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 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…

Iceman Cometh Challenge on 35mm Film

The Biggest Single-Day Mountain Bike Race in the U.S. The saying goes,"If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes." In northern Michigan that weather could mean a 40-degree temperature fluctuation, rain, sun, snow...all of it, in one day. Add a 29-mile course of Michigan trails then combine thousands of riders and you have the…

A Day of 35mm Film Color Photography in October

Seize the Time to Create My Canon 1V has fresh batteries, my vehicle was running great and I'd just received a shipment of 35mm film (Kodak Portra, of course)...the day was mine. On top of that, the fall color is looking like someone increased the Photoshop saturation on the maple leaves and it's incredible. There…

A Summer Weekend in Detroit, Mich.

The Motor City Detroit is a giving city. It's given us techno, assembly lines, Motown, the auto industry, Diana Ross, Jack White, Eminem, Sheefy Mcfly and an infinite number of other artists, chefs, tradespeople and good, hardworking folk. Various lists ranking cities based on size, have placed it anywhere from 19th to 24th in the…

Kalkaska County Fairgrounds Bump-n-Run

Metal Mayhem Bump-n-Run, demolition derby, automobiles attacking automobiles...whatever you want to call these events, they're fun. Sine this one was dubbed Bump-n-Run on the festival agenda, we'll go with that. Although 'run' seems like a stretch considering it indicates some sort of consistent speed. After witnessing many a vehicular clash royale, I know that if…