Photography: Framing Exercise

The loop was NE 4th to Bricktown, on both River Trails to Western, and then back via Eagle Lake and Ray Trent Park. Today I worked on composition, particularly framing. This image is the north bank River Trail, looking southwest from right near the railroad bridge. I refer to these trees as “the choir” because every time I pass, it sounds like they are singing in the breeze. There’s enough fragrant pine to make it utterly pleasant.

It was very tempting to stand for a long while in the shade of Shields Boulevard. I had the north bank trail to myself for quite some time. This bridge is high enough to admit whatever breeze to blow through, so it’s a very cool shade on a warm day like today.

The dam itself isn’t that interesting, but I was trying to use the framing of overhanging limbs while shooting from a shady spot, one of my prayer chapels. Because of recent rains, there’s just a trickle of water flowing over the dams all the way down.

Don’t you wish you were dressed to get wet? I was sorely tempted. Again, I tried to frame it with limbs, plus catch one of the buckets dumping. I was surprised that the place was vacant, since school hasn’t started yet. You can just about see the vast collection of colorful water balloon remains.

This is a standard view of the downtown skyscrapers from across the river. I was hoping for more elevation, but the trees would then have obscured the whole view. As always, the biggest thing in sight is the Devon Tower, housing the offices of Devon Energy. There’s a glimpse of the choir across the river, as well.

Because Crooked Oak Creek has cut such a deep channel, it’s typically dramatic, but all the more so at the height of the green season. The City Parks department mows this whole area regularly during the summer. Today the geese have moved on, leaving their poo everywhere. Instead, there’s a white crane fishing in the shallow waters. Sadly, it was just barely visible as a white dot at 8 o’clock just off the center of the image. I should have used the telephoto.

Thanks for stopping by.

About Ed Hurst

Disabled Veteran, prophet of God's Laws, Bible History teacher, wannabe writer, volunteer computer technician, cyclist, Social Science researcher
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2 Responses to Photography: Framing Exercise

  1. Jay DiNitto says:

    Dumb question, but is that downtown Tulsa in the skyscraper photo?


  2. Ed Hurst says:

    Nope; all OKC. Tulsa is over 100 miles ENE of here. I’m not riding up to Tulsa anytime soon, although there is an annual Highway 66 ride up there.


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