A perfect Morning

Perfect Morning
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I took a walk recently along the Rock River, from the River Road bridge on the southern edge of Janesville, Wisconsin in the USA, toward the little town of Afton, Wisconsin. It was a beautiful warm summer morning in August, 2015. It was pleasant to be beside the river, and just generally nice to be alive. It was perfect.

I wanted to make some landscape images of the river and the trees that line its banks. Eventually, the sun had risen high enough that the nice soft golden hour light was replaced with the (seemingly) x-ray glare of mid-summer on a hot day. I headed back and along the way I chased some bee pictures, photographed some flowers, and just generally had a super time.


Using HDR to Capture a Sunset

HDR Image
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For any non-geeks that have stumbled across this, HDR refers to an image with a High Dynamic Range. That just means that there are more than 256 tones of a single color (Red, Green, Blue). Your eye can see in the light from a starry sky. It can also see on a sunny day. It’s sensitive to a lot more than 256 tones. The camera is capable of recording more than 256 tones too, and if you make multiple images of the same thing, you can change the exposure of each image, so that the camera will record any range of tones you like. Then all you need to do is figure out how to combine those images in order to to print them, or put them on a display screen.

Midsummer Gold

Midsummer Gold
Midsummer Gold
This image was made late in the afternoon on June 20th, 2015, the longest day of the year. It looked like some rain was coming in, but the sun was still peeking through in spots, producing some very interesting light and shadow contrasts. I won’t pretend I didn’t help that along a little. This image is part HDR, which gives the impressive contrast in the brush and grass. I really just wanted to leave it at that, but my favorite Luminance tonemap operator (Mantiuk ’06) produced some horrible banding in the feature-less upper right corner, so I used the LDR image to get rid of that and a mask to bring out the good stuff in the foreground. Click the image to see a larger version.

Top of the County

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I wanted some breathtaking panoramas from the highest spot in Rock County, Wisconsin, USA. I didn’t exactly get that. There aren’t any mountains in Wisconsin, just glacial kettles and moraines, which are left over from the last ice age.

I did get some nice views of rural scenes that are pretty typical of Wisconsin in the summertime. These images are all from the same area, in Rock county, just south of the small town of Orfordville, in the south central part of the state.


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Natureland is a county park on Whitewater Lake in Walworth County, Wisconsin, USA. It has great hiking trails that take you through some very pretty country. I visited recently with my granddaughter, Natalia, who came along primarily to keep me out of trouble. We had a wonderful time walking in the forest and prairie ecosystems. I recorded these images. I hope you’ll enjoy them.

Life is an Adventure

Over the Fen
Over the Fen

Here I am, embarking on a new adventure. I’ve been uploading images to 500px for a while now, and I’m getting a lot of practice at reviewing images as quickly as possible. I’ve been spending 4 hours or more a day returning visits of people who voted for my latest image. I find I’m not really looking at the images. I’m disposing of them. I’d like to cut down a little and maybe get people, including myself, interested in the photography, and not just in getting votes.