Month: March 2022

Why Kodak Gold 200 (35mm) is One of the Best Films

Why Kodak Gold 200 (35mm) is One of the Best Films

Film photographers rejoice! With film stocks continuously going the way of the dodo, Kodak has recently made photo headlines worldwide with their latest photography offering. Last week my Instagram-scrolling thumbs were halted in their tracks when I came across the announcement that Kodak was coming 

Some Tips On How To Be The Best Photographer You Can Be

The number of images taken each day is in the billions. BILLIONS. Today, I was in a town with a population of 377. By simply observing, I watched as passersby—from kids getting out of school to folks in their golden years—as they took out their 

The Importance of Taking a Different Road

It’s so easy to take a route we’re used to. And, why wouldn’t you? After all, you may have figured out the absolute fastest way to get to where you’re going.

The time to stop this is now…sometimes. Mix it up every once in a while.

Not only will you stimulate your brain, but you’ll give your eyes something new to look at. Exploring a new territory can heighten your senses because discovery is taking place, instead of the senses going into a dormant state from seeing the same things.

This happened last weekend while we were on our way to a snowshoe destination—the Michigan Legacy Art Park.

Michigan Legacy Art Park—Thompsonville, Michigan
Camera: iPhone 13

We’ve traveled near this spot for years. But, this year my partner Meg suggested we take a different road. The prospects of what we may see that we’ve never witnessed before was intriguing—it always is.

As soon as we turned east off of the main road, a barn and fenced area with beautiful horses—they appeared to be Belgian draft, but I’m not certain—were directly in front of us. It was a tranquil scene as we shared glances with the horses and a cold March breeze cut through our vehicle, immersing us even more into the scene before us.

Manistee County, Michigan
Camera: iPhone 13

We traveled on down a picturesque country road, enjoying each new-found (to us) mile of vistas and trees, as well as more animals and farms, before arriving to our snow-hiking destination.

The destination was snowy and beautiful, while the journey was exceptional.

Let this be a reminder to take a road, path, sidewalk, etc., to a different route outside of your comfortable and familiar zone of travel, it’ll be worth it.

Photo Notes

My camera of choice for this trip was my iPhone. I’ve been using it often because it’s so extremely fast, convenient and portable.

This is not a device deserving of even the slightest guffaw. It’s a serious photographic tool.

An Abandoned Motel: Sands Motel

Why are abandoned buildings so interesting? It’s because they have stories to tell. They’ve lived lives and been around. But, sometimes they can’t tell the complete story. It’s up to the imaginative viewer to decipher the clues. At one time—before the motel rooms were void 

How to Spend an Amazing Day in Denver AND Make Fun Images

My goodness, Denver is incredible. We fly to, and from, there every November to spend Thanksgiving in Estes Park. Not being ones to miss out on the enjoyment of any destination, we’ve been making it a priority to spend some time in Denver before embarking 

An Easy Way to Kick-Start Your Photography (Creativity)

Life can get really hectic sometimes. Work and sleep alone takes up such a large portion of a day, it may seem like there’s no time to even brush your teeth, let alone create something meaningful.

Worry not my creative friends!

Quite simply, the way to stay creative is to do it.

My days have been extremely busy, before I know it I’ve hardly made any images. I get “itchy” and can tell when it’s been too long since I’ve photographed. After having had enough of blaming outside factors, I arrived at the conclusion that if I want to be more productive with art and photography, it’s time to do something proactive about it.

Fishtown—Leland, Michigan

So I took charge of the time in my day and found a way to stay creative through photography. What I did was make a conscious effort to take pictures.

The schedule may be tight, time may be limited and surroundings may be an inspiration killer, but make some time to photograph (or be creative for you, however that looks), and you’ll be satisfying that burning desire to create.

An example of this is that I was recently in a small fishing village nearby called Fishtown. My time was limited, it was cold outside and all I had was my iPhone.

Fishtown—Leland, Michigan

Instead of thinking, “Well since it’s all working against me, I’m going to head home.”, I flipped it around and realized that I’m in a unique place with a camera—it doesn’t matter what kind—so it’s time to get creative.

After walking through Fishtown and making images, it felt freeing to have made that time to create.

If you’re serious about creating or want to figure out how to create, despite a busy schedule, live in the moment and make it a priority to be create whenever possible. Sometimes, our thoughts can be defeating so it’s important to recognize it and overcome that.

Fishtown—Leland, Michigan

Before you know it, your prioritization of art will become a habit and you’ll have built a body of work for yourself.

Now stop reading and go create.

Why Winter in Grayling, Michigan is Amazing (and what to do there)!

Northern Michigan can receive snow from about October through April. It can actually receive snow any month of the year in these parts, but we’ll deal with weather generalities for now. Being from Michigan, one learns to enjoy all the excursions and variety that each