Monthly Archives: May 2011

house fly

This was a particularly tricky capture. I used a telephoto lens with three Kenko extension tubes stacked on top of each other between the lens and the camera body. This gave me just enough working room (not too close, not too far) to not scare the fly and still have a reasonable depth of field.

5-29-2011, 1:30 p.m.

exposure: 1/200

f/stop: 8

focal length: 135 mm (with 68mm of extension tubes)

ISO: 1600


Summer T-storms

After leaving a graduation party we drove back to Sarah’s parents house (I have some laundry in need of washing and we happened to be in the area), and arrived just before the storm. A localized thundercloud moved through and brought some heavy rain and a brief bout of small hail (3 minutes at most). I snapped a few pictures and thought that I had captured a cloud to ground lightning strike but when reviewing the shots it must have happened between photos. I was pretty bummed – it was a really close strike. Not to worry, I managed to capture the storm clouds rolling in and then combined 6 pictures together to make a high dynamic range photo of the leading edge of the storm. Enjoy.

5-28-2011, 6:25 p.m.

software used: Bracketeer, DoubleTake

Eastern Hognose

The Eastern Hognose is an amazing snake. It’s widely considered to be harmless (unless you are a toad). Some neat facts about this snake are that it can imitate a rattle snake and a cobra. The amazing thing to me is that is knows how to imitate a cobra despite the complete lack of cobras in North America. It has no venom and its fangs are located in the back of the mouth only (sort of like only having molars). These teeth are used for “popping” toads after they puff up in self-defense.

What happens when this snake feels threatened: rattles tail, shows of cobra-like hood, then plays dead. Flip the snake over and it will roll back over to resume it’s upside down state. Comical. If you feel compelled to mess a Hognose to see it go through it’s dramatic threat display, make sure it is a Hognose – it would be a nasty surprise to mistake an Eastern Rattle Snake for a Hognose.

8-28-2010, 6:58 p.m.

exposure: 1/80

f/stop: 5.6

focal length: 55 mm

ISO: 800


garden spider

This female garden spider is absolutely spectacular (at least I think so). She is big, bright, and just prior to taking this picture there was a male garden spider a few inches away. To get this capture my lens was about one inch from her body. I had to be careful; on previous attempts if a garden spider feelt threatened she will either drop out of the web and ride a single thread of silk down into the grass to hide, or she will pump her eight legs and make the web “bounce” – in which the web will move like a vertical trampoline and she will bounce off the camera lens freaking out the photographer.

8-8-2008, 5:56 p.m.

exposure: 1/25

f/stop: 11

focal length: 55mm

ISO: 800

Historic Highlights of Chippewa Falls

Two photos today. The first is a panorama taken in a small little park between buildings. This is one part of the two wall mural.

5-19-2011, 12:52 p.m.

software used: DoubleTake

A vintage advertisement. I’m unsure of the reason it has been repainted but I suspect, like the other advertisements, this was an event that was once held in Chippewa Falls and could very well be an exact replica at the exact site of the original.


exposure: 1/320

f/stop: 6

focal length: 90mm

ISO: 400

Madison in HDR

Today’s photo was made using HDR (high dynamic range) processing in combination with photo-stitch software. In order to create this composite image I took three images in rapid succession at three different exposures. Then I combined the images using Bracketeer – this converted 12 photos into just 4. Then I took the 4 HDR images and combined them in DoubleTake. A few touch ups in Aperture and I arrived at this single photo:

4-12-2011, twilight

software used: Aperture 3, Bracketeer, DoubleTake

original resolution: 2637 x 12247