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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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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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Sunset in Neenah


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

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Hanging Out


Just a casual portrait in the park. Nothing fancy, nothing planned – just look at the camera and and the shutter snaps.  This is both the easiest and the hardest portrait to capture.  Sometimes it just happens and it is effortless, but just try and get this look on purpose.  We are so self conscious today and we all “pose” for the camera.  Fake smiles, fake poses, fake Facebook lives.  Why is it so hard to be natural?


Canon 5d Mk III | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 105mm | 1/240s at f/4.0

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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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Another Sunset

Sara at SunsetAnother sunset picture.  The light was so beautiful and made everything so special.

When you look around the world it is so easy to worry about the future – the news is all bad news!  But, if you step away you see that there is so much beauty in the world.  Yes, the news is bad, but it has always been bad!  Always some crisis or flood or war or law and order issue.  We live in this world and and we care so we want thing to be better.  That is a good thing and we should never stop caring. But we should also not let all the bad blind us to all the love and beauty.  In the end the beauty will win out; the bad will fade and all that will be left is the joy and the love.  If we endure to that time we will be there too!

This photo was a challenge!  Have to balance the relatively bright sky with the dark areas.  Too far away for fill flash to be effective so I set everything in manual and did a 3-stop bracket.  As luck would have it this was the middle shot – so I got it right!   Minimal processing with Topaz Clarity to bring out some of the sky details.

Canon 5d Mk III | 24-105 f/4 L  |  1/80s at f/5.0

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Photography Class – Update

DeAnna in Riverside Park

Final preparations for my photography class are underway.  The class will be “cookbook” hands on photography – minimal jargon and technical stuff and more how to set your camera to get the best results.  Just finished up pictures with the beautiful DeAnna to help demonstrate what lens settings will do.  Watch for updates on the days and times and enrollment.  Class size will be limited!

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Another Sunset

Sunset Over The Fox River

Another beautiful sunset in Neenah.  This is from the Friendship trial on the Fox River.  A cold front was moving in and created beautiful clouds, colors and light.  This is a composite of 10 photos stitched together in Photoshop CS6.  The challenge here was to keep the ISO down to prevent noise while getting a low blue shutter speed and sufficient depth of field.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 24mm | 1/25s at f/6.3


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Top of The World

Sunset on Top The World

Sunset in beautiful downtown Neenah!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 105mm | 1/60s at f/5.6

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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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3rd of July 2016

3rd of July 2016

Just hanging with friends before the light parade in Neenah.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 35mm f/2 IS | 1/80s at f/5.6

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Fireflies on a Summer Night

Fireflies on a Summer Night

The firefly population is growing in the Town of Neenah.  They seem to like warm Summer nights. This is a long exposure shot taken on a tripod near my home.

Canon 7D | Rokinon 16-35mm | 16mm | 6s at f/3.2

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Fishing on the Fox

Fishing on The Fox River

Just a quiet Sunday afternoon around Neenah.  Playing with my newest toy – Canon 2X extender.  This doubles the focal length of some of the canon “L” series lenses.  I didn’t want to spend the money for a super telephoto lens as I though I would not use it enough to justify the expense.  Also nice not to have to lug a super around along with a shorter lens.  Look for more photos in the coming weeks.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II | 400mm | 1/400s f/5.6

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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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Out for a Walk

Out for a Walk

My neighbors out for a walk on the first night of May.  You see them, don’t you?  Dead center at the bottom of the frame.

I did not see them when I took this either – too busy enjoying the glory of a beautiful sunset.   Life is like that sometimes.  You look at one thing and miss another.  That is the joy, and the problem with photographs.  You capture a moment in time it all its detail and beauty and imperfection.  You also create an image that might interfere with your memory.  I only remember the sunet but there were people there too.  This is why I never want to watch my wedding video.  My memories are so wonderful that I worry the stark reality of the video will be different.  Maybe better but I don’t want to take that chance; I want my memories!

This shot was taken with exposure bracketing.  I used 5 frames +/- 3 stops to get all the highlight and shadow detail.  I combined the frames in photoshop and adjusted the black and white settings to get a more natural exposure range.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 50mm | 1/200 to 1/50 sec at f/5.6

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