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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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Staring at the supermoon

The supermoon rises over Lake Winnebago full of mystery and beauty! 

Lighting, composition, compression, exposure – all part of the tool kit for any photographer.  The moon is one of the hardest things to photograph properly.  Never had a camera that could expose the moon properly – the contrast between the bright moon and the dark sky always causes an over exposure.  The moon is really bright and you have to adjust the exposure downward much more than you would expect!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 + 2x teleconverter | 400mm | 1/200s at f/5.6

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Best Laid Plans

Freight Train Moonrise

The best laid plans of mice and men

Go often askew,

And leave us nothing but grief and pain,

For promised joy!

Robert Burns

August full moon and I was ready!  It was a beautiful night in Oshkosh – just perfect!  Temp was around 80, modest humidity and there was music playing at Waterfest.  I arrived on time and set up the perfect shot.  I would capture the full moon rising between the girders of the rail road bridge across the Fox River.  This would be an awesome shot with the diagonal bridge outlined acaings the darkening sky.  I used Google Sky to line up the shot and had my 400mm lens all set up.

The moon peeked over the hills on the far side of Lake Winnebago – and I was ready.

Then it happened!  In the distance I heard the triple blast of the warning horn, a train was coming and the bridge started to drop!  My perfect shot ruined!  I ran to a new position and caught a few shots – not bad but not what I wanted.

Then I turned around and saw the Main Street Bridge.  How wonderful it looked in the moonlight.   Turned out to be a pretty nice picture (hanging on my office wall right now).

Life is like that sometimes.  You plan and scheme and just as things look good something happens.  You can either get mad or you can get busy.  I try and get busy!


Thursday Night in Oshkosh


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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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Moonrise over Corn

Moonrise over the corn field

Just some fun on a Friday.  The sun is coming our and maybe it will be warm today.  I’ll risk it to say Spring is Here!  This is a composition (I think it’s pretty obvious) of some fun photos.  Friday should be about fun so here it is!

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Lantern Festival – Full Moon

Lantern Festival - Full Moon

We celebrated the Lantern Festival last night with dear friends.  Unfortunately there were too many clouds to seen the full moon so this shot from the last full moon will have to do.  The Lantern Festival occurs on the first full moon after Chinese New Year and is a time for celebration, family and friends Lantern Festival.

The moon is especially hard to shoot as it is so bright!  Your camera wants to overexpose so you usually have to set the camera to manual.  This shot was taken at 200mm on a tripod with a 10 second delay to minimize camera shake.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II | 1/500s at f/2.8


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Super Moon Rise

Supermoon on The RiseThe Super moon was on July 13th but clouds blocked. I shot this on July 14th so still pretty nice. Just working with my new camera slider rail. The hardest part is getting the exposure set so the video is not too light in the beginning and not too dark at the end.

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Before The Storm

Just a short test run of my new home made video rail.  Everything worked out pretty well. The moon disappeared as the stormy weather moved in.  More videos to come!

Before The Storm from Jalanlee on Vimeo.

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