Salton Sea, California

Forgotten but not Gone...Yet Water skiers buzzed by shorelines as they waved to onlookers from rich blue waters in California's Coachella Valley. Meanwhile, picnics by the plenty were had under palm trees as vacationers and seasonal folks enjoyed all that could be offered in this Southern California paradise. Salton Sea, CaliforniaCamera: Canon 1V This was…

Why You Don’t Have to Travel Far to Make Great Pictures

It Started with National Geographic When I was just starting out with photography, my main source of inspiration—and countless other photographers' inspiration—was National Geographic magazine. In its pages, you could be transported to a Hawaiian volcano, a Mongolian steppe or in an Italian village. Vanderbilt, Mich.Camera: Mamiya 7 Not only that, but National Geographic magazine…

Iceman Cometh Challenge on 35mm Film

The Biggest Single-Day Mountain Bike Race in the U.S. The saying goes,"If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." In northern Michigan that weather could mean a 40-degree temperature fluctuation, rain, sun, snow...all of it, in one day. Add a 29-mile course of Michigan trails then combine thousands of riders and you have the…

A Day of 35mm Film Color Photography in October

Seize the Time to Create My Canon 1V has fresh batteries, my vehicle was running great and I'd just received a shipment of 35mm film (Kodak Portra, of course)...the day was mine. On top of that, the fall color is looking like someone increased the Photoshop saturation on the maple leaves and it's incredible. There…

A Summer Weekend in Detroit, Mich.

The Motor City Detroit is a giving city. It's given us techno, assembly lines, Motown, the auto industry, Diana Ross, Jack White, Eminem, Sheefy Mcfly and an infinite number of other artists, chefs, tradespeople and good, hardworking folk. Various lists ranking cities based on size, have placed it anywhere from 19th to 24th in the…

Voyaging: Reed City, Mich.

Americana Everywhere Some small towns—I'd say most small towns, at least around here in northern Michigan—encapsulate small-town life and living: local ice cream shops usually called something great like the Cone Corral; cars pulled up side by side, windows down—their drivers catching each other up on the latest news; meanwhile, historical buildings that were once…

Voyaging: The Treaty Fish Co., Peshawbestown, Mich.

Ed and Cindi John The temperature was well below freezing and the wind was making sure it stayed that way. As my boots made the crunch...crunch...through snow and ice while trudging toward a fishing boat, a seagull delivered a side-eye glance to see if I'd be worth following; it judged correctly and flew away. Peshawbestown,…

When My Camera was Stolen in Prague, or, How I Started Appreciating Film Photography

My First Trip Overseas I had no job. I had very little money. I had a camera though, an early digital SLR. My last post-college internship was completed and it seemed that, even though times were lean, now would be a great time to head overseas. If not now, when? I'd long dreamed of traveling…