Picture Perfect


Picture Perfect

Wood Duck

Picture Perfect



600 mm

The Story

Probably one of the most beautiful ducks in the area, the wood duck can be difficult to photograph. They are more skittish than many of the other waterfowl. Bill scouted these drakes in central South Dakota the night prior to this shoot. Sneaking in undetected before dawn, he waited patiently for daylight. At first it was a foggy morning, but after about four hours, the sun cut through the fog, highlighting the drakes' vibrant colors on perfectly calm waters.

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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.