Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske: Blog en-us (C) 2013 - 2018 Greg Burneske (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:05:00 GMT Sat, 24 Feb 2018 22:05:00 GMT Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske: Blog 120 90 Pensacola Spent the last few days in Pensacola Florida visiting my oldest daughter and son-in-law. Had a great time and the weather was beautiful. Highs of 75F instead of 10F back home in Wisconsin! Managed to get in a couple of photography excursions on Pensacola Beach in the Live Oaks and Fort Pickens areas.



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Senior Portrait Joy Had a nice senior portrait session with Joy today. She was a real trooper dealing with the 90+ degree heat and humidity.

Joy Donahue Joy Donahue

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Simon Had a great time this evening doing this shoot with Simon in and around Wauwatosa.

Senior Portraits Senior Portraits

And then Mom calls!      No, the call was not staged!

Senior Portraits

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Solar Eclipse 2017 On Monday, 8/21/17, I had the opportunity to experience the total eclipse of the sun in Carbondale, IL. We chose Carbondale because that is where the complete blackout of the sun (called "totality") lasted the longest of anywhere along the path of the eclipse -- a full 2 minutes and 42 seconds. We arrived Sunday night and woke up early Monday to scout out a good viewing location. We found a picturesque park and boat landing on Crab Orchard Lake about 2 miles east of Carbondale. We were joined by about 100 other people, some who had come from as far away as Atlanta, to experience this event.

The 2 minutes and 42 seconds of total solar blackout was fantastic.  When you read about the eclipse and see pictures and video online you know it is something special. But, actually experiencing it in person exceeded all expectations. Nothing you read or see on the Internet prepares you for that moment when the sun is so blacked out by the moon that you can actually see the corona of the sun.

Of course during totality it gets very dark, but not totally dark. The sky is dark enough that you can see Venus and Jupiter. As totality sets in cicadas begin chirping, confused by the apparent early arrival of dusk. There is an eerie blue cast to everything. The temperature drops. (It felt like a 10 degree F drop to me.)  The corona  is visible to the naked eye and looks like the most brilliant jewel you have ever seen. Everyone around you is awe struck. The experience brings tears to some people's eyes.

 I will definitely go to see the next North American total eclipse in April 2024.  No question about it.

Like I said, words and screen images do not give you the full sense of awe you feel when you see it for yourself. With that said, here are some shots of some of the people we were hanging with and some screen grabs from a the video I shot.

2017 Eclipse Crab Orchard Lake Carbondale, IL 2017 Eclipse Crab Orchard Lake Carbondale, IL 2017 Eclipse Crab Orchard Lake Carbondale, IL Solar Eclipse 2017

These are frame grabs from my "not so great" video recording of totality. I think the audio is as interesting as the image. (No, the audio is more interesting -- because no video captures the image as brilliantly as your own eyes.)  If you bother to watch the full recording -- it is about two minutes and 18 seconds long. I started recording about 35 seconds after the start of totality and went right through the "Diamond Ring" at the end.  

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See a few more shots, and the complete video from this event in my eclipse gallery.

]]> (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) carbondale crab orchard lake solar eclipse 2017 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:45:00 GMT
Summer Nights in Appleton I have been out and about capturing the sights and sounds of evenings in Appleton. From the Fox River locks and dams to concerts in Houdini Plaza, there are lot of photographic targets to capture.

This is a fairly long exposure (close to 1 second) of one of the many dams on the River in the so called "flats". I love how the flow of the water paints a texture on the image sensor due to the long exposure.

Dam on the Fox RiverDam on the Fox River

This is a shot of Houdini Plaza during a night time concert. I wanted to freeze the moment and not have a lot of blurry people in the image. So even though it was dark, I used a relatively fast shutter speed (1/4 second) but I increased the sensor sensitivity with ISO 1000.

Houdini Plaza

Here is another shot of Houdini Plaza.

Houdini Plaza

The Fox Valley area is fortunate to have the Performing Art Center. While walking downtown one night I decided it might be interesting to capture the PAC from a nearby parking garage. Will definitely revisit this shot when there are people out on the street the night of a performance.

Fox Valley Performing Arts CenterAppleton Performing Arts Center

This is the iconic (well iconic for people who live in the Fox Valley area!) Lawrence Chapel This is home to many concerts and local performance, besides  being the home base for performances by Lawrence University students and faculty.

Lawrence ChapelLawrence Chapel

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Jando Had an awesome photoshoot today with Alejandro. Jando is the son of some neighborhood friends. He is a sophomore at Appleton North and is an amazing person and a really talented young man. He is a musician and not only plays in various school bands and ensembles, he also plays in his own rock band. He plans to study computer science and double major in music too. We did some indoor portraits using speed lights and a black back drop to create the illusion that he was playing a solo on stage. We also used various locations in downtown Appleton for the outdoor shots.

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]]> (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Alejandro Valdez senior portraits Sun, 16 Apr 2017 04:21:02 GMT
Orchids We were tempted with 60 degree weather here in Wisconsin just a few days ago. But alas, it is cold and windy again. So much for going to the driving range or schlepping the camera out to High Cliff State Park. Ok, all you hard core landscape photographers can call me a wimp for not shooting outside in weather like this. But, it is almost March and the days are getting longer so it is increasingly difficult for me to shoot outside when it is this cold. Much easier for me to shoot in the cold weather in November or December when the idea of winter is still fresh and new. But, late February - not so much.

So, its back to the basement studio for some flower close-ups. I have been kind of obsessed with flower close-ups lately. I have gotten a few good shots, but I feel there are a lot of variations on the theme that I want to explore. So, there may be more to come.

This particular orchid shot was taken with my 24-70mm zoom and a 20mm extension tube. A lot of light from several strategically placed speed lights allowed me to stop this shot down to f22 to increase the depth of field. Even at f22, I did use a little focus stacking.


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Alstroemania! I was walking through the produce department at the grocery store the other day and saw these very nice Alstroemeria and immediately thought these would make a nice photographic subject. The weather here has been wet and dreary so outdoor photography has been out of the question. But, with these flowers I could get a quick photography fix by doing some close-ups. And maybe I could end up with a few nice, new, images to brighten the dreary winter days.

Well, after working on the flower close-ups for a while, I decided I would try a few water droplet shots. This is something I’ve been thinking about doing for a while and the Alstroemeria would make a nice backdrop.

The extreme close-ups of the water droplets were taken with a 28-70 mm zoom lens and three extension tubes (68 mm total). The 68 mm extension allowed me to approach 1:1 magnification. Drop me a line if you want the technical details of the setup.

]]> (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Macro Photography Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:24:51 GMT
Impromptu Holiday Portraits We were gathered at my mom’s house for our annual pre-Christmas get together. We missed my daughters and several nieces and nephews who were not able to make it due to various combinations of distance, military commitments, jobs, and school. We did get to Skype with a few of them though.

This gave me the opportunity to make a few portraits of my mom, siblings and their spouses today. There was not a lot of light to work with so I used a bit of primary flash inside a small Rogue Flash Bender. I also added a touch of flash with a blue gel from the side to add a little depth. I think these turned out nicely. Merry Christmas everybody!


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Family Photos Had a wonderful time photographing the family of Mike and Kathy today. Their kids are simply adorable! Marco did get a little tired of the whole process though.


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The Hoan Bridge - Milwaukee Driving home from Milwaukee tonight and caught this fantastic view of the Hoan Bridge which is the gateway to Milwaukee's harbor. The moon was too bright to capture any detail in a long exposure. I did some shorter exposures to capture detail in the moon. I need to do a little stacking in Photoshop to combine the images to expand the dynamic range. A project for another day.


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EAA AirVenture 2016 Had a another great year at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. I rented a 600 mm Tamron zoom lens this year. It was really helpful during the daily airshow. Especially for shots like this one of the Canadian Air Force Snowbirds #8 and #9 (the so-called soloists) doing a close fly-by.


The Aeroshell aerobatic team is one of my favorites.


The Monday night balloon glow was spectacular.


  This is a the tail end of Ted Teach's 1936 Ryan S-T in front of EAA's Vintage Aircraft Club hangar. This immaculate restoration won Grand Champion and a Gold Lindy Trophy in the Antique category. This is a composite of several shots taken one night after the crowds were gone and the sun was setting.

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Milwaukee Lafefront Fireworks Spent last night on Milwaukee's beautiful lakefront watching the fireworks. The Calatrava wing of the Milwaukee Art Museum is a an architectural landmark. This is a 5 second exposure, 35 mm and f/9.


]]> (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Calatrava Fireworks Milwaukee Mon, 04 Jul 2016 19:30:00 GMT
Run O' the Mill Horse Show My niece Tatum competed in the Run O' the Mill Horse Show today at the Washington County Fairgrounds. That is Tatum with her horse Kola (his competition name is Nantucket). She took first in her division in jumping and third overall. Way to go Tatum!


Proud Dad is seen here taking pictures of Tatum and Kola after their ride.

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Portrait With Speed Lights Jean wanted a new profile picture for the corporate intranet where she works. This set up uses two speed lights. The front light is shooting through an umbrella and the rear light is splashing a bit of color on a door in our house. The whole setup took about 15 minutes and was much easier and a bit less formal than the usual portrait against a back drop.


]]> (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:08:46 GMT
2008 Mini Cooper S Jean is thinking about selling the Mini Cooper. I love driving that car. I thought I better have the car do a portrait sitting for me while I still can. These shots were taken in a dark parking lot at night. Lighting is provided by speed lights shooting through umbrellas. These images are straight out of the camera - no Photoshop touch-ups yet.


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What is Old is New I’ve been thinking of adding some character to the loft in our house. I spend a fair amount of time up there – it serves  as my home office and photo editing room. I am in the loft right now as I write this. I’ve been thinking that this room needs some black and white aviation photography and I really need to spend some time shooting some airplanes on the ramp at one of the local airports. The weather has not cooperated lately and even if the winter weather was not too bad, there probably isn’t a whole lot activity out at the airport. It is winter in Wisconsin after all.

Then it dawned on me that I have a fairly extensive archive of airplane shots taken in years past at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh. After rummaging around through 10 years of photos, I found a few shots that represent my annual pilgrimage to Oshkosh. What is old can be new – with a little help from Photoshop.

The aerial image is of the airport in La Crosse, Wisconsin which is right on the banks of the Mississippi River. This shot is reminiscent of years living in Mankato, Minnesota when I would fly our Cessna 152 to Oshkosh with one of my daughters in the right seat. We would always fly directly over La Crosse, which marks the halfway point of the flight from MKT to OSH.

If you have no idea what I am talking about when I refer to AirVenture on Oshkosh, check it out at




]]> (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Airplanes Fri, 11 Dec 2015 04:30:00 GMT
Fall in High Cliff State Park The fall weather in Wisconsin has been just beautiful although a bit on the windy side. This evening the winds finally died down and the setting sun provided that wonderful golden light that makes the fall colors really pop. So I spent the late afternoon and evening hiking around in High Cliff State park. Here are few of my favorite shots.


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EAA AirVenture 2015 Saturday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. There was F-100 Super Sabre flying in the air show today and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to catch the landing roll with parachute in full bloom. It is really fantastic to live in a country where a private individual, with sufficient means, can buy one of these and keep it flying. It is a flying museum


  Later in the evening, the winds dropped and the powered parachutes took over at the Ultralight field. (I think I should learn to fly one of these) And finally, in what has become a new tradition at AirVenture, the Saturday night fireworks display! 
It was an awesome day at the world's greatest aviation celebration.



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