Recently after returning from a weekend workshop, we stopped in the lazy lakeside town of Harbor Springs Michigan. As I strolled along the pier on that warm fall day, I found myself drawn to the re…
Recently after returning from a weekend workshop, we stopped in the lazy lakeside town of Harbor Springs Michigan.
As I strolled along the pier on that warm fall day, I found myself drawn to the reflections on the water.
The more I stopped and studied, the more patterns I saw in the water below.
I started to feel a rhythm in the water and wind, and magically patterns appeared again and again.
The rhythm I felt in the reflections below would come and go as the west winds blow.
I look forward to returning to this charming town, to see what other treasures are to be found.
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With fall color and flowing water shooting season upon us, this is a good time to talk about using ND filters.
Mighty Mac image captured midday with a 5 stop Breakthrough Photography ND filter.
What are ND or Neutral Density Filters?
ND filters reduce the amount of light reaching the camera’s sensor. Kind of like a welder wearing a welders mask.
By reducing the light reaching the sensor, it will allow you to shoot at lower shutter speeds allowing for longer or slower exposures.
This image was captured in late afternoon sun on my Vanguard tripod at 15 seconds with a 10 stop ND filter.
By shooting for 15 seconds, it allowed me to achieve the silky or milky flowing effect.
They make many different types of ND filters with different strengths or “stops” ranging from 3, 5, 10, and variable.
I will go over the different filter options and types of filters in my next blog.
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I recently attended one of my photographer friends first photography exhibit and opening reception.
The show focused on her travel and street photography.
After the opening reception she held a short slide show and talked about why she loves photography and how she has grown as a photographer.
Lynn (the artist) showed her very first image and how she has progressed to the level she is at today. She talked about making mistakes and how every image doesn’t have to be perfect, thats part of the creative process.
As I sat there reflecting back on my first days with a camera, it reminded me of all the mistakes and “bad” images I have captured in my career and where I am today.
(one of my favorite images, that is actually a mistake)
I still make mistakes and produce “unworthy” images, and to be honest…I’m Ok with that.
In making mistakes we learn from them and how we can better ourselves to grow into the artist and ultimately the creative person we want to be.
“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson
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We all have that moment when we say “man I don’t want to go to work today”.
For years I would do the daily grind hating every moment and really having nothing to show for it.
Over 20 years ago I decided it was time to make a change to dedicate my life and time to photography. Was I scared you bet, but I haven’t looked back since.
Sure there are times I miss the steady paycheck, but nothing I repeat nothing beats the peace and purpose I receive from truly doing what I love.
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Last week we packed up the car and drove west to Rocky Mountain National Park for a week of photography and taking in the majesty of the west.
(shooting at 12.050′ atop Rock Cut on Trail Ridge Rd)
We wound up in Estes Park Colorado the gateway to The Rocky Mountains and RMNP.
The unfortunate Forrest fires to the North made for Spectacular Sunsets.
The more time we spent in RMNP, I found myself falling in love with the high mountain vistas, clean mountain air and abundant wildlife.
(loan Elk at sunset near The Alpine Visitors Center 12.250′)
As I write this sitting in my apartment back in Ann Arbor, I cant wait to return to this place of magnificent rugged beauty and wonder.
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A year ago today I was sitting in the middle of the Atlantic wondering why me?
I was in my cabin on a wonderful photo expidition crying myself to sleep at night and not knowing why? Feeling alone and lost at sea.
Today I am writing this from my roadside Motel somewhere in the middle of rural Iowa as We…yes I said we, my travel partner and I are returning to Ann Arbor from an AMAZING Workshop in The Rocky Mountains and the West.
I sit here looking at the next couple days ahead before arriving home, I think WOW what a difference a year can really make.
I am truly blessed.
I recently had the opportunity to visit The DuPont State Forrest in North Carolina after finishing up a photography workshop in Charleston SC.
Having a couple days to kill durning my drive North I decided to take a look around The North Carolina High Country.
After a quick Google search it didn’t take long to find over 200 waterfalls on my path home.
Being a loyal Michigander, I am spoiled buy my home states beautiful waterfalls in the U.P.
The Waterfalls in NC didn’t dissapoint and were easy to access and short hikes from the car.
Hooker Falls was my fist stop. The low flat rocks gave me the opportunity to use the multi angle center column on my Vanguard tri-pod.
I also decided to try out my Kirk BH-1 ball head on the sturdy carbon fiber legs. The Havana 33 messenger bag worked great for the short hikes to the falls.
My next stop on my way north was a Bridal Veil Falls, were the water literally cascades over the road.
I am now off to teach another photography workshop in The Smokey Mountains with my Vanguard tri-pods and Havana bag by my side.
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One of my favorite locations to visit and reflect when visiting Washington DC is The Jefferson Memorial.
President Jefferson has always had some type of mysterious influence on my inner spirit and wandering soul.
When touring a city such as Washington DC I like to pack light and carry only my essentials for the day. The Vanguard Havana 33 messenger bag and VEO 265CB carbon fiber tri-pod work wonderfully for my treks around town.
The VEO 265CB supports my Fuji mirrorless effortlessly with plenty of flexibility for my creative eye.
I cant wait to re visit The Jefferson Memorial and the other Magnificent Monuments in DC this summer with my Vanguard gear and camera in hand.
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Last week I packed up the car with my gear and headed to Washington DC for the annual Cherry Blossom Bloom.
The weather was wonderful and the colors were plentiful.
My Vanguard Tri-Pod and Havana messenger bag worked perfectly for strolling along The Tidal Basin and Cherry Trees. The small profile of the Havana and the light weight of the Vanguard Carbon fiber tri-pod made my walk easy and pleasant.
I cant wait to return to DC this summer to focus on the monuments and museums.
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