Philbrook Opens – a long time ago it seems

Posted in Uncategorized on March 2, 2014 by ripstell

Crazy but I’m still looking through stuff I shot and considered for year end contests.  I like this just not sure where it should have been entered.

I Shot this early in the year just before the Philbrook museum opened their door in the spring.

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It’s contest season

Posted in Uncategorized on January 31, 2014 by ripstell

Mostly due to the fact I haven’t checked E-mail in a bit I found out around 11am today that the entry deadline (a line drawn within or around a prison that a prisoner passes at the risk of being shot…Merriam :-) for the OPA year end contest was due at 5PM.

Sweet, I’ll get those 4 other assignments shot and 101 miles of driving in then, transmit and edit out a years worth of work for the contest.  Livin the life!

Actually, my editor was really helpful so I could make the deadline… Still nothing like a deadline.

The image I liked which has nothing to do with any of the categories the contest judges on is a photo I shot for Halloween at a store in Bixby this year.  I think it deserves some airtime even if it is for it’s 15 seconds of fame.

More as I come across them..

Creepy clown at the Spirit Halloween shop in Bixby.

I see wide

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2013 by ripstell

I’ve always seen things wide.  I think it comes from living in the western half of the U.S. actually.  Big WIDE spaces.

At the art-walk in Tulsa a few months ago I shot a couple of photos of people checking out the exhibits.

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FIESTA ON!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 12, 2013 by ripstell

We were cruising around town this past weekend and noticed that the Fall light has arrived.  That of course means to us that it’s time for Balloon Fiesta!  This year, more than others it seems, it’s awful slow getting here.

We’ve been going to Albuquerque in October for over 20 years now.

Green chili breakfast burritos and a traffic jam at 5AM, sharing a 2 mile circle of airspace with 700 of your “closest” friends, tailgating until they close the field then grabbing a nap and heading out to Central Ave (Route 66) or to the West mesa to “howl at the moon”.

These are all October traditions for us and as it’s no great mystery why…it’s the Fall light that does It — Fiesta on!

http://www.balloonfiesta.com  (they have a handy countdown clock here)

http://newmexiken.com (Ken – a buddy and an ABQ blogger)

Just a few of my favorite photos (mostly submitted from crew members) from over the years:

FLYING OFF THE OLD FIELD

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FLYING INTO THE FIELD

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JUST FLYING

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YEP,  WE GOT THAT!

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CLEAR OCTOBER SKY TO FLY IN

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THE FIREWORKS BEHIND THE PORT-O-POTS

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A SPECIAL SHAPED BALLOON

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Doing a little flying

Posted in Uncategorized on September 5, 2013 by ripstell

I went to the annual Camp Flight balloon rally at Ft. Gibson Lake recently.   I left the house at 4am with the top dropped on the car.  Summer nights in Oklahoma  are perfect for a cross state drive with the top down!

I figured I’d crew, see some old friends, then hang out and drink out of someone elses ice chest for a change. ;-)

I was fortunate to crew for my buddy Bill Lynch from Missouri and earned (probably undeserving) a ride over the lake for the trouble.  Thanks Bill!

I’ve been to this rally many times over the years but each time we set up the wind wasn’t from the right direction or the speed for a flight over the lake was too high so we would launch off the West bank or further into town, away from the lake.

Wind = steerable with a difficult thin layer close to the ground to steer with.

Pilot = Experienced, controlled and calm.

Flight = thoroughly enjoyable but just too short.

Beer = Brian’s Ice Chest!

Priceless. :-)

BILL DOING THAT VOODOO THAT HE DO…

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COMPANY AS WE CROSS THE LAKE.

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Sunday Morning in Oologah.

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2013 by ripstell

The weather is so nice this August that Renee and I decided to drive up and catch the Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In in Oologah.  It’s held at Will Rogers birthplace on a small 2000-ft grass strip mowed into the pasture just West of the house.

http://www.travelok.com/listings/view.profile/id.18121

We love kicking around small gatherings like these.  You never really know what you’ll find.  Like a tiny bi-plane making a hot pass for the spectators or a Maserati race car.

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Ha…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 31, 2013 by ripstell

I ran across this while editing.  I believe this was just off the main square in Tonkawa when I was riding the 4th day of my Freewheel bike tour across Oklahoma.

I saw the sign and had to have a shot with it.  Image

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