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Welcome to our new endeavor

by Nate Billings Modified: April 18, 2013 at 12:24 pm •  Published: August 12, 2008

If you have stumbled upon this page, you have found the new blog of The Oklahoman’s Photography Department. I’m Nate Billings, one of our staff photographers. We are all first-time bloggers, to my knowledge, and are excited to get started.

Here we hope to post some of our favorite photos, videos, and thoughts about photography. Many of the pictures you may have seen before in the newspaper or on newsok.com, others will be posted for the first time here after being left unpublished for one of the many reasons that things do not make the newspaper. Although photographers are not known for being great writers, we will also try to give some background on what goes into getting a picture and what our jobs are like.

Since this is a photo blog, I should probably post a photo in this inaugural post to get things going. Here’s one that didn’t get published. Often space constraints are the reason for this.

Jack Evans looks at the interior of a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air before Santiago Auctions Oklahoma City Summer Classic car auction at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 18, 2008. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN
Jack Evans looks at the interior of a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air before Santiago Auctions Oklahoma City Summer Classic car auction at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 18, 2008. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

Jack Evans looks at the interior of a 1955 Chevrolet Bel Air before Santiago Auctions Oklahoma City Summer Classic car auction at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Friday, July 18, 2008. BY NATE BILLINGS, THE OKLAHOMAN

This feature picture is like many we shoot, but illustrates one of the things I like best about being a photographer. I get to leave the office, meet people, and see all sorts of things. Before the car auction I took a portrait of a woman who had lost her son. After this assignment I photographed a baseball game. Every day brings something different.

-Nate Billings

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by Nate Billings
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Nate Billings never planned to become a photojournalist. He took pictures as a hobby growing up and worked as an assistant for his father, a commercial still and video photographer, but chose to study English Literature in college. Billings did...
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