Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske: Blog https://www.airframephotography.com/blog en-us (C) 2013 - 2021 Greg Burneske greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:33:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:33:00 GMT https://www.airframephotography.com/img/s/v-12/u575356575-o79540909-50.jpg Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske: Blog https://www.airframephotography.com/blog 120 80 Navarre Beach Florida https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2018/12/navarre-beach-florida Spent the Christmas holiday in Navarre Beach, Florida. Experienced some fantastic sunrises and sunsets. I always wondered if I would miss this cold and snow of the Midwest if I were to spend Christmas in a warm weather climate. The answer is a "Nope! Not at all."  It did not take very long to get comfortable with the idea a Christmas day walk on the beach. Warm breeze and the gentle sound of the surf instead of a cold and snow - no problem!

Navarre BeachNavarre Beach Fishing Pier

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Beach Sunrise Sunset https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2018/12/navarre-beach-florida Fri, 28 Dec 2018 04:58:00 GMT
Hey Seniors! Time Running Out for Your Senior Portraits https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2018/8/hey-seniors-time-running-out-for-your-senior-portraits Most high school yearbook editors want your senior portrait by mid-October. Now is the time to book you senior portrait session. Let's get together to make some amazing images that capture your individual style and personality. Contact me now to book a session and get 15% off your first print order.

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) senior portraits https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2018/8/hey-seniors-time-running-out-for-your-senior-portraits Sun, 12 Aug 2018 02:40:00 GMT
Pensacola https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2018/2/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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) pensacola https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2018/2/pensacola Mon, 19 Feb 2018 21:00:00 GMT
Senior Portrait Joy https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/9/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

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) senior portraits https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/9/senior-portrait-joy Sat, 16 Sep 2017 12:15:00 GMT
Simon https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/9/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!

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) senior portraits https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/9/simon Sat, 16 Sep 2017 03:45:00 GMT
Solar Eclipse 2017 https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/8/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.
 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) carbondale crab orchard lake solar eclipse 2017 https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/8/solar-eclipse-2017 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 04:45:00 GMT
Summer Nights in Appleton https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/7/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.

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) fox river houdini plaza pac https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/7/summer-nights-in-appleton Mon, 03 Jul 2017 04:00:00 GMT
Senior Portraits https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/5/senior-portraits Now is the time to book you senior portrait session. Let's get together to make some amazing images that capture your individual style and personality. Contact me now to book a session and get 15% off your first print order.

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Let's do this!

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) senior portraits https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/5/senior-portraits Mon, 22 May 2017 03:04:09 GMT
Jando https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/4/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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Alejandro Valdez senior portraits https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/4/jando Sun, 16 Apr 2017 04:21:02 GMT
Orchids https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/2/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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) macro orchid https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/2/orchids Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:18:27 GMT
Alstroemania! https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/1/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.

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Macro Photography https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2017/1/Alstroemania Sun, 29 Jan 2017 22:24:51 GMT
Impromptu Holiday Portraits https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/12/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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/12/holiday-portraits Mon, 19 Dec 2016 05:45:00 GMT
Family Photos https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/11/fourness-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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/11/fourness-family-photos Mon, 17 Oct 2016 01:15:00 GMT
The Hoan Bridge - Milwaukee https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/9/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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Hoan Bridge https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/9/the-hoan-bridge---milwaukee Mon, 19 Sep 2016 04:31:59 GMT
EAA AirVenture 2016 https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/8/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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) 2016 AirVenture EAA https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/8/eaa-airventure-2016 Mon, 01 Aug 2016 20:15:00 GMT
Milwaukee Lafefront Fireworks https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/8/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.
 


 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Calatrava Fireworks Milwaukee https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/8/milwaukee-lafefront-fireworks Mon, 04 Jul 2016 19:30:00 GMT
Run O' the Mill Horse Show https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/5/run-of-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.
 

Click here to see the entire gallery here.
 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Cassidie Classic Horse Show https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/5/run-of-the-mill-horse-show Sat, 28 May 2016 22:07:51 GMT
Portrait With Speed Lights https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/4/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.
 


 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/4/portrait-with-speed-lights Mon, 25 Apr 2016 04:08:46 GMT
2008 Mini Cooper S https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/4/2006-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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Mini Cooper https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/4/2006-mini-cooper-s Fri, 04 Mar 2016 05:00:00 GMT
What is Old is New https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/4/what-s-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 http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure
 


 


 


 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Airplanes https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2016/4/what-s-old-is-new Fri, 11 Dec 2015 04:30:00 GMT
Fall in High Cliff State Park https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/11/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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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Cliff High Park State https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/11/fall-in-high-cliff-state-park Mon, 26 Oct 2015 03:15:00 GMT
EAA AirVenture 2015 https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/11/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
piece.
 

 

  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! 
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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) AirVenture https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/11/eaa-airventure-2015 Sun, 19 Jul 2015 04:45:00 GMT
Memorial Day Parade - Appleton North Marching Band https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/5/memorial-day-parade---appleton-north-marching-band The Appleton North High School marching band performed in the Memorial Day parade this morning. A light drizzle did not dampen the spirits of the band or the spectators. The band was fantastic and the color guard performed well too.
 

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This was Maggie's last parade. And that is Mr. James Thaldorf with her after the parade. He is the  Appleton North Music Director and Maggie's music teacher for the last four years. He does an awesome job with these kids. Music has been a huge part of Maggie's high school life. I am definitely going to miss the concerts and parades too.
 


 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Appleton North Marching Band https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/5/memorial-day-parade---appleton-north-marching-band Tue, 26 May 2015 03:15:00 GMT
Appleton North Track at Oshkosh North https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/4/appleton-north-track-at-oshkosh-north The Appleton North boys and girls track teams competed in a triangular meet at Oshkosh North today. Here are a few of my favorite shots. I have been making an effort to shoot more of the field athletes. Yes, even the throwers! You can view the entire gallery with the following link:
 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Appleton North Track https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/4/appleton-north-track-at-oshkosh-north Wed, 29 Apr 2015 04:03:18 GMT
Appleton North Track Team at East Triangular Meet https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/4/appleton-north-track-team-at-east-triangular-meet The Appleton North Lightning Track team competed against Hortonville and Appleton East in a triangular meet today. The meet was hosted by Appleton East. Although there were only three schools competing, it had the feel of a big meet because girls and boys competed as well as Varsity and JV.
 

I did not have time to separate the Varsity and JV shots and so they are all together in one gallery.

Link to East Triangular Meet Gallery

Here a few of my favorite shots from this event.

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Appleton North Track https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/4/appleton-north-track-team-at-east-triangular-meet Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:22:21 GMT
Girls Indoor Track Meet in Oshkosh https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/3/girls-indoor-track-meet-in-oshkosh Spent the evening taking photos at the girls indoor track meet in Oshkosh. Area teams from Appleton North, Oshkosh, Neenah, Kimberly, DePere an Manitowoc were there. Below are links to photos of the Appleton North runners in various events as well as gallery of the Kimberly 4 x 400 relay team.
 


 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Appleton North girls track Kimberly Girls Track https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/3/girls-indoor-track-meet-in-oshkosh Tue, 31 Mar 2015 04:54:38 GMT
Prints on Display at Copper Rock https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/3/prints-on-display-at-copper-rock
I am fortunate to have a chance to display a few of my prints at the Copper Rock coffee shop in downtown Appleton. Thanks to Markatie Mealy for letting me use the space.
 

The prints went up today. If you get a chance to check them out, please let me know what you think.
 

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Copper Rock https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/3/prints-on-display-at-copper-rock Mon, 09 Mar 2015 04:37:17 GMT
Hockey - Appleton United Vs. University School https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/1/hockey---appleton-united-vs-university-school The Appleton United hockey team's fantastic season continues. Tonight they beat University School 7 to 2. Nathan Zilisch had his second hat trick of the season. Congratulations guys!
 

Link to the complete gallery.


 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Appleton United Hockey https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2015/1/hockey---appleton-united-vs-university-school Sun, 18 Jan 2015 05:12:20 GMT
Hockey - Appleton United vs Oshkosh https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/12/hockey---apleton-united-vs-oshkosh Had a great time watching and shooting the Appleton United hockey game tonight. Damn these kids can skate! Here are a couple of my favorite shots. Appleton beat Oshkosh 8 - 1.
 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) appleton united hockey https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/12/hockey---apleton-united-vs-oshkosh Fri, 19 Dec 2014 13:43:29 GMT
Something Big and Nice https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/11/something-big-and-nice My daughter Anna recently asked me to make some prints for her to hang in the living room of her apartment. She is a junior at the University of MN and lives with four other girls. When I asked her for some ideas she just said something like, “Something big and nice.” Well, that certainly narrows it down doesn’t it! 
 

I gave some thought to landscapes or images of some interesting area landmarks. Then I realized she has spent more of her life in Minnesota than Wisconsin so maybe a couple city-scape shots of Twin Cities landmarks or the Minneapolis skyline. 
 

Jean and I were in New York City this past weekend and while visiting some galleries I came upon the idea for flowers in isolation against a black backdrop. Ran out to a local flower store and picked up a few Lilies and went to work. Here are a couple of samples. I think they turned out pretty nice.

Ok Anna, it has been decided. I am going to work on getting you some poster sized prints along these lines. I hope you and your roommates like them!

  

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) flower photos https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/11/something-big-and-nice Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:06:57 GMT
Lightning Cross Country Sectional Meet https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/10/lightning-cross-country-sectional-meet The boys team finished third and just barely missed out on going to state. Zach Gasick finished fourth overall and is going to state as an individual competitor. Lauren Farina took first place in the girls race and the girls team took first place as well. Congratulations to Zach and the varsity girls team.
Good luck at State!

 

Last week was Maggie’s last high school cross country meet. It was certainly a time to reflect on the past, the present and future of our youngest daughter’s life.

Hey Maggie, Mom and Dad know how much CC means to you and it was bittersweet for us watching you run your last meet. We know how much you will miss the sport, but the life lessons and friends you have made will stay with you and we know your best days are ahead of you.  143 Maggie.
 

Congratulations to the entire North Cross Country team for a great season!

Link to 2014 Sectional Gallery


 

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Appleton North Cross Country https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/10/lightning-cross-country-sectional-meet Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:38:01 GMT
Lightning Girls Run Away with Conference Meet https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/10/lightning-girls-run-away-with-conference-meet The Appleton North Lightning Girls had another fantastic day running away with the conference meet. The sun came out just as the meet started and provided some really nice golden light. It was definitely a bit of a mud fest, but the varsity girls look really strong going into the sectional meet. Good luck in Manitowoc girls!
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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/10/lightning-girls-run-away-with-conference-meet Fri, 17 Oct 2014 03:30:00 GMT
Lightning Cross Country at Seymour https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/10/lightning-cross-country-at-seymour The Appleton North Lightning Cross Country Team competed today at the Seymour Invitational. Once again the girls varsity team ran away with the event. They are looking strong going in to upcoming conference and sectional meets!
 

Varsity Girls Gallery

Varsity Boys Gallery
 

JV Boys Gallery

JV Girls Gallery

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Lightning Cross Country at Manitowoc https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/9/lightning-cross-country-at-manitowoc Appleton North Lightning cross country teams competed in Manitowoc today. The varsity girls had a smashing good day!

Link to the varsity boys gallery.

Link to the varsity girls gallery.

Link to the JV girls gallery.

 

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/9/lightning-cross-country-at-manitowoc Sat, 27 Sep 2014 23:18:42 GMT
US Air Force Thunderbirds https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/8/us-air-force-thunderbirds These were taken today at AirVenture in Oshkosh. The USAF Thunderbirds are capping off a great another great air show. Took these with only my 200 mm lens at F8 and the fastest shutter speed I could get by with. Even though I am only ¼ mile from the flight line I could certainly use more focal length. I spotted a few of the EAA photographers on a platform not too far away from where I was shooting. I don’t know what they had for lenses, but it looked like they had their cameras mounted on friggin telescopes! I think I need a 2x teleconverter for Christmas – that would give me 400 mm at f5.6.
 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/8/us-air-force-thunderbirds Sun, 03 Aug 2014 01:15:00 GMT
Moon Project - II https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/6/moon-project---ii  Tonight the moon was a waxing gibbous and the sky was clear. So I hauled the telescope out and set out to capture another one of the images for my moon series. I got a couple of decent shots but in the process of trying to improve the focus to get a clearer image I noticed a problem. The image below is of the planet Mars slightly defocused. When viewing a slightly out of focus star or planet in my telescope (which happens to be a Schmidt-Cassegrain type) you should see a ring with a dark center perfectly centered. As you can see below, there is a ring but the dark area is not centered. Without getting into all the details of telescope construction, what this means is that the mirrors in my scope are not aligned properly. It is not a big deal and there is a straightforward process for "collimating" the mirrors. But the bottom line is that my images are not as sharp as they should be. So next time I take the scope out, I need to spend some time aligning the mirrors before I take more images.
 

 

Mars defocused. Notice how the dark area in the middle is shifted towards ten o'clock rather than perfectly centered.

To be continued.

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/6/moon-project---ii Mon, 09 Jun 2014 03:59:00 GMT
New London Regional Track Meet https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/5/ne-london-regional-track-meet The Appleton North Lightning track team competed in the New London Regional Track Meet Today. The boys team took second overall while the girls took third. Tanner Daines (pictured below) took first place in the 3200.
 

 

Click here to see the rest of the gallery.

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/5/ne-london-regional-track-meet Wed, 28 May 2014 03:50:00 GMT
Appleton Memorial Day Parade https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/5/appleton-memorial-day-parade It was a beautiful day for a parade honoring those who gave their lives fighting for our country's freedom. I walked along parade route with the Appleton North HS marching band. Yes, I admit that I was walking in cadence most of the way, but what can I say!? I love marching bands! 
 

Click here to see the entire gallery.

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/5/appleton-memorial-day-parade Mon, 26 May 2014 16:41:27 GMT
Prom Dress Besties - Maggie and Alyssa https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/5/prom-dress-besties---maggie-and-alyssa
 

It is Prom day for the Appleton area high schools and Maggie and her best friend Alyssa are all dolled up. They wanted to ham it up a bit for the camera and of course with subjects as cute as this, like this how could I resist!? Here is a link to the rest of the gallery.
 

Mag and Al Gallery

http://www.airframephotography.com/p665235838

 

 

 

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/5/prom-dress-besties---maggie-and-alyssa Sat, 03 May 2014 22:09:00 GMT
Appleton North Lightning Track Season is Underway https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/4/appleton-north-lightning-track-season-is-underway   It is still cold outside, but the track season is underway. The Appleton North Lightning girls competed in a triangular meet at Neenah on April 8th and the boys and girls competed in a triangular in Fond du Lac on the April 22nd. Here are a few of my favorite shots. Yes, I know the pole vaulter is not from North, but it is a good photo. This  guy can vault! He easily cleared 13' 6" on this run and went on to win the meet too.
 

You can find the rest of the images from these two meets by clicking on the following links. -- Enjoy
 

Fondy Meet

Neenah Meet

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/4/appleton-north-lightning-track-season-is-underway Wed, 30 Apr 2014 04:08:01 GMT
Maggie Looking Cute as Ever https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/2/cute-as-ever
 

Here is Maggie looking cute in her new dress for the Spree Dance!
 

 

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/2/cute-as-ever Tue, 25 Feb 2014 04:17:00 GMT
Veggies https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/1/veggies I have been asked a lot questions about the prints hanging in our dining room. If you have been to our house you may recognize these 20 x 30 inch canvas wraps. They started out as photos I shot last summer at the Appleton farmer's market with the intent of creating these large format "paintings". The process I used in Photoshop to convert the original images to digital paintings went something like this...
 

 

 

  1. Increase color saturation of the photo to 80 - 90%. I did this because I wanted the colors in the  finished print to be bright like acrylic paintings I have seen.

  2. Because I was going for large prints I increased the number of pixels in the image so the final image would be 240 dpi at 20 x30 inches. The original image from the camera was 3,872 x 2,592 pixels which turns out to be about 130 dpi when enlarged to 20 x 30 inches. I am not sure this step was actually needed but I wanted to make sure subsequent painting steps were being applied to a 240 dpi image. I used bi-cupic smoothing of the "Resize" command to increase the image to  approximately 8000 x 5600.

  3. I applied the Accent Edges brush strokes filter. Command: Brush Strokes Effect > Accent Edges
    Edge width 10
    Edge brightness 40
    Smoothness 5

  4. Then I applied the Diagonal Strokes brush filter: Command: Strokes Effect > Diagonal Strokes
    Directional Balance ~ 30
    Stroke Length ~ 40

If you are not familiar with Photoshop, this may seem like Greek. If you really want to dig in, but want some help getting started, give me a call. Or, if you have an image that you would like me to convert for you -- I would be happy to help.

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2014/1/veggies Sun, 19 Jan 2014 05:27:00 GMT
Railroad Bridge Over the Fox River https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2013/12/railroad-bridge-over-the-fox-river
 

I set out to capture the fresh snow that fell overnight. Thought it might be interesting to walk out onto this railroad bridge and get a shot looking back at the Lawe Street bridge. But when I got to the foot of the railroad bridge I realized this was my shot. When the snow makes a scene like this you can't complain too much about the long winter!
 

 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2013/12/railroad-bridge-over-the-fox-river Fri, 27 Dec 2013 05:27:00 GMT
Moon Project https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2013/11/moon-project Working on a new project to capture the moon in various phases. Started this project a couple of months ago before it got so fricking cold. I am using an 8 inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope as my primary lens with my Nikon DSLR attached. It took several nights and a couple hundred images before I got one that is worthy of printing. It is amazing how much a slight breeze, or a careless press of the shutter release button can mess up the focus on an image when you are shooting with this much optical zoom. If the weather ever warms up I will be looking to shoot a full moon, a waning crescent and a waxing crescent to fill out the set. Too much equipment setup and take down when  it is -5 F.
 

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greg.burneske@gmail.com (Airframe Photography - Greg Burneske) Moon https://www.airframephotography.com/blog/2013/11/moon-project Sun, 17 Nov 2013 04:17:00 GMT