Range Light

This is not a school house and not a lighthouse. It is what is known as a “range light.” There are two lights, one at each end of the walkway in the photo. The other light (not shown in this photo) is near Baileys Harbor and when ships lineup the two lights, they have found the safe route into the harbor.
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Morning in Door County

A quiet morning on Lake Michigan. This bay is shallow so there is limited boat traffic and sitting on the dock watching the sunrise is a must for this area. Also this is a bay which keeps the waves down. This is a three shot HDR photo taken on a tripod. See my HDR tutorial for more information: https://greatriversimaging.com/hdr/

Sunset in the Northwoods

One of my favorite places to visit is the Northwoods of Wisconsin. This is an area in northern Wisconsin containing thousands of lakes surrounded by forests. This setting coupled with extended sunrises, sunsets and calls of the Loons makes this an ideal place to getaway and relax.

Here is a dock on Fishtrap Lake new Boulder Junction. To see my complete set of Northwoods photos see: https://greatrivers.smugmug.com/Galleries/Northwoods/. Be sure to click the little triangle at the top right of the page to start the slide show.

Lumberjack Steam Train

In Laona Wisconsin, you will find the Lumberjack Steam Train. This actual steam train will take you back in time to an actual logging camp in Northern Wisconsin. This is the back-end of the train disappearing into the woods.

Wilson’s Restaurant

Just around the corner from the Moravia Street Cottage mentioned in the previous post is Ephraim’s  iconic Wilson’s Restaurant in Door County. Famous for their ice cream, this is a great place to stop for lunch, desert or both! Then, down the road is Al Johnson’s Restaurant where they have live goats on the roof (be careful when you go in, you do not want to be hit by anything falling out of the sky!).

Northwoods Eagles

As mentioned in my previous post, if you missed the Eagles in St. Louis (Alton area), travel up to Wisconsin and catch-up with them there. Studies show that most of them live in Vilas and Oneida counties, many on Lake Minocqua. This photo was taken on the grounds of The Pointe Hotel and Suites where there is a dead tree they like to use to keep watch on the lake. Photographing these birds you will need a telephoto lens of 300mm or more. Also use anti-shake features that is available on all of the new cameras.

Road to Northport

One of the keys to better photography is to go back multiple times. This is a scene I discovered in 2014 on my first visit to Door County, Wisconsin. This turns out to be a very popular view for photographers and artists to capture. There are always people in the area taking photos. My first visit was was on a sunny day, creating harsh shadows on the road. On this day, there was a light overcast which provided a bright day but mild shadows.

I used a telephoto lens to compress the road so the curves look closer than they really are. This is a 5 shot HDR photo used to give a natural look and better contrast. Editing in Photomatix and Lightroom gave the final version.

 

See the 2014 version

 

Road to Star Lake

The upper Midwest can provide some of the most spectacular fall colors and scenic drives. This is a road along Star Lake headed towards Boulder Junction, Wisconsin, an area that includes Manitowish Waters and Minocqua, an island town. Spending a few days here in early October is well worth the trip!

Wilson’s Ice Cream Shop

Wilson’s Ice Cream shop is an iconic business in the town of Ephraim, Wisconsin. It is interesting to photographers because of it’s bright colors, historic look and the angle it sits on the road. As you walk along the road, it takes on a different look. Be sure to see the photo in full screen.

Under way….

While heading out for some sightseeing with a friend, I notice this beautiful yacht go by. I suggested we go out into some very rough water to photograph the sailboat and the friend agreed. This is the is the result taken from a very bouncy platform! (1/500 sec; 105mm; ISO 320; f9)