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Lunar Eclipse tonight!

Clear skies and bitter cold will greet the moon as it eclipses January 20, 2019 in Dodge County, WI. There is a lot of good information about lunar eclipses and how to enjoy them on the earth sky website.https://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/how-do-i-watch-the-total-lunar-eclipse About Lunar eclipses and how to Enjoy them Lunar eclipse, April 15, 2014 ... Read more


Memorial Day : Remembering why we are free and honoring those who fought and died for our freedom

Memorial Day : Remembering why we are free. This day is for coming together to honor those who fought and died for our freedom. It is certainly a free day; though not in the sense that many make it. Today isn’t about discounts at your favorite store. It’s not about a day off from work. ... Read more


The Art of Photography; the duality of Patience and Spontaneity

“The art of photography involves both patience and spontaneity; the imagination of a somewhat mundane scene as extraordinary (given the right conditions) and the desire to dance when the music plays.” Kristen Westlake ‘Once Was’ I’ve eyed this scene up for the past few months and was waiting for just the right cloud pattern to ... Read more


Methods behind this 85mm PCE image

Nikon d810 Nikkor 85 mm tilt + shift PCE lens stitched images shifted at 30º increments To see or purchase the image The Method and Reasoning: With a full frame camera and an 85 mm focal length, Standing where I did would present a few problems: 1. I had to angle my camera upward to ... Read more


How to change the Perspective of the moon relative to a subject with a long focal length

How to change the Perspective of the moon relative to a subject with a long focal length: .. getting closer to or further from the subject will dramatically change the perspective of the moon to a given subject. The moon is always going to be rendered at approximately .55º in any lens’ angle of view. A ... Read more


The Supermoon superstar 

Holy Hill last night from 3.5 miles away at 600mm. This image was made at 5:30 pm, 72.9º azimuth from where I stood, and 3.1º altitude, just after the moon rose.  My original plan designed the larger than the Holy Hill spires moon (at 3.5 miles away with a 600 mm focal length the moon ... Read more


The Supermoon kisses Trinity Lutheran 

‘Blessed’  the supermoon over Trinity Lutheran Sunday evening. (11/13/2016). Ah, it happened just as I had hoped. I’d wanted to photograph a full moon over my country church on the hill for a long time .. but it never was quite the right sightline. But this evening at 4:31 I saw the big pink ball ... Read more


the Omnipotent – Time Lapse Still of Lightning at Dusk

I’ve photographed the dramatic effects of lightning at night, however my preference is the look (and the more challenging) of lightning at dusk. This image is a time-lapse still (layered in Lighten Mode via Photoshop): The mix of colors, clouds, lightning, … and even star trails in this image are achieved in a total of ... Read more


Wisconsin State Capitol from the Ice at Night

The Wisconsin State Capitol This image was made at 300 mm, ISO 200, f/5.6. I scouted and predetermined my standing position via TPE (the photographers ephemeris) app (weeks before). Scouted in real time and in the daylight on March 4… …. ….and then trekked 1/2 mile out onto frozen Lake Monona at 4:30 am on ... Read more


The Reign of Stars – Star Trails from

‘the Reign of Stars’ .. I combined an hour of star trails with one 20 second frame specifically for star points and the light ethereal clouds that whispered .. During the course of the time I spent atop Gibraters Rock last night I enjoyed the mesmerizing quiet, the breeze picking up to chill the air. ... Read more


Milky Way and Star Trails

The milky way Saturday night over a corn field I have been eyeing for the right night …The moon didn’t rise until 3:30 am, making for a stunningly dark and star studded sky. The Milky Way, in turn, contrasted favorably against the night.. I was creating 2 star trail images for a total of 2 ... Read more


Lightning and Lightning bugs play with an abandoned stone house

Last night’s show was multi-faceted. Lightning screamed in all directions, yet it was slow, intermittent, and kept me guessing, giving up nothing to reveal where it would indulge its wondrous display… the lightning toyed with with me as the mosquitoes drank me in … the sunset weaved tapestry after tapestry, overwhelming the senses … it ... Read more


Silver Linings after a rough morning : from a deer colliding with my car to a spontaneous Horse Show

… What a week a day can bring! ….  I woke at 3 am to drive 5 hours to Seeley, WI, just north of Hayward. There I was to take down an exhibition that I had up for the month of May/June. ..  A deer hit me on the way …  After many tears and an ... Read more


Purpose letter – for all purposes and for a masters in English and non-fiction Creative Writing

A picture’s worth a thousand words. A photographic artist relies on this promise to tell her sentence deprived stories. This is what I do; I capture stories of skies kissing the landscapes. Knowledge of my technology is my creative keyboard. Emojis are a narrative stream of storm clouds, rainbows, star studded patterns, and threatening lightning. ... Read more



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