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 of people and the wood was rotted—abandoned structures, like the …

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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 on our journey through the visually stunning Rocky Mountain pass …

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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 season provides. When winter arrives in all it’s glory, it …

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How to Spend 48 (Incredible!) Hours in Detroit

Lodging in ‘Little Paris’; eating Argentinian cuisine; standing at arm’s length from paintings by Van Gogh and buying vinyl records from Motown legends in the city where Motown music was born. All of this, and so much more, is possible with 48 hours in Detroit! The D is a city with history, resilience, grit and …

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A Simple Guide to Street Photography

Street photography is easy. It isn’t complicated and you can do it, today even—right now, in fact. Ask 100 photographers what street photography is and you’ll probably receive 100 different answers. To me, street photography is making images anywhere outside. Street photography can include people or not, but it should always be a genuine moment—never …

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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. Most of the folks …

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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. …

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