Welcome to Michael Kleinwolterink’s Photography. I am an aspiring amateur photographer that enjoys capturing those once in a lifetime moments forever. My enjoyment of the outdoors has allowed me to capture images of golf courses, flowers, wildlife, farming and outdoor scenes. I continue to improve my photography skills and have enjoyed every minute taking these images. I encourage you to take a look around this site and view Iowa’s countryside through my eyes.
Equipment Used: Nikon D750, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 DI VC G2
Lense, Nikon 70-300mm f4-5.6 VR Lense, SB-700 Speedlight, Vanguard Abeo Plus
363CT Tripod, Lightroom & Photoshop CC
The fall is the favorite time of the year for me for a number of
reasons and one of the reasons is being in the field harvesting the corn and
beans. Big equipment rolling across the fields with beautiful sunsets or
sitting underneath the clear night sky, made for a great scene to capture with
For the night sky images, the D750 was used with the Tamron 24-70mm
while the sunsets were captured with the 70-300mm. During the night exposures, aperture
was set at f2.8 and ISO ranged from 3200-8000. Shutter speeds ranged from 5 to
20 seconds. Shooting from the tripod, I manual focused on the combine and
turned off VR. The SB-700 Speedlight was used for additional light when needed.
The self timer was used to trigger the camera. For the sunset images, I used
the 70-300mm with an aperture of f6.3 to f9 and ISO of 100-1250.
To edit the images, Lightroom Classic was first used on the RAW files
by first using the presets that I’ve developed for landscapes and star images. A
little further adjustment to the sliders was made on an individual image basis
but the presets were a great start and saved time. Lens correction was made
using the catalog of lenses that Lightroom has in their program for distortion
To finalize the images, Photoshop CC was used to clone out unwanted
spots in the image using the clone tool or content aware fill tool. If further
noise reduction was needed, I applied that in PS. I then straightened and
cropped the image if needed. A sharpening layer was then applied as the last
step of the process.
With nearly all the fields out in the area, the harvest is almost
complete and once again, the scenes didn’t disappointment the farmer and
photographer in me.
Equipment Used: Nikon D750, Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 DI VC G2
Lense, SB-700 Speedlights paired with Vello Flash Triggers, Slik Pro 500DX Tripod,
Lightroom & Photoshop CC
In the middle of October while out scouting water conditions in local
marshes, I noticed a train at the end of the track east of Bayard. I stopped
briefly in the morning to check it out and returned that afternoon to capture
some sunset images and wait for the stars to come out.
The D750 and the Tamron 24-70mm was the equipment of choice that
afternoon and night along with using the Slik tripod. The Slik tripod was used
over the VanGuard because the Slik allowed me to get lower to the ground since
its center column is shorter. I used manual focus and VR was turned off on the
lense. Shooting in RAW, I used aperture priority during sunset and then changed
over to manual mode once the stars came out. Aperture ranged from f2.8 to f11
while shutter speeds ranged from 5 to 15 seconds. ISO ranged from 100 during
sunset capture to 1600-6400 at dark. I used a pair of SB-700’s to light up the
track and train triggered by Vello Flash Triggers.
Lightroom CC was used to edit these images by creating a preset of
slider adjustments for the sunset images and then using the star preset I had
already made for the night images. A little further adjustments to the sliders
were made on an individual image basis but the presets were a great start and
saved time. When shooting the images, I did bracket the exposures with -2, 0
& +2 exposure compensation and found myself using the -2 exposed image in
Lightroom. The under exposed image allowed the sky to be exposed perfectly and
then train was exposed using shadow and exposure sliders in Lightroom.
In Photoshop CC, I first cloned out unwanted spots in the image and
corrected a lense flare problem in the star images that was created from the
light on the train. The content aware fill tool in PS worked pretty well on the
flare problems in the image. I then straightened and cropped the image if the
train was not perfectly straight. Using adjustment layer masks, small changes
were made to saturation and other sliders.
From spending three hours lying on the side of the railroad track to
processing these images, it was a joy to see these turn out like they did. I
even got alittle scare when half way through the night, the train engines
turned on and I believe no one was inside the locomotive. I got up off the track pretty quickly when the
engines fired up but returned to them when I realized the train wasn’t going to
During the summer, High Plains Journal held their 2018 Down Country Roads Calendar Contest that required entries that showcased the scenes of down country roads in the Midwest. Images were selected for each month of the calendar for next year along with an overall winner.
I entered the contest and one of my milky way images over the Templeton farm got selected for the month of July.
Below is the link to the picture and the rest of the winners. Congratulations to all the photographers that were selected.
Equipment Used: Nikon D750, Tamron
24-70mm f2.8 DI VC G2 lense, Lightroom & Photoshop CC
It sure didn’t happen very often
this summer but there were storm clouds rolling through the country side that
produced dramatic skies. I happened to be getting off work when two of these
storms passed through so I got my camera out to capture the scene.
The D750 was fitted with the new
Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 G2 to shoot landscapes for the first time on these two
nights. The VR was kept on as I was shooting handheld with shutter speeds as
low as 1/80 sec. RAW format with an ISO of 400-640 and aperture of f7.1 to f9.
Matrix metering was used as well and a -1.0 to +.3 exposure compensation
Lightroom CC did the majority of
the post processing with adjustments to a number of sliders. I first changed
the white balance to shade followed by adjustments to exposure, contrast,
shadows, whites, clarity, vibrance and saturation. A slight S was put into the
tone curve and dehaze was increased as well. Once the above adjustments were
done, I created a preset to be able to post process the other images much
In Photoshop CC, I first cloned
out the unwanted spots from a dirty camera using the clone brush tool and
straightened the image based off of the corn crib or other buildings I wanted
straight. I then made a selection on the corn crib to be able to apply an
exposure mask to just the crib. Because
of the red, yellow and white paint on the north side of the crib, I increased
the exposure to make it more visible using that selection mask. The final step
was to hit F12 to apply the sharpening action I had created previously.
With fall fast approaching, the harvest
of corn and soybeans will begin soon so I look forward to getting out in the fields
and capturing the farmer’s scenes with the Nikon and Tamron.
The sunflower plot at Bays Branch
was full of big headed sunflowers which was a great opportunity to capture the
large flower on two different trips. I wish I would of gone sooner to the plot
has the sunflowers on the second trip were very much past their prime. The
first trip was pretty close to having them look their best.
I carried in my camera bag loaded
with the above equipment and used the different lense combo’s to get the
perspective of the sunflower I was looking for. With my tripod set up, I always
turned off VR and AF and used LiveView to focus on the sunflower. Aperture
ranged from f11 to f16 and ISO from 100-200. Both matrix and center weighted exposure
metering was used along with adjustments to the exposure compensation. If I
wanted a darker background, I turned down the exposure compensation and used
the SB-700 flash to expose the head of the sunflower. I used either Manual or
TTL on the speedlight.
Using Lightroom CC to adjust
these images, I first adjusted the white balance followed by adjustments to the
other common sliders. Once I had one of the images looking great, I created a
preset to help speed up the processing of the other images. I used the radial
filter to further improve the look of the sunflower head while leaving the
In Photoshop CC, I first had to
clone out a number of dust spots from a dirty lense and also a spot that is on
the sensor of my D750 (Side Note: Will be sending the D750 in for a recall
because of shutter issues that Nikon released a month ago. I haven’t had any
issues with my body but figure it would be a good time to have the sensor
cleaned as well. Now I just got to figure out the best time to not have my
camera). I then sharpened the images using the high pass filter and adjusting
the blend mode to overlay and opacity down to 15%. To speed up the sharpening
step, I created an action in PS that will automatically do the steps needed to
sharpen the image all by pressing the F12 button.
Hopefully next year I’ll be able
to capture the sunflowers at their peak and also use the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 G2
lense that I’m now using on the D750.