Do you ever feel like you’re emerging from a black lagoon? Perhaps this photo symbolizes a rise out of the murky marshes, complete with a new bow, ready to become the predator. Read about outdoor photographer Bill Konway’s photoshoot for Bowtech Archery.
This was a shot that was made for Bowtech Archery and one of their new bows. It was shot in the evening, just before dark, but the “dark” feel came from over-syncing the flash and the use of hard lights. There were three strobes, each held by an assistant who was in the water. Actually, the property owner and myself were the only ones to remain dry throughout the shoot. The final shot was identical to the conceived shot that was designed about four months earlier during an awful lunch (really bad food) in Wisconsin with the marketing director. The fact that the final image was the same as the original idea is very rare, at least for me. Typically the original ideas tend to develop during the shoot and new ideas replace the original ones, until the point where the photo, although likely better than the original idea, has no real visual connection to the original idea. I shot this with a Nikon D3 w/ 80-200 f2.8 lens.
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.
To see more of Bill’s photography, watch this Quicktime slideshow. If you don’t have Quicktime, you’ll be prompted to download it to view the slideshow.