Extraordinarily Ordinary


Extraordinarily Ordinary

Yellow Headed Blackbird

Extraordinarily Ordinary



600 mm

The Story

An ordinary bird. An ordinary behavior. Uncommon circumstances. An extraordinary opportunity.

This yellow-headed blackbird singing morning’s song during mating season combined with mother nature’s complete cooperation allowed for these images. It was a cold and surprisingly calm South Dakota morning revealing the bird's breath against the sunny sky. These few photos are a fraction of the 2,400 images Bill estimates taking that morning.

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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.