Elemental Allies


Elemental Allies


Elemental Allies



600 mm

The Story

This photograph was captured on one of Bill’s most successful waterfowl shoots to date. Arriving well before sunrise, Bill settled in waiting and hoping to capture some wood ducks he scouted the day before. This gadwall pair not only showed up at dawn, but spent the entire day putting on a show. In addition to perfect subjects, the elements cooperated in a way that is almost unheard of in central South Dakota.

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Countless Hours.

A Single Moment.

A man of few words Bill Vanderhagen is more comfortable behind the camera than in front of it. Like many, he finds the speed of modern life exhausting. Photography is his refuge. It is in the stillness of nature, waiting countless hours to capture that single moment where he feels most alive.

Bill discovered photography in 2008 as a way to combine my two passions for art and the outdoors. Learning the skills of this art form was an adventure of its own. With the exception of a brief two-year hiatus due creative burnout, Bill have never bored from chasing that single image.

Even with human subjects, there is something magical about capturing a glance, a smirk, or smile, which is gone just as quickly as it showed up.

Thanks for visiting the site. It has always been Bill's hope that the photos he shares bring you the sense of excitement and discovery he feels when it is just him, the unknown subject, and his camera.