Sunday, July 27, 2014



     Probably one of my favorite on-going projects I have on my website at would have to be my collection of photos of vintage cars. It's always fun hitting the old car shows around the area and seeing what is out there.
     It's fun seeing how people spruce up those old vehicles, making them vibrant and keeping them on the road -- even some from the early 1900s!
     I'm not into the kind of engine that is in it or anything like that, what I like are the different colors, the metal the cars are made of (not the cheap plastic they are made of today) and seeing the changes throughout history.
     On Saturday, July 26 my daughters and I took a drive to Crandon to check out the Kentuck Day Festival and the classic car show there. It was quite impressive.
     Two vehicles really caught my eye ... an awesome looking orange truck and a yellow car with a theme of Tweety Bird.
     If you happen to check out my website, just click on the "PROJECTS" link at the top and go to the project called History on Wheels where you will see some of my favorite photos from the past couple years at car shows.
     Where is your favorite car show? What do you tent to look at more at the car shows -- Ford, Chevy, Dodge, colors, engine?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Happy Hodag


 I have to get more consistent with writing these blogs, don't I? Sorry about taking so long on getting this one and the time between them.
     Well, this past weekend was the biggest concert weekend in the Wisconsin northwoods as the Hodag Country Festival was held in Rhinelander bringing stars like Neal McCoy, Darius Rucker (Hootie & The Blowfish), Josh Turner, Kellie Pickler, Kenny Rogers and more to this small northwoods city.
     More than 20,000 fans attended the show this year thanks to some pretty decent weather (except for a brief thunderstorm that moved through Saturday afternoon).
     I was covering the Hodag for the Northwoods River News in Rhinelander, helping with some preview stories by interviewing Pickler, Rucker, Easton Corbin, Sara Evans, Tracy Lawrence and Jerrod Niemann.
     During the actual fest, it was my job to get the photos for the newspapers daily special sections ... which isn't that hard to do at the Hodag. Pretty much anywhere you turn there is a photo opportunity there waiting for you.
     It's fun seeing the fans jumping and screaming for their favorite artists, seeing the singers rocking the stage and, of course, having some good food while out there.
     Here are some of my favorite photos from this past weekend.
     You can see more of my photos from the Hodag Country Festival on my website at and by clicking on "Projects" and then the "Hodag Country Fest" tab.

Saturday, May 17, 2014


     I haven't really had much opportunity to get out and photographer too many spring sports competitions this year like baseball, softball, track, soccer, tennis, golf.
     This week I was finally able to get out and get some photos at a few area baseball games and then on Thursday I got some photos at a track and field meet in Three Lakes. I just wish the temperature was a little warmer than 40 degrees, it was a bit chilly out there with the wind.
     The spring sports season was always my favorite season to take photos in, the first was the fall season. I like being outdoors taking photos of athletes in action.
     Probably two of my favorite events at a track meet are the pole vault and the jumping events like the long jump and triple jump. I enjoy seeing the athletes reaction as they try to pole vault over that bar or come crashing into the sand pits of the jumping events.
     Regionals are beginning this week, but I'm not sure I've I'll make it to any of those, I hope I do.
     Enjoy the rest of the season! Summer is almost here!

Thursday, May 15, 2014


    Well, it took some time, but spring is finally here and there's nothing better in spring than sunsets. Yes, there are sunsets in other seasons, but the spring and summer seem to bring out the best.
     I love photographing sunsets. If you look on my wall at home, it is covered in sunset photos I have taken in the past -- on Shawano Lake, the Wolf River, the Wisconsin River and now Boom Lake as well.
     My favorite of all these is one I took about three years ago when I was working at the Shawano Leader as presentation editor. I was driving through Cecil as the sun was setting and was hoping I'd run across a nice picture. I was going past the dock that is right on Shawano Lake and there is was!
     It was a grandfather and his grandson out there fishing, silhouetted by the sunset. I pulled over, jumped out of the car and started making photos. The best one was as the grandfather and the grandson were facing each other and the grandfather was helping to fix his grandson's fishing line.
     That photo almost didn't make it in the paper. At first the grandfather didn't want his picture in the paper, but after about 15 minutes of talking to them about fishing and having Shawano Lake close to their home, he agreed to us using the photo.

     A photo I just took Wednesday night is probably my second favorite sunset photo of all-time now. I was driving over the County Road W bridge from Rhinelander into Pine Lake when I noticed the sunset creating a real awesome shade of red, orange and purple. I pulled over to the side of the road and shot a few frames.
     I don't know what it is about sunsets that I like the most, maybe it's because they are relaxing and I'm not thinking of anything else when I'm shooting those photos, or if it's the bright colors, but I don't think I'll ever get bored with sunset photos.
    Here are a few I've taken recently.

Saturday, January 11, 2014


   Rhinelander got his with about two or three inches of snow last night, just enough to make the outdoors look pretty awesome up here with snow covered trees and signs and everything else.
     I snuck out of the house and decided to drive around for an hour looking for photos. I found some that I like, but I wish I could've stayed out a little longer, but oh well, there's still plenty of winter left.
     Sometimes winter photos can seem to blend together after a while -- making them all look similar, so you have to try and find some different things to add into them.
     Today, against a back-drop of snow covered trees I found an American flag on a pole. The bright red stripes really stand out amongst the gloomy trees.
     I also found a pretty cool barn in the Town of Pine Lake.
     So far I'm making it through winter, just as long as the wind chill doesn't sink all the way down to -55 anymore.
    I've also updated my website with a slightly new look. Check it out!