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

When the Water is Low

Black and White

For me, anyways, it always seems tricky to think in black and white.  I’ve been working on some black and white film that I shot recently, and I think I have lived in this colorful world so long that it’s taking me some time to adjust to seeing it in b&w.

When the Water is Low

During the winter months, the Great Lakes drop a tremendous height, revealing features along waterside that are submerged most months of the year.  Arriving at Europe Bay, we were greeted by a wide, somewhat muddy and rocky ‘beach’, not exactly what you’re hoping for having woken up an hour before sunrise to get to a location.  This was, I think, one of the first times that I actually planned to go on a sunrise shoot.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s happened a bunch, but with less intention, you know.  Having arrived at a spot that had such little potential right off the bat was a little disheartening, but, best thing you can do when you’re somewhere that doesn’t have anything all that interesting to photograph, is move your feet.  Go for a walk in one direction or another.  You never know what you might come across, like what you find at this peninsula at the end of Europe Bay.

Low Water Europe Bay William WoodwardWhen

One Last Sunset


Every once in a while, it’s nice to get lost.

I’m one of those people that you have to keep your eye on or I’ll wander off into the woods and forget to come back. ~ Jack White

One Last Sunset

I generally am one to chase sunsets.  In light comes beauty, and once in a while at the right place, they meet.

Sunset Peninsula Park William Woodward

It’s Snowing Somewhere


Just had a bunch of film developed, here’s a sneak peak!

film preview


It’s Snowing Somewhere

Now it sounds like the snow is coming our way sometime tonight or tomorrow, so there may be some more snow photos coming soon.  Now most know that I don’t particularly love the cold, but I will admit that generally I like the way snow looks, especially when it’s fresh.  In the swales of the Ridges Sanctuary, a few lone cattails hold on to the last bits of unfrozen water of the year, and get a light dusting of snow.

Snowing Ridges Sanctuary William Woodward


Steel Serenity

Remote Publishing

Good morning all ye ‘Where to Willie’-ers.  Hope you’re having a great day, night, morning, where ever your time zone lies.  Today I’m writing from Door County, Wisconsin, in a nice little hotel near Ephram and Sister Bay.  The next few days should pose some great photography opportunities, and last night I got my first taste.

Steel Serenity

Hot off the press, as soon as we got to Peninsula State Park I began looking for something to catch the fading colors of the sunset.  Luckily the steel-blue and yellow colors lingered in the sky for a little while longer, and the fading light allowed for a long exposure that smoothed the water just perfectly.

Steel Serenity Peninsula William Woodward