Haney celebrates 30 years of photography


Whitefish Pilot

Whitefish photographer Chuck Haney’s occupation has morphed over the years as the marketplace transformed with new know-how and electronic cameras turned out there to extra persons.

From commencing out in his early yrs working the Mountain Photography on The Significant Mountain in the early 1990s to getting stock pictures for journals and textbooks and now getting into a extra inventive facet of pictures, Haney has pictures for each occasion.

In his yearly photograph slideshow that gains the North Valley Foods Financial institution on Friday, Haney will existing his shots with timelapse shots interspersed established to coordinating tunes for an entertaining evening. Haney asks that attendees carry a monetary donation, and all proceeds from the night will go instantly to the meals financial institution.

It is been a selection of years because Haney commenced internet hosting the annual demonstrate and he states it presents him the chance to provide the group together for a good lead to.

“We’ve study, how terribly (the food financial institution) demands enable these times. It’s a disgrace additional and extra persons have to count on them,” Haney mentioned. “I believe it is a fantastic community result in, and all the income stays here. So it feels very good to give back a small mainly because the group has been fantastic to me far too.”

The demonstrate also provides a enjoyment way for Haney to rejoice a different year’s worthy of of photographs. A lot of the slideshow is a yr-in-evaluate that attributes highlights from Haney’s do the job, which includes his travels overseas. Haney now potential customers image excursions in a variety of locations domestically and overseas, and the shots emphasize the finest of his travels.

In 2022, Haney’s big journey was a five-7 days vacation to Europe — traveling to Portugal, the Czech Republic and Ireland. In addition, he did a backpacking vacation in Glacier Park, cycled throughout the point out of Ohio — 300 miles around 5 days — and shot loads of photographs regionally.

He states after a long time in the business enterprise, he occasionally just has the inclination to go out and shoot on a certain working day and finishes up with some of the most spectacular pictures of the 12 months.

Just one of individuals times this calendar year was when he and his wife made the decision to head up to Werner Peak in September when the Northern Lights ended up forecasted. Haney waited up until eventually just previous midnight — absolutely nothing. He woke up at 3 a.m., again no Northern Lights just a faint glow. Randomly he woke again at about 4:30 a.m. and it was a single of the most amazing visions of the aurora borealis he experienced witnessed. It was so late in the early morning that the sunlight experienced began to clearly show as perfectly.

“I woke up and, oh my God it is like the lights were dancing you know. There have been rays capturing up in the air…” he recalled. “So I hopped down, lit up the lookout tower, and shot it until finally 5 a little something in the early morning. It was so late that we could essentially see the colors of the dawn starting off.”

“I told my spouse, we could remain in this article a different 30 yrs and this would never ever happen,” he extra.

The image highlights from the year are one particular factor of the once-a-year clearly show, Haney also adds distinctive presentations that are photos of a distinct theme taken more than numerous years. This year’s particular phase will be artistic photographs of ice and unusual temperature phenoms.

A person of Haney’s favourite destinations to shoot is Lake McDonald in Glacier Park. He suggests the way the ice formations improve from day to working day is intriguing as effectively as the colorful rocks showing as a result of the ice layer.

“I locate it fascinating as a issue simply because it just can take on so a lot of various sorts, like styles, and then the transparency…” he stated.

An part of pictures that Haney enjoys is that a scene can be shot a single working day and appear entirely unique a different day. This took place to Haney recently as he wandered down to the shore of Whitefish Lake just one chilly morning. The way the cold air strike the water designed a large fog that seemed like a monster mounting out of the lake. Despite the fact that Haney has shot the lake usually in the course of 30 years, he could still capture it in a distinctive way.

“That’s nevertheless the hurry soon after all these several years of having pictures, primarily a acquainted subject matter like (the lake). It just appears to be entirely distinct. And that truly is kind of the elegance of images,” he stated.

REFLECTING ON 30 decades as a experienced photographer, Haney claims it is been the ride of a life time. His enterprise has taken him all about the earth and he has been revealed in a great number of journals as perfectly as a host of coffee desk guides.

“I by no means get it for granted,” Haney explained. “I necessarily mean it is a very challenging profession to make a residing at, it can be possibly equivalent to most arts. From when I started out to now is like from the Stone Age to… it’s just fully various.”

In the early ’90s, he had a film digital camera and shot slides which demanded various capabilities to manipulate the film. He explained when digital cameras and Photoshop arrived about he welcomed the modify as he could eventually see and fix his photographs in advance of handing them around to a customer.

The moment the net was obtainable, he experienced to shift his vocation mainly because he spent much of his time shooting stock images which was now conveniently sold by any person on line who experienced a camera.

“My occupation has kind of pivoted and I had to really make some profession changes in the final 10 several years or more,” Haney explained.

In the earlier ten years, he commenced main image tours for his organization and also shoots much more creative images for entertaining.

“I’m just seeking to do something no person else truly does… any artist I consider following you have been doing it a very long time, you variety of evolve,” he reflected.

Engineering has created him capable to consider pictures he would have never dreamed of many years in the past, but his ability and purely natural knack have also established him apart from lots of.

“I was fortunate mainly because I was just about 30 when I was floundering about below doing diverse positions. But it just seemed like I could see (the picture) prior to I took it…” Haney stated of the begin to his job.

In the display, Haney will consider persons via his system, highlight his longstanding profession and clearly show some of the very best photographs taken from powering his lens in 2022.

The show is Friday, Dec. 30 at 7:30 p.m. at the O’Shaughnessy Middle in downtown Whitefish. Convey a monetary donation for the foods lender to attend.

Kenneth Proto

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