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Most Recent Shoots

24 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 3)
Synopsis: Day 3 of this trip started at Ash Canyon B&B where I photographed at a new photo blind on the property. It was a very windy morning, althoug...
23 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 2)
Synopsis: Day 2 of this trip started in the Battiste BB&B backyard at Tony's photography setup. This was quite productive with a a few gallery-worthy ...
22 Apr 2017
Southeast Arizona Bird Photography Trip (Day 1)
Synopsis: Day 1 of this short trip started out in Portal in the morning, where I photographed feeder birds at a feeding station just northeast of Port...
15 Apr 2017
LP Supercell near Protection, KS
Synopsis: An awesome LP supercell was photographed this day, one of the better LP storms I have photographed in quite some time. The sunset colors and...
14 Apr 2017
Photogenic supercell at sunset near Sumner, NE
Synopsis: Managed to get some good images of a late-developing supercell storm near Sumner, NE. The storm had fairly decent tiered structure for a tim...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of August 2012 =



Location: West-central Kansas near Leoti, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was a storm chase rather close to home during my midnight shifts at work. After waking up early in the afternoon, I decided to make a go for this chase with a target somewhere west or northwest of Garden City, KS in mind. I intercepted the main storm of the chase between Lakin and Leoti, KS around 6:30pm CDT. The most photogenic portion of the storm was just west of Highway 25 from roughly 6:30 to 6:40pm. After that, the storm lost its decent high-based structure and ultimately wasn't worth chasing. New storms farther north piqued my interest, and I headed north to the Wallace area, but the storms up there sent out a substantial outflow boundary well south of the main precipitation area and was largely unphotogenic. The "golden hour" time frame didn't provide any opportunities either, so shortly after sunset I called it a chase and headed back to Dodge City




Location: Quivira Nat'l Wildlife Refuge, Kansas

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 2
Synopsis: I decided to photograph the drought scenes along Wildlife Drive (a component of the Quivira Nat'l Wildlife Refuge). The shoot lasted about an hour and a half or so photographing various dried up salt marshes and flats, including the Big Salt Marsh along wildlife drive. The sunset was quite photogenic as distant storms spread a band of cirrus clouds with other mid and high-level clouds present to accentuate the sky during this time and enhancing the images.




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