Cowboys, bulls, and BBQ…….must be American Royal time! There is nothing better livin’ in Kansas City (okay, maybe Missoula) in the fall knowing that in October KC has the best aroma for miles. I am dead serious, have you ever rolled down your windows for the three days that the world’s largest BBQ contest is being held in good ol’ Kansas City? It draws you in and before you know it your car is sittin’ across from the Golden Ox and you can’t stop thinking about smoked baked beans and ribs. The American Royal has been held every fall since 1905. Over the years, more and more events were added; hereford show, horse show, professional rodeo, and the World Series of BBQ.
Getting a front row seat at a Professional Bull Riding Competition is better than any UFC sanctioned fight. It is the epitome of David meets Goliath, cause Hillside Strangler, Perfect Poison,and Gunpowder and Lead were not typical names given to any of my childhood family pets. Sitting that close to the chute, every sense pays homage to the absolute power of these bulls. You feel the ground vibrate as they stomp their hooves and bang up against the sides of the chutes. By the way, talk about a downer, at least one or two riders is put on the DL just trying to mount the dang thing! I’m sorry you would have to pay me, load me with hops, and give me forget me drugs before I would strap myself to that powder keg. I swear you can smell the fear not from the rider, but of the photographers and spectators near those chutes ‘cause you can see the rage in the bull’s eyes.
Even armed with all these facts those riders love this sport. Just remember if you ever have to pick who is on your team if challenged to a fight there ain’t nothing tougher than a PBR. There are two kinds of guys that the ladies seem partial to: a man in uniform and a man with a cowboy hat, chaps, and a scar.
This is just plain cool! These guys drive these combines with the precision of Dale Earnhardt Jr.! The next time the Summer Olympics come back to the USA, let’s petition for synchronized harvesting, look how evenly spaced those mammoth machines are in the field.
This image represents so much more than a great photo of a wheat harvest, it represents the tenacious spirit and ingenuity of the American Grower. I love to hear people brag about the price of their new house or new sports car, if they only knew! One, just one of these combines is more than most people’s homes. No, your eyes are not deceiving you, there are six combines in this shot. My chest tightens just thinkin’ about that price tag!
This image was taken on a farm that plants and harvests over 20,000 acres every year. You think your job is hard? They don’t take breaks, eat their lunch in the combine and I’m sure at times their breakfast and their dinner. Once they start harvest, they are nonstop until it is done. I have often said, a group of growers could probably solve many a company’s or country’s problems because they have to be well versed in many trades.
Even though nothing runs like a Deere, you can bet that they are more than capable of fixing anything that goes wrong on their machinery. Heck, just about every grower I have ever met is more knowledgable than most statesmen on the plight of the world’s economy and food source. Their offices look like a war room with monitors forecasting commodities, global projections, and the weather.
Just lookin’ at these photos makes me want to break out singing the stanza of amber waves of grain!
I loved watching the 2012 Summer Olympics! I am in awe of the talent and the physical condition of some of the athletes. Don’t you remember watching as a kid and the next day you would try your hand at being “the fastest man on earth”, long jump, and the hurdles over your mom’s TV trays? Sorry mom, I know you had to put them out for the trash after that track and field event! This year was no different. I upped the miles on my mountain bike to probably the equivalence of a roll around the block for Olympians and pros.
Pip Taylor happens to be one of those amazing athletes that logs hundreds of miles riding, running, and swimming every month. Pip is a professional triathlete from Australia, who splits her training between down under and Lawrence, Kansas. I have such respect for these athletes because they are so disciplined in their training and their nutrition. In fact, Pip is so dedicated to the nutrition part of training that she consults other athletes and blogs on the subject.
Pip is definitely one to watch; I know what you are thinking guys-she is nice looking, as a triathlete she is proving to be quite formidable.
So long Summer Olympics until Brazil 2016! If they can have rhythmic ribbon as an Olympic event I think Brazil should have the first ever beach badminton bikini event. If the Olympic committee sanctioned solo synchronized swimming for three Olympics, surely we can convince them of couch potato virtual athlete. I have a few buddies that would sweep the podium with their form, longevity, and array of snack and beverages.
This image represents the beautiful vastness of a grower’s field. To the average person, they drive by these fields and think ” another corn field, so what”, but I see the field come to life, yield it’s textures, hues, shadows, and light.
While most people stil have their head on the pillow, I am searching for the image that portrays the beauty of the fields and horizon. I want my image to reveal the grower’s work and expertise in caring for and maintaining the fields.
I have to chuckle a little when I see this image because it represents a great deal of preproduction and execution in securing amazing images for the client…….in 100+ degree weather………in the middle of nowhere Kentucky. Recent reviews have said ” I love the fog hovering over the crops, it’s so peacful, I bet it was gorgeous being out there.” Truth be told, at 5:15am, it has already climbed to 87 degrees and the only saving grace was the fact that we were working 40 feet in the air above the fog of doom. When we had to descend below the “yuck line”, we suffered from flash rust. You know, that instant flash of full body sweat wet that is felt in every crevice.
Anyone who knows me, knows that I will plow through anything and will do whatever it takes to get the shot. Even with this type of work ethic, I will not mince words when it comes to my distain for the dreaded 8 letter (double 4 letter dirty word), HUMIDITY. Yes, I meant to yell. Whenever I listen to the weather, the weather guessers throw out terms to describe this ugly phenomenon such as; absolute humidity, relative humidity, and specific humidity. I don’t know about you, but you can apply all the pleasant scientific terms you want to, it is still pure muck!
Each of the aforementioned terms have a lovely little formula that the meteorologists apply to the conditions so that they can stand in front of the green screen and tell us which one of the types of retched humidity it will be that day. So I decided to give you my version of those formulas.
Absolute Humidity: AH=Mw ÷Vnet Hepler Version: Abominable Horrid=Muggy/ wet-logged ÷Vulgar netrochous!
Relative Humidity: O= ew ÷ e*w X100% Hepler Version: O= eew/what the÷ e*&!?% WHAT THE X100% GROSS
Specific Humidity: SH= Mv ÷Ma Hepler Version: Suffocating Hellish=Malodorous/vile÷Murderous/atrocious
There you go boys and girls of the green screen, you will get our attention loud and clear if you tell it like it is!
Summertime is requesting your presence in the backyard and a seat at this table! Great project to work on, especially since we got to enjoy the foods and spirits with friends in one of the most beautiful places on earth, Montana. DOLCE TABLEWARE is manufactured in Italy by some of the most incrediable artists. The glassware is handblown, silverware is hand forged, and the linens are hand sewn. Such craftsmanship has become a lost art in the United States so kudos to the Lambros for making sure that people find out about such jewels and keep it going!
Now that it is no longer triple digit, wasp swappin’, glass foggin’ weather, step outside for a long evening of great conversation, food, and drink!
Everyone should take the opportunity to go to YellowstoneNationalPark , it is a must include on anyone’s Bucket List. It is the GrandDaddy of all zoos (thankfully no fences or cages), the most spectacular views, and the most fascinating geological formations all in one place. This is not a fly in and rent a car type of vacation. This is a good old fashioned, squeakin’ styrofoam Americana car vacation. I know what you are thinking, “Are you kidding me, 18 hours in the car…..possibly with kids? No way!” Yellowstone is the destination but the journey getting there is also filled with beautiful scenery.
Being in the great outdoors is as essential to my survival as breathing. Yellowstone is as close as you can get sans backcountry trails when it comes to experiencing the true wilderness. Every turn has a new vista or possible wildlife siting. Yellowstone is meant to be experienced so visit the geyser basins, sulfur springs, lakes, and turnouts. Come prepared to hike down to see incredible waterfalls or possibly a back country trail to view wildflower meadows only few have ventured to view.
This is not your Momma’s drive through wildlife sanctuary, the ones quite frequently featured on America’s Funniest Home Videos. This is the real deal. There will be no guide to remind you to “keep your hands and feet inside at all times as the animals are wild and will bite”, just respect their personal space and they should pay you no mind.
This image of Bison or tatankas , was photographed in one of the most beautiful places in Yellowstone, Hayden Valley. The bison look so up close and personal, but remember the number one rule; let’s all say it together now “keep your hands and feet inside…….” I cheat with a BIG A%* lens! If you would like to see more art images from Yellowstone, check out heplerphoto.com .
Recently, I had the oppurtunity to work with Jenny Fletcher for a Garmin ad campaign. This would be one of the moments where you think to yourself ”okay, they say to play the cards that life has dealt you, but how is it some people end up with a royal flush?” Jenny Fletcher is definitely one of those people. Her life’s course is anything but ordinary. At 15, she was discovered by Mode Models, an international agency who soon had her flying off to Japan for her first shoot. Jenny had always been involved in sports so it was natural that some of her modeling assignments took advantage of that ability. In addition to modeling for the runway and photoshoots, she may look familiar from the Deal Or No Deal game show as one of the briefcase toten’ models. After several years of modeling, Jenny decided to explore a passion that she had held for many years, to be involved in a sport that would allow her to go from an ameteur to a pro athlete status. She had participated in several pentathlon events and tried a triathlon and was hooked.
She and her husband moved to California where she has been training for the past three years at the professional level. The Garmin ad campaign features Jenny with her Forerunner 910XT , which she is an advid user.
Don’t you remember as a kid wishing you could fly? There is something magnificant about seeing birds in flight gliding down for a landing, or a glider flying overhead, tipping their wing to say hello and actually seeing their face!
On a recent aviation photoshoot of the hawkerbeechcraftkingair, nature provided so many incredible backdrops to photograph the airplanes. You develop quite an appreciation for the enginuity and sophicitication of the planes. They glide so effortlessly through the sky, but having been inside the cockpit many times, I know how complex the instrumentation is to allow this plane to function at such extreme levels. It is easy to get lost in the flight and yet, it’s connecting with my subject that allows me to express the beauty of the subject.
Aviation Photography is truly in the eye of the beholder.
You know the ol’ saying “A bad day of fishing is still better than a good day at work”, this is the best of both worlds! On a recent campaign for Garmin International, I photographed Scott Martin doing what he does best; finessing the line to catch yet another hog.
Outdoor photography stirs the soul and provides such inspiration for me. Preproduction for such shoots requires anticipating the unexpected and at the same time, unlimited opportunites. Okay…..so I’m like a kid in a candy store when I’m involved in outdoor/sport/fishing/hunting photoshoots, notice I didn’t say work,cause it’s all GOOD to me!
Three-fourths of the Earth’s surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.~Chuck Clark
Outdoor Photographer,sport photographer,location photographer,marine photographer,