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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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Keep The Fire Burning


Even on the coldest nights you can still find a fire to keep warm.   The fire is in you and you have to keep it going.  I know, its hard sometimes.  The world seems out to get you and everything seems wrong, or bent, or even sinister.  That is when you need to look deep and find that something that burns inside of you.  God put it there.  All you need to do is open your heart and you will find it!

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Midnight on Halloween

It was a beautiful night on Monday and the clouds were very interesting.  The lower layer was moving one direction and the higher layer was moving another.  I shot a 40 minute time lapse and here is the video.



Halloween at Midnight from Jalanlee on Vimeo.

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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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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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Trout Museum at Night

Trout Museum at Night

A kind of boring building can become magical at night with the right lighting.  Maybe its the same with people; if we see them in the proper light we find out who they really are…  Maybe that thought is too deep for a Wednesday morning…

Anyhow, this photo is kind of extraordinary in a way.  Not too many years ago this photo would have been impossible.  I took this handheld at 1/30s and ISO 4000.  Big deal you might say.  Well, only a few years ago ISO 4000 was impossible – no film (at least available to a normal person) was that fast and no digital sensor could go that high.  1/30s was also not possible for me as i could not hold the camera steady at that slow speed – and now we have IS systems that compensate for hand shake.  What a wonderful world we are living in now days!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 45mm | 1/30s at f/5.6


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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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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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Hanging out

Hanging out

Hanging out at on the deck on a Saturday night. Taken with Canon 50mm f/1.4 lens.  Not my favorite lens as I do not use it much, but when it’s dark the large aperture comes in handy for keeping the ISO (and noise) down.  This picture is right out of the camera with minimal processing.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 50mm f/1.4 | 1/40s at f/1.4


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The Night Before Easter

The Night Before Easter

It was the night before Easter and I was practicing music for the sunrise service.  As I left St. mark’s I was struck by how beautiful the scene was!  The altar was bathed in a single light and all was prepared for Easter morning.  Kind of like the original Easter.  All creation waited on the night before the resurrection – was the plan a failure?  What was going to happen?   The followers of Jesus waited too, for what they did not know…

This is a composition of two pictures to catch the range of brightnesses.  The top of the photo was a reduce exposure as the light was strong around the candles.  The bottom was a longer exposure to light up the wine bottle.  Both taken on a tripos so I could use low ISO to keep the noise to a minimum. Small aperture to get depth of field.  I blended them in Photoshop manually using a masks and a brush.

Canon 5d Mk III | Canon 16-35 L | 18mm | 5sec and 30 sec at f/14




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March Thunder

March Thunder

Thunder and Lightning last night as we get a warm beginning to March.  The main part of the storm was over Oshkosh and we actually had clear skies overhead.  You can see Saturn on the right and a bunch of stars.

This photo was taken with a 10 second exposure and at 200 ISO.  I just kept taking pictures and a few worked out well.


Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 16-35 f/4 L | 35mm | 10 sec at f/4

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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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Saturday Night Pizza Night

Oven on Saturday Night

Saturday night was pizza and sushi night!

The fire rolled out the top of the oven as we got up to 900 degrees.  First time running the oven at night and I though it was so beautiful!

Amazingly the 5d creanked up to 10,000 ISO for this shot and the noise is so minimal!  What a wonderful machine – I am so blessed to be able to use it!

You can see my video of the construction of the oven on Vimeo.com

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 16-35 f/4 L | 35mm | 1/30 sec at f/5

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Northern Lights over Neenah

A huge solar disturbance caused the Aurora to be visible from Neenah last night.

Northern Lights in Wisconsin-2 Northern Lights in Wisconsin

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