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Sunset in Neenah


The mild Fall weather has given us some beautiful days – and beautiful sunsets!

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Storm in September

September Thunderstorm - Neenah

A storm comes in from the West.  It is September but really hot and humid the past few days.  I caught this in the early evening as the front came in – perfect timing.  A few minutes later and it was heavy rain with boring grey overhead.  I did not have my widest lens with me so I shot this as a panorama and stitched together 5 shots.


Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 25-105 f/4 | 24mm | 1/40s at f/9.0

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A Busy Beautiful Day

Rolling Sky

Busy day – busy week.  It seems like Summer has just been, so far, just a whirlwind of activity!

I feel blessed that so much is in my life! I also feel a bit overwhelmed that so much is in my life!

Yesterday was a wonderful day.  Between storms I had a shoot with an old friend and a new friend (getting ready for my photo class this Fall).  It was hot and muggy but it was also so much fun working together.  While I was winding down my wife noticed the sunset.  Like a shot I was out the door and heading for my favorite local “sunset” spots.  I caught some wonderful sunset pictures! What a blessing to have so much beauty surrounding us!

The picture above is in the Town of Neenah.  While the orange sky was interesting I also think this screams out “black and white” with the dynamic range and contrast!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 | 24mm | 1/80sec at f/9.0

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Waiting for Spring

Waiting for Spring

Will Spring never come?!?

Here it is May and still in the 40’s for temperatures.  Rode my bike to work yesterday and froze my hands and arms!  On the bright side think how bad it would be without global warming!

Taken in the Town of Neenah on Oak Ridge Road.  Had to get my feet wet but all great art requires suffering (that’s what we tell our selves when we are standing in cold water in the rain).  I am not sure why but the original picture just screamed out “high key sepia” so that’s how I processed it.

Conventional recipe for a landscape photo.  Taken on a tripod to get the maximum sharpness.  Focus point about 1/3 of the way into the scene.  Small aperture, f/11, to get maximum depth of field – but not too small as to get diffraction losses in sharpness.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon EF 16-35 L | 1/40s at f/11

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Pine Needles

Pine Needles

Pine needles in the snow by 8 foot falls.   There are a couple of things to notice in this picture.  First, the water has a nice silkyness.  This is achieved by setting a slow shutter speed which blurs the movement of the water.  I took this in manual mode and set the ISO to 100 and an f/16 aperture to both limit the light and to get a good depth of field.  The shutter speed was set to 1/5 of a second which indicated an overexposure of about 1 stop.  Why the overexposure?  The camera sees the world as grey so with all the snow my camera was fooled into an underexposure which would have made all the snow grey.  So I set for an overexposure to make the snow more white.  With a 1/5 sec shutter time I took this on a tripod – too slow for my hands (especially in the cold)!

Canon 5d mkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 24mm | 1/5 sec at f/16

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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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Winter Waterfalls

Daves Falls (2016-1).jpgEight Foot Falls (2016).jpgPike River (2016).jpg

Winter in Marinette County, Wisconsin.

Dave’s Falls, Eight Foot Falls and a bend in the Pike River.

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