My Random Musings on Photography
 

Thanks for stopping in and reading my photography blog. You will find updates on current projects and recent shoots. --Greg
 

 

Alstroemania!

January 29, 2017  •  1 Comment

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.


Impromptu Holiday Portraits

December 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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!

 


Family Photos

October 16, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.

 


The Hoan Bridge - Milwaukee

September 18, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.
 


 


EAA AirVenture 2016

August 01, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.
 


Milwaukee Lafefront Fireworks

July 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.
 


 


Run O' the Mill Horse Show

May 28, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.
 


Portrait With Speed Lights

April 24, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.
 


 


2008 Mini Cooper S

March 03, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

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.
 

 
 


What is Old is New

December 10, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

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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