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The perfect ice - Ice Boats on Lake Geneva

Before today I thought a "hike" was what a center did when the quarterback yelled the word, or a long walk in the wilderness.  But I experienced a HIKE today on an ice boat called Zephyr III with Bob Mereness at the helm.  In this case a hike is when the boat edges up on two of the three runners.  Ice boats can get up to 100 mph although today I think we were only going about 50, which was plenty fast for this newby! So I started by walking out on transparent ice, so see-through that I felt like I was walking on water.  You could see fish swimming underneath.  I was questioning my own sanity for just a second but then remembered I am committed to getting the shot "no matter what" so I charged on about a 1/4 mile into Lake Geneva with my Canon 5D Mark II with 1080p HD video built in.  It turned out that a monopod and my 24-105 lens was the perfect combination for the video project.

I hope you enjoy this video as much as I enjoyed making it.

If this video has trouble loading try Ice Boats on Lake Geneva on YouTube.

Here are some photos I took a couple of years ago of the Ice Boats.

Christmas Eve Ice Storm Video // 5D MII video on Geneva Lake

Walworth had quite the Ice Storm on Christmas Eve.   I loved the way the world had this huge transparent coating on it.  So I went out and shot this video and my wife Heather and I wrote a script and Heather narrated it.  I'd love to hear what you think of it!

Jon Troast, the best thing since sliced....

I recently had the pleasure of working directly with Jon Troast, the famous but approachable and humble singer song writer from Lake Geneva, WI.   We created a music video based on the song "Living Room Tour." In 2008 Jon performed 100 living room concerts in 100 days. This music video helps tell the story that was inspired by his adventure. A special thanks to Josh Pilman and Brian Slawson for their help in shooting. The video was shot entirely on a Canon 5D MII. Also, thanks to Jason and Ruth Arndt for the use of their living room and to Cooper the wonderful dog who starred in the video.

You can view video at

We were published on Walworth County Today's Video Blog today too!