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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 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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