Posts Tagged ‘duck hunting’

2016 In Review

TWENTY-SIXTEEN WAS A BIG YEAR. New clients were booked, revenue milestones were reached, shutter clicks were off the scale, and the official year-end tally of My Butt In An Airline Seat surpassed 15,000 miles. In this video, you’ll find a smattering of my 2016 work from The Olympic Range to the Seychelles. Much appreciation to YETI and Frontiers International Travel, […]


Nostalgia, And All That

Nostalgia, And All That

MY EARLIEST RECOLLECTIONS of duck hunting were on the shallow bays and flats of the Texas Coast. I began tagging along with my dad at about age 8, and there was a period of time in those early years when I didn’t know that ducks even landed on fresh water. Eventually I was exposed to […]


Have Camera, Will Travel

Have Camera, Will Travel

BACK IN EARLY DECEMBER I was hired to photograph a group of duck hunters at their private lodge in Northeast Arkansas. Like most member/guest operations, these gentlemen pour copious amounts of sweat and equity into their game, and the months of November, December, and January are set aside to reap the rewards. During my visit, they hunted […]


Timber Mallards

Timber Mallards

Last month I had occasion to photograph scenes that I haven’t seen since I was a kid: muddy water standing beneath towering oaks, rings of ice around the trunks, and flocks of mallards working and calling and spiraling down through the canopy. I do love hunting ducks on the bay, but green timber mallards hold […]


Big Water Ducks

Big Water Ducks

The dead-of-winter can be punishing for duck hunters, even here in the balmy south; but last week my son Blake and I drew three perfect weather days for our annual Texas Coast duck hunt with Brad Smythe. Scattered clouds, pleasant temps, and just enough wind to keep the birds moving. This year it appears that […]


The Waterline

The Waterline

I’m a creature of habit. That serves me well with most things, but not photography. One of the toughest challenges that I have in creating marketable imagery, is overcoming my tendency to shoot the same angles when returning multiple times to a favorite locale. Last week, my son Blake and I drove down to Rockport for […]


Roll Camera

Roll Camera

Chad Belding hucking shells In April I traveled to the deepwood hinterlands of Bastrop County, Texas for two days of shooting with the Sportsman Channel. Their plan was to gather a selection of their television talent and devise natural sets for both videography and still images. My role in the project involved three different scenarios: […]


Going Coastal

Going Coastal

Last month I spent a couple of days hunting ducks on the bay with Rockport outfitter, Brad Smythe. Scads of pintails and redheads provided incredible decoying action for both the shotgun and camera. On the second day I got to watch and photograph some phenomenal dog work by Brad’s friend Walt Collier, and his lab […]


The 2010 Holiday Grab Bag

The 2010 Holiday Grab Bag

Instead of showing you some cool new stuff that I shot in November (which I don’t have, because I was playing hooky in a deer blind) I’m now going to shift gears and thank the folks that have allowed me to perpetuate my twenty-five-year existence without cubicles, neckties, or shiny shoes. So, without further adieu, […]


The Heart of Duckness

The Heart of Duckness

After the New Year I got in a couple of Texas coastal duck hunts with my son, Blake, and friend Brad Smythe. I shot my first ducks around Rockport nearly forty years ago (damn I’m old), and until I reached my teens, I wasn’t even sure that ducks would land on fresh water. I’ve hunted […]