There have been few days, recently, where the sky hasn’t been overcast and grey. There have been fewer days when I’ve had the time to get out and shoot.
This is an HDR image – where I combined five different exposures of the same shot to provide a greater dynamic range.
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A day! It has risen upon us from the great deep of eternity, girt round with wonder; emerging from the womb of darkness; a new creation of life and light spoken into being by the word of God.
~ E. H. CHAPIN, Living Words
The camera had a difficult time handling the full power of the morning sunrise at Kewaunee, WI. It was a blustery morning with strong winds and waves.
Normally, the blur created by seagulls flying in the upper left would bother me but, for some reason, I like them in this shot.
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A lone sailboat rests as the sun rises over Lazy Man’s Cove.
Well, it’s not really called Lazy Man’s Cove. I just made it up because, with the rickety dock in the foreground, I thought the name fit.
This is actually at the Green Lake Conference Center in Green Lake, Wisconsin. This is a little protected area of the lake right next to the conference center. I was up, wandering the grounds with my camera (of course), at sunrise last June.
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The lighthouse at Kewaunee, WI is one of my favorite subjects. This was taken early in the morning, shortly after sunrise. If you look closely, you’ll notice a little bump at the end of the pier. That’s a lone fisherman. I took this photo kneeling at the very edge of the beach while Lake Michigan gently lapped the shore.
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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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My time is somewhat limited. My best opportunities for image hunting has been early Saturday and Sunday mornings. My best locations…given my limited time…is close to home. That’s why you see a lot of sunrise photos of the Algoma and Kewaunee lighthouse. (I live 2 miles from Kewaunee, 12 miles from Algoma.)
This was one of several nice shots I got from Kewaunee last Saturday. Winds have been gusty and the seas were rough. Then next morning – Sunday – I got some nice sunrise photos from Algoma. I’ll be posting some of those soon.
The sunbeams breaking through the cloud cover made this a magical morning in August of 2011. It was a scene that only lasted a few minutes, but I was able to get several good images of the Algoma, WI lighthouse and harbor under this “special effects” lighting.
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On more than one occasion, I’ve heard or read Algoma, WI has one of the most photographed lighthouses (technically a “pier light”). I always considered it more wishful thinking than fact. But if I just count the number of pictures I’ve personally snapped and posted, I might have misjudged.
This magical scene was captured early on a Sunday morning while on my way to church. (As the pastor, I get to the church hours before the service to prepare.) Since I always have my camera with me, it’s not unusual for me to stop near the harbor and step out to take a few photos of the lighthouse if I see something I like.
On this morning, when I stopped, it was starting to sprinkle and I didn’t want to expose my camera or suit to the rain. So, instead of jumping out, I jumped in…to the backseat of our minivan. I set my tripod and camera up, slid the side door open and snapped away, staying comfortable and dry. As the sun continued to rise and the clouds shifted, changing the angle of the beams, I had jump back to the drivers seat and move my van 3 times.
I posted a B&W photo from the same morning a few days ago, entitled Too Wonderful for Me.
Here’s a panoramic scene, taken just a few minutes later the same morning, when the sunbeams weren’t so intense.
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