Bass Fishing at McGee Creek Lake

Bass Fishing at McGee Creek Lake

1 day ago James Pratt
During a story last year about Oklahoma Highway 3, Nathan Gunter and I spent the night at McGee Creek Lake in far southeastern Oklahoma. We were invited to go o…
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1 day agoBass Fishing at McGee Creek Lake
Downtown Oklahoma City Panorama

Downtown Oklahoma City Panorama

4 days ago James Pratt
Last year I photographed downtown Oklahoma City from atop a local parking garage, and stitched the images together to create this sunset panorama. I shot the pi…
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4 days agoDowntown Oklahoma City Panorama
Choctaw Indian Stickball

Choctaw Indian Stickball

6 days ago James Pratt
In 2014 I was assigned to do a portrait of Choctaw Indian stickball players in Durant, Oklahoma. When I got there for the portrait I found out the field they us…
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6 days agoChoctaw Indian Stickball
Pentax 645z Review from the standpoint of an Editorial and Commercial Photographer and writer

Pentax 645z Review from the standpoint of an Edito…

1 week ago James Pratt
I had the opportunity to borrow a Pentax 645z medium format digital camera for a week, thanks to Pentax and the nice folks at Bedford Camera in Oklahoma City. T…
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1 week agoPentax 645z Review from the standpoint of an Edito…
Micha Young in Black and White - Film

Micha Young in Black and White – Film

2 weeks ago James Pratt
Yesterday I posted digital images of Micha that I had converted to black and white. Today I post actual film images shot on black and white film - either Kodak…
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2 weeks agoMicha Young in Black and White – Film

My Photography

Bass Fishing at McGee Creek in Oklahoma

Bass Fishing at McGee Creek Lake

During a story last year about Oklahoma Highway 3, Nathan Gunter and I spent the night at McGee Creek Lake in far southeastern Oklahoma. We were invited to go out on the lake and do some fishing with the park ranger. I grabbed my camera and got a few photos of him fishing at sunset. […]

My Video

This video of dual sport riding in Clayton, OK was produced way back in 2005 - before HD video, before GoPro's.

Ride Oklahoma Dual Sport Video circa 2005

This was one of my early attempts at capturing video on a motorcycle. This was long before GoPro’s. I had to attach bullet cams to a dirt bike slamming through rocks, and feed said bullet cam to a digital camcorder in the rider’s backpack. Kind of rough. The biggest problem with the video is the […]

My Writing

OK Living April 2015 - Grain Elevator - cover

Oklahoma Living April 2015 cover

April was a good month for me with my friends at Oklahoma Living Magazine. Not only did I shoot the cover this month, but also wrote and photographed the feature story about grain elevators in Oklahoma. The cover photo features Brandon Schroeder, a 4th generation grain elevator operator in El Reno, Oklahoma. He was very […]

My Podcasting

I am finally getting the hang of Apple's Logic Pro X and have produced 4 podcasts in the past week.

After years of using Adobe Audition for sound editing, I recently switched to Apple’s Logic Pro X and after a week of intense practice, I am starting to get the hang of it and LOVING the program!

My Blog

My brother-in-law Mark Hanks is a very experience fisherman and very good friend.

Kayak Fishing in Oklahoma

To continue with my fishing theme from yesterday, today I bring you kayak fishing around Oklahoma. Although I grew up around fishing and my grandfather LOVED to take me fishing, I never was big into fishing – until I got a kayak last year. I am not sure what triggered the fun compared to boat […]

If I was teaching a new photog how to shoot, I would have them get a full frame digital camera and a fifty. That is a very affordable setup and there is a LOT you can do with that simple kit.

Family Easter – Not all Work

I don’t work ALL the time. Like most professional photographers, when I have family over I prefer to put down the camera, because normally camera = work. But sometimes I will grab a simple kit and unobtrusively try to capture family time together without a lot of gear – no lighting, no big cameras, usually […]

Downtown Oklahoma City skyline at sunset.

Downtown Oklahoma City Panorama

Last year I photographed downtown Oklahoma City from atop a local parking garage, and stitched the images together to create this sunset panorama. I shot the pictures on a tripod and then used PTGUI software to stitch them together into a nice panorama. I like that this image shows Devon Tower all lit up at […]

I met this gentleman at the NAPA story in Stonewall, Oklahoma on assignment for Oklahoma Today Magazine.

NAPA story portrait in Stonewall

Nathan Gunter and I were traveling across Oklahoma on our story about Highway 3 when we drove through Stonewall, Oklahoma. Not much left in Stonewall. It seems to have been bypassed when the Oklahoma Department of Transportation rebuilt Highway 3 about 1/4 mile out of town. We were on the old part of Highway 3. […]

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4x5x365 – Day 16

Today I bring you another Native American photo I took at Red Earth a couple of years ago. The 2015 Red Earth festival is coming up soon and I am planning to do some more work at this years event. Hopefully my technique is a bit better than with this version. Today I was thinking […]

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Micha Young in Black and White – Film

Yesterday I posted digital images of Micha that I had converted to black and white. Today I post actual film images shot on black and white film – either Kodak TMAX-100 or Ilford HP5. I used bothy my Toyo VRX-125 studio view camera and my Pentax 6×7. To me, there is a distinctly different “feel” […]

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4x5x365 – Day 12

Shooting 4×5 is hard. Preparing one 4×5 image to publish each day is just as difficult I am learning. I had hoped to shoot one image per day but quickly learned that is not practical. Posting one image per day is nearly as difficult. I wish it was as easy as shooting the picture and […]

Drag racing at Tulsa Raceway Park

A Bit More Drag Racing on Film – Just Because

Tired of looking at my large format pictures of old cabins? How about some more drag racing photos? “Heck yea” I hear from the motorheads leaning against the pop machine in the back of the room. Alrighty then. These are from my trip to Tulsa Raceway a couple of weeks ago. I just had time […]

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Any Corvette Fans in Oklahoma?

Are you a Chevy Corvette fan? Awe, common, everyone is a Corvette fan, at least a little bit. When I was a kid I played with Hot Wheels cars and always liked having a cool Vette in my collection. Yea, you may have moved on to Porsche’s or Ferrari’s or maybe even switched allegiance to […]

Photo shoot for Isabella Ramer at OKC Farmer's Market

Young People are Awesome – Isabella Ramer

Meet Isabella Ramer from Mustang, Oklahoma. A beautiful young lady who holds down THREE jobs while also earning valedictorian at Mustang High School. Young people like Isabella remind me that Oklahoma is in good the good hands of our future generations.

Drag racing at Tulsa Raceway Park

Drag Racing in Black and White

I shot these photos at Tulsa Raceway park on my Pentax 6×7 film camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film. Some of them look like they are straight out of 1965 rather than 2015. Can you pick out the clues that these were shot recently?

A custom built Mustang muscle car performing a smokey burnout at the Tulsa Raceway Park. Shot with a Toyo 4x5 view camera on black and white film.

Photographing Drag Racing with a 4×5 camera?

“Are you crazy!!” I got this question a lot while at Tulsa Raceway this past weekend, toting around my giant Toyo VRX-125 4″x5″ view camera. I was there with my client Tombo Racing and shot several digital images for them, but also wanted to get some old time black and white images show on film. […]

This image of Micha Young on my Toyo VRX-125 camera shows just how darn difficult it is to shoot and develop 4x5 film. This is almost a really cool image. It IS a really cool image, in an analog, mistake-prone sort of way. It would certainly be difficult if not impossible to replicate this type of image - mistakes and all - with a digital camera. That is part of the allure of shooting large format film - the difficulty and the unpredictable results.

My Love/Hate Relationship with 4×5 film

I have had a 15 year love/hate relationship with shooting large format 4×5 film images. It is so darn difficult and the results are so unpredictable and imperfect, yet sometimes awesome and always unique. I normally would not even scan a film like this, but this image intrigued me. I scanned it on my Epson V750 scanner, did some tweaking in photoshop, and came out with something unusual, unique, and in some ways, stunningly beautiful but imperfect.