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Most Recent Shoots

30 Dec 2016
Winter Day Shoot at Squaw Creek NWR
Synopsis: This was my one visit to the refuge in Winter 2016-17. I made the trip to Kansas City for New Years and decided to spend a day shooting Bald...
4 Dec 2016
Lewis's Woodpecker Shoot
Synopsis: A Lewis's Woodpecker, which is considered rare in Kansas (especially anywhere east of far southwestern Kansas), was first reported in late N...
3 Dec 2016
Morning and afternoon backyard bird shoot
Synopsis: A backyard setup shoot of some of my regular birds on a rather cloudy day. It was more of an experimental shoot with my new D500 paired with...
25 Nov 2016
Songbirds at Overland Park Arboretum
Synopsis: This was my first visit to the Overland Park Arboretum. I went out there with my brother and his girlfriend (they and I were in town for Tha...
17 Nov 2016
Fall Migration Shoot at Quivira NWR
Synopsis: I did a morning and afternoon shoot at Quivira NWR. The morning was far more productive, where I photographed an amazing 11 Whooping Cranes ...

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= Storm Chases & Shoots of September 2012 =



Location: Central KS from Ness City to Rozel, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 3
Synopsis: This successful late summer storm chase began west of Ness City late in the afternoon, intercepting a marginal supercell storm upon arrival after leaving work (worked a day shift this day). I followed this storm southeast, navigating mostly county roads through Ness and eventually northeastern Hodgeman and western Pawnee County. Toward sunset, the photography became really good with the supercell establishing multi-tiered structure. I found a brilliant milo field of golden and orange hues which complemented the soft, colorful sky with supercell storm structure to my west...near Rozel, KS. I continued to follow the storm south as several other strong to severe storms formed near the former storm. I managed to capture a few nice cloud-to-ground flashes complete with storm structure after sunset south of Sanford just west of Hwy 183.




Location: My house, 5 miles north of Dodge City, KS

Shoot type: Storm Chase
# of images: 1
Synopsis: This was a fun shoot "on foot" right outside my house. I ventured over to the north fence line of the empty lot next to my house to photograph some awesome cloud-to-ground lightning after midnight (roughly 12:25 to 12:50am to be more specific). The storms responsible were small with a clear sky full of stars above me and adjacent the small anvils of the storm. The stars above enhanced the photographic scene as I managed to capture several 30s exposures with multiple cloud-to-ground flashes to the north.




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