I shot this photo in Kentucky of writer/hunter Brandon Butler of Indiana. I used a Nikon D3 with a 14mm, 2.8 lens. The shutter sync speed was slightly over clocked at 1/320th of a second and the aperture was f16. The shot was made almost directly into the sun, which is typically a no-no – or so they say. A couple of off-camera flashes lit the shadowed sides and gave a three-dimensional look to the image. The aperture spots, which are seen on Brandon’s elbow, are something that you will always get when you get nearly in alignment with the sun, or any bright light source.
It’s difficult, if not impossible, to get rid of them, but they can be moved into a location in the photo by small movements of the camera to a place where they don’t detract, and may even add to the photo. Positioning the sun at the top of the bow really brought attention to the bow.
Bill Konway worked as a staff photographer for a Chicago newspaper for more than 20 years, before pursuing a full-time career in the outdoors as a photographer two years ago. Taking his lifelong passion for the outdoors and making a living at it has been a dream come true. Bill shoots primarily commercial work for hunting manufacturers. His clients include Realtree, Bowtech, Prois Hunting, Dogtra, Knight Rifles, Rivers West and Alpen Optics. He has also been published in Gatehouse Media outlets, Indiana Outdoor News, Retriever Journal, Ducks Unlimited publications, Tennessee Outdoor News, Just Labs, Pointing Dog Journal and The Associated Press, to name a few.
Bill also participates in the sports that he photographs and has hunted in several Midwestern, Southern and Western states including deer in Iowa, elk in New Mexico, turkey and deer in Missouri, and turkey and deer in Kentucky, not to mention his home state of Indiana. Bill is also a co-owner of Straight Creek Outfitters in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains of eastern Kentucky. Bill has been married to his wife Stacy for nearly 20 years and has one son, Zak, who is 18 years old. For more information or to view some of his work, head to www.billkonway.com.