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Ken Sklute has enjoyed a diverse career photographing people, nighttime skiies, landscapes, professional sports, architecture and weddings. Ken spends much of his time photographing, teaching and lecturing both Nationally and Internationally.
Ken is proud to be or have been a Canon Explorer of Light, a Kodak Mentor, an Epson Mentor, an Adobe Influencer, a Delkin ImageMaker, a Datacolor Expert and an f-stop Gear Team Pro.
Ken has concentrated on capturing nighttime images of the Aurora Borealis, the Milky Way, Monsoon lightning storms, Tornados and many very difficult subjects to capture.
Ken Sklute began his photographic career capturing 200 mph race cars in New York at an early age. He soon moved into the wedding and portrait industry where he was quickly recognized as a trend setter, receiving many accolades throughout theindustry. He chose to relocate to Phoenix, Arizona in 1996 in order to be out photographing the beautiful desert Southwest landscape.
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by Ken Sklute
What’s the most recent assignment/project you did?

I have a number of ongoing projects as most of my work is self-assigned. Once a month I am out in the desert somewhere capturing a new image for my book projects and fine art sales. I was just out on the Arizona/California border photographing overnight. This image was created based upon the beautiful tree that I found on a previous outing to this area. Similarly, I have a longtime project of photographing the Amish. I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks flying a hot air balloon in the Lancaster, Pa. over the Amish farms, providing me spectacular viewpoints.

What have you done to adapt to the current situation as a photographer?

I have that opportunity to get out as conditions come together for strong images. The “pandemic” and my schedule are aligned and proving to give me the ability to get out there and create at will. The nice part about shooting nighttime landscapes is that the pandemic has very few planes in the air these days providing me a relatively clean canvas in which to create imagery.

Samples of Ken's recent work

What’s your go to camera setup?

My go to camera set-up is Canon, the 5D Mark IV, the 1DX Mark II and now the R5 with a 14mm 2.8 or 16-35mm 2.8 for night skies and the Canon 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 L lens for my balloon landscapes. For aerials, I am working with the DJI Mavic.

What f-stop gear you are using?

My go to bag is the Lotus! It carries my drone or when I am riding my Harley, the Lotus is my backseat passenger. For a good hike I am carrying my Shinn! It holds what I need and for the weight it is wonderfully balanced. I do have a third go to bag for my hot air balloon which is the Guru 25L. I have one more special use of the magnificently designed and well-built large ICU by itself (yes, no backpack) in order to have quick, total access to every inch during the often frantic storm chase monsoon season here in Arizona, keeping my cameras ready to go and safe as I drive to get ahead of storms or away from storms. It’s just a brilliant system!

My Lotus bag rides with me on my Harley as well as it is by my side on my side-by-side Artic Cat Wildcat for my needs as it keeps everything clean and safe riding through the dusty desert!

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