Blackbear Bosin’s The Keeper of the Plains, located at the confluence of the Big & Little Arkansas rivers in the heart of my home town, Wichita, Ks. The sky looked interesting this particular evening so I drove down to the Keeper and loitered about. After getting soaked by a brief rain shower, things started to improve. I have some images with more dramatic clouds, but I really liked the deep blue evening sky color in this one, contrasted with the artificially lit sculpture. There are a lot of power lines in the area, along with a couple of tall suspension bridge towers (interesting subject for photos as well) so it is sometimes a challenge to frame the sculpture to exclude all those things.
I finally decided to upgrade from Lightroom 3 to Lightroom 4. That is not particularly pertinent to this post, except that is why I was digging through some older photos, doing a little quick experimenting with the new Lightroom. I ran across this one from my fog images shot in Wichita in 2011. All the way back in February 2011 – where did the time go? It struck me as pretty nice, I felt like I had unearthed a previously hidden treasure. That’s one advantage of digital, it makes it pretty easy for us to go back and review old material – sometimes you might find something interesting. This is the good old Keeper of The Plains Statue, by artist Blackbear Bosin, standing in the fog.
You are looking at the very end of the Little Arkansas river in the heart of Wichita, where it flows into the Arkansas (sometimes called the Big Arkansas) river. There is a small elevation drop you can see on the left side of the frame as the little river drops into the main river. The ducks and geese were happy this particular evening because they got to enjoy a rain shower. Blackbear Bosin’s Keeper of The Plains can be seen here, viewed head on. This is a three exposure HDR processed in Photomatix Pro and Lightroom.
This is another of Wichita’s downtown landmarks, which I have posted images of before. The Keeper of the Plains by native American sculptor Blackbear Bosin. This is a three exposure HDR tonemapped in Photomatix, followed by a Lightroom monochrome conversion, and layering in Photoshop Elements to retain some color in the Keeper. It sounds so convoluted when I write it out, but it is not all that sophisticated. This vantage point could benefit from raising the camera position 15 or 20 feet higher, but that’s impractical here, at least without jockeying a very tall step ladder around, which I suspect the city would frown upon.
One of Wichita’s notable sites is native American sculptor Blackbear Bosin’s 1974 “The Keeper of the Plains”, which sits at the confluence of the Big and Little Arkansas rivers in downtown Wichita. A few years ago this area had a major facelift, the statue was elevated on a much higher rock base, and two rather spectacular (by Wichita standards anyway) suspension bridges for pedestrians were erected. The statue area is now easily accessible from either side of the rivers. I like photographing the Keeper, but had never gotten the chance to shoot it in the fog.