K&M Adventures continues in 2017 with unique photographic adventures set to do one thing, have fun behind the camera! Along with my best bud and shooting companion for the last three decades, Kevin Dobler, we will take you to places are at times very common and others no one has ventured to before to explore with your camera. The goal of K&M is to inspire you to never leave your home without your camera, make the most of every click and not be afraid of Photoshop. We’re going to wear you out, make your sides hurt and probably bring home a click or two you will always treasure as your best!
We want YOU to become involved and your passions set free in the fastest growing genre of photography today, aviation! In 2017 we are uping our game and increasing your opportunities and learning possibilities ten fold. It starts by putting you in front of gorgeous, historic, rare, common, sexy, funny lookin aircraft. Ya, there are all sorts and we explore them all on the ground and in the air. We start on the ramp before the sun’s glow is on the horizon and finish long after it sets! Just some of what is covered at the K&M AirAdventure:
*Over 6 hours of ground school covering:
ground to air
air to air
working with pilots (and keep working with pilots)
gear for static and air to air
planning your air to air mission
executing your air to air mission
photo finishing (including printing)
*The business of aviation photography and how to get published
*hangar presentation and plane instruction
*Over 12hours of instruction a day
*ground to air shooting
*air to air shooting (if you elect to)
You’re learning in small, intimate groups from photographers and pilots with years of magazine covers and thousands of hours of flight! And do our students get published, just check out Michael McAuliffe piece in Smithsonian’s Air and Space! And Eric Mitch will be in the upcoming Flypast from his air to air mission with a Spitfire!
In 2014 – 16, we’re based out of just Minot, ND (where video above was filmed) .
There are many of you who aren’t sure that aviation photography is your type of photography. In 2017 we want to help answer that question by providing two levels of opportunities. The cadet pricing puts everything in your wheel house except the air to air opportunity. You will be in all the classes, shooting everything except the air to air mission. The airmen level has it all including the air to air photo mission. And there is so much more! Sign up, join us and we’d love to share it all with you!
2017 locales & dates TBA – stay tuned or … sign up for our emails!
(all scheduled aircraft are not guaranteed as aircraft do break down)
Winter is giving way to spring, the grasslands of the midwest have an erie and haunting sound floating over them as the sun rises. You can see in the faint light little bundles floating over the landscape, every so often colliding and bursting into the sky and then landing again. A right of spring that’s as old as the grasslands celebrating the longer hours in the day. A dance so celebrating new life it was imitated by Native Americans. K&M Adventures is heading to Nebraska next April 3-7 2017 to photograph Prairie Chicken and Sharp-tailed Grouse on their leks.
This very unique Adventure is all about birds. Besides the Prairie Chicken and Sharp-tailed Grouse, we work the Sandhill Cranes on the Platt and many other bird species of Nebraska. We might even stop for some amazing landscape scenes you’ll find nowhere else. The Adventure is limited to JUST 6 shooters (sorry, no spouses) for this four day adventure. The price is $2695 which includes lodging, breakfast and dinner, transportation during the entire time once in NE, access to the leks and blinds as well as guide and photographic instruction. This is an incredible shoot, can’t wait to go back! To reserve your spot, give Sharon a call 661.204.1506 today!
Where are all the other K&M Adventures? Well, it’s a long story but the bottom line, we have such a loyal group of returnees that they kinda book Kevin & I to do private trips just for them like Bald Eagles in AK. So since they are filled instantly, we just don’t advertise them all. How do you get in on this? Sign up for Moose News (lower right corner of the page) or call the office and talk with Sharon.
Happy New Year Moose!
I’m dropping you a quick note to share a recent development with my Aviation Photography.
I was contacted by the folks at Lyon’s Air Museum as they found my aviation images through a Google search, they were really impressed with the images from November that they have asked to work with me on images for their social media efforts-how cool is that?! With my foot in the door who knows what other opportunities will come from this.
Thanks again for hosting the workshop and the tips on my images.
Just a quick note to say THANK YOU for a great weekend. The photographic information, instruction and aircraft placement was excellent. An extremely informative session capped with an adrenaline rush Air to Air shoot. The weekend would not have been better to say nothing of the great North Dakota weather. Please extend a thank you again to the pilots for their excellent flying skills. Brent you look pretty good after the loop Warren took you through.
Moose: Great workshop! I shot about 3000 images. My ground to air shots were not in focus. Need more practice. I also found that despite checking camera and lens twice before air to air, my VR was turned off. I have one other shot to send you that I may print and send on to Mr. Pietch. Thanks again for offering this opportunity and I hope to join you again for one of these workshops, See you in April for what I anticipate will be an exciting and educational 8 days.
Happy New Year, it has been a while since our Minot Air Adventure and thinking about it still puts a smile on my face.
It took me a long time but I finally finished editing my pictures from this shoot. Here is a link if you are interested:
What can I say, it was an awesome experience and I am happy with my result.
Hope you are doing well and I am looking forward to our next shoot together.
All the best,
Carol from Costa Rica
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
I am still basking in the euphoria of my visit to Luna Lodge and my latest K&M Adventure. Once again, you have created a memorable experience, one that I would never have had without you. Everything you said about Luna Lodge and the Osa Peninsula was true but it was, for me, even better than you described. I’d return in a heartbeat. And, despite the shortcomings of some of my gear, I still managed to capture some stunning images that, for me, are photographs I will treasure forever.
Bob from Monument Valley Adventure
I also wanted to thank you and Kevin again for the great time at K&M.
I absolutely loved the emphasis on shooting. And shooting with both of you, right there in such a small group, directly impacted improvement in both my technique and thinking about what I was doing. Especially our discussions on the subject and thinking about how you will finish the photograph while you are in the field.
At the same time, I got more out of the informal processing sessions in moving my post work forward than anything I have taken before. I think it was because I could actually try out something real time and ask questions to get past the typical hurdles one gets into when trying a new Photoshop technique – and then cement the knowledge by doing it a couple times more while you both were sitting right there.. Getting help on the Wacom was huge too and now it is part of my workflow instead of just sitting in a box. Also, while I am not trying to become a Kevin or Moose clone, I really appreciate the comments about the photos I showed you from time to time as it helped develop my perspective on trying to create the best image I can.
Carol from Grand Canyon Adventure
That’s how I’d describe my experience with you and Kevin in the Grand Canyon. . . in two words. . . because I know you prefer short e-mails. But, I just can’t leave it at those two words, as perfectly descriptive as they are. My time last week in the Grand Canyon was a marvelous, once in a lifetime experience, not only because it was my first visit to see the exquisite beauty of the Grand Canyon but also because I had the privilege of taking photographs along side you. Thank you so very much. I had a great time and I learned. The most important thing I learned from you was to figure out what the subject of the photograph is before I take it. That one piece of counsel from you had the biggest effect on me during the workshop as I assessed the views and tried to decide what the photograph would convey, instead of mindlessly snapping away just because. At the same time, that one caution will also save me some disk space as the size of the D800 files is quickly gobbling up precious space on my drives.
Karen from Oregon Coast Adventure
I am planning to go to Vegas!!! I wanted to say a big thank you for all your help last week on your Oregon Coast workshop. I learned so much and plan to go on another one after I digest all the info from this one!
Anne from Oregon Coast Adventure
Yes, I will echo Karen’s reply about last week. Going through photos today and they are just fantastic. Some nice keepers. Your workshops are jammed packed. I was so exhausted, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Looking forward to Costa Rica and more. I learned so much on this trip and it will really help me go to the next level. Thanks so much Moose.