Winter’s Paradise – Starved Rock area


Winter's Paradise - Matthiessen State Park

Winter’s Paradise – Matthiessen State Park

Starved Rock and Matthiessen State Park are great spots to hike year round, but I think winter is my favorite time of year to hike here because the crowds are few and you get to see all the different ice formations, and walk on the frozen creek within the canyons Continue reading

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I used natural light from the window that Marley is looking out of and in Lightroom I used the brush paint over the background and adjusted the exposure down to clean it up & make it solid black.

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Ice Pancakes in Saint Joseph

Watch the waters of Lake Michigan jiggle like jello.

Time lapse shot with GoPro.

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Speedlights & Snow

Speedlights & Snow

I’ve been wanting to try a shot like this for a while and so far this winter I’ve only had this one chance. I took this a few weeks ago & I’m hoping we get a good snow globe style snowfall at night so I can try this shot again with more snow & try different camera settings.  When I took this shot, it was barely coming down.  There wasn’t even snow on the ground yet, this was the first real snowfall we had all year.  I was really hoping for larger and much more flakes, but I worked with what was there.  It was still fun to play & experiment, although my subject wasn’t as thrilled about it was I was.
Strobist info:
Canon 430 EX II speedlight behind subject on 1/2 power
Canon 600 EX RT on 1/4 power, on camera bounced off garage door to light up subject.

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Selfie with Marley

Taking Marley for a Ride - I Love My Dog

This is a selfie I took with my fisheye lens and my wireless remote controller. For this shot I was in full manual mode, shutter speed set at 1/10 because I wanted to capture some motion outside of the car since I was driving during Continue reading

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Sunset to Twilight

Sunset to Twilight

This is 150 images stacked, starting at sunset & shooting for 10 minutes into twilight.. I set my timer up to take a photo every 4 seconds and I used Startrails.exe for stacking using the lighten blend mode.  It’s always exciting for me as I wait for the layers to finish processing.  I guess my excitement can be compared to that of how a child feels when opening a gift on Christmas morning.  Each outcome is so unique in time stack photography and you never know how it will turn out but when the skies are right for it you can pretty much guarantee it will look pretty cool.

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For this shot I had my subject stand just a few feet away from a south facing window while I had him hold flat in his hands, a small 12″ gold reflector.

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