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Category: Photography

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.



Coffee Outside Adventure Ride | Cave Hangs

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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.

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.



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.



World Rhino Day

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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.

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.



How to See Arizona in 48 Hours and Survive

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Sierra Estrella Mountain Range

Sunset over the Estrella Foothills

Red Rocks State Park

Switch back up Oak Creek Canyon

Shadow Mountain on the Navajo Reservation

Yaki Point at the Grand Canyon

This is how we did it:

  1. Spent more time in the car than on the ground.
  2. Late to bed. Early to rise.
  3. Survive on gas station food, and an insane amount of water.
  4. Stopped at every scenic outlook, every quarter mile.
  5. Compromise on locations we wanted to see.
  6. Asked locals for the the best routes.
  7. Repeat x2

And we will never, ever, ever do that again. Sure, we saw pretty much the whole state, took thousands of photos, and had an amazing time. But, we never got a chance to really let everything soak in. But, on the bright-side, we know what, and how we want to see everything next time.

So, for next time:

  1. Pick a spot and spend a few days there
  2. Experience the culture
  3. Hike a few trails and climb a few peaks
  4. Relax
  5. Take our time
  6. Enjoy everything around you

And I’m positive the whole experience will be much more memorable.

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



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.



Liberty Bend at LaBenite Park

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LaBenite Park Nature Trail

Missouri River from LaBenite Park Nature Trail

Missouri River from LaBenite Park Nature Trail

Liberty Bend Bridge | Nikon D7200 | Rokinon 16mm | f/16 | ISO 100 | 10 sec. | 10 exposures

I spent some time at LaBenite Park last night, a new place for me. It had a nice nature trail, and a conversation area you can camp at with permits only. There were many access points to the river that aloud me to catch a great sunset, and got a few long exposures of the Liberty Bend Bridge. I’m still unsure if I will return to the park. It was a little sketchy and filled with trash. ALWAYS REMEMBER TO PACK IT IN, PACK IT OUT! But it has great history and was stop along the Lewis & Clark Expedition and It’s another place to check off my list of places to explore along the Missouri River.

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.



Deluge

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Deluge I

Deluge II

Deluge III

I’ve always been obsessed with weather. Specifically, the spring and summer storm season. Earlier this week KC experienced one of the heaviest rain events we’ve ever seen. Most areas saw around four to five inches of rain within a few hours as heavy thunderstorms trained over the same areas. The lightning was intense, the thunder was loud, and of course the rain poured.

I happened to be at Angela’s house that night, where I camped out under a four foot by four foot overhang watching the rain and lightning. I actually forgot I grabbed my camera on my way up to see her. It wasn’t until the awe of the first intense storm had passed that I remembered and ran in an grabbed it. I stood out there for a good two hours just shooting away, mainly focusing on the street lights and passing cars as it poured. I came away with quite a few shots I enjoyed. I was attracted to the rain falling in these little slivers of light from the street lamps, and the way the lighting changed below the lamp as the rain came down harder and harder.

This is just a small sample of what I captured that evening. I plan to upload these and more to flickr, and of course, these three will also be on instagram. Also, my Society 6 page has been updated with new prints, so check it out.



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.