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 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…

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…

Winter in the Mushroom Capital

Mesick, Mich The temperature was hovering around 15 degrees Fahrenheit in northern Michigan; that's not a bad temperature because it wasn't windy, you see. So the question becomes: Where should I travel to for pictures? Mesick, Mich.Camera: Leica M6 Most photographers would make their way to Lake Michigan, possibly to explore any of the nearby…

Copper Harbor, Mich.

Also: Why Less is More with Photography Gear It's usually at the five-hour mark of our nine-hour trip when our convoy of cars pulls over to eat something quick, fill up our gas tanks and stretch our legs and backs before continuing our travels northward. Copper Harbor, Mich.Camera: Canonet QL17GIII Our journey? Every year we…

Salton Sea, California

Forgotten but not Gone...Yet Water skiers buzzed by shorelines as they waved to onlookers from rich blue waters in California's Coachella Valley. Meanwhile, picnics by the plenty were had under palm trees as vacationers and seasonal folks enjoyed all that could be offered in this Southern California paradise. Salton Sea, CaliforniaCamera: Canon 1V This was…

The Last Dairy Farm in Leelanau County

Documenting a Fading Way of Life in Northern Michigan As is the case with a lot of tips and information gathering in northern Michigan, I was talking with someone in a bar. This wasn't just any bar though, it was Dick's Pour House in the small community of Lake Leelanau. Dick's was a favorite hangout…

Surf Photography in Michigan

Surf's Up! Michigan is a funny place; if there's a way to have fun doing something—no matter the weather— it'll be done. Recreation-wise, it's a one-stop shop playground: four seasons and infinite terrain from sand dunes to woods and rivers. Water provides a host of activity potential since the state is surrounded by the Great…