Since I quit running last November I have been doing other things including riding my bicycle. Here is a shadow selfie of me riding my bike after work. The shadows are getting longer and longer and I won’t be able to ride my bike at all after work fairly soon.
This is the Tulsa US Bankruptcy Court building. I don’t know what it is, maybe it is the oil moguls but we have always had lots of bankruptcies here in Tulsa. The mottled reflections is from a high rise across the street. Yep, you guessed it, Samson Resources, a local oil company is just now coming out of bankruptcy.
I have taken lots of pictures of this building. I’ve been told by some of my instagram “friends” that when they take photographs that sometimes the guards come out and shoo them off and tell them that it is illegal to take photographs of Federal buildings. Yeah right, like maybe in Russia. Notice how tough I talk? I’d stick my camera in my pocket and move on. But I would be back. I’ve been told by church goers that it is illegal to take photos of a church without a members permission. (I said I had a members permission, they said who?, I said that they didn’t give their name.) I’ve been told by security guards at the OSU Osteopathic Hospital that it was a federal crime to take a photo of a hospital because of HIPAA. Yeah, sure buddy. Lots of security guard stupidity going on in the world out there is what I say.
This is the front of our library in downtown Tulsa.
And a perfect pattern in the gardens of one of our museums.
I spent part of my day off Friday roaming around the Philbrook Museum of Art Gardens there are lots of shadows there. One of my favorite trees is above. It has a very long branch that snakes horizontally and then splits. It makes for a great shadow.
There is a bridge across a creek that makes a great shadow also.
There is this car bumper sculpture of a hippo. For this I used the “In Camera HDR” function on my Nikon. I had an “aha moment” while working in the gardens on how it is supposed to work. This sculpture was kind of lost in the shadows and the HDR was able to pull it out so we can see it.
This is one of my favorite sculptures in the Philbrook Gardens but it is a bear to photograph on the shady side which is what I wanted to do because I wanted to put a real tree inside the negative space. The HDR function has maybe five settings so what the heck, lets max it out and I did. Maybe next time I’ll back it off a little bit. Maybe not though. Moderation in all things is itself excessive is what I say. Plus I can honestly say that this is SOOC. I am not sure that means much in this day of super capable cameras.
The Philbrook Museum of Art is one of my favorite picture taking places. From the galleries to the gardens to the building itself it is a great place to take your camera. It is an “Italian Renaissance Villa” built in the late 1920’s by Tulsa oilman Waite Phillips for his home. He later donated it to the City of Tulsa for use as a museum. It has grown since then and is a treasure. We have a membership, courtesy of my sweet MIL, so I go there ever month or so just to walk around with my camera. I have been there dozens of times over the years and always find something new.
Heather drove downtown on Friday and we had lunch at The Vault which is a restaurant in a converted Mid-Century Modern bank building. The building features not just a spiral staircase (for staff only) but an exterior with the old patterned concrete blocks which makes for interesting shadows. The restaurant follows through with mid century modern decor and you can order craft cocktails from the 50’s and 60’s. We of course didn’t have a cocktail but we had a great lunch.
Shadows on the side of the Spotlight Theater on Riverside Drive in Tulsa. The Theater has been presenting “The Drunkard” since 1953. It is supposedly the longest running play in America. I am ashamed to admit that my family and I have never been.