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 […]
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).
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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?
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. In just a couple of hours all kinds of art was created and destroyed. The entire gym was covered […]
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 […]
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.