Sleeping Under the Stars


Getting the studio area of the new apartment up and running.  It’s great to have a creative space to escape to when you just want to get in to some photography!


*Sleeping Under the Stars – Bloody Lake Rendezvous // Wisconsin*

More and more I am enjoying star photography. Tomorrow I’ve got a very specific shot that I’ll be going for, so I will share that asap if it works out.  This here was from back at the Bloody Lake Rendezvous, late one night after most folks had turned in. A low layer of clouds whisked across the sky, and the stars glowed along with the tipis.

*edit, I don’t remember what that specific shot was that I was going for, so I don’t know if it worked out or not :)*

Under the Stars Wisconsin William Woodward

Poi Fire Dancing

Fire Dancing

A few months ago I had the opportunity to photograph some fire Poi dancing.  I had never done anything like it before, so it was definitely a learning curve.  The sweet spot seemed to be not too long of an exposure, in order to capture both the movement of the fire, but also get the individual as well.  You’ll probably notice in the backgrounds of these images some rather strange lodging, as these were taken at Bloody Lake Rendezvous, a reenactment of the fur trade era in the US.

Burn Burn Burn

Alrighty, here’s Nathan Silvers showing off a spin move.

Burn Burn Burn

May I Have this Dance

I don’t know all what’s happening here with Lark and Kevin Peterson, but I know I like it.  Their fire and bodies intertwined as they danced together in the dark evening.

May I Have This Dance

In Front of the Flames

A final impromptu dance, in front of a small crowd.

In Front of the Flames

Full of Life and Color

Stay Cool

I would say that I am regularly on Plan W… but I’m biased.

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Full of Life and Color

Do you remember that ‘surprise road trip’ that I talked about Tuesday?  Well it was about time that I developed some of the shots from that awesome spectacle that was an evening hot air balloon raising.  The reason it was a surprise, mainly, is because we luckily didn’t have any plans for a Saturday night, and spur of the moment found out about a hot air balloon festival going on in Hudson.  Luckily, I happened to know a wonderful gal that I met in Peru (yes, the one in South America) that lived nearby, and was actually at the festival!  Within two hours of finding out about it, I had the camera bags packed, batteries charged, our overnight bags loaded to the car, and an evening ahead that you couldn’t have imagined would be as fun as it was.  Between being surrounded by glowing hot air balloons, walking on a frozen lake illuminated by thousands of luminaries, and topping off the night with wine and Pisco Sours, there was potential for awesome overload.  Taking the cake, though, was reuniting with a friend from the road, as the three of us talked late in to the night about travelling, teaching, and telling stories.

Balloon Festival Hudson William Woodward

Olympus OM-D E-M5

Uh oh, new toys!  As size and compactness become more of an influence in my photography, I’ve begun looking for a solution that can be a ‘always with me’ style setup.  After pouring over reviews for days, the system to go with became pretty apparent, in the Olympus OM-D E-M5.  Not only is it a beautiful design, taking style tips from the original OM-D series, but it takes absolutely stunning images.  Don’t mind the dust, as it’s already been going out with me in my bag, but here are some first images of the kit.

Olympus OM-D E-M5

A slim setup with a 20mm f1.7 prime.

Olympus OM-D E-M5-2

All the menu items you could need are quickly accessible.

I’ll be writing up a more in depth review in the coming weeks, but I wanted to share a sample image to display the awesome images coming out of this little powerhouse.  Taken at ISO 1250, don’t mistake the falling snow for noise.


Along the S Curve

New Years Resolutions

1) Write more: In a journal, on the website, other social sites.  I want to write more.

2) Quality, not quantity:  In my photography, making sure that every shot is the best it can be. (this may mean a few less posts per month, but I’ll work on it)

The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. ~ Michael Althsuler

Along the S Curve

This little wavy path of white rocks is what drew me to this shot.  Then there was that neat white tree over there on the left side.  They seemed to go together, like the path eventually wound around to the tree.  The fleeting light of the late afternoon splashed colors on the clouds, leaving a mix of golden yellows and aqua blues mingling with one another in the sky.  As the winter solstice was fast approaching, the sun was setting earlier than ever, and leaving less time in the day for exploring.  The neat thing about winter in Door County, though, is that tourism drops to nearly nill, and you can be alone all day long in the many state and local parks, which is great for those of us who want to escape a bit to the natural life.

S Curve Peninsula William Woodward