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.
This fall I had a request from a client to gather images of a covered
bridge and vineyard to finish out their order. When I thought the fall leaves
were in prime color, I traveled down to Madison County to their well known
covered bridges and stopped at the closest one. I arrived at Hogback covered
bridge when it was just starting to get light which allowed me to get the glow
of the sun as it peaked over the nearby hills.
I figured the creek below the bridge would be a great angle so I put on
my waders and traveled down to the middle of the creek. There I put my D750 on
the tripod and waited for the sun’s glow on the bridge and nearby trees. I had
the camera in manual mode at f9 and a shutter speed ranging from 1/20 to 1/40
sec. VR and autofocus were shut off on the lense and ISO was at 100. I put the
camera in self timer mode to reduce camera shake from pushing the shutter
When I started to shoot, I noticed the leaves below in the water so
decided to include them in the image and was able to improve their look with a
bit of light from the SB-700.
I than traveled to a vineyard, asked permission to go take pictures and
started shooting. I changed the ISO to 200 and shot in aperture priority
Processing started in Capture NX-D by changing the white balance to
shade and picture control to nature-landscape. Adjustments to the exposure
compensation, contrast and saturation sliders were made to create a better
colored image. Because there was a wide range of tones in the images, I decided
to create HDR images as well on some of them. I copied the original file and
then adjusted the exposure compensation. EasyHDR was used to create the HDR
Once in PSE 11, I first cloned out unwanted objects such as a broken
tree limb in the water that looked out of place. I straightened and cropped the
image after that. The final step involved the high pass filter to sharpen the
The trip was a success as the client loved the images I provided them
and I was very pleased as well with how the Hogback covered bridge turned out
underneath the glow of the fall sunshine.
Farmers of rural Guthrie County were busy baling hay this summer and I
happened to drive by when one farmer was about finished. The next day, nice
clouds dotted the bright blue sky so I drove back to the location and got out
On the D750, I used both the above lenses to get different scenes of
the rolling hillside that was dotted with hay bales. I shot in aperture
priority mode at f9 or f11 with ISO at 400 or 800. The format was RAW and I
dialed in -.3 EV.
In Capture NX-D, I adjusted the white balance to direct sunlight and
changed the picture control to landscape or my custom nature/landscape setting.
Slide increases to saturation, contrast and shadow sliders were also made.
The images were finalized in PSE 11 by first cloning out unwanted objects
such as tops of trees that were on the top ridge of the hill that could barely
be seen. I liked the cleaner look of nothing on the ridge so got rid of them in
most of the images. Level layer adjustments were used to fine tune the color of
the image. Lastly, the high pass sharpening was completed to end the post
processing on this series of images.
Panorama days were held the first weekend of August with the fireworks
being shot off on the main basin of Lake Panorama on Friday night. Last year I wasn’t able to take any pictures
so this year I made sure I would be able to and was set up before they started
to light them. I walked out on the jetty so I could get the lighthouse in the
images as well.
The D750 had my 24-120mm f4 lense on it mounted on the Vanguard tripod.
With being on the tripod, VR was turned off along with autofocus. Shooting in
manual mode, aperture ranged from f4 to f11 while the bulb set for the shutter
speed allowed me to use the remote to vary the length of exposure. Most of them
were in the 10-20 second time frame. ISO ranged from 400 to 6400 for this
collection of images. While holding the remote to activate my camera, I used
the SB-700 in my other hand to throw bursts of light at the lighthouse to expose
that area of the image.
Adjustments to the images started in Capture NX-D, with changes to
exposure compensation to help increase the exposure of the boats on the water.
White balance was adjusted to direct sunlight. Instead of using a picture
control, I adjusted the saturation/contrast slider. The shadow slider was also
adjusted if need be.
Final adjustments were made in PSE 11, I first cloned out unwanted
objects in the sky, water or on the jetty. Next I decided that the jetty grass
was exposed too much so I used a brightness/contrast layer with brush tools to
darken that area of the image up. Next I sharpened certain areas of the image
followed by straightening and cropping them. After those steps were completed,
I was happy with how the fireworks turned out over the main basin.
After capturing the Panorama Days fireworks on the main
basin of Lake Panorama, I could tell the Milky Way was starting to show itself
in the clear sky so I traveled over to the golf course at 11 PM. I got in a
golf cart and drove to #5 and #7 to capture the Milky Way over those golf
The D750 was fitted with the 24-120mm f4 lense with VR and
auto focus shut off since I shot everything from the Vanguard tripod. Aperture
was at f4 in manual mode with 10 or 15 seconds being the shutter speed. ISO
ranged from 3200-6400. Instead of using a remote to trigger the camera, I set
the camera to 3 second self timer mode.
I used a single SB-700 Speedlight to throw light on the golf
hole using manual power and rotated the Speedlight has I trigged the flash.
This allowed me to expose the width of the golf hole. To help light up the flag
stick on #5, I even stuck a small LED flashlight into the cup and pointed it up
to the sky.
Processing these starry images started in Capture NX-D by
adjusting the white balance to direct sunlight or leaving it alone. The picture
control was changed to landscape or vivid and the astro noise reduction feature
was selected. Adjustments to exposure compensation and contrast/saturation
sliders were also made to help bring out the stars.
In PSE 11, I first cloned out unwanted objects such as water
hazard and yardage stakes. If needed, I combined the sky with a different
exposure of the hole using layer masks and the brush tool. Additional
adjustments using levels and brightness/contrast layers were also used to help
bring out the stars. The unsharp mask filter was used to sharpen the image
after cropping and straightening once all adjustments were done.