Into the Spotlight


Into the Spotlight

Ruby Throated Hummingbird

Into the Spotlight



600 mm

The Story

To capture a summertime favorite, the rubythroated hummingbird, Bill doesn’t have to travel far from home. Often found near backyard feeders or flower gardens, Bill often braves the beating sun and intense heat for hours on end. He can sit at the same flower patch but always see and capture something new. However, it was the last light of the day that provided the dramatic lighting and black background for this beauty.

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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.