Veil of Night


Veil of Night

Screech Owl

Veil of Night



600 mm

The Story

Owls are a favorite subject for Bill to photograph, however, due to their superb hiding skills, and nocturnal nature, they provide a unique set of challenges as well.

Located in central Minnesota, Bill watched this screech owl sit near someone’s house for hours. Just at sunset he took off for food - leaving his urban backdrop for a more scenic natural one. Because of how quickly night falls, Bill was ready to push his camera to the max. This photo was taken under the veil of night, resulting in its blue hues.

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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.