Who wouldn’t love to be in the woods on a beautiful autumn day, strolling through the hills and hollows, on a colorful carpet that provides a comforting crunch with each step. It’s a magical time in a magical place – the woodlands of northeast Wisconsin.
This is one of those images I like the more I gaze upon it. This is a patch of woods beyond the field behind our house. It’s full of colors and contours and peace.
It’s difficult to get a view like this in the middle of the woods. This wasn’t a clearing. I couldn’t get any distance between me and the trees…because the trees are everywhere. To get this wide view, I had to turn my camera sideways, to a portrait orientation, and take six overlapping shots that I combined into one.
This is the kind of image I wish I could print billboard size…or large enough to fill an entire wall. It would be spectacular…like being there. Needless to say, the larger you see this scene, the greater the experience. To get a full-screen view, click on the photo.
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This is actually three individual photos I “stitched” together to make a wider, panoramic view.
It’s been awhile since I’ve been able to catch a nice sunrise behind the Algoma lighthouse. When I looked out the window and realized the sky might be cooperative, I packed up and headed out. I got there just in time and get several good images. Watch for more in the future.
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This is a sunrise over Lake Michigan, behind the Kewaunee, WI pier and lighthouse. I like the way this photo gives the viewer a good idea of just how long this pier extends into the lake.
Because I combined four separate images (each 24mb) to create this image, it resulted in a huge file. The file was large enough to choke my computer to a near standstill. It took me many hours, twiddling my thumbs while it processed, to arrive at the final product.
Unfortunately, the narrow format of my website doesn’t do justice to the panoramic view. To view a larger version – one that will stretch the full width of your monitor – click on the image.
The earth begins to stir to as the sun lights up the horizon. This is the pre-sunrise image I captured yesterday morning.
To get all this sky into one image I had to take three individual shots and then combine them
This was how I saw it and captured it from my backyard. These are the kind of colors I want to photograph near the lake and lighthouses for, but on a work day I can’t make that happen. Sometimes you have to settle for what you can get and know, some other day, it will be different. Where were these clouds and color last Saturday?
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I love creating panorama images. Sometimes, the only way to get a real feel for a landscape scene is to expand your view. I don’t post many, however, because the narrow format of a web page doesn’t really do them justice.
This is a view of the setting sun from my front yard in rural Kewaunee County, Wisconsin on January 18, 2013.
To include this much sky, I combined three separate photos together – known as “stitching” in the photography world.
I often encourage viewers to click on the image to see a larger version. This is one image where it really, really makes a difference. So, click the image and see this photo as wide as your screen will allow.
Hot air balloons and their crews preparing their balloons to fly at a balloon rally featured at the 2012 edition of Seymour, Wisconsin’s Hamburger Festival. The balloon rally has been a part of this annual festival for more than 20 years. This was my first time to attend.
Before I took these photos, several balloons had taken off. More than 20 balloons were at this year’s event, but unfavorable weather conditions kept some from participating. There was a little more wind then they would have liked the evening we were there. Weather is always a factor in the success of the balloon rally.
To give you a wider view of the balloon rally, I created this panoramic photo.
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It is not uncommon for me to put an immediate halt to whatever I’m doing, grab my camera and bolt outside to catch a sunset. The sofa in our living room faces a western window where it’s hard to miss the warm glow illuminating the sheer curtains. There have been times, in the middle of a conversation, I’ll say, “Hold that thought. I’ll be right back.” I then dash for my camera and out the door. Thankfully my wife, Sara, is very understanding. I’m rarely out there for more than a few minutes and, when I return, life generally picks up where it left off. Sometime later, I’ll get around to reviewing the exquisite light captured from an earlier moment…and maybe post one or two.
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This is a panoramic view of the sun rising over Lake Michigan just beyond the Kewaunee, WI lighthouse.
Sometime I create the wide, panorama images by joining together several individual shots. This one, however, was created in the camera. My Sony SLT-A55V has a “sweep shooting” mode. When in sweep shooting mode, you hold the shutter button and slowly pan across the scene you want to capture. The camera takes multiple images and then joins them together in the camera.
As you can see, sometimes the results are pretty good. Sometimes, it’s better to put together individual images on the computer.
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