Mackinaw City, Michigan

A Tourist Crossroads in Michigan Situated at the tip of Michigan's lower peninsula, where the blue waters o fLake Michigan meet Lake Huron and where the Upper Peninsula lies north across the straights—accessed by the "Mighty Mac", a five-mile bridge connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsula—is Mackinaw City. Mackinaw City, MICamera: Leica M6 History abounds…

Camera Review: Canonet QL17 Giii

The Diminutive, Inexpensive and Beautiful Wonder Camera Camera reviews seem like a dime a thousand these days on the web. So after this post I guess we could make it a thousand and one. The difference here though is that I'm going to shy away from too many technical specifics, since there are already so…

Voyaging: Ice Wine Harvest

Wine Country Workers in Winter When the temperatures reach a balmy 15-18 degrees Fahrenheit for 24-48 hours, it's time to harvest grapes for ice wine. Chateau Chantal is a winery on Old Mission Peninsula and they do wines extremely well, in fact, they're one of the first wineries in the region. Traverse City, MICamera: Canon…

Voyaging: Manistee County Fair

Bump-n-Run When the Manistee County Fair Bump-n-Run came to my attention on an online calendar of events, I knew there were busted metal and brave drivers in my near future. When there are no paying photo assignments coming your way or if you simply want to keep your photography well-oiled—as one should since like anything,…

Voyaging: Šipanska Luka, Croatia

An Adriatic Escape The growling bass of the ferry's diesel engines were rumbling so heavily it was felt in the chest. As the Croatian coastal city of Dubrovnik was slowly becoming smaller and smaller after our departure, the sun was beginning to set which cast a low, warm glow upon the mountainous mainland. The horizon…

Sunday Winter Voyage: Finding Color

Let's raise our cameras, whatever they may be, and give each other a pat on the back for venturing out into whatever weather conditions we're facing and making photos. This isn't directed at only those of you in cold climates either. Sahara-like heat with stifling humidity presents it's own sets of challenges for sure. The…

Tips for Street Photography in a Small Town

French photojournalist and street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson coined and mastered the 'decisive moment' in the storied districts of Paris and throughout the world. With a body of photographic work that includes images oozing with form, geometry and composion, it's a portfolio to behold, to say the least. In my green beginnings it was Cartier-Bresson's work…

5 Tips for Approaching People and Making Their Portrait

Starting out as a street photographer and fly-on-the-wall photojournalist, it took me some time before I realized the beauty and importance of portraiture. Once my eyes were opened to the power and fulfillment of portrait photography though, I couldn't imagine going back to a time when I didn't love it. Photographers like Dan Winters, Diane…

On Assignment: Cherry Industry for The Wall Street Journal

Photojournalism. To some, the word conjures images of heartless paparazzi, or maybe flash-bulb blasting members of the press sharpening their elbows as they fight for position while wearing trench coats and fedoras—with hatband 'press' card for proper measure—and most-likely some type of tobacco vessel in puff during the scrum. When I expressed interest in photojournalism…