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Downtown Skyline

The Kansas City skyline, while not formiddable, definitely has a very unique character. There is also a brand new addition, with the recent grand opening of the Kauffman Performing Arts Center. I have been wanting a good overall panoramic shot of the skyline, and last night provided a pretty good backdrop. Let me know what you think!

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The Scout

Just outside of the downtown area,  perched atop Penn Valley Park, sits “The Scout” statue. He keeps watch to the west for any impending trouble for the downtown area. This area is one of the most picturesque places to view the Kansas City skyline, but it seems far less traveled than the nearby Liberty Memorial. I have wanted to explore this shot for a while, and after shooting it once, I am sure I will be back in the future. On my way back home I made a brief stop at a new installation art piece by John Salvest. It sits on the west lawn of the Federal Reserve in Kansas City. Look carefully because there is a hidden message buried in these foreign shipping containers.

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Kauffman Performing Arts Center (revisit)

As some of you may know, the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts is in its last leg of construction. I have been driving by it for a while on my way to and from work in the morning, and each time I think to myself, “I can’t wait for it to open so I can have free reign for some photography.” Well unfortunately I will still have to wait for another 3-4 months for opening night, but in the meantime this shoot will tide me over. While I was over there I turned around to capture a few images of Bartle Hall and it’s Ballroom with the skyline as its backdrop. It was a gorgeous night to shoot, I just wished I could have had the light for a little while longer.

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Springtime Weather

Spring in the mid-west is always an exciting time because you are coming out of what always seems like the “harshest winter.” I love that there are a few weeks where it never gets cold enough to need a jacket, and it never seems to get hot enough to turn the air on. There is another kind of excitement that comes with the changing of the seasons, and that is thunderstorms. I have been in the mid-west for a little less than 10 years, and I am still in awe of the raw power that mother nature expresses through her thunderstorms in this area of the country. Wind driven rain continuously pounds on your windows in unrelenting sheets, its path it always lit by the powerful fingers of electric light reaching from horizon to horizon, and it always annouces its arrival with a heavy roar that can be heard for miles. Just like a theater performance on a giant stage, every storm has its own unique signature, but it is always an entertaining performance. This just so happens to be the latest installment in a neverending tour. ENJOY!

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Urban Hunt

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Despite the bone chilling temperatures this week, I somehow convinced myself to get out there and find some images capturing the cold nature of winter. Living in Kansas City, the winter can cut straight to the bone and leave you numb and weary. As I speak the windchills outside are reaching as low as -10 F. I think that is part of the reason I like living here. There may be bitter cold, but there is always something to look forward to. I feel like if I were to live in a climate where the seasons have far less variation, I would take it for granted and time would seem to fly by me without any checkpoints. I hope these images inspire you to go take in the cold weather so that at some point you can be that much more appreciative of a warm day in the middle of summer.


A Preview (of things to come)

I recently purchased some new filters to expand the realm of possibility with my camera. I have been so excited to go out and try them, but the light outside has not been favorable for the shot in my mind. Sooooo in the meantime, I have been forced to try it out on other things…..like I could leave new toys alone. Here are a couple of shots with them! (I can’t wait to see what Yosemite looks like through these.)


Liberty Memorial

Though I have shot this memorial quite a few times, it always seems to draw me back. I always seem to find something new to explore, and I can never be quite satisfied with just a few shots. Since Kansas City has been a dumping ground for mother nature over the past couple of weeks, I thought it would be a good time to get out and capture a wintery landscape overlooking the skyline. I braved the near sub-zero temperatures for almost 2 hours, and enjoyed every second of it. The memorial was built to honor those who served in World War I, and it houses a World War I museum below the monument.