It’s hot in Tulsa these days. I still get outside though but not for as long as usual nor for anything intense. The above photo is from an App “Nomo” that has a bunch of different analog cameras modeled on it. I used one that made long skinny photos. You’ll have to click on the photo to see the full effect. I know, I could of straightened out but I didn’t want to for artistic reasons which is what us hackers say when we are too lazy.
I used it inside as well. I think it might be just the thing for long skinny windows.
I took a walk around Tulsa’s Lafortune Park the other day during the heat of the day. Don’t worry it’s only three miles and I took water. I decided to use the Hipstamatic App. It’s my favorite app but not everybody likes it. In fact my hipstamatic photos are my lowest performing photos on Instagram. So I kind of do them for me. I love the look of them. I have the settings for the “film” and the “lens” set on randomize so I never know what I am going to get.
Here’s a nice bench at Lafortune, out of the shade!!!
I call this “socially distanced shade.” The light leak is one of the effects of Hispatamatic app. I thought it kind of added to the overall sense of heat.
The Sheriff’s Department had this set up at the park. It looks slightly ominous.
And I found Mother Goose, Peter Rabbit, and I think Alice at the Park tucked behind the public library.
Out of the park and at Kirklands. With the A/C on and my app still running. I loved how compact and full of geometry this table and chair set is. You could have a real up close and personal meal with somebody.
And then at Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa. They had a small but powerful exhibit called “Enslavement to Emancipation: Toward a More Perfect Union.” It consisted of just three pieces of paper. The first one was a letter written in 1520 from Diego Columbus, son of Christopher Columbus, to King Charles V, of Spain asking for permission to take people from Africa and use them as slaves in the New World. The second was a certified signed copy of the Declaration of Independence for the United States. That was an amazing thing to see with Thomas Jefferson’s signature on paper that was very fragile. Third was a certified copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The Gilcrease is amazing like that. They have a huge number of documents in their collection. Click the link for photos and more information.
So that’s it for my shadows, and bonus information.
Late afternoon recently capturing the , getting the Garden Bee Shadow
Early in the morning, caught the photographer stealing a photo of my wife’s flowers.
And just for grins, my earliest “shadow” tagged photo, from 2008 of some bicyclists on the River Parks trails in Tulsa. Sorry for the fuzzy shot. It is from my intentionally crappy but fun Takashi 521FX camera.
The Takeshi can also do negatives. Here is son on a swing in 2010.
And finally a self portrait of the photographer in action.
We had a tree removed last week. So this post is about losing shadows.
This is a photo from just a day or two before it was gone. It was an ornamental pear tree. My Forest Ranger Dad had been telling me for a long time, “Alan, that is one crappy tree.” I didn’t say anything to him but I was thinking “That crappy tree is the one we have.”
The crappy tree developed a crack that went clear down to the bottom of the trunk. You can’t get much crappier than that. A turkey wishbone type tree.
Here it is in healthier days.
And during Christmas.
And a winter shot with another crappy tree that we removed a couple years ago. My master gardener wife is planning on another tree, a better, tree to be planted in the fall.
I miss my crappy tree though. I loved its shadows.
Tulsa’s Philbrook Museum of Art had an exhibit called Shadow of Time by Anila Quayyum Agha late last year and early this year and it was all about shadows. It was amazing. For sense of the scale look to the benches to the left and right.
And one of the cool things is that visitors could make their own shadows!
I went bicycling through a blighted neighborhood in west Tulsa just south of one of the refineries. You would think I was in a rural area instead of five miles from downtown Tulsa. Note the storm building up to the east. We have lots of storms in Oklahoma. Everybody is a meteorologist. And we have lots of earthquakes now so we are now all seismologists. We feel one and it is like, that’s a 3.8, others go no, no way that high, more like 3.5. Thanks to twitter we get confirmation of our guesses within minutes. Practice makes perfect!
I went across a pedestrian bridge earlier Note the faint shadows from the chain link fence.
On the same ride later on a trail that used to be a railroad, through Tulsa’s swanky Maple Ridge subdivision. This is a great place to go walk, run, or ride during the heat of the summer.