Tag Archives: Doty Island

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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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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Foggy Morning on Doty Island

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October is here and the mornings are starting to feel like Fall.  I have been out and about the past few weeks on a variety of assignments for my day job.  The next few weeks will be about the same.  This shot was taken on Doty Island as the fog started to clear.  I only had my 100mm lens with me so I had to take 5 shots and stitch them together into a panorama.

With the 100mm I set my shutter speed at 1/100 sec (about as slow as I dared to avoid camera shake).  At a f/9 aperture, to get good depth of field and sharpness, I had to set the ISO to 640.  Why 640?  While there is a lot of discussion on the internet I have found that the lowest noise ISO settings for my 5D III are in multiples of 160.  Now, with a foggy morning and ISO this low it probably does not make a difference!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8 L | 1/100sec at f/9.0

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Two Bridges in Winter

Two Bridges in Winter

Four inches of fresh snow last night and everything is clean and beautiful.  I went out to get some macro (close up) photos with my new 100mm lens.  Ended up doing some landscapes instead.  Too much snow to climb through so I stuck to the parking lots and roads.  Of course, that didn’t prevent me from stepping into a deep water filled rut!  Nothing like a shoe full of water to wake one up!

Snow pictures are often difficult as your camera will fight you for the exposure.  The camera thinks the world is grey and so makes the snow grey unless you overexpose.  I set compensation to about 1 stop over and that worked well.

This photo also underwent more than my usual post processing.  I used Topaz Clarity to sharpen and then Topaz Detail to bring out the highlights in the trees and bridges.  I then set the saturation to -86 in Lightroom to remove all but the faintest color.  Didn’t like the pure black and white.  Finally, I used Lightroom to remove some purple fringing in the high contrast areas in the tree branches.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 100mm f/2.8 II Macro | 1/160 sec at f/16

 

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Sunrise over The Pond

The sun comes up over Lake Winnebago.
A 30 minute time lapse using my home built video slider.

Sunrise over the Pond from Jalanlee on Vimeo.

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