Monday, October 31, 2016

Kansas Winter

This photo was taken on a foggy morning in mid-December of 2008, along US 36 east of Atwood Kansas. The fog and the muted colors of the dry grass and brush make a nice, natural collage.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Modern Crops

This is an infrared view of the Iowa countryside showing fields ready for harvest, along with the midwest's newest endeavor: Wind farming. Windmills are everywhere now in the rural areas of Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Minnesota, and I'm sure in other states as well.

This is an infrared photo, taken at the northern end of Iowa Highway 38, North of Greeley.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Petersburg, Iowa

Petersburg, Iowa, is an unincorporated town in eastern Iowa dominated by Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church, which looms up out of the rolling hills of northeast Iowa. The impressive church building was completed 110 years ago in 1906, and is still fully in use, with a catholic school also still functioning. This photo was taken in early morning on my recent trip through Iowa.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Quaker Cemetery

This a view of the Quaker cemetery at the historic Whittier Friends Meeting House in Whittier, Iowa. The meeting house was built in 1893, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The cemetery, and the meeting house, reflect the Quaker testimony of simplicity. The small, nearly anonymous headstones create a surprisingly powerful vista.

Friday, October 21, 2016

St. Paul Skyline

On my recent trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota I got the chance to got to the roof patio of the wonderful Schmidt Artist's Lofts in St. Paul. This is the view of the downtown skyline from there.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Iowa Infrared

Driving home from my recent trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota I took back roads through Iowa. This is a nice countryside view shot in infrared that was taken just south of Fayette, Iowa, in the northeast part of the state.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Lake Michigan Morning

From a recent trip to Wisconsin and Minnesota to see family and friends, here is a morning view of Lake Michigan from the public access point in Cleveland, Wisconsin.

Friday, October 14, 2016

US 61: Rural Mississippi

US 61 follows the Mississippi River from north of St. Paul, Minnesota, all the way to New Orleans. along the way it passes through my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. This photo was shot along US 61 in Bolivar County, Mississippi.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

US 151: Lake Winnebago

US 151 is a relatively short highway, running just 337 miles from Manitowoc, Wisconsin, on Lake Michigan, southwest to I-80 just southwest of Cedar Rapids, IA. On the way it goes through my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa. This is a view of Lake Winnebago in Wisconsin, where US 151 turns south to detour around the lake.

Monday, October 10, 2016

US 20: Yellowstone

US 20 stretches from coast to coast, from Boston to Newport, Oregon. Along the way it goes through my hometown of Dubuque, Iowa, and also Yellowstone National Park, in Wyoming. This a shot from Yellowstone of the water vapor rising from the Grand Prismatic Spring and the Excelsior Geyser Crater, with the Firehole River in the foreground.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Late Summer, ECIL

This is another shot of one of my favorite places to photograph. In this case I utilized the Brenizer Effect to create a very shallow depth of field with just the corn on the right in focus.

The Brenizer Effect involves taking a series of photos of individual parts of the scene with a longer lens set at a wide aperture, and then stitching the photos together in Photoshop to get the effect of a wide angle large format photo.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Late Summer, ECIL

Three weeks ago, when this photo was taken, the leaves had not started to turn, and so the woods were still green. I love the light in this photo. It has a dreamy effect. these woods are in the Homer Lake Forest Preserve north of Homer, Illinois.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Late Summer, ECIL

Late summer in East-Central Illinois can be a beautiful time. Clear skies, dry air, plentiful sunshine. This is a classic view of desiccated corn stalks and sky with clouds.