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Garett Fisbeck Modified: April 18, 2013 at 11:57 am •  Published: June 15, 2012

Over the weekend, I photographed Edmond's LibertyFest parade, ParkFest and the fireworks. Fourth of July always provides great opportunities to make great images. Most are patriotic and colorful. [caption id="attachment_3506" align="alignnone" width="532" caption="Cole Wolfe, 7, watches the LibertyFest Parade, Saturday, July 3, 2010, in downtown Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "]<a href="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/files/2010/07/parade.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3506" title="parade" src="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/c7f85aad70368f1d3f82bda80d8074e5.jpg" alt="" width="532" height="377" imagescaler="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/c7f85aad70368f1d3f82bda80d8074e5.jpg" /></a>[/caption] However, my favorite image from the weekend was from an eerie scene following the fireworks show at the University of Central Oklahoma. The campus was blanketed in a thick layer of smoke and as people their cars the lights created this spooky scene. [caption id="attachment_3501" align="alignnone" width="532" caption="People leave in a haze of smoke following the LibertyFest fireworks show at the University of Central Oklahoma, Sunday, July 4, 2010, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "]<a href="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/files/2010/07/smoke.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3501" title="smoke" src="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/c75396dbb6a48def15a10f0a3eef693c.jpg" alt="" width="532" height="336" imagescaler="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/c75396dbb6a48def15a10f0a3eef693c.jpg" /></a>[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3503" align="alignnone" width="397" caption="Fireworks explode behind a broncho statue during the LibertyFest fireworks show at the University of Central Oklahoma, Sunday, July 4, 2010, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"]<a href="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/files/2010/07/fireworks.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3503" title="fireworks" src="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/694f4851b0d453ac405ed2d8074de8c2.jpg" alt="" width="397" height="532" imagescaler="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/694f4851b0d453ac405ed2d8074de8c2.jpg" /></a>[/caption] The Oklahoman photographers were busy this weekend. Check out our holiday related galleries: ParkFest and Fireworks<a href="http://newsok.com/libertyfest-activities-at-uco/multimedia/photos/gallery/600983" target="_blank"> here</a> <a href="http://newsok.com/libertyfest-activities-at-uco/multimedia/photos/gallery/600983" target="_blank"></a>LibertyFest parade <a href="http://newsok.com/libertyfest-parade-saturday-july-3-2010/multimedia/photos/gallery/600981" target="_blank">here</a> Bricktown Red, White and Boom <a href="http://newsok.com/bricktown-red-white-and-boom-saturday-july-3-2010/multimedia/photos/gallery/600982" target="_blank">here</a>

Over the weekend, I photographed Edmond's LibertyFest parade, ParkFest and the fireworks. Fourth of July always provides great opportunities to make great images. Most are patriotic and colorful. [caption id="attachment_3506" align="alignnone" width="532" caption="Cole Wolfe, 7, watches the LibertyFest Parade, Saturday, July 3, 2010, in downtown Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "]<a href="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/files/2010/07/parade.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3506" title="parade" src="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/c7f85aad70368f1d3f82bda80d8074e5.jpg" alt="" width="532" height="377" imagescaler="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/c7f85aad70368f1d3f82bda80d8074e5.jpg" /></a>[/caption] However, my favorite image from the weekend was from an eerie scene following the fireworks show at the University of Central Oklahoma. The campus was blanketed in a thick layer of smoke and as people their cars the lights created this spooky scene. [caption id="attachment_3501" align="alignnone" width="532" caption="People leave in a haze of smoke following the LibertyFest fireworks show at the University of Central Oklahoma, Sunday, July 4, 2010, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman "]<a href="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/files/2010/07/smoke.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3501" title="smoke" src="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/c75396dbb6a48def15a10f0a3eef693c.jpg" alt="" width="532" height="336" imagescaler="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/c75396dbb6a48def15a10f0a3eef693c.jpg" /></a>[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3503" align="alignnone" width="397" caption="Fireworks explode behind a broncho statue during the LibertyFest fireworks show at the University of Central Oklahoma, Sunday, July 4, 2010, in Edmond, Okla. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman"]<a href="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/files/2010/07/fireworks.jpg"><img class="size-full wp-image-3503" title="fireworks" src="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/694f4851b0d453ac405ed2d8074de8c2.jpg" alt="" width="397" height="532" imagescaler="http://blog.newsok.com/photo/wp-content/imagescaler/694f4851b0d453ac405ed2d8074de8c2.jpg" /></a>[/caption] The Oklahoman photographers were busy this weekend. Check out our holiday related galleries: ParkFest and Fireworks<a href="http://newsok.com/libertyfest-activities-at-uco/multimedia/photos/gallery/600983" target="_blank"> here</a> <a href="http://newsok.com/libertyfest-activities-at-uco/multimedia/photos/gallery/600983" target="_blank"></a>LibertyFest parade <a href="http://newsok.com/libertyfest-parade-saturday-july-3-2010/multimedia/photos/gallery/600981" target="_blank">here</a> Bricktown Red, White and Boom <a href="http://newsok.com/bricktown-red-white-and-boom-saturday-july-3-2010/multimedia/photos/gallery/600982" target="_blank">here</a>

While at Quartz Mountain with fellow intern, Ben Luschen, I got a little free time to shoot some southwestern Oklahoma nature photography.

I decided to sit by the lake with my 400mm 2.8 and shoot some photos of birds and other wildlife.

A family of deer came walking by shortly after.  They got surprisingly close.  They didn’t seem threatened by me, but I’m sure they’ve been shot at by much worse.

-Garett Fisbeck




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