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,
Tokina 28-70mm f2.8 AT-X Lense, VanGuard Abel Plus 363CT Tripod, Viltrox Remote
Control, Capture NX-D, Lightroom & Photoshop CC
Lake Panoramas 4th of
July fireworks were enjoyed by boaters and other spectators a few days earlier
then the 4th since it fell on a Tuesday this year. That Saturday night, I took a break from a
work at the restaurant and drove down to the beach to capture the firework
bursts over the boats.
With a week left before I had to
return the Tokina lense, I tested it out shooting fireworks by placing it on
the D750 and mounting the rig on the VanGuard tripod. I discovered that the
location of the focus ring that I had used for taking milky way images didn’t
provide sharp images of the fireworks so I had to do some adjusting. I shot in
RAW using manual mode with the shutter speed set on bulb and aperture
f7.1. ISO ranged from as low as 100 to a
high of 3200. The Viltrox remote was used to trigger the camera and I held it
down between 8 to 20 seconds to capture these fireworks.
To process the images, the
majority of the time I used Lightroom and adjusted the white balance to
daylight as my first step. Next came adjustments to clarity, vibrance,
saturation, noise reduction and dehaze sliders. In the HSL tab, I used the
color specific saturation sliders to bump up the saturation of the certain
colors of the firework bursts. Graduated filter tool was used on the sky and
firework burst part of the image as well. Finally I used the adjustment brush
to lighten the bottom area of the image so the water and boats were visible.
The last part of processing used
Photoshop with the patch and clone tools to get rid of unwanted objects on
these images. This included a buoy in the center of the boats and a cell phone
tower along the tree line. A brightness/contrast
layer mask was used to fine tune the look of the sky and fireworks to put the
final touches on the images.
The firework show was a great
display over the surrounding scence of water and boats with hundreds of people
watching the show.
Equipment Used: Nikon D750,
Tokina 24-70mm f2.8 AT-X Lense, Pro Optic Polarizer Filter, Capture NX-D,
Lightroom & Photoshop CC
Beautiful cumulus clouds floated
through the sky on two afternoons during June that I was able to get out and
capture the Templeton corn crib and barn at a nearby corn field. With bright
white clouds in the blue sky and the red buildings plus the green corn, I had a
scene that had plenty of color.
I put the Tokina 24-70mm lense on
my D750 and shot hand held while walking around the corn field to get different
angles of the scene. The second afternoon I shot I put a polarizing filter on
the lense that improved the contrast of the clouds and sky. Shooting at ISO 100
– 320, my aperture was f7.1 and because I was in aperture priority mode, the
camera did the adjusting of the shutter speed.
I used Capture NX-D and Lightroom
CC to process the RAW files on my computer. Using NX-D, I changed the white
balance to sunlight and picture control to my custom Nature Landscape setting.
If needed, the highlight and shadow slider were also adjusted. In Lightroom, I
used the contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity and vibrance
slider to fine tune the color of the corn crib and barn. Because of the shadows
on the barn, I did create another image file to further reduce the darkness of
Using Photoshop CC I used the
clone and patch tool to get rid of unwanted objects which in this scene was a
wire running between the two buildings. I used layer masks and the brush tool
to combine the two differently exposed barns into one. Once again, I used the
windmill head brush that I made to put a top to the windmill since it doesn’t
have one to complete the look.
With the corn growing fast, my
window of capturing this farm scene is probably coming to an end.
Equipment Used: Nikon D750, Tokina 24-70mm f2.8 AT-X lense,
VanGuard Abel Plus 363CT tripod, Nikon SB-700 Speedlights, Vello FreeWave LR
Flash Triggers, PhotoPills, Lightroom & Photoshop CC
After having success of capturing the Milky Way last summer,
my goal for this summer was to capture it more often and to learn from the
mistakes that I made last year. One of those mistakes, was not knowing where
and when the milky way would be at a shooting location and the best time to
capture it. I solved that problem by
getting the PhotoPills app on my cell phone which allowed me to better plan my
photo shoots. If the weather cooperated with clear skies, I was out shooting
and the dates of June 19, 25 and 26th worked well.
I also tried out the Tokina 24-70mm f2.8 AT-X lense on my
D750 and was very pleased with the results over the previous lense I used last
summer. I placed my camera on the 363CT Tripod and shot in manual mode. Settings
were aperture of f2.8 and ranged the shutter speed from 5 to 13 seconds. ISO ranged
from 400 to capture the foreground to 6400 to capture the Milky Way but the
majority of the time it was at 3200. On the camera body, I set the self timer
to 3 seconds so I could get my finger off the shutter to reduce camera
movement. To expose the foreground, I used twin SB-700’s placed on homemade poles
and used the Vello FreeWave flash trigger to set them off.
The RAW files from the Nikon D750 were processed using
Capture NX-D, Adobe Lightroom CC and finished with PhotoShop CC. These images
were the first batch I’ve processed with Lightroom and PhotoShop so I watched
some youtube tutorials to learn the new programs. In Lightroom, under the basic
editing tab I used contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity and
vibrance sliders. I changed the tone curve to a basic S curve and adjusted the luminance
color sliders. Under effects, I used the dehaze slider. To further tweak the
core of the milky way, I used the adjustment brush and it’s sliders. The barns
and corn cribs were edited in Capture NX-D with adjustments to the white
balance, picture control, saturation, contrast and shadow/lightlight slider.
Using PhotoShop CC I used the clone and patch tool to get
rid of unwanted objects in the images and developed a liking to the content
aware feature of the patch tool. Because I had sometimes different images for
the sky than for the barns and cribs, I used layer masks to combine them into
one. The windmill at the old farm location didn’t have a top to it so I went to
another location and took a picture of the windmill head. Using PS, I was able
to take that windmill head and make a brush out of it so I could add it into
these images to complete the look.
Star trail images were created using between 50 to 100
different images taken a few seconds apart during a thirty to an hour time
frame and combined in StarStaX.
The first new moon dates of the summer was a great success I
believe with what I was able to capture and I gave the Tokina 24-70mm a great
test at night. It has been shipped back to the company has new releases from
Sigma and Tamron have me interested in those lenses as well. One of the three
will find a permanent spot in my camera bag.