Hot shots

Longtime friends Dave Baer and Jim Sinclair have become a couple of regular shutterbugs

Longtime friends and amateur photographers Dave Baer, left, and Jim Sinclair goof around during a photo shoot at the Tribune in early March. (Paula Quam / Tribune)

Longtime friends and amateur photographers Dave Baer, left, and Jim Sinclair goof around during a photo shoot at the Tribune in early March. (Paula Quam / Tribune)

"Ice Fishing Otter" by Dave Baer was taken in 2017 near Richwood. (Submitted Photo)

"Ice Fishing Otter" by Dave Baer was taken in 2017 near Richwood. (Submitted Photo)

"Sunflower Sunset" by Dave Baer, taken in the summer of 2018, depicts a field of sunflowers near Ulen. (Submitted Photo)

"Sunflower Sunset" by Dave Baer, taken in the summer of 2018, depicts a field of sunflowers near Ulen. (Submitted Photo)

"Gazing Into Future's Past," by Dave Baer, depicts the Detroit Lakes Ice Castle as seen through a crystal ball. The photo was taken during Detroit Lakes' 2018 Polar Fest celebration. (Submitted Photo)

"Gazing Into Future's Past," by Dave Baer, depicts the Detroit Lakes Ice Castle as seen through a crystal ball. The photo was taken during Detroit Lakes' 2018 Polar Fest celebration. (Submitted Photo)

Editor's note: This story is from our latest Generations magazine, published with the Sunday, March 24 Tribune and on newsstands now. Pick up a copy to read more great features stories like this one, or click HERE.

They share a love of hunting, fishing and the outdoors, but longtime friends Jim Sinclair and Dave Baer spend more of their free time these days shooting wildlife through the lens of a camera than the sight of a rifle.

The two Detroit Lakes residents credit their friend and fellow outdoorsman Lee Kensinger (who was on vacation at the time of this interview) with inspiring them to take up photography, a decade or so ago now.

“The three of us spurred each other on,” says Sinclair, noting that he and Baer both delved more deeply into their new hobby after each of them retired from the Detroit Lakes Fire Department.

“We’d just take our cameras and start driving around, taking pictures and learning from each other,” Baer adds.

Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge, Hamden Slough and Dunton Locks County Park were some of the three shutterbugs’ favorite spots for taking photos when they were starting out, Sinclair says — and they remain favorites to this day. 

For full article, go to: DLOnline

Source, image(s), credits & more: DLOnline | Vicki Gerdes / Tribune