Voyaging: Grand Marais, MI

At a first glance, you'd think you were in a small fishing village along the East Coast. White and grey seagulls hover close as fishing boats chug into port. Vessels of all types moored in Harbor. Waves from Lake Superior lapping or crashing—depending on the minute—onto shore. These are only some of the characteristics that…

Voyaging: An Unexpected Storm with Medium Format

They always start with an idea or a map. The destination idea for a photo excursion can come from anywhere, at any time and for any reason. On a recent day, one that I'd set aside for a photo adventure, I was in the process of figuring out where to drive to for making photos.…

Voyaging: Traveling on U.S. 131. Away from Home

The great American road trip. Epic excursions to places far-flung and unknown. Misty mountain peaks near spacious, swathes of majestic valleys. If money was no object, these would be spectacular places to travel and photograph. Money is most definitely an object though, and the places I find myself most often are close-flung. Here's the secret:…

“Street” Portraits and Winter Diving from Black Rocks

Before COVID-19 was an everyday topic, I made a trip to a picturesque town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula called Marquette, situated on the mighty Lake Superior. Occasionally, I need to travel outside of my all-too-familiar surroundings and immerse myself in another community. It could be close or far away but these trips have, thus far,…

Make the Most of Your Photo Time

It had been about three days of photographing in Michigan's spectacular Upper Peninsula during a recent expedition and the extended weekend of visuals was extremely fulfilling. As dream-filled as this sounds, and it is amazing, long days , little sleep and cold weather does take a minor toll. When it's time to return home, one…

Blizzardfest 2020

  In previous posts, I've covered the importance of finding fun and beneficial events to photograph in your community, or at least, your greater surrounding community. Blizzardfest in Grayling, Michigan is exactly what I was referring to. My methods of finding local happenings is often the same: look at online event calendars, then scope out…

Self Assignments in January

    Toiling away at the daily grind from Monday through Friday can wreak havoc on the photo output. This is especially true in northern Michigan when, in January, the sun waves goodbye at around 5:00 p.m. I'll tell you what though, Michigan is an amazing state with unique events no matter the weather. Pro…

Mackinac Island, MI w/ Some Pro Tips

Island Street Photography in Winter Mackinac Island is well-known for many things: horses everywhere; numerous fudge shops and the Grand Hotel, just to name a few. In the summer, tourists by the many travel there by ferry to take in the sights and sites. Cars have been banned since around the early 1900's so once…