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Category: Kansas City

SUPERMOON!!

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



My Forever Model

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



It Was a Two-Wheeled Kinda Weekend

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



Plaza Lighting Ceremony

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



View from Saint Jame’s Park

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



Exploring the Plaza

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



Zach & Katherine’s Engagement Photo

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints of other work, head over to Society6.



Adventure Ride | Abandoned Places

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



The Past Two Weeks

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



Kaw Point

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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.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



Smokey Nights

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Smokey Pink Sun over the West Bottoms.

Smokey Sunset over Kansas City from Kaw Point

Smokey Sunset over Kansas City from Kaw Point

While we’ve had major hurricanes in the south and southeast, one of which I experienced, we’ve also had major fires to the west, that have had little to no news coverage. However, the night before my family and I left for Florida (more on that at a later time), we had smoked filled skies, from Montana wildfires, that turned our’s city landscape into something almost apocalyptic. The orange hues and absent of blues made for some dramatic photos. The sun was pink and could be photograph without the help of solar filters, or ND filters.

I made it to two spots around the city, that evening. I started at Kaw Point where the sky and ground were really orange, and I could get some great cityscape shots. After spending an hour or so there, I settled down outside the West Bottoms for the sunset. Where the sun turned a brilliant pint and the sky greyed. I also captured one of my favorite recent photos here.

I will try to post a lot more in the coming weeks/month. I’ve shot more in the last month, than I have all year, and can’t wait to share them.

My Society6 and Flickr Pages are in need of a major update. I am hoping to get to both within the next week.

As usual, keep up on Instagram for more frequent posts.



The Great 2017 Eclipse

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Composite of the 2017 solar eclipse in Kansas City, Missouri

View of Kansas City at totality of the 2017 solar eclipse

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

Diamond Ring phenomena that occurs just before and after totality

After a whirlwind weekend of traveling through the southwest (more of those photos to come in the near future), we came home to a packed city waiting to view the Eclipse of the century. I had planned out a spot on the northwest side of the city, that I hoped wouldn’t be too packed. When I arrived to setup around ten in the morning it was pouring down rain, but I was the only one in the park. 🙂 The rain let up around a quarter after a eleven, just in time to setup and start the eclipse. Around noon the park started to fill up with people. I think by the time the full eclipse happened, there were only 30 people in the park.

I setup three cameras to shoot the eclipse. One pointed towards the sun, one pointed towards the city, and the other setup to time-lapse as the shadow passed over. As the eclipse approached, the clouds started rolling in. We hit totality just before the clouds rolled in. Where I was setup, there was just over a minute of totality, with the clouds it was almost cut in half. But still made for some exciting shots, and I was still able to capture the Diamond Ring phenomena, which I was most excited about.

I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do. Now it’s time to start planning for 2024.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



(un)Familiar Places

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Self Portrait | Nikon D7200 | Nikon 50mm | f/8 | ISO 100 | 15 sec. | Single exposure

Tributary

Tributary | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/8| ISO 100 | 1/125 sec. | Single exposuret

Riverfront Park | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/4| ISO 250 | 1/100 sec. | Single exposure

Hiding Spot | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/4| ISO 100 | 1/125 sec. | Single exposuret

I spent a few evenings this week at two of my favorite spots along the Missouri River. I hadn’t been to these spots in a few months, and with the recents rains and flooding the landscapes at both had changed drastically. The trail I go to north of the city had about twenty feet of its banks washed away, making it feel like a completely new place. On the east side of the city, the banks had been battered, with trees down and large boulders showing that hadn’t been there before. Not to mention, part of the bank I thought I could walk through, but almost ended up in the river, not once, but twice.

Keep up on Flickr and Instagram for more frequent posts. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6.



John “Buck” O’neil Bridge

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John “Buck” O’neil Bridge | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/16 | ISO 100 | 15 sec. | 6 exposures

John “Buck” O’neil Bridge | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/16 | ISO 100 | 10 sec. | 6 exposures

Date Night

Sunset on the River

Angela and I spent our Sunday evening sitting on an abandoned pier in the Rivermarket of Kansas City. I wanted to shoot the Buck O’neil Bridge (from a different perspective) and I knew it would be a nice place for us to sit down, relax and enjoy a beautiful sunset.

As always check me out on Flickr and Instagram. Also, if you’d like prints, head over to Society6. If you’ve seen a photo you want a print of, that is not in my store, contact me directly, and we can work something out.



Grand Boulevard

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KCP&L District | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/22 | ISO 100 | 8sec. 6 exposures

Sprint Center | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/8 | ISO 1000 | 1/5sec. 3 exposures

“Grand Boulevard” | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/16 | ISO 100 | 15sec. 12 exposures

Spent another Monday out late walking around the city making photos. Since I picked up a 16mm Rikinon Wide Angle Lens, I’ve been diving back into long exposures, which are always fun to shoot, but, take much longer and I end up with less photos taken by the end of the night. But I feel like the quality of the shot is much better.

This time I walked around Sprint Center and the KCPL district. I was able to get to a really nice spot on top of a parking garage on 11th street. Which I got kicked out of within 30 minutes. I had quiet a few people approach me on the street while shooting, asking me questions, and talking to me about photography. I even helped someone adjust there settings on their camera to pick up a similar shot to what I was doing.

All in all, it was another successful night behind the lens. I can;t wait to get out again and get more long exposures. Also, be sure to check me out on Instagram and flickr, for more photos. I’m also slowly working on updating my Society 6 page, so please be patient.



Christopher “Kit” Bond Bridge

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Christopher "Kit" Bond Bridge

Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/5.6 | ISO 800 | 8sec. single exposure

I have been wanting to get a shot of the Kit Bond Bridge for a while. After a late night softball game, I drove to Riverfront park and found a nice spot along the river. At first I was frustrated with the lights lighting the trail and volleyball courts, but it ended up lighting the foreground nicely, and gave me a result better than I imagined.



Busy, Busy, Busy!!

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Kansas City

Seven piece, vertical long exposure of Kansas City. Taken from Summit St. over I-670

I’m still going through photos from my ride a few weeks back. (I’m aloud to be a little more lazy than usual after that adventure). I’ve also been out shooting a lot with my new 16mm lens and uber busy with work and other projects. Here is a 7 piece, vertical long exposure of our city, taken from Summit St. over I-670.



Virgil’s Farm

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Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/2.8 | ISO 1600 | 25sec. single exposure

Last weekend a few friend’s and I embarked on an unsupported bike ride across the Flint Hill’s Nature Trail in southwest Kansas. I have a lot more to write about the ride and will come in a later blog post. I had a goal of shooting the Milky Way while along the trail. Friday night as we settled into Virgil’s Farm in Vassar, Kansas, I wondered down the road in search of a spot. I setup in the middle of a country road far from any light. The humidity was at 90%, there was a half moon, and storms to the south, but I still got the shot. Not the best shot, but a good starting point. Now I can’t wait to shoot the Milky Way again under a new moon and hopefully, less humidity.



Sunday Funday

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B-17 Madras Maiden taking off from Charles B. Wheeler airport, Kansas City, MO.

B-17 Madras Maiden over Kansas City, KS

BNSF locomotives parked in train yard

BNSF locomotives parked in train yard

Angela and I again had a fun filled day out and about shooting photos. It was pretty awesome seeing the B-17 Madras Maiden flying over the city. (Refer to Instagram for my Father’s Day post). We also drove through a train yard where there over 50 parked train locomotives.

As always check out Flickr and Instagram to keep up to day with more photos



Fairfax, Rain, and One of the Most Beautiful Sunsets I’ve Ever Chased

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Earlier this week, after a long day at the office, I just had to get out and ride. I arrived at the trail head to the Missouri Riverfront Park to pouring rain. I sat and listened to the Royals game for a few minutes, while waiting on the rain to stop. The temperature had dropped twenty degrees since leaving my house. I only had shorts and a t-shirt on. Luckily I found some gloves in my bag. As I took off on the steamy trail, I quickly got soaked. I could see peak of sun, hoping it would break more while riding to help warm up. I quickly got to the end on of the trail and decided to dip into the Fairfax district, via the new 69HWY bridge.

I love shooting and riding in the Fairfax district. This time, did not disappoint. The traffic was minimal, it was quiet, and the sun started to peak through. There are so man pops of color hidden away in Fairfax. But, you can’t take too long at any one spot or you’ll have cops slowly start following you around. After spending an hour snapping photos, and just slowly riding around, I headed back to the trail. That’s when the skies opened up and I chased one of the most beautiful sunsets ever.

I spent another thirty minutes or so, stopping every hundred feet to snap a photo of the sunset, before finally making myself head back. I was cold, and wet, and now have a nasty cold. But, it was all worth it.