This time last year I was taking pictures in the freezing cold of the Oklahoma panhandle near Guymon. I was working on a project for Tri-County Electric Coop in Hooker, Oklahoma. Each morning I got up well before daylight and went on location around their service area and grabbed some photos of the sunrise, then spent the day around their offices grabbing some photos, then back out at sunset to capture some evening photos. Some of the photos included lineman, some didn’t. Here are a few pictures from that assignment. These were all shot with my Nikon D3s using a variety of lenses. Temperatures were typically below freezing so I had to keep my cameras inside my room at night, but then have to be careful with lens fogging when out taking photos. To help with this I would let the camera cool a bit in the back of my FJ Cruiser while on the way to the location, while keeping my battery warm in the front.
I wrote and photographed this story about CFL vs LED light bulbs for Oklahoma Living Magazine. I invited my great niece McKenzie Hanks to pose for the photo in a referee shirt holding the light bulbs, and photographed her on a white background in my driveway! I always enjoy shooting on white since it is easy for editors to clip out the photo for layout in a magazine.
I shot this Oklahoma Living cover in nearby Guthrie in a kitchen. I used my Einstein strobe to add a bit of pop to the image.
I got a call from Tri-County Electric Cooperative in January asking me to create a panorama photograph for their entryway at their new headquarters under construction in Hooker, Oklahoma. They had seen some of my powerline work in the past and wanted a photo that represented their service area. This was going to be a high profile photo that ran across the entire inside of their lobby above the customer service desk. And time was short. They had one week for me to capture the images and get them to their architect. Of course it was January so that meant some very cold early mornings and late evenings. I drove to the Oklahoma panhandle and stayed in Guymon for a couple of days to capture several sunrises and sunsets for them to choose from. I can’t show the final selected photos yet but here are a few outtakes that are not panoramic – just images I grabbed while waiting on the perfect light.
Below are is a slide show of a few photos from my trip.