​The Story of Traynor Photography

​The Story of Traynor Photography

Sunrise on Lake Marie - Metal Photo

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Once upon a time, there was a man who loved to kayak. He would go to the Chain O Lakes in Illinois to kayak every Saturday and Sunday morning throughout the summer each year. He kayaked for a workout, but this would lead to so much more.

He would go out before the sun came up to avoid the speedboats and soon realized the amazing beauty of the Chain O Lakes. The beauty that most people never see in the early hours of the morning. After a short period of time of kayaking and enjoying the sunrises and the wildlife himself, he decided he had to capture the beauty to share with others. He bought a good camera and began taking pictures.

On his kayak trips, he would go to different lakes and find different locations on the lake and wait for the sun to start to come up. He would take pictures through all different conditions whether it be sunny, cloudy or foggy. He would go out if it was warm or cold, not only for his workout, but to find the perfect spot that morning for the perfect picture.

Being on the lakes in the early morning hours, he soon began to appreciate not only the sunrises but also the wildlife and the natural beauty of the lakes. It turned out the lakes are full of all different kinds of birds that the speedboat drivers never see. In his kayak, he could get close and the water would hardly move. The birds wouldn’t notice his presence, and he would get amazingly close beautiful pictures of all the exotic birds.

Pre-matted Black - Sandhill Cranes, Fox River

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Over the years, he found out that each spring a family of bald eagles would make a nest high up in one of the trees along the lakes. Each year they would have babies that he could see grow up each weekend in the early morning hours while kayaking. The location has changed throughout the years, but on his morning journeys he would find the new nest and capture the magnificence of these rare birds that not many people get to see.

Pre-matted Black - Bald Eagle, Fox River

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He would share his pictures with family and his community at the Chain O Lakes but now seeks to make the best pictures from his collection from years of kayaking available to the public.