Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lake Geneva

A running joke on the blog is the relatively low quality of my photos and my inability to properly work a camera (or read the manual). This one is a pretty good photo (at least I think) taken from my window in Lake Geneva.

If you are looking for a bed and breakfast anywhere (in North America, at least) I highly recommend Select Registry, a service that certifies inns that meet certain criteria. We stayed at inns recommended in Wisconsin, Tennessee, and Kentucky and they all worked out well. You really can't go wrong (based on a sample size of five from my side, at least, which is reasonably large). That's how I found the view up above.

5 comments:

Dan from Madison said...

That is a decent photo for you. I love gray days.

Annie said...

What do you suppose is making those near perfect rectangular dark patches in the green (I assume) algae?

Jonathan said...

Those are dolphin nests.

Gerry from Valpo said...

*WARNING* Long-winded response follows.

The only issue I can see with your photos is an occasional blur. You can resolve it in one of two ways.

When in auto mode in low light conditions use a tripod. There are mini-pods available for portability

http://www.minitripods.com/

Also available are monopods

http://www.outdooreyes.com/photo5.php3

Another way is to go would be to select the manual mode where you choose aperture and shutter speed combination based on a light meter reading. Fast shutter speed means you need to open the aperture. This will also affect the depth-of-field. In very low light (night) you will still need a "pod". Long exposures are done this way like shots where the city is in sharp focus but auto lights or moving objects are seen as streaks.

Reading the manual always helps =)

BTW, is that Williams Bay?

I have never fished Lake Geneva but Williams is legendary for big smallmouth and pike.

Those are weedbeds and they appear to have been groomed judging by the geometric pattern. Weedbeds can become so thick boats cannot motor through so resort owners often employ a mechanical device that rakes the weeds and thins them out. Just a good guess.

Gerry from Valpo said...

*CORRECTION*

SLOW shutter speed means opening the aperture =(