Canon 5d mkIV Resolution Test

I have been out learning my new Canon 5d mkIV camera before doing any paid work.  Truly wonderful and I feel so blessed to be able to use this great machine.  

We were at the Titletown Brewery for a party and I took some shots outside.  Here is a a shot of the smoke stack outside

Pretty exciting, isn’t it! 

Below are two 1:1 zoomed in crops from the picture.  I am amazed at the detail and sharpness.  These were taken with a 50mm lens at f/11, handheld – not especially the sharpest combination. 

So overall I am just tickled pink at the new camera and look forward to a nice bump up for my clients!


Canon 5d mkIV | Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 | 1/125s @ f/10

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Circling Koi – New Video

Circling Koi from Jalanlee on Vimeo.

Captured at the Mitchell Conservatory (The Domes) in Milwaukee on my new Canon 5d MkIV.  Really just a focus test – simply amazing how well it works.  While my mkIII is an amazing camera the IV is a nice step up.   Below are a few frame grabs from the video – really nice!




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A Very Neenah Christmas (II)

Some more pictures from A Very Neenah Christmas

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A Very Neenah Christmas

Friday night was A Very Neenah Christmas.  Along with the store window live displays there were a number of “street performers” around main street.  This poor girl took the double dog dare and ended up stuck to the pole!  We debated on whether or not this was her real tongue – looks real to me…

Canon 5d MkIII  Canon 50mm f/1.4  | 1/40s at f/2  and 800 ISO


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California Dreaming…

Exactly a year ago we were on a mini-vacation in LaJolla California. 

Sunny days and beautiful sunsets!  Why did we not do that again this year?

I do enjoy Winter – at least the first month or two, but lately I’ve been more and more sad that Summer is gone.

Maybe next year…


Composition with stock photo and a sunset shot

Canon 5d mkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 | 1/30s at f/9.0


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St. Timothy 2017 Confirmation

St. Timothy’s 2017 Confirmation class – such a nice group of young adults! 

See more pictures at St. Timothy 2017 Confirmation

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Not What It Was

Sparks fly as Marcia works on her next creation.  Watch Not What It Was for news, updates and exciting buying opportunities!


Canon 5d mkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 105mm | 1/320s at f/6.3

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Porky’s Groove Machine

Caught a lot of bands at Appleton Octoberfest.  This one seemed to be the most colorful!

Pretty standard stuff – 70-200 f/2.8 lens set for minimum shutter speed of 1/250 and a f/5.6 aperture.

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Budding Photographer

A quick portrait by the fountain in Riverside Park, Neenah.  This photo was taken with the beautiful afternoon light during the “blue hour”.  The f/4 aperture should be obvious as the fountain is not in focus.  I could have done more depth of field but that would have meant cranking up the ISO = more noise.  I was at 800 ISO which for this camera is just fine. 

What makes this photo “work” is the good compositional elements.  When we see a photo our eyes are first drawn to the brightest part.  I did a curves and color adjustment to the picture to show the brightest parts.

The upper left is blown out and our eyes start there. But we also see that her skin and hair are very bright so our eyes are also pulled there.


We also see there are natural lines in the picture.  The vertical poles and trees lead us down; the base of the fountain lead us right; the lines of her leg and arms lead us to her face. Even the falling drops of water pull our eyes down into the picture. 


Finally, she is about 1/3 of the way in the frame (from the right) and this is usually an appealing position (rule of thirds). 

So… was all this in my mind when I took the picture?  Probably not!  But I do think some of it was on purpose and a lot is internalized from years of practice. So take lots of pictures!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 47mm | 1/50s at f/4

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Pelican at Sunset

There has been an unusually large number of pelicans by the dam on Doty Island this year.  I estimate 300-400!  Not sure why but they sure put on a show.  We went bird watching in the evening and I planned ahead and brought my 70-200 with a 2X teleconverter.  This shot was taken at 400mm and the bird flew directly overhead.  The feather detail is just amazing.  These birds are so big and such wonderful fliers.  God sure is amazing when he solves an engineering problem! 

With the extender the lens is a f/5.6 so with the lateness and the need for high shutter speed (to freeze motion) I ended up at 500 ISO.  No problem with the 5d!  The focus here was set to servo and I tracked using the center “cross type” focus point. 

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II with 2X extender III | 1/1600 s | 400mm f/5.6

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Blue Angels over Lake Winnebago

We went cruising last Saturday and enjoyed the water on Lake Poygan.  My love made a suggestion we cruise down to Oshkosh and maybe we could get a glimpse of the 5:00 airshow at EAA. 

As we entered Lake Winnebago at Oshoksh we could not believe all the boats just around the corner!  There must have been 500!  Good idea dear!

Finding a nice spot to drop anchor we were treated by an awesome display by the Blue Angels.  While I did not have my professional camera I did get some nice shots using my Lumix LX7.  I also caught some video – coming soon. 

  The planes are moving fast so it is imperative to use a fast shutter speed – this was at 1/500 second.  I also used a pretty closed, for the Lumix, aperture of 5.6.  Why?  To get a good depth of field and also to make sure everything was in focus. 

You never know what is around the next corner so have your camera ready!

Panasonic Lumix LX7 | 1/500s | 17.7mm at f/5.6

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Playing with Fire

Another picture from the Menasha food truck event thing!  We were just laying on the grass and enjoying the music where a group of fire performers moved in. 

Hot lady in more ways than one!  Just kidding!

Taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX7 – a handy little camera with a great lens.  Only 10mp but who needs more.   I purposely slowed down the shutter just a bit to get some movement blur – especially the flames. 

Panasonic Lumix LX7 | 17.7mm | 1/125s at f/2.3


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Hey Mister!

Hey Mister!  What ya doin’ down there?

The things you see laying on the ground in Menasha!  This was taken on a Thursday evening while watching the clouds go by. 

You don’t need a fancy camera – just carry a camera with you and have it ready at all times.

Panasonic Lumix LX7 | 4.7mm f/3.2 | 1/250s

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Just Sittin’ Here

I’m just sitting here – enjoying the cool water!  Well, maybe not.  Given the river I don’t think I would be making friends if I had actually sent her out there so this is just a composition i.e. Photoshop job!  Just 2 pictures blended together and so much fun!

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Great Lakes Waterfall Tour

For our wedding anniversary this year we went of a tour of waterfalls between Neenah and the Minnesota / Canada border.  I had 33 on my list and we managed to visit 26.  The good news was the heavy rains lately made for spectacular water falls!  The bad news was the heavy rains lately made for lots of mud and some of the falls were unaccessable.   Oh well, that is life.  Enjoy a few of the falls below.

Coming soon – a water fall tutorial!

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