Some more pictures from A Very Neenah Christmas
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Friday night was A Very Neenah Christmas. Along with the store window live displays there were a number of “street performers” around main street. This poor girl took the double dog dare and ended up stuck to the pole! We debated on whether or not this was her real tongue – looks real to me…
Canon 5d MkIII Canon 50mm f/1.4 | 1/40s at f/2 and 800 ISO
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
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.
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
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
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
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!
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
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
Just hanging with friends before the light parade in Neenah.
Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 35mm f/2 IS | 1/80s at f/5.6
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
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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