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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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First Full Moon of Winter

Moon rise over Lake Winnebago

The first full moon of 2017 and Winter.  It was a cold and windy night.  I was thinking I must me either dedicated or crazy (of course, both could be true).  To properly expose both the moon (which is very bright) and the light house I used a 5 step bracket, set for +/- 3 stops.  I then used 2 photos to make the picture – one of the moon and the other for the lighthouse.  Below is another taken at 400mm.

First Full Moon of Winter II


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Max and Saurab at High Cliff

Max and Saurab at High Cliff Sunset

Site seeing with some friends from Grenoble, France.

We watched a beautiful sunset at High Cliff State Park and really enjoyed the colors.

This is a technically difficult picture to pull off for several reasons.  The first is the backlight from the sunset will fool your camera into making their faces really dark.  However, if you expose for their faces the sunset will be too bright and all the color will be lost.  The second is the high depth of field requires a small aperture which will drive the shutter speed down and the ISO up.  Low shutter speed – motion blur and the high ISO means noise.  I love my Panasonic LX7 camera but it is not low noise at high ISO.

So how to overcome, adapt, improvise?  Two solutions.  First you can bracket 3 shots and combine in Photoshop.  Essentially one picture gets the sunset right, one picture gets the guys right and one picture is in the middle.  The second solution is to add a bit of fill flash.  You set the in manual to expose for the sunset and you add some flash so the people are lit.

Can you guess which one I used?


Panasonic Lumix LX7 | 4.7mm | 1/100sec at f/5.6 ISO 80

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Strawberry Moonrise on The Summer Solstice

Strawberry Moon Rising on The Summer Solstice

The Strawberry moon rises over Lake Winnebago.  The full moon in June is known as the strawberry moon – guess it is time to pick!  This year the full moon came on the Summer Solstice (the longest day of the year).  Won’t happen again in my lifetime!

There are two difficult things about photographing the moon – it is so bright and it moves pretty fast.  Where you usually have to crank up the ISO and slow down the shutter for the moon you need a pretty fast shutter and a low ISO.  This was taken at 400mm so the added pressure is to not have any camera shake – a tripod is essential!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 II + Canon 2x Extender III | 400mm | 1/80 f/5.6

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April Moonrise

A chilly Friday night at Asylum Point, Lake Winnebago, for the moonrise.  We caught some really nice pictures so it was worth freezing! These shots were captured by my “Guest Photographer” Lily.  Excellent job!

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Last Day of February

Last Day of February

The last day of February as the sun rises over Lake Winnebago.  So Long February – let’s hope March is warm and sunny!

Lots of open water on the lake – the warm weather the past 2 weeks has had an impact.  The top is slushy but there were fishing shacks still on the lake yesterday.

Taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX-7.

Panasonic Lumix LX-7 | 4.7mm | 1/125 sec f/5.6

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Cold and Dark

Cold and Dark

End of January and not much sunlight this year.  I like the first snow and the early Winter but February starts to get to me!  Seems like it is happening early this year.  January is normally sunny… This was the view from Kimberly Point yesterday and kind of sums up the whole month.

Another snowy picture so I set the exposure for 2/3 stop over to compensate for the whiteness.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 16-35 f/4 | 1/320 sec at f/11
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Foggy January

Foggy January

January has been an adventure!

Rain, warm, snow and bitter cold.

Woke up this morning to 27 degrees after below zero all week.  Fog everywhere.

Took this on my way to work this morning.  Some ice shoves on Lake Winnebago along with some thin patches from the rain.  Fog obscures the opposite shore.

Canon 5d mkIII | Canon 16-35 f/4 L |   16mm @ f/13 | 1/320 sec | ISO 1000

You can check this photo out on my 500px.com Page https://500px.com/photo/136273295/foggy-january-by-jalan-lee


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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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Before the Storm

Before the StormLake Winnebago has no ice yet and it is hard to see how there will be enough for Spearing season in just over a month.  Things have a way of catching up so you never know.  This photo was taken as the first real Winter storm of the season was bearing down on the Fox Valley.

I used my Canon 5d MKIII with the Canon 16-35mm f/4 lens.  Aperture was f/20 to get as much in focus as possible.  The IS system really paid off as my hands were shaking from the bitter wind. Edited in Lightroom 6 to give the black and white pallet.

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Spring Ice Comes off Lake Winnebago

The Ice comes off Lake Winnebago!

This is a re-post as I am working on the new format!

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