Exploring Flint, Michigan: Day 1

Making Images Again in Vehicle City When someone brings up Flint, Michigan, the conversation usually revolves around the topics of lead-tainted water, low income and crime. Flint has had—and continues to have— highs and lows. But, here's the thing about Flint: the people who live in that storied city are incredible. Flint, Mich.Camera: Canon 6D…

Why Small Towns in Winter are Perfect for Photography

No Need to Travel Far Imagine this: It's 14 degrees Fahrenheit in your quaint burg and you're trying to find the inspiration for making pictures. For those of us in the Midwest's finest snow belt, a decent pair of warm gloves and boots can be hard enough to find, let alone a dose of creativity.…

Why the 28mm Lens Has Become a Favorite

Most Important Though: Use What You're Comfortable With Readers, my journey through photographic gear started many, many years ago. Gear can be the absolute kryptonite of creativity so what I'm offering here is a simple observation from my point of view. Take what you can from it but understand that it's not gear that makes…

Why You Should Visit Your Photos

The Story of Photos Over Time As often happens, I sat down at my computer one morning—on the desk, a hot coffee to my left and Harriet, our 16-year-old Maine Coon, looking out an open window to the right—and decided to revisit photos I'd taken. It's a rabbit hole I look forward to traveling down,…

3 Tips to Improve Your Everyday Photography Right Now

Tip #1: Have a Camera On You This should go without saying; but I must say it. If you don't have any type of camera on you, something amazing WILL happen. A beautiful vista will present itself; an extinct species will be revealed; and/or the moment of a lifetime will transpire. I'm not sure why…

Why Winter is a Great Season for Photography

Let It Snow If it sounds borderline insane to appreciate the benefits of photography in cold and snowy conditions, I understand. Making quality images is hard enough when the weather is perfect. Traverse City, Mich.Camera: Leica M6 Once the temperature descends to freezing and below, operating a camera can present challenges: batteries run out of…

3 Simple Tips for Street Photography

Chicago, Illinois The gritty and storied streets of Chicago are only five hours away, by car and train, from our front door. Yet, it's on the extreme other end of the spectrum as far as worlds go. Grit, characters, flashing lights, buildings—so many tall, beautiful buildings—honking and life. Steam and smoke rise out of nowhere…

Placencia, Belize: A True Caribbean Escape

Adventure, Rest and Everything In Between We were sitting in a plane, about to take off from a small airport toward Placencia. A pilot and co-pilot checked switches, controls and gauges while we passengers were facing a stretch of runway that ended at the sea. A couple of thoughts entered my mind here: This is…

Why Quiet Moments in Photography are Important

Location: Bad Axe, Mich. It's one of my favorite stories about how a town was named; don't settle in for it though, the story is quick. Here it is: A piece of broken axe was discovered in a tree at an old camping site toward the mid 19th century. Short story made even shorter—where the…