Blue hour reflections

Despite being a Texas guy, I actually enjoy visiting Oklahoma City, primarily to go stand in this spot.  It certainly isn't for the football team :).  Each time I go, I try and swing by the OKC Memorial and take a few shots.  I am a fan of shooting the same subject multiple times, because with seasons and the light changing, you never get the same thing twice.  On the evening that I took this one, it was a quiet and peaceful blue hour, and I was nearly alone there.  I say nearly because if you look closely, you can see a gentleman walking down the right side of the frame.  Due to the multiple exposures, he sort of ghosted a bit, but it seemed appropriate to leave him since there probably are ghosts here of all those that died here on that tragic day.

Winter at the OKC Memorial

I like shooting in winter, when the trees are empty and the sky is dark.  There is a certain moodiness in the air, and it is fun to try and capture that with my camera.  I attempted just that with this shot, which was taken in Oklahoma City, OK on my recent travels through that town.  I had the OKC Memorial nearly all to myself that afternoon - another benefit of shooting in the winter, which is that the tourists are mostly at home - and was able to wander carelessly about the grounds of this place.

When I originally looked at the brackets I took, I saw this image in sepia, but after going through the HDR process I also really liked the color, especially the gray/blue of the sky and how it plays against the yellow of the wintered earth.  I am a big color guy at heart and I find it hard to give that up.  But, the sepia just kept calling me, so I thought I would ride the fence and offer up both today.  Enjoy and thanks for looking!

Memorial reflections

I took this shot at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, which is a wonderful spot and a fitting tribute to those who lost their lives in the bombing of the Federal building there.  It's a great spot for photography, because it has this long shallow pool of water, which can yield some fabulous reflections.  I spent quite a while there, snapping away happily, and eventually the nice clouds you see here turned into an amazing sunset.  

You can find more images from this spot by looking in the "Categories" sidebar on the right, and clicking on "Oklahoma City" - including some sunset shots from this Memorial.  I will be visiting OKC again soon, and hope to explore more of the unique spots this city has to offer!

In case you are wondering, the structures you see under the trees are actually sculptures of chairs, with each one representing someone who died that day.  Each one has a name inscribed on it, and there are even small chairs to represent the children that died that day - very sad actually, but a fitting tribute.

Sunset in OKC

Here's another version of the beautiful sunset I experienced while in OKC recently.  This is the full, wide view of the Oklahoma City Memorial.  There were some folks walking around off to the left side, and they ghosted a little bit if you zoom in, but it seemed fitting to leave them.  The sunset was miraculous and the color in the sky amazing that night.  I was happy to witness it and capture this HDR.

Christmas in Bricktown

Bricktown is the old historic district in downtown Oklahoma City, OK.  It's a fun little area with a lot of restaurants and the like.  On my recent trip up there, I wandered around one evening and found that they were ready for the holidays.  There is a little river that meanders through the area and I just followed that, taking shots here and there and here and there.  It was fun, but I like that sort of thing.  In this shot I was happy to find both some cool reflections as well as a wet sidewalk - two things I always enjoy photographing.

The OKC Memorial

This is the Memorial in Oklahoma City, OK which was created to honor those who died during the bombing of the Federal Building there, all those years ago.  It is a beautiful memorial - very peaceful and quiet too, as you would expect - and I was lucky enough to experience it during a magical sunset.

Reflections at the OKC Memorial

Here's another view of the OKC Memorial from my recent trip up to Oklahoma City.  The sun was setting somewhat behind me and to the right, and cast a nice warm glow on that building, accentuating the orangish hue.  It was a wonderful sunset and having that wide pool of water there for the reflections just made it for me.

OKC Decay

I was driving in downtown Oklahoma City, OK and looking for a place to park so I could visit the Memorial, when I saw this abandoned old building.  I quickly swerved into a spot and got out the Nikon.  I like gritty, urban scenes and this place was interesting.  I could not get in but definitely got some shots of the exterior and some through those broken windows.  I only had a few minutes though because it was nearly sunset and I wanted to get to the Memorial, so I fired off some shots and got back to my real mission that day!