Steve Thornton  
  Personal Work from an Award Winning Advertising and Editorial Photographer  

All of these images were taken around 5 PM in mid July. I had left Denver, Colorado on my way to a ranch just outside Woodward, Oklahoma to shoot with Bobbie, a cowgirl I had met 5 years previous & could never get my travel plans to get back to Woodward at a proper time of day to shoot with her. So while passing through Minneola, Kansas I noticed 3 old grain elevators off to my left. I thought I really would like to shoot them but it was getting late plus I had another 2+ hours driving time before I got to Woodward. Knowing I wanted to scout at Bobbie's a while to locate the right spot to work and then get Bobbie & me back on site and still have time to shoot, I decided to press on.

About a minute later I knew that I would not be real happy if I did not stop & shoot. So I turned the car around & grabbed a camera & shot 170+ photos on 2 of the 3 old elevators for 17½ furious minutes - literally running from one spot to the next. These images are of the structure I found to be the most interesting. 2 years later I went back to shoot some more and they are all gone, bulldozed & hauled off. I am really glad I stopped when I did.

I stopped shooting the elevators at 6:07 PM in Kansas and I started shooting with Bobbie in Oklahoma at 8:46 PM and finished at 9:44 PM, just under an hour and in perfect golden light. Quite a day!


For Photographers

The gear:
A Canon professional digital camera with a Canon 16-35 zoom lens. I only shoot in color so I converted them to B&W in Photoshop.


If you would like to use any of these images, for mock or comp use, please just ask. There is never a charge for this service. Educational use is permitted without charge, unless published, but please ask first. All commercial use is available only with a limited copyright release prior to use from the copyright holder, Steve Thornton. Thanks for looking!

Contact Us!Video Home page












Location Imagery