• Kauffman Center
    Kauffman Center
  • Mulberry & St. Louis Ave.
    Mulberry & St. Louis Ave.
  • The Great 2017 Eclipse
    The Great 2017 Eclipse
  • Kansas City Street Car
    Kansas City Street Car
  • Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
    Hills of Gold

New LENS Day!! (Almost as exciting as New BIKE Day)

 

A couple weeks ago I picked up the new Tamron 150-600 G2 lens. I wanted a lens with a long range, vibration control, a fast auto focus, sharpness from beginning to end, and something that didn’t break the wallet. It’s still the most expensive lens I’ve ever purchased, but cost a third of the Nikon equivalent. And I got it used, without the warranty ever being registered. Soooo…. JACKPOT!! I’m not going to get into any technical mumbo jumbo over the lens. Overall, I’m extremely happy! It met all my standards and then some, and when it comes to equipment, my standards are high. It did take a bit getting used too. I went from a full manual telephoto, that didn’t have VR, to the best telephoto lens on the market, right now. You would think it would have been an easy transition. But it was really like going from a flip phone to a iPhone in 2017. Other than that, and the tendonitis in my shoulder I seemed to have developed, the Tamron 150-600 G2 is as close to perfect as you can get, for a third party lens.

Below are a few shots and settings I have taken with the lens thus far.

Nikon D750 | 600mm | 1/1250 sec. | f/10.3 | ISO 800 | Handheld

Nikon D750 | 150mm | 1 sec. | f/6.3 | ISO 200 | Tripod

Nikon D750 | 600mm | 1/1600 sec. | f/6.3 | ISO 500 | Handheld

Nikon D750 | 300mm | 1/640 sec. | f/6.3 | ISO 320 | Handheld

Nikon D750 | 500mm | 1/1600 sec. | f/8.0 | ISO 500 | Handheld

Nikon D7200 | 550mm (825mm crop sensor equivalent) | 1/125 sec. | f/8.0 | ISO 200 | Handheld

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Hangin’ out at KAW Point

Cotton Candy Sunset Over Kansas City

Cotton Candy Sunset Over Kansas City

Sunset Over Kansas City

City Lights Over Kansas City

Sunset Over a Frozen Kansas City

Sunrise Over KAW Point

Supermoon and Orion Rising Over Kansas City

Frozen Missouri River

Birthday Morning View of Kansas City

Eagle Over Kansas City

Sunrise behind Lewis &Clark

Panorama of Kansas City,, from KAW Point

It goes without question, that KAW point is one of my favorite places to go in Kansas City. You’ll find me there at least four or five times a week, usually with camera in tow. It’s hands down, the best view of the city. It’s also rich in history, can be great for wildlife (really depends on the time of year), and most importantly, it’s easily accessible by bike. Although, my bike riding skills have been suffering lately, but thats a whole other story… I ‘ll just blame winter.

Enjoy some of my favorite photos of Kansas City over the last few months from KAW point. I’d write more, but, it’s Friday and my brain is fried.

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Super Blue Blood Moon

Super Blue Blood Moon composite over Kansas City, Kansas and Missouri River

The Super Blue Blood Moon was certainly awesome to see. I woke up early without a plan and only a spot in mind to view this rare event. With high clouds and haze in the sky, the viewing conditions weren’t the best, but okay. I was armed with two cameras, two lenses, and a tripod (forgot my other one). The idea for this composition came about after I had shot everything. I stitched and blended two wide angle shots of KCK together. The first shot taken at the beginning, and the second taken at peak, which also happened to be sunrise. In between, I used my long lens to shoot the moon throughout the eclipse, to build out the composite of the moon phases. Not too bad for going in without a plan. (131 of 365) #kansascity365

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Keeping Up With America’s Mascot

Bald Eagle over Kansas City at Kaw Point.

Composite of Adult Bald Eagle flying by to wish me a Happy Birthday

Bald Eagle hunting along the Missouri River

Bald Eagle roosting at Kaw Point

Juvenile Bald Eagle hunting along the Missouri River

Bald Eagle over nest along the Missouri River

For the last month I’ve been tracking and photographing Bald Eagles around Kansas City. I have learned where/when they feed, roost, and soar. There are two nests (I believe there may be a third, but I haven’t found it yet) within five miles of downtown, along the Missouri and Kansas Rivers. The early morning hours at KAW Point, I’ve found is the best time and easiest access for viewing, you just have to be quiet and keep your distance, as they do spook easy. January and February are the best months to observe Eagles in Missouri since they are migrating south, from their breeding grounds.

It’s been really exciting to track and follow these Eagle families. I believe I’ve told Angela every time and how many I’ve seen when I drive to work or home. The most I’ve seen in one sitting is six a couple weeks ago near a nest in Parkville. On an average morning I see two, hunting along the river.

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It’s Been a While…

A frozen Missouri River steaming as the Sun Rises over the City.

Snowy Geese taking off out of Smithville Lake.

Bald Eagle flying low over the Missouri River. I saw six eagles this day!

Bortle Study. A study of light pollution and our (in)ability to view a night sky.

I was hoping to have more time to update the blog since the holiday, but the 9 to 5 has had me swamped. However, I have found time to do a lot of shooting, even if I can only get out for an hour or so. Above are a few of my favorite shots over the last month.

Angela and I spent last Sunday searching for the Snowy Owl at Smithville lake. We didn’t find it, but were in the right spot. It may have already started it’s journey back to the Arctic. We did however, see a lot of wildlife and a bunch of migrating Snow Geese. (there will be more photos from that afternoon to come soon.) I have also been tracking and following a Bald Eagle family along parts of the Missouri River, working on a Bortle Studies project (Our (in)ability to see a starry night sky in a heavily light polluted setting , and continuing my Kansas City 365 project.

Here’s to staying productive and becoming better in 2018. I’ll update you as much as I can along the way.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Merry Christmas to you and your families!! I’ll see everyone again in the New Year!!

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The Plaza Lights

47th Street through the Plaza. Composite of 10 photos from time lapse

JS Nichols Parkway & 47th Street. Composite of 10 photos from time lapse

Giralda Tower

From atop the Apple Store

From atop the Cheescake Factory

I shot these a few weeks back and completely forgot about them. I spent an evening hopping from parking garage to parking garage on the Plaza, shooting the Plaza Lights. I was barely able to catch the sunset and get a few long exposures and time lapse videos shot.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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Mulberry Street & St. Louis Avenue

I’ve been spending a lot of time at this intersection lately. Normally I will shoot a location until I’m absolutely burnt out on it, but this one feels different. I seem to always look at it in a different way. So, for now I’ll keep being that guy with a camera waiting on a train to pass, while everyone else is shooting their family photos in the same spot.

Side Note: I’ve been shooting a lot lately, but haven’t had so much time to update the blog as regularly as I like. Hopefully after the holidays I’ll have a some more time to do so.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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SUPERMOON!!

Supermoon over Kansas City

Supermoon over Kansas City

Supermoon over Kansas City

A couple walked in front of my camera as we were awaiting the Supermoon.

Sunset on the night of the Supermoon

Last Sunday was the only Supermoon of 2017, and Angela and I ventured out to snap some photos of it. We setup shop on the westside of the city overlooking the West Bottoms and Downtown into the Crossroads district. We started the evening with an incredible sunset, followed by a nice blanket of clouds. The clouds later broke momentarily and we were able to snap a few good shots of the moon over the Western Auto building and Union Station.

If you didn’t get a chance to check out the Supermoon this time around, don’t worry, the next two supermoons occur in 2018, and both happen to be in January! The first one will be January 1st and the second January 31st.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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My Forever Model

One of my favorite things about Angela is how much she pushes me to shoot more, and the fact that she will spontaneously model for me at any point. Sunday night’s are our nights to spend a little time together with no kids around. This last Sunday we grabbed dinner per usual, did some Christmas shopping, stopped at Scout and took in a view of the city. After that, we headed in to the West Bottoms, for some piece and quiet and impromptu photo making. Here are a few shots of her from playing on trains, and standing in front of my Jeep.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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It Was a Two-Wheeled Kinda Weekend

Vintage Vettes in North Kansas City

Building and BNSF Building in North Kansas City

The Gal Peaking Out From Behind a Building

Kansas City’s Flat Iron in the West Bottome

This last weekend I spent more time on two wheels, then I have since our Flint Hills Ride in July. I met Angela and the kids at the park and lunch on Friday, then spent some time exploring the NKC industrial area before meeting my buddy Steven for a ride in the West Bottoms. Saturday, I rode a few miles north of Parkville to spend the afternoon and evening with Angela and Kids, then home again Sunday morning. I took plenty of photos, but not as much as I liked. I was more focused on the ride. Above are a few of my favorite shots from the weekend.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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Plaza Lighting Ceremony

Everyone and Their Phones

Security

Balloon Man

Light Saber’s for Everyone

Anthony

Hazel

Cassie, Marc, & Sam

Merry Christmas Van

I met up with Angela, the Kids, and Angela’s mother to take in the Plaza lighting ceremony. My focus was the people, not so much the light show. Here are a few of my favorite shots from that evening. I plan to head back down there to capture a time lapse and several other shots, the closer we get to Christmas.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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Coffee Outside Adventure Ride | Cave Hangs

Coffee Outside Adventure Ride

Coffee Outside Adventure Ride

Coffee Outside Adventure Ride

Coffee Outside Adventure Ride

Coffee Outside Adventure Ride

Last Sunday we set off another adventure, finding ourselves in a cave on the east side of the city, just so we could enjoy a cup of coffee. It was dark, damp, and had a weird smell. But it was a total blast! Even if I was the slowest rider in the group!

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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View from Saint Jame’s Park

Kansas City from St. John’s Park

I spent my Halloween night out shooting a timelapse of the city from St. Jame’s Park in KCK. I’ve really gotten into time lapse photography and can’t wait to put together a short video with all of the footage.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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Exploring the Plaza

I’ve lived a block away from the Plaza for six years. Over those years, it’s lost its allure to me. The tourist, traffic, constant crowds, are really not my cup of tea. But, I picked up a new camera last week and had to go out an test it out. So I walked the block to the Plaza and spent an hour walking around and shooting. I wasn’t happy with what I shot at first. But, upon review, and some light editing, I could deal with them. HaHa. Sidenote: It’s hard to shoot an area you really don’t like being around. But, I also used it as a scouting event for future timelapse and long exposure shots, once we have the lights up and/or snow on the ground.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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Zach & Katherine’s Engagement Photo

Angela and I teamed up last Sunday to shoot engagement photos for my best friend Zach and his fiancé, Katherine. This was my first time doing a shoot like this (I usually do landscape and wildlife), so I was a little nervous. But, with the help of Angela (who has the experience), we made it happen and we couldn’t be more happy with the results.

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Adventure Ride | Abandoned Places

I’ve may have missed quite a few Sunday morning adventure rides over the last few months, but I made sure not to miss the last one. We went back to where it all began. An abandoned steel and lumber yard on the east side of the city. (About a 20 mile round trip). This is the second time I had been there and it did not disappoint. It’s such a massive space and there is so much yet to be explored. Needless to say, I can’t wait to go back.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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The Past Two Weeks

Kansas City Fire Department on Grand Street Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

Street Car Flyby at Truman & Main Street Downtown Kansas City, Missouri

City loop towards the Kauffman Center of Performing Arts

Squadron of American White Pelicans migrating south for the winter.

Young Buck hiding in the brush along the Missouri River

I’ve been busy behind the lens and on two wheels over the past few weeks. My main focus has been quality over quantity, working on time lapse videos, and updating Amazon wish lists so I can upgrade some equipment. Here are a few of my favorite shots from the las two weeks.

I’ve spent a lot of time wondering around downtown and along the Missouri River. It’s that time a year where night-time starts ruling my world, so I’ve started shooting some light trail and time lapse photographs to get ready for it. Late last week I was walking a trail sown by the river, when I came up three small bucks, I’ve been following all year, hiding in the woods. That same night I witnessed a squadron of American White Pelicans on their migratory flight south. I thought they were geese at first, till I was reviewing the images. HaHa.

My KansasCity365 project on Instagram is in full swing and will likely drive me crazy at some point. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Angela recommended I put all of the photos into a book at the end of a project. so look for details on that next year sometime. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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Kaw Point

Fisherman on Missouri River in front of Kansas City

Family fishing at Kaw Point

Kansas City from Kaw Point

Kansas City from Kaw Point

Kansas City from Kaw Point

If you’re ever looking for a great place to get a unforgetable view of Kansas City, I highly recommend Kaw Point. Where the Missouri and Kansas Rivers meet, and a park where you can learn more about Lewis and Clarks historic journey west. I easily spend five out of seven days a week at the park just taking in the views and it never seems to get old.

The photos above were all shot, earlier this week. The park was bustling with workers, fisherman, runners, cyclist, and families. And we all had a great view for a killer sunset.

I started my KansasCity365 project on Instagram this week. My goal is to show 365 different photos of Kansas City, over the next year. Follow along on Instagram, if you already don’t.

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World Rhino Day

Black Rhinoceros

Western Lowland Gorilla

Taveta Golden Weaver

Grevy’s Zebra

In honor of World Rhino Day (one of the most critically endangered species on Earth.), I thought I’d share a few photos from my recent family vacation to Disney World. We visited Disney’s Animal Kingdom the day before Hurricane Irma impacted most of Florida. I was particularly excited about going to this park. Not, just to photograph animals and birds. But to be in the presence of many critically endangered animals, and learn more about what conservations efforts are being done to keep them from just becoming Zoo trophies. I was happy to learn that Disney invests a great deal in conservation and preserving animals natural habitats. They also do a great job on educating people on conservation efforts, through exhibits and hands on learning.

Back to the Black Rhinoceros. There are less than 5400 Black Rhinos left in the world, which makes them a CRITICALLY ENDANGERED species. And even worse, the West African Black Rhino was declared extinct in 2016 after not being seen in the wild in over a decade. Their decline in population was caused by European hunters in the 1850s, and more recently due to recent illegal trade. You can find more information here at WWE. And check out more about World Rhino Day here.

Also, picture above is another endangered species, the Western Lowland Gorilla. Their population has declined 60% in the last 20 years do to deforestation and hunting. Read more about them here.

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