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Water and the Spirit.  A young girl receives a precious gift!

While the picture looks so peaceful in fact the baby cried the whole time!  No matter – still was a beautiful ceremony.  Taken with Canon 135mm f/2  and is a crop of a much larger scene.  With the 135 I find I need a shutter speed of at least 1/200 to avoid motion blur – fortunately f/2 is totally great with this lens.  You can see how much detail is in focus even wide open.

Canon 5d mkIII | Canon EF 135 f/2 L | 1/200 at f/2 500 ISO

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Snyder Park


Traveling traveling traveling!  All I have been doing is traveling.  Well, I am back now and time to catch up with my life.

I took this shot in Springfield, Ohio, in Snyder Park.  Its funny how you can find an interesting scene just by looking around.  Not much of a park but it does have some nice spots. Probably a good thing to do more often – slow down and look for good things.  Beauty is all around us if we only look.  Seems like only the ugly draws our attention, there is nothing like a car wreck to make us slow down and stare. We need to look harder.  See the beauty!


The challenge with this photo was balancing the dark areas with the bright sky through the trees at the top.  I spot metered off the steps (my focal point) and shot in aperture priority.  I set f/14 to get a good depth of field (everything in focus) and that worked out to 1/40 of a second at ISO 400.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 24-105 f/4 L | 24mm | 1/40s at f/14



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Foggy Morning on Doty Island


October is here and the mornings are starting to feel like Fall.  I have been out and about the past few weeks on a variety of assignments for my day job.  The next few weeks will be about the same.  This shot was taken on Doty Island as the fog started to clear.  I only had my 100mm lens with me so I had to take 5 shots and stitch them together into a panorama.

With the 100mm I set my shutter speed at 1/100 sec (about as slow as I dared to avoid camera shake).  At a f/9 aperture, to get good depth of field and sharpness, I had to set the ISO to 640.  Why 640?  While there is a lot of discussion on the internet I have found that the lowest noise ISO settings for my 5D III are in multiples of 160.  Now, with a foggy morning and ISO this low it probably does not make a difference!

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 100mm Macro f/2.8 L | 1/100sec at f/9.0

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Pewit’s Nest – Baraboo


Road Trip(!) Saturday.  Went down to Pewit’s Nest natural area.  Very pretty – maybe more people than I would expect for a late Saturday afternoon in September…

Late afternoon and it was relatively dark in the woods.  So the problem is too high ISO sensitivity which equals noise.  So I set the ISO to 640 – pretty low noise on my 5d – and the shutter speed and aperture on manual.  From past experience I can handhold this lens at 1/15seconds so set the speed there and then the aperture to get a reasonable exposure.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 16-36 f/4 L | 16mm | 1/15s at f/5.6


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Max and Saurab at High Cliff

Max and Saurab at High Cliff Sunset

Site seeing with some friends from Grenoble, France.

We watched a beautiful sunset at High Cliff State Park and really enjoyed the colors.

This is a technically difficult picture to pull off for several reasons.  The first is the backlight from the sunset will fool your camera into making their faces really dark.  However, if you expose for their faces the sunset will be too bright and all the color will be lost.  The second is the high depth of field requires a small aperture which will drive the shutter speed down and the ISO up.  Low shutter speed – motion blur and the high ISO means noise.  I love my Panasonic LX7 camera but it is not low noise at high ISO.

So how to overcome, adapt, improvise?  Two solutions.  First you can bracket 3 shots and combine in Photoshop.  Essentially one picture gets the sunset right, one picture gets the guys right and one picture is in the middle.  The second solution is to add a bit of fill flash.  You set the in manual to expose for the sunset and you add some flash so the people are lit.

Can you guess which one I used?


Panasonic Lumix LX7 | 4.7mm | 1/100sec at f/5.6 ISO 80

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Wet Rocks at Loon Lake

Wet Rocks at Loon Lake

Just some rocks on the lake shore…not even a particularly good picture.  Taken at 200mm with a non macro lens.  Shallow depth of field so not much in focus.  So why do I like this picture?  I guess it is just the colors and the patterns.  Or maybe it pulls some memories out – some beach when I was a kid.  I do love going to the beach because it makes me feel young and Summer would go on forever.


Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II | 1/800s at f/3.2

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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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Sunset on The Savannah River

Heading to Savannah (Sunset)

Sunset as a trucker is heading for Georgia over the Savannah River.  Traveling again and spent the week “down South” where it was warm, sunny and a bit wet.  Missed the snow and cold in Wisconsin – will Winter never end?!?

I love spending time in Savannah, especially on the river.  Lots of interesting people and things to see (more posts this week).  I think the river is my favorite.  Ships go by on their way to the open ocean and I wonder where they are going and what they are carrying.  I think it is romantic!  Part of me has always wanted to go to sea on a ship and sail the world.  Of course, if I ever did it I would probably find it is not as romantic as it seems.  Days filled with work and monotony and the time in port is too short to see anything.

Oh well, I can always have the dream…

Taken with my Panasonic Lumix LX7 in the 16X9 format.  The LX7 is an interesting camera in that it uses different areas of the sensor to capture different sized pictures.  No digital stretch or squeeze or cropping to get the picture you want.  I took this shot in manual mode to keep the ISO and the noise down.  Camera held on a piling to keep it steady.  I also bracketed  +/- 1 1/3 stop to make sure I got the right exposure; the camera can be easily fooled by the relatively bright sky next to the dark land.

Panasonic Lumix LX7 | 17.7mm | 1/200 s @ f/4.0

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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

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Winter in Marinette County, Wisconsin.

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

Click on any photo to see full size.

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