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Tag: Photography

It’s Been a While…

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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.

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



MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

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

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



The Plaza Lights

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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.

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



Mulberry Street & St. Louis Avenue

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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.

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.



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.



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.



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.



Tomorrow. We Ride.

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Tallgrass Prairie Reserve

Tall Grass Prairie Reserve along the Flint Hills in Kansas.

I’ll be riding the Flint Hills Nature Trail this weekend. Our planned route is over 200 miles over the course of three days trough the Flint Hills of Kansas. Can’t wait to get lost behind the lens and on two wheels for a few days.



Summer Time Sunsets

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Sunset Over Missouri River

Sunset Over Missouri River

Sunset Over Fairfax District

Sunset Over Parkville

It’s been feeling a lot like summer and the sunset have been bangin! We are only a few days into June and here are a few of my favorite sunsets so far this month. ENJOY!!



Clay Platte YMCA

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Outdoor Pool at Clay platte YMCA

Outdoor Pool at Clay platte YMCA

Outdoor Pool at Clay platte YMCA

Outdoor Pool at Clay platte YMCA

Spent part of our Sunday Funday checking out the old Clay/Platte YMCA Angela used to swim at. The building was torn down and all that was left was the outdoor swimming pull. The water was pitch black with an algae growing over most of it, which made for a few dramatic shots.

I will have more photos up on my Instagram and Flickr later this week.



Learning and LOVING IT

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Bambi

Young buck along Missouri River Front Trail

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Black-Eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta)

Missouri River

Missouri River

Purple Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia)

Purple Crown Vetch (Coronilla varia)

I’ve been working on documenting/identifying wildflowers and birds I see while riding/hiking, alongside woking on my wildlife photography. I’ve recently figured out that I will need to update some of my equiptment to get the quality I’m looking for, but that will come in time. There are over a thousand photos I’m trying to get to, to edit, and share.

I’ve taken a small break from shooting in the city, but on the plus side, I’m shooting more than ever and LOVE IT!!!



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.



Sunday Funday

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Drum Room

Spent a few hours Sunday evening walking around downtown shooting with my girlfriend, Angela. She was showing me the ways of film. I’ve always known digital, and wanted to learn more about film, so it was a blast having her there with her old Canon AE-1.