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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


A drive through the backroads for Fall Color in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

See and purchase prints with fall color  There is a theme that subtlety ties my images over the decades and the seasons, the twilight of the morning into the star studded nights. Though it may not be an obvious theme, it’s inherent to the adventure, the passion, the thought, and the excitement behind each image.  ... Read more


Kristen Westlake’s OUTDOOR ARTIST RECEPTION! Sunday, August 21

Kristen Westlake’s OUTDOOR ARTIST RECEPTION! WHO? Kristen Westlake WHERE? 542 N Oakwood Ave Oconomowoc, WI WHEN? Sunday, August 21  TIME? 11am – 2pm Info: I will be presenting some of my canvas and (many) luster pieces tomorrow at this prime location during the Oconomowoc Festival of the Arts! I will be directly across the street from ... Read more


Presets Review: sleeklens workflow for Lightroom and Photoshop

Every image tells a story; a story of its own. Like the author of many novels, no two stories contain the same content. How preposterous that would be! I see photography in that same vein. I am the author of my images and I elect to tell the story of my choosing within the context ... 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


Fourth of July Kiddos – Wauwatosa Parade

The Wauwatosa Fourth of July Parade was chock full of energy, cheering, smiley faces and sticky fingers. Kiddos dressed in red, white and blue plowed the streets of candy inventory … Gooey fingers tore wrappers off colorful sugar as many rumbling tummies triggered smiles on faces. More images here. ... Read more


4th of July Parade – submariners Wauwatosa, WI

A photographer’s angle of view: It was so Much fun! I photographed in the parade (as a part of the submarine veterans with husband Donny, who is a submarine veteran) and the revolutionary war reenactment group was behind us… They kept stopping to fire muskets which left a huge gap between the submariners (ahead) and ... Read more


My Kind of Fireworks : Happy Birthday USA!

Lightning!  My kind of ‘FIREWORKS’!❤️ HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA! ❤️🎂🎈🙏 Born of the sky, rumbling and booming, the thunder trumpets at random. It’s commanding echoes play in tandem with the spidery spikes that light the darkness with a ballet of silken ribbons. Thunder announces the dramatic entrance and the show erupts, electrifying us with oohs and ... Read more


Blending with Hollyhocks

Having a little fun experimenting with textures again … I drove by this roadside full of hollyhocks and my dress ironically matched the field … so it was fitting to stop. The texture overlay helped me portray what this image feels like to me. … I haven’t seen hollyhocks in ages. .. In fact, I ... 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


Beginning and Growing as a Collector of Fine Art

Just as an artist has a starting line on her creative time line, likewise does her collector. Whilst artists display their humble beginnings within their bio page, we don’t generally see this sort of  ‘newbie’ admittance from a collector. Yet, there is a ‘fresh behind the ears’ beginning inside each person that lives within a museum ... Read more


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