Steve HirschAbandoned Kansas Photography Road Trip

Abandoned Kansas Photography Road Trip

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Kansas. Not the first destination you would think about taking a vacation. But when my friend, Eric Shumate, called me up and said that he’s spending the summer at his childhood home, and that I should come out. I immediately asked…. “why?” He replied… “Abandoned Kansas Photography Road Trip”. He had me at abandoned. After a month…

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MiO

MiO Cherry Blackberry Liquid Water Enhancer

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Being a fan of MiO Liquid Water Enhancer, not only do I like to drink it, but I also like to play with it! And that led me to an idea of a product photo shoot using the MiO Cherry/Blackberry Water Enhancer. The majority of the shots were tests to see how Mio interacted with the fruit, and bottle in water.…

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2016 Denver Supermoon

2016 Denver Supermoon with time-lapse

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The November 2016 supermoon is the largest full moon since 1948. Sure, there have been other supermoons. But what makes this one so special is the fact that it’s been almost 70 years since it’s been this close to earth. If you missed it, you’ll have another chance in 2034. Who knows… maybe by then we’ll…

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Abandoned Church

Abandoned Church Behind the Camouflage of Nature pt 2

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Morning finally came after a long, cold, and haunting night photographing the Abandoned Church Behind the Camouflage of Nature. The gray overcast of the early Iowa light revealed a different look to this beautiful abandoned church. Its distinct shapes of the empty church windows, and a partially collapsed steeple hide in the camouflage of nature. If you enjoyed this post,…

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Abandoned Church Abandoned Church Behind the Camouflage of Nature

Abandoned Church Behind the Camouflage of Nature

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Sitting amongst the overgrown trees, alone, and in the dark. An abandoned church sits quietly, with the occasional wind blowing through it’s broken windows. It was 9:30pm when my headlights revealed the church behind the camouflage of nature. It was beautiful. (Ok… that’s it for my creative writing skills, now on to the story!) My plan was…

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Abandoned Elk Chapel

Abandoned Elk Chapel

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Elk Chapel was founded in 1875 by the United Brethern and later became the community meeting house. Which was abandoned some time during the 1980’s according to a local farmer my friend Eric and I met down the road. Now, it’s not the most beautiful abandoned church I’ve come across. But some of the artifacts found…

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25th Annual Louisville National Photography Show

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I’m thrilled to announce that “Night Mining” received an Artistic Achievement award Saturday night at the 25th Annual Louisville National Photography Show. “The Barn Out Back” was also in the show but did not place. There were 800 submissions and only 100 were invited to show. There was so much talent in the room and I…

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Abandoned Iowa Schoolhouse Sunset

Abandoned Iowa Schoolhouse

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Next stop, Iowa. As I made my way North from the last abandoned schoolhouse in Kansas, I was headed to Des Moines to pick up a good friend, Eric, who joined me the rest of the trip. But on my way up, I just had to stop by the old school and do a little…

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Golden Oreo milk splash

Oreo Cookies and Milk

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What does a photographer do on a cold, snowy weekend with stacks of Golden Oreo Cookies and a gallon of milk? PHOTO SHOOT! Inspired by the illustrated packaging of the Golden Oreo cookies, I wanted to create a similar look using photography. This was just a fun little photo shoot I wanted to try… well, ok… I’ll confess. It was just…

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The Schoolhouse, Super Moon, and The Snake

The Schoolhouse, Super Moon, and The Snake

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An abandoned schoolhouse? With a Super Moon? YES PLEASE! It’s the snake I could have done without. And if you read my last blog post, I swear it was the infamous Kansas King Cobra. More on that later. This beautiful Kansas schoolhouse was built in 1869 to 1870. It’s remarkable how well it’s held up for…

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Abandoned Midwest Road Trip

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2863 photos taken, 2530 miles driven, 14 different abandoned locations, 9 days on the road, 2 dog vs. car chases, and 1 giant Kansas King Cobra. Well, in my mind, it might as well have been! More on that later! Some people like to spend their spring break in places where it’s warm, with beautiful sandy beaches. Me? I…

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