Enhancing a video

During this time everyone is inside, staying safe or not going out in groups. I decided last weekend I would go on a hike since there are usually not many people out on the trails. I get restless inside, especially on a Saturday or Sunday.

After the recent rain, there was a good amount of water running off of the cliff/bluffs on this trail. That all led to some waterfalls and I am not sure if they’re normally running like they were that day since I have never been down this trail before.

Now to the topic. I didn’t take my audio recorder and I didn’t have my on-camera mic attached at the time I took all of these shots in this video. So, when I was editing the video I thought it would be a much better experience to watch if I added some natural sounds to the video. There is so much more you can do to enhance a video with just using the right audio and though this is a very simple example of that, I am excited to get more into this as I start researching techniques more and learning myself.

Check out the video and let me know what you all think!


Thanks for coming back for another blog. I think I might do one more blog this week about my experience and thoughts on the situation the world is in right now. Mostly for myself to look back and see years down the road, on how I was taking it and my thought process during it vs after it’s over.

Check out my other videos while you’re probably stuck at home. Find me on Instagram @derekliving and @DLsports. I am also on Twitter @ThatPhotog1



Kansas! Magazine 2018 Calendar

The story behind my Kansas! Magazine 2018 Calender December cover photo.




It was January 15th, 2017 and my now wife and I was driving back from seeing family in Kansas City. Making the trip often to Kansas City we always see the sign that says, “Marais des Cygnes Massacre site” right off of the highway, so we took the exit and headed out to the site.

Down the gravel road, we go and we don’t know what to expect as we have never looked it up on google or seen any photos of the site. The road splits fields of dirt, nothing to see for most of the drive, until…

Until, I spot the majestic American Bald Eagle, sitting in the middle of a field. I didn’t have any of my big lenses on me so I missed that opportunity to shoot a bald eagle staring straight at me. Since the shot is pointless, I jump back in the car and keep on down the road.


We take our last turn into the entrance and that is where the shot is taken. I see the ice-covered trees and I am in awe! Everything is covered in ICE, tunneling this road into the site. I knew I had to take the photo, the reason being every time I drive around on the backroads, I am always looking for roads that are covered by trees and when we came across this one, with the ice it grabbed me.

I now look back and wish I would have done a few things differently. One would be, adding a subject to the scene, something with a pop of color in the middle of the road. The second thing is my composition and I think I would like it better if I went lower to the road with my camera. Third, I think if I went with like f/10 instead of f/5, just so more would be in sharp focus.

Until next time





Settings: 70mm f/5 1/250 iso800

Gear: Nikon d3s w/ Nikon 70-200 f2.8

Adjustments made to Contrast and highlights in Adobe Lightroom