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, 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.
Equipment Used: Nikon D750, Nikon
24-120mm f4, VanGuard Abeo Plus 363CT tripod, Viltrox Remote Control, Lightroom
& Photoshop CC
Panorama Days marks the last
event of the summer to capture fireworks in the area. I was glad to see that the rain had moved out
of the area by late afternoon and mostly clear skies had rolled in. Just before
sunset, I left work and got to the jetty and got my equipment set up by the
lighthouse on the main basin of Lake Panorama.
My usual set up for firework
captures included my camera and lense, tripod and remote control plus a chair
to set in while taking the images. On the D750, settings included having the ISO
at 200 during the fireworks and then IS0 800 afterwards. Aperture ranged from
f9 – f14 resulting in exposures of 10 to 20 seconds to capture the burst of
fireworks. The remote control was used to trigger the camera once the firework
was fired off the ground and then released when I decided I had captured the
firework bursts that I wanted too.
I just used Lightroom CC to
adjust these images and used my preset firework setting to help start
processing them. I had created the firework preset after working on the 4th
of July images. Having this preset helped me save time post processing these
images. Depending on the color of the fireworks, I then further adjusted saturation
on the HSL tab.
To finish off these images, I
used Photoshop CC to get rid of unwanted objects in the scene using the clone
and patch tool brush. Saturation and exposure adjustment layers and the brush
tool were used to further enhance the fireworks or the lighthouse exposure.
The firework shows are now over
for the summer and I missed out capturing this show by just a few days with
another new lense, the Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 G2 that arrived a few days
later. Looking forward to testing the
Tamron this fall.
The main basin at Lake Panorama
during a summer day makes for the ability to capture blue skies, boats, water
and the lighthouse all at once. When cumulus clouds were rolling through the
sky, I headed over with my camera and started capturing the scene.
I fitted the D750 with different
lenses depending on the location I was at and whether I was trying to capture
the flag in the image as well. When I used the Tokina lense, I put a polarizing
filter on to enhance the sky and the water. Shooting in aperture priority mode,
the aperture was between f7.1 and f9 while I kept the ISO at 200.
I used Capture NX-D and Lightroom
CC to process the RAW files. Using NX-D, I changed the white balance to
sunlight and picture control to nature-landscape. Exposure compensation was
adjusted as well along with the hightlight/shadow sliders. In Lightroom, I used
the contrast, highlights, shadows, whites, blacks, clarity, vibrance and dehaze
The final step used Photoshop CC
to get rid of unwanted objects in the scene such has the buoy and boat docks
along the jetty. To improve the color of the water, I used a cooling filter
layer with a small opacity level to give it a blue tint. The brush tool was
used to erase areas of the image I didn’t want the blue tint on the layer mask.