Doug Hoke
Photography Manager
Director of Photography Doug Hoke started his career at The Oklahoman and Times as a part-timer December 1976. After just his third semester at Central State University (now University of Central Oklahoma). Hoke was moved onto the full-time staff in March of 1977 and continued his education at CSU full-time while working full-time. He graduated from CSU in 1980 with a degree in Photojournalism. As you can imagine, Hoke has covered just about everything while at The Oklahoman. His early career had strong emphasis in the area of sports, where he has covered collegiate championships in eight different sports and various other national championships, as well as state championships on the high school level. Another area of specialty throughout his career has been fashion where his sense of design and creativeness can be exploited. Always in the forefront of new techniques and styles in his photography, Hoke now uses those skills to photograph the occasional environmental portrait. As Director of Photography, Hoke uses his vast experience to direct the staff in many areas now. As times have changed, The Oklahoman has moved from black and white film only, to color slides, color prints, then scanning color negatives, to digital cameras, and now video. With publication covering print products and online web sites, blogs, and galleries the photo department has more places to display their work than ever before.

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  • It's a Small World

    Doug Hoke | Updated: Fri, Dec 13, 2013

    Never have I had the reaction that I had last week when I introduced myself to a subject. “…And I’m Doug Hoke,” I said as I met for the first time New York sculptor Lisa Hoke. And rarely have I felt so connected to a subject at our introduction. “Really!?!” And I continued, “…and my wife’s name is Lisa Hoke. And I have a first cousin who lives in Norman named Lisa Hoke. And I have a distant relative who lives in Washington D.C. whose wife’s name is Lisa Hoke.” At his point, NYC Lisa Hoke was laughing pretty hard. NYC Lisa Hoke is a sculptor who has an installation exhibit opening officially Friday, December 13, at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, called “Come on Down”, which was built on site from found paper objects that people have given to Lisa and she has collected, based on their color and various aspects of our lives and pop culture. She had almost 100 boxes shipped here for her to assemble and create a work that is over 150 linear feet long and about 20 feet high. Lisa created most of the two-foot to three-foot sized sections in her New York studio. She starts by spreading them out and then assembles them on the wall into a 3-D one-of-a-kind sculpture that will be up until mid April. When it comes down, there will never be another like it. When OKCMOA announced that Lisa Hoke would have an exhibit at the museum, people I knew started asking if it was my wife. After several of these inquiries, curiosity got the best of me and I had to see who this other Lisa Hoke was. A quick search on the internet give me a sample of what was to come. And the excitement started to build. As Director of Photography at The Oklahoman, I don’t cover many stories anymore, but this was one I could not give to anyone else on staff! NYC Lisa Hoke said she had only met one other person that spelled their last name the same as we do. We talked about all the ways people misspell our name and all the wrong ways they pronounce it. I said, “sounds like Coke, but with an H,” and she laughed and said she has said the same thing. She told me she was a Navy brat, but her main family was from Missouri, and had lots of men, and they were all tall like me. I told her that my father had 7 brothers and my grandfather was from a large family in Stillwater. I have a distant relative that has traced Hoke back to Europe and she has a relative that has traced her family back to Germany.   I have an uncle, Bob, who was a career Navy doctor. My uncle Montee was one of the premier potter/sculptors in the Southwest. His daughter, Cindy, is a local artist. Another first cousin, Chad, is a sculptor in Washington D.C. She is drawn to bright colors and in my fine art photography, strong colors dominate my work.   Tonight at Art After 5 at OKCMOA, Lisa Hoke will meet Lisa Hoke for the first time. NYC Lisa Hoke, left, and OKC Lisa Hoke. Photo by Doug Hoke.     Panorama of finished exhibit   To see a gallery from the week, click here   I don’t know if I am related to NYC Lisa Hoke or not, but it doesn’t matter. I feel a greater connection to her than some of my real cousins, even though we will have only met three times after tonight.…

  • Instameet in the Paseo

    Nate Billings | Updated: Thu, Oct 31, 2013

    Jett Hix, 4, holds a ballon as he waits to get his picture taken during a family portrait session in the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City, Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Instameet.   Earlier this month we partnered with Bedford Camera to host an Instameet in OKC’s Paseo Arts District. During an Instameet, photographers take pictures together at the same location and then share their photos on Instagram and other social media. Anybody who likes to take pictures is welcome. We had people shooting with phones, high-end DSLRs and even film cameras (I was part of the film club). Director of photography Doug Hoke, staffer Bryan Terry, digital guru Tiffany Gibson and I attended for NewsOK and The Oklahoman. We had more than two dozen other photographers participate and share their pictures. Bedford Camera brought Sony cameras along with other equipment to try out and gave a $100 gift card to the best photo taken at the event  as chosen by Doug Hoke. I think I spent more time talking to other photographers than I did taking pictures. I hope we can have another gathering like this in the spring. Below are some of the photos taken by Doug, Bryan and myself. Also, check out the photos taken by the other participants when you have a chance.   Photo by Doug Hoke taken during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Paseo Instameet, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.   Photo by Doug Hoke taken during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Paseo Instameet, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.   Plants in the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City, Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings using a Minolta Autocord twin lens reflex film camera during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Instameet.   Man and his dog in the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City, Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Instameet.   Silhouette in the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City, Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Instameet.   A photographer in the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City, Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings using a Minolta Autocord twin lens reflex film camera during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Instameet.   Photo by Doug Hoke taken during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Paseo Instameet, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.   Photo by Doug Hoke taken during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Paseo Instameet, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.   Photo by Doug Hoke taken during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Paseo Instameet, Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013.   Silhouette in the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City, Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo by Bryan Terry during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Instameet.   A store front in the Paseo Arts District in Oklahoma City, Sunday, October 6, 2013. Photo by Nate Billings using a Minolta Autocord twin lens reflex film camera during the NewsOK and Bedford Camera Instameet.   -Nate Billings                        …

  • True Blue Thunder in Cyanotype

    Nate Billings | Published: Sat, Oct 26, 2013

      Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant (35) is shown in this cyanotype print made from a photo taken during the Oklahoma City Thunder media day on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, in Oklahoma City. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman. Cyanotype print by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman   Before we’d had any planning meetings for this year’s Oklahoma City Thunder preview section, I was thinking blue. I admit it. I like experimenting with pre-digital photo techniques. Whether it’s taking a plastic camera to cover college football games or using a 4×5 view camera with discontinued Polaroid film to make portraits of past and present football stars , I like trying something different. And for this year’s Thunder section, I wanted to print cyanotypes , a type of photographic print that dates back to 1842. Cyanotypes are an analog, alternate photography process. Unlike most analog photography which is silver-based, cyanotypes use iron compounds to produce prints made of blue tones instead of black and white. Since the Thunder’s main color is blue, I thought printing all-blue photographs was a cool way to illustrate our preview and then give it a unifying visual theme. To produce a cyanotype print, you cannot enlarge the negative. Too much UV light is needed to make it work. Cyanotypes have to be made as contact prints where the negative being reproduced is placed directly on the exposed photographic paper, creating a picture the same size as the negative. To make this project happen it was going to take a team effort. First, we needed pictures of the players. For that I turned to Chris Landsberger who was covering the Thunder’s annual media day, our best and often only opportunity to take portraits of the players. Chris, a portrait wizard, liked the cyanotype idea and agreed to let me take his work and print it in blue.   The original portrait of Kevin Durant taken on Thunder media day by Chris Landsberger.   Once Chris had photographed his digital portraits, we needed large negatives to use for the cyanotype contact printing. The easiest way to turn digital photographs into large negatives is to use an inkjet printer and print the negative on transparency paper. Doug Hoke, our director of photography, owns a wonderful printer and agreed to print the negatives. Before the negative can be printed, however, the digital file must be inverted, flipped, have the tone adjusted to get the right density and then tinted.   This is what the above Kevin Durant photograph looks like when it is turned into a digital negative. The image is flipped so that the emulsion side of the negative will be facing down during the contact print. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman   Once we had the negatives prepared, Doug printed them on transparency paper.   A negative is printed on transparency paper to be used for contact printing.   Next, it was time for the chemistry in the cyanotype process. I combined solutions of Ferric ammonium citrate (green) and Potassium ferricyanide and then coated Bristol paper using a brush with the combined solution to make the paper sensitive to UV light. The brush strokes from coating the paper left each print with a unique border.   Bristol paper coated with iron compounds to make it sensitive to UV light.   Once the paper dried, I took each negative and made contact prints in the sun. The negative sat sandwiched between the light-sensitive paper and a piece of glass to hold everything in place. After 10 minutes to an hour in the sun, depending on how bright it was outside, the paper was properly exposed and ready to reveal the image.…




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