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…

Winter Night Street Photography: Traverse City, MI

      The temperature is just under 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind isn't even stopping for a "hello" as it rudely attacks and moves on at 25-30 m.p.h. As if that's not enough to sway even the most shutter-happy photographer, it's winter in northern Michigan and when your day job is finished, the…

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…

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…