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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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Winter Road

Winter Road

The snow is going away with the warm weather – might rain tonight!  We’re now getting into the only part of the year  I do not enjoy – late Winter.  Still dark, snow, rain, warm , cold, wet, a nice day and then a bunch of sloppy ones!  Oh, well, Spring is on its way; global warming don’t fail me now!

This shot was taken with my newish 100mm macro.  You don’t normally think of a macro (or a 100mm) as landscape lenses but I think this really works for this photo.  The 100mm compresses the scene and gives a wonderful sense depth and distance.  The macro prime is extremely sharp – in fact I softened it up a bit in the upper trees to keep each branch from being a distraction.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 100mm L macro II | 1/80s at f/16

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Frosty Morning on the Wiouwash Trail

Frosty Morning

A cold and frosty morning on the Wiouwash State trial – Neenah.  Last night it was really damp and the frost was everywhere this morning.  And then around luch time the snow came in and dropped 4-6 inches.  I took this before work and you can see the mist hanging in the air.  As always I over exposed by about 1/2 a stop to get the snow to white.  I also did a bit of burning in photoshop to smooth out the trial.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 100mm macro f/2.8 |  1/100 sec at f/16

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Cold and Dark

Cold and Dark

End of January and not much sunlight this year.  I like the first snow and the early Winter but February starts to get to me!  Seems like it is happening early this year.  January is normally sunny… This was the view from Kimberly Point yesterday and kind of sums up the whole month.

Another snowy picture so I set the exposure for 2/3 stop over to compensate for the whiteness.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 16-35 f/4 | 1/320 sec at f/11
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Two Bridges in Winter

Two Bridges in Winter

Four inches of fresh snow last night and everything is clean and beautiful.  I went out to get some macro (close up) photos with my new 100mm lens.  Ended up doing some landscapes instead.  Too much snow to climb through so I stuck to the parking lots and roads.  Of course, that didn’t prevent me from stepping into a deep water filled rut!  Nothing like a shoe full of water to wake one up!

Snow pictures are often difficult as your camera will fight you for the exposure.  The camera thinks the world is grey and so makes the snow grey unless you overexpose.  I set compensation to about 1 stop over and that worked well.

This photo also underwent more than my usual post processing.  I used Topaz Clarity to sharpen and then Topaz Detail to bring out the highlights in the trees and bridges.  I then set the saturation to -86 in Lightroom to remove all but the faintest color.  Didn’t like the pure black and white.  Finally, I used Lightroom to remove some purple fringing in the high contrast areas in the tree branches.

Canon 5d MkIII | Canon 100mm f/2.8 II Macro | 1/160 sec at f/16

 

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Little Winter Tree

Little Tree in Winter

We were given a little tree this year.  A young friend had raised the tree from just a tiny little shoot and it was growing too big for a pot.  She gave it to us and we planted it in our back yard.  We put some Christmas lights on it this year and have left the lights burning since.  I took this picture on an -8 F night and the little tree brought some light and love into our back yard.

Canon 5d mkIII | Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L II | 200mm | 1/25 sec at f/2.8

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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.

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