Twilight’s Guardian


Twilight’s Guardian

White-Tailed Deer

Twilight’s Guardian



600 mm

The Story

Nestled just outside the city limits of Sioux Falls, SD, surround by urban growth, sits a patch of land which is a favorite spot of white-tailed deer and Bill. Due to development in the area, the deer aren't as common as they once were. Regardless, as the days get shorter, Bill sets out on autumn evening drives through the area in search of bucks. Sometimes he finds them. Sometimes there's nothing. On a particularly unlucky night, he gave up and left for home. It was just as twilight was wrapping that this guardian of the hilltop made his presence known and Bill was able to capture this photo. The image is underexposed, giving it dramatic orange colors, and creating the silhouette effect.

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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.