Perfect Harmony


Perfect Harmony

Gadwall & bluewing Teal

Perfect Harmony



600 mm

The Story

Dealing with the elements is a given for an outdoor photographer, particularly during the unpredictable months of spring in central South Dakota. Wind. Clouds. Fog. Rain. Shadows. Snow. There is almost always something to battle. Occasionally the rare opportunity presents itself when everything aligns. This shot was captured prior to sunrise immediately following the blue-winged teal’s arrival on the pond making splashes behind the gadwall.

This morning was one of Bill's more successful as he was able to snap photos of a variety of birds on the water that morning, taking full advantage of the cooperating ducks and elements.

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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.