mkchandler.com

35mm Film: Gloss Mountain

Hidden away in plain sight about 2 hours northwest of Oklahoma City, Gloss Mountain State Park is a welcome change to the fields and farms you drive past to get there. It’s hard to believe you are still in Oklahoma when you get close because the mountain range is a beautiful collection of mesas in the middle of the plains.

Lone Peak Mountain

After a short hike from the valley to the top of Cathedral Mountain, you can walk around the top and take in the amazing views.

View of the plains from the top of Cathedral Mountain

View of the plains from the top of Cathedral Mountain

View of the plains from the top of Cathedral Mountain

If you pay attention, some of the wildlife will follow you. Not sure on the type; I’m guessing they were some type of hawk though.

A bird flying overhead

A bird flying overhead

It was early in the year, but there was still some vegetation at the top. Flowers were about to start blooming.

Tall grass on the top of Cathedral Mountain

Tall grass on the top of Cathedral Mountain

It wouldn’t be a trip in Oklahoma without a picture of oil rigs.

View of the plains from the top of Cathedral Mountain

When you get to the end of the trail, you encounter a fence with a sign containing an ominous warning.

Warning sign at the end of the trail

Altogether a great little trail with some amazing views. Whether you’re going out to take pictures or not, I recommend taking a short trip out to Gloss Mountain State Park to relax and take in some views.

Notes

In hindsight I should have used ISO 100 film instead of 400 for this shoot, as it was hard to keep the exposure correct. I now have some Kodak Ektar 100 film to try out for my next outdoor shoot.

Equipment

  • Camera: Pentax K1000
  • Lens: SMC Pentax-M 1:2 50mm
  • Film: Fujicolor Pro 400H
  • Processing/Scanning: PhotoVision
  • Editing: Adobe Lightroom