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Mosinee, The Quiet Milltown: One of Wausau’s Southern Neighbors

Even though Mosinee is the southernmost part of the Wausau, WI metro area, it has a small town upnorth feeling to it. In River Park you can forget where you are.

While growing up in Wausau, whenever we visited my grandmother in Marshfield, WI or just went out to the Big Eau Pleine, Dad almost always drove through Mosinee.   I never thought much of the town.   It was known for its odor from the paper mill on the east side of the river along Old 51.   Back then, there was nothing in the town that made anyone from Wausau want to stop.   There were no coffee shops, fine restaurants, or anything unique that would make Mosinee a place that any stranger to the town would even want to get out and stretch a leg.   Most people just kind of kept rumbling through following State Highway 153.  It was, after all, just a dirty, smelly, little mill-town between Wausau and Stevens Point.

As I grew older, and took more to taking longer bike rides out of Wausau,  Mosinee was an easy place to get to, at least on the west side of the river on County KK.  It is a great little ride with little traffic.

A couple of years ago, the City of Mosinee and its local chamber of commerce got together seeing the success of Wausau’s Log Jam festival during the 1990s, and knowing that the county historical society no-longer scheduled that event.   The Little Bull Falls Lag Jam was born.

Having been involved with the former event in Wausau, I thought this was worth checking out.  It also gave me an opportunity to explore Mosinee’s River Park.  Seeing the pristine quality of this park on Cemetery Slough, a part of Mosinee Flowage,  I wanted to come back.   The photographer in me had to shoot.   The rustic quality of the scene was just too much to ignore.

Earlier this afternoon, I spent some time snow-shoeing in River Park with my D-80 in hand.    As soon as I sit down, edit, upload and retouch the best of my work, there will be more snowy images to come.

Wild Light Online!

Wild-light Online!

Photoshelter is now my new selling website.  I want to let the world see Wisconsin through my own eyes.    Evey image that I submit to that site is copyrighted to me .   Wow, I have a copyright!

I was referred to PhotoShelter by a Facebook friend who is also a professional landscape and fine arts photographer.    Cheyenne Rouse lives in Scottsdale, AZ, worked as  a stock photographer, and has developed her own style for images and life in the American Southwest.   PhotoShelter allowed for customers or clients to order directly of the site and get prints or enlargements in the size and the style of their own choosing.   There is no hassle on my part.   All I have to do is draw customers to the site.

Right now I am using Facebook to call attention to it.   There is a cost to this, but the webinars are free  and give me a chance to hear from experts.

The last webinar was a conversation between the head of PhotoShelter and two magazine photo editors.   I’ve dealt with these people before.  In fact, it was a photo editor by the name of Kristen McClarty who sort of encouraged me into getting a computer and an e-mail account.  She simply got tired of playing phone tag with me!

Other people were after me to develop my own photo website.  That too took a while.  Now, there is a site online with my name on it and people can shop and order what they see when they fall in love with my work.   Prints can be made in metallic and even canvass wraps are available!  PS. Now the themes match!

If you don’t see it, you are not looking!

http://wildlightphotography.photoshelter.com/gallery-list

This is fine arts photography.   The fine arts are there fore people to support and enjoy!

Am I a Late Bloomer?

Ever since

Old farms make great black and white subjects.

At first when I launched the Photoshelter website,  I thought that, there would be little effort from me and the $$$ would just come rolling in from sales.  Not quite so.   It is taking a lot of work.   I have learned much in terms of what metadata is and how it works.   I learned how simple it can be to watermark an image with a copyright notice,

Ansel Adams went into photography as a landscape and fine arts photographer like almost full steam ahead in his twenties.   An equally gifted concert pianist, he nearly abandoned the piano for the camera in the 1920s and went off into the wilderness of southern California to Yosemite to capture the shapes of El Capitan and the Half Dome.   His fascination was with how the sun lit the images.   He was in his zone for creativity!

For me to photograph in the outdoors is an act of worship.   I am in aw of creation.  I want people to see things as I see them and enjoy what they see.  Adams did not set out to be a great environmentalist with the images that he captured.  That only came after the interstate highway system had been built.  Then the thought occurred to Adams that perhaps we made these great places a little too accessible.

Adams was never successful at selling his work until 30 years after he had started.

My own thought was that, when digital technology replaced film that black and white photography as we know it would cease to exist because a digital image would never have captured the tonal qualities of good black and white film with the use of the various red lens filters.    I think that I am wrong,   Tell me what you think.

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