creative in the Tulsa, Oklahoma area. You can learn about her here on her site here or @angeladams

Oklahoma Wind Energy

Chisholm View Wind Project, Northeast of Enid, OK ©Billy Sauerland

In 2010 Oklahoma adopted a goal of generating 15% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015. Wind power accounted for 18.4% of the electricity generated in Oklahoma during 2015. At the end of 2015, Oklahoma’s installed wind generation capacity was 5184 MW.

Potential

Being centrally located, the western half of Oklahoma is in America’s wind corridor, which stretches from Canada into North Dakota and Montana, south into west Texas, where the vast majority of the country’s best on-shore wind resources are located.  Oklahoma has the potential to install 517,000 MW of wind turbines, capable of generating 1,521,652 GWh each year. This is over one third of all the electricity generated in the United States in 2011.

The Economics

Oklahoma’s wind resources are the eighth best in the United States. The total number of direct and indirect jobs in the state from wind power development is estimated to be between 1,000 and 2,000.

Oklahoma ended the half-cent tax credit for wind by July 2017. All zero-emission rebates were $60 million in the 2014 tax year.

©Billy Sauerland

Growth

Some of the wind farms in Oklahoma include:

The $3.5 billion, 800 mile, Plains & Eastern Clean Line transmission line was approved in 2012, which will when completed in 2017 have the capacity to deliver 7,000 MW of wind power. As of April, 2017, Clean Line Energy Partners did not have any binding contracts to provide electricity to an electric utility. The only tentative, nonbinding, agreement Clean Line was able to obtain was for 50 MW of capacity.

In 2010 Oklahoma adopted a goal of generating 15% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2015.

Wind power accounted for 18.4% of the electricity generated in Oklahoma during 2015. At the end of 2015, Oklahoma’s installed wind generation capacity was 5184 MW.

(All information for post was obtained from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the US Department of Energy. All of this information and more available for view to the public at their sites.)

Under good leadership at state and local levels and combined with proper incentives Oklahoma could lead the country in wind energy. This is just another reason to get our and vote. Here are links to help you find where your county election boards are and where you can register and where your polling places are Oklahoma State Election Board.

 

Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge – Oklahoma

West of Tulsa almost 3 hours is the Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge. Designated as the “largest such saline flat in the central lowlands of North America,” the 11,200- acre salt flat of Salt Plains National Wildlife Refuge is essential to wildlife.

However on this visit I ended up staying the wetland area of the refuge. The refuge consists of approximately 26,232 acres of classified wetlands. Wetlands include things such as lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, and low level areas that are prone to flooding and have high soil moisture. Wetlands can contain shrubs, trees, grasses and/or wetland specific plants. Wetlands provide homes for many reptiles and amphibians. Wetlands also aide in the decomposition of organic matter and naturally filter water as it passes through.

Here are a few of the photos I was able to capture. I am planning to head back, most likely in the fall.

Sunday Photo-Drives : Oxley and Tall Grass

The last few Sundays I’ve been trying to go somewhere local to take photos and explore my home state a bit more. Here are some of the fruits of my drives so far.

First is Oxley Nature Center, if you’ve been to my blog before you may have seen a post or two about this place. It is a local park and nature preserve, with hiking trails and visitor center. It is setup as an immersive experience to highlight our local flora and fauna. Here are a few images from Oxley Nature Center.

 

Second is a drive up to the Tall Grass Prairies Preserve north of Pawhuska, OK. The preserve is a Nature Conservancy conservation preserve, their goal is to restore the native grasses along with bison, birds and other native species. This is one of my favorite places to head to when I’m needing a breather from Tulsa. Here are a few images from the Tall Grass Prairie Preserve.

Update 5-8-2017: I’ve reedited the image “Osage Prairie” to reflect more of a romantic feel that I was wanting to achieve.  I believe I was able to reach that goal.

 

A quick trip to Cali.

My quick trip to California, came via helping my friend’s mom Carol move to Groveland, CA to be closer to her daughter.

After the driving, and unloading of the furniture came a little time to explore. There was even time for a trip to the Schulman Grove in the white mountains.

ElderBristlecone Pine Tree, Discovery Trail, Schulman Grove, Inyo National Forest, White Mountains

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Bristlecone Pine Tree

My short visit to the grove was really amazing. I had been wanting to visit for many years, and during a recent trip I was able to make it happen thanks to a great friend of mine Elisabeth Barton. She is part of Echo Adventure Cooperative, a coop for adventure guides in the Yosemite area. On your next trip to California you need to visit their site to book your adventure.

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Sunset from Olmstead Point, Yosemite National Park

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Sunset east of the Seirra

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Alkali Flies at Mono Lake

 

October 2016 Free Wallpaper

The image for October 2016 Free Wallpaper comes from the White Mountains of the Inyo National Forest east side of the Sierras in California. This is an image of a Bristle-cone Pine tree of the Shulman Grove. They are the oldest living organism on the planet. The Bristle-Cone known as Methuselah tree is dated at 4,848.

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The tree above is of course not Methuselah, the exact location of the tree has been removed from public record. This was done to protect it from people damaging it by taking a piece of it as a keep sake.

My short visit to the grove was really amazing. I had been wanting to visit for many years, and during a recent trip I was able to make it happen thanks to a great friend of mine Elisabeth Barton. She is part of Echo Adventure Cooperative, a coop for adventure guides in the Yosemite area. On your next trip to California you need to visit their site to book your next adventure.

She and I took the shorter Discovery Trial, at the Shulman Grove. The However being above 10k feet it still royally kicked my a$$! But being up there and near these amazing trees was well worth it. To touch them and feel how dense they are and to think about how old they are and still living and growing.

One of the things that I love about photography is being able to share the things that inspire and fill me with awe. Even though the images I capture do not do justice, I hope to share at least a small glimpse, of my experience.