I Lost Track of Good

I was Taught GOOD:

GOOD means:

I was raised a Boy Scout

I was Taught Truth

I Was Taught MY WORD is MY WORD

A Hand Shake is a Bond

My Stories are True







The Monster in the Closet

There’s a Monster in the closet and I’m all a scare.

Why I say do I dare, don’t you see there’s a monster over there?

Were over there?

In the closet don’t, you see?

No, I don’t see him he must have gone away.

He’s there he’s there I see him I say!

No, he’s not there he went away.

No, he’s here I say he’s here to stay.

Trust me he went away, he went far far away.

Ok! Ok! I shout in doubt, I swear he’s still her in and out.

The monster is inside wanting to jump out.


He feeds on my fears and fills me with doubt.

He can leave you if you wish, all you have to do is do just this:

He’s not in the closet or under the bed.

Try to breathe and have faith instead.

The monster isn’t real he’s just in your head.

Have faith my friend trust instead.

zen.tog.ra.phy: rhythm in reflection

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.

Thanks for reading




Flowing Water and Neutral Density Filters.

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.

Thank you for reading


zen.tog.ra.phy: I have to make mistakes in order to grow

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

Thank you for reading


zen.tog.ra.phy: If you truly love what you do, you will never work another day in your life.

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.

Thanx for reading.


Shooting Sunsets in RMNP

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.

thank you for reading




Its wonderful what a difference a year can make.

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.



Vanguard Ventures to Waterfalls of North Carolina

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.

Thank you for reading my blog and stay posted for more from the Smokies.