Kumar Krishnan Photography: Blog https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog en-us (C) Kumar Krishnan Photography [email protected] (Kumar Krishnan Photography) Thu, 08 Jul 2021 21:49:00 GMT Thu, 08 Jul 2021 21:49:00 GMT https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/img/s/v-12/u364845358-o537137365-50.jpg Kumar Krishnan Photography: Blog https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog 120 86 An incredible honor https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2021/7/an-incredible-honor A friend in Bartlesville recommended that I should submit my photos to the Bartlesville Monthly Magazine's (BMM) July photo contest.  Having never entered into any photography contests, I had no clue as to how this process worked.  I contacted BMM and they gave me some guidelines with the theme being Downtown Bartlesville which is a fairly broad topic with so many options to consider.  On May 25th while having dinner with my family, I look out our window and noticed that the clouds had a nice orange tint.  Finished up dinner quickly and off I went to find some compositions that I could use for the contest.  Low and behold almost a month later, I get a call from Keith McPhail that I won!  I was dumbfounded and couldn't believe it.  Needless to say, I was in Cloud 9 for several days/weeks.  There were 50+ photographs submitted by many talented photographers and any one of them could have been the winner.  Thank you BMM, Keith & Christy McPhail, and the judges for such an incredible honor! 

My photo is also feature on the Tower Center at Unity Square website https://www.unitysquarebville.com/ 

Painted blankets sculpture and Price Tower  in Bartlesville, OKPainted blankets sculpture and Price Tower in Bartlesville, OK

[email protected] (Kumar Krishnan Photography) 2021 at Bartlesville Center contest July Magazine Monthly photo Square Tower Unity https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2021/7/an-incredible-honor Thu, 08 Jul 2021 21:44:49 GMT
Locomotive 940 https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2021/2/locomotive-940 Photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Locomotive 940, a day after a snow covered area, at its final resting play by the restored Santa Fe Depot in Bartlesville, Oklahoma. 

Built in 1903 and the sole survivor of  332 “2-10-2” engines, the 940 served as a workhorse for over 50 years in the early 1900’s for the AT&SF Railway.  She travelled through Bartlesville for several years pulling freight cars.  After she retired in 1954, the 940 was donated to the City of Bartlesville as a display unit until 2009.  At that time several volunteers along with the expertise of Service & Technology Corporation formulated a unique plan to move her to its current location on a a 200-foot-long display track.  The move took engineered lifting mechanisms, specialized 64-wheel trailer, and cranes to transport her on a cold snowy day.  Since the move she has been equipped with a caboose and oil tank car.

Visit this century-old steam train in downtown Bartlesville.  You may even get a chance to ring the bell and blow her whistle.

AT&SF Locomotive 940 in Bartlesville, OKAT&SF Locomotive 940 in Bartlesville, OK

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The Majestic Bald Eagle https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-majestic-bald-eagle Last Saturday, our youngest daughter and I made a trip to Tulsa Zoo.  We basically had the place to ourselves, so we took our time to view the animals to our heart's content.  Our eyes went wide open when we saw several bald eagles in a large open area, most of them perched on tree limbs. They all seem to be actively yearning for their next meal.  As a result, they were moving to different locations with those piercing eyes glaring intensely at their surroundings. 

Our family has an interesting history and special relationship with these majestic birds.  In 1984, my wife and her father built the first incubator in their garage to assist Sutton Avian Research Center securely transport bald eagle eggs from Florida to Oklahoma as part of their rehabilitation process.  The incubator had to be designed in such a way that it can be carried to a tree top to the eagle's nest, safely store the eggs, maintain a certain temperature inside, rotate the eggs so that the yolk won't settle and transport them from Florida to Bartlesville, OK.  After many years of use, the incubator (now a historical piece) resides with my father-in-law.

I highly recommend that you take the time to visit the Tulsa Zoo.  Even though it is relatively small compared to the more popular zoos in the US, they have a great selection of birds, reptiles, aquatic animals, insects and mammals.

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[email protected] (Kumar Krishnan Photography) Bald Eagles Tulsa Zoo https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/12/the-majestic-bald-eagle Tue, 22 Dec 2020 23:09:04 GMT
Garden at Woodward Park https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/11/garden-at-woodward-park In my opinion, Autumn/Fall is one of the most colorful time of the year where nature puts on an fabulous display.  During an outing last week with my family at Woodward Park in Tulsa, I stumbled upon this beauty just as we were ready to leave.  I only saw the structure from a distance and it was behind a ornamental iron fence.  To my delight as I got closer, the colors and the creepers on the brick were just picture perfect.  Stuck my lens between the fence bars and took a few shots.  It was close to sunset so the lighting was just right.

After transferring the image to my laptop, it looked more like a painting of rich colors.  Upon exploring the ever trusting Internet, I found a way to convert a photograph into a digital painting!  It only took a bit of trial & error and a few mouse clicks to create a unique perspective.  Hope you enjoy it as much as did creating it.  

Photograph, Painting or Combination?Photograph, Painting or Combination?

[email protected] (Kumar Krishnan Photography) Autumn colors Fall Garden Linnaeus Park Teaching Tulsa Woodward https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/11/garden-at-woodward-park Sat, 14 Nov 2020 01:00:00 GMT
A pleasant surprise https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/11/a-pleasant-surprise For the past several months, I have been wanting to capture the waterfall at the low water dam on the Caney River near the intersection of Hensley Boulevard and old OK-123 highway, but never got around to it.

Last week, I strapped on my camera and rode my bike on Pathfinder.  It was a great evening to be riding and capturing some fall colors along the route.  As I neared the falls, I was greeted by a picturesque sunset behind the waterfall and Cherokee Bridge.  Since my interest was to capture the waterfall in a "silky" flow pattern, I had to slow down the shutter speed to a point that is not recommended to be taken without a tripod (not handheld.)  Since I didn't lug my tripod on the bike ride, I had no choice but to hold the camera close to my chest, literally stop breathing, while clicking the release button. Took half a dozen shots with various shutter speeds, with the hope that one of them may turn out okay.  They looked decent on my small 3" camera screen, but wasn't counting my chickens.

To my surprise, when I downloaded them to my laptop, I was amazed by the quality of the images.  A shutter speed of 1/5 second turned out to be the best. I was impressed by the "image stabilization" feature of my camera. The backlighting on the fall foliage and the river were near perfect.  An added bonus is that I was able to capture the Cherokee Bridge, which will soon be taken down as she has withstood the test of times.  Sad to see such beautiful bridges not lasting forever. 

Glad to share the end result here with you.  Hope you enjoy it as it was the most pleasant surprise in my photography to date!  

Cherokee Bridge, Bartlesville, OKCherokee Bridge, Bartlesville, OK


[email protected] (Kumar Krishnan Photography) Bartlesville Cherokee Bridge OK-123 Oklahoma https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/11/a-pleasant-surprise Mon, 09 Nov 2020 15:50:14 GMT
The Hidden Accomplice https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/11/the-hidden-accomplice I stumbled upon this car on a photograph taken two years ago with the comment that it was just west of Bartlesville on a county road going south.  After some searching I asked a friend who lives in that area and he pointed me in the right direction.  I was so glad to find this hidden treasure, especially during the peak of Fall colors. So many thoughts went through my mind on how this ended up in the middle of nowhere.  Posed the question to my Facebook friends for an appropriate caption,  The best suggestion was to name it after Bonnie & Clyde, so my wife came up with "The Hidden Accomplice" which made a lot of sense to me. It seems as though it has been parked there since the 30's and only missing several bullet holes.  Hope you enjoy the photograph as much as I enjoyed finding it and capturing it.

The AccompliceThe AccompliceNikon D7500

[email protected] (Kumar Krishnan Photography) & Autumn Bonnie Clyde colors County Fall Osage https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/11/the-hidden-accomplice Fri, 06 Nov 2020 13:03:03 GMT
Talimena scenic byway https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/10/talimena-scenic-byway On Saturday evening, we drove to Robbers Cave State Park near Wilburton, but didn't see much changes in the trees.  The next day, we ventured down to take the Talimena drive.  We stayed overnight in Poteau, and arrive at Winding Stair, north of Talihina where the byway begins around 9 AM. 

Within a mile we were quickly greeted with dense fog as we drove up the Ouachita Mountains.  We decided to turn around and go to Talihina to spend some time and to get some info from the Talihina Scenic Drive Visitors Center.  To our surprise the center was closed, perhaps since it was a Sunday. 

After spending a little time in Talihina, we took the drive from there to Mena, AR.  All along the 54 mile journey, we encountered dense fog with poor visibility.  For the most part, we were unable to view the vistas around the mountains.  We did stop at a few lookouts and camping areas to walk and capture nearby tress that displayed the colors.

Autumn foliageTalimena Scenic Byway

[email protected] (Kumar Krishnan Photography) Autumn colors drive Fall Talimena https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/10/talimena-scenic-byway Wed, 28 Oct 2020 16:27:33 GMT
Colorado fall foliage https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/10/colorado-fall-foliage My wife, daughter and I made a short weekend trip to Colorado a couple of weeks ago.  Main purpose was to meet friends who live there and to see the Fall foliage.

We were forewarned by our friends that the entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park is limited to those with vehicle passes only, due to the wide spread forest fires.  The passes are issued on a daily basis and its based on first come, first serve.  Our friends made a great effort to get the pass, but could only get one that allowed entrance to the park at 3 PM.  As a result, they suggested that we leave their house at 5 AM to enter the park before 6 AM which do not require a pass.  That's what we did and spent the entire day in the park. 

We traveled through Estes Park, visited Sprague Lake, Alberta Falls and Alluvial Fan. We also drove up on Trail Ridge Road to the visitors center atop and returned to catch the sunset over the Rockies.  From the visitors center, we could see the fires burning in several spots as far north as in Wyoming. 

Overall it was a fantastic day, even though most of the Aspen in the high mountains had already shed their leaves.  We were about two weeks late getting there to enjoy the Fall colors in full swing in the mountains.  We were also able to catch sunset in Loveland and a small waterfall there.

Subsequent to our trip, we were told that the fires have spread even further and that RMNP is completely closed.  The fires have been exasperated by the millions of acres of forest scarred with dead trees infected by pine bark beetles. It is sad to see such beauty being destroyed and wild animals being displaced or killed.  We hope and pray that they get some relief and this settles down soon. Sunset near Loveland, Colorado

[email protected] (Kumar Krishnan Photography) Autumn Colorado colors Fall Golden Longmont Pond Sunset https://kumarkrishnanphotography.com/blog/2020/10/colorado-fall-foliage Wed, 28 Oct 2020 15:46:23 GMT