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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 December 2012 =



Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 29
Synopsis: I photographed feeder birds in the snow on New Years Eve including Dark-eyed Junco, Harriss Sparrow, and House Finch. The best image of the shoot was one I titled -Waiting- of a dark-eyed Junco.




Location: Tour of Kansas Lakes- Cedar Bluff, Wilson, Glen Elder, & Tuttle

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: This was a long day shoot on my way to Kansas City from Dodge City. I started off at Cedar Bluff Reservoir where I did a sunrise landscape shoot. I then headed to Wilson Lake where I photograph some coots and a distant Bald Eagle. Next was Glen Elder, where the wildlife was closer and much more prominent. There were probably 100,000 Snow Geese using Glen Elder, and I photographed a sub-flock of them near the south shore in the early afternoon. Lastly, I went to Tuttle Creek (below the dam) where I photographed various wildlife from herons to gulls to geese, ducks, and Bald Eagles.




Location: Squaw Creek National Wildlife Refuge, MO

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 4
Synopsis: This was a very fun shoot with a lot of nice images. The best was probably right at the beginning of the shoot when a Harlans Hawk (A subspecies of Red-tailed Hawk) was perched right along the road in excellent light staring right at me. I got some of my best Bald Eagle images to date, as well as Trumpeter Swans.




Location: A very dark location somewhere in western Hamilton County, Kansas

Shoot type: Landscape
# of images: 2
Synopsis: I set out to photograph the Geminids late night on the 13-14th. The absence of the moon provided a good shooting condition (along with the lack of clouds!). I sat at a location in desolate western Hamilton County and photographed for about 3 hours or so. I ended up compositing some 50+ meteors in one image that ended up being well-received on Facebook. This was the first time I attempted a composite image like this, using Photoshop. It took probably 4 hours or so in total to complete the composite image... all done manually! There were a few really bright meteors that stood out... bright enough to create shadows!




Location: Private land north of Dodge City, KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: I did a sunrise shoot on some private land near Dodge City. I photographed some Goldfinches foraging on cone flower seed heads, which was about all the wildlife I saw. The sunrise was photogenic and I captured this as well.




Location: Paradise (Private Land), Jetmore Cemetery, & Horse Thief Reservoir KS

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: I hit three stops on this tour including Paradise (private land in Ford County), Jetmore Cemetery, and Horse Thief Reservoir. The birding was slow, but did get a decent look and image of a Townsend Solitaire at the Jetmore Cemetery.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 0
Synopsis: Nothing much to this shoot... I photographed a couple of House Finches drinking at my bird bath in pretty cool back light with nice rim light.




Location: My backyard

Shoot type: Wildlife
# of images: 2
Synopsis: One good image came of this shoot of a Pine Siskin feeding on a dried cone flower seed head. Otherwise, nothing much came of this shoot as I was experimenting with different perches (including the spent cone flowers).




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