Category : Photography

The pelicans are overhead

About twice a year large flocks of pelicans are seen flying up or down the Mississippi River near Elsah, IL. This particular day the sun was out, the sky clear and I think the birds were just enjoying the day flying. They flew back and forth across the river picking up a good updraft as they came over the bluffs. They flew silently around and around. Unlike the geese that make a mighty racket as they fly by. I think geese like to make lots of noise. The pelicans are silent fliers.

Pulling images from the past few years

Here is a collection of images from the past 10 years of shooting. They range from the Columbia River gorge to the bluffs of the Mississippi River (which is just outside of my studio).

Celebration Day plays the Pageant

Over the past four years I have had the chance to see the band Celebration Day four times at the Pageant. The last show on February 26th was one of the best shows yet. Over three hours straight playing all the best songs Led Zeppelin created years ago. Jimmy Griffith and his band mates put on a fantastic show. The sounds are authentic. The gear is authentic. The music is real and the audience loves it. Stood right up front and took it all in. The shots are not the best as the hall does not allow pro cameras so I shot with an old Nikon P7000 which is not one of my favorite cameras. Seems to not like low light and is slow. Just one time I would like to go to a show and be able to shoot it with a real camera and see what the results could be. Waiting for that day. In the mean time here are the shots from the show.

Late November Light

Sweet light is how I have had it described to me. And that is exactly what I found one November day. I looked up from my computer out towards the bluffs and saw a light that just needed to be captured. These images are a start in capturing the light. What is missing is the sound of the wind in the trees, the birds in the trees and the sound of the river far below the bluffs. The air also felt as if it had been run through a freezer and purifier to make it as clean as it could possibly be. Crisp and clean. Sweet light of November.

A day of rain – red

Late October is a great time to shoot the light and color along the bluff trail. The sycamore is by that time deep red. It rained earlier in the day so everything was covered in big drops of rain. A great day for images.

Photography of dance

The past fall I taught a class in the art of sport photography. We worked all kinds of athletes and one of the highlights of the class was working with a dancer. The light was a bit strong that morning. Natalie Cooper worked very hard to give us the very best dance moves she has and they were spectacular. Quite a workout. After about 50 minutes of constant shooting she was tired. And in that time we captured everything we needed. I look forward to the next opportunity to work with a dancer or dancers as dance is a beautiful subject to photograph.

50 feet

In just fifty feet from my studio I found these images. No manipulation in Photoshop. Fifty feet. In fact this shot was only one foot from my computer. What can you find fifty feet from where you are right now?

TASK party at Principia College

Principia College hosted a TASK party on September 24th in Morey Fieldhouse. Oliver Herring was in attendance, on campus as the fall 2016 Annenberg Scholar, and worked closely with the students that organized the event. Shortly after 8 pm the doors opened and in flooded the eager attendees each complete with a tattoo designed for the event by Sage Stafford.

Oliver Herring captures the action at the TASK party
Oliver Herring captures the action at the TASK party


In just a couple of hours all kinds of art was created and destroyed. The entire gym was covered with the evidence of making art. The floor became a work of art unto itself.

If you have a chance to attend a TASK party do not pass it up. You will come away full of energy and sparks of creativity ready to make your own art whatever it may be.

The High Plains of Nebraska

The far western edge of Nebraska would at first appear to be like the rest of the state—flat, flat, flat.
It is hard to realize that as you drive west through Nebraska you are actually moving up in elevation onto the edge of the high plains of the midwest. Near the highest point in Nebraska I ran into this house. Rather lonely as it sits out on the plains and feeling like no one has been living in this house for years. I cannot imagine living out in this desolate tree-less plain. Plenty of bugs to keep you company but that is about it. Across the road was an old oil rig and tanks. It has been a long time since this equipment was up and running. All quiet on the western edge of Nebraska.


Early morning walk

Took a short walk this morning along the bluffs of the Mississippi River with my Sports Photography class. Dodging all the spider webs became the sport of the day. And I think we all agree that shooting images of spiders should count as a sport. They are fast, agile, and all over the place. The leaves are just starting to turn. It should be a very colorful fall.