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…

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…

Voyaging: Reed City, Mich.

Americana Everywhere Some small towns—I'd say most small towns, at least around here in northern Michigan—encapsulate small-town life and living: local ice cream shops usually called something great like the Cone Corral; cars pulled up side by side, windows down—their drivers catching each other up on the latest news; meanwhile, historical buildings that were once…

Voyaging: Kalkaska, MI—a.k.a. Trout Town, U.S.A.

A Very Quiet Town When an itch to explore a place quivers my shutter-button finger, I know it's probably because I haven't been to that place in a bit. Such was the case when I aimed my steel steed toward the village of Kalkaska, Mich, about a half hour away. As with most trips lately,…

Voyaging: Walking Through Cadillac, MI in Spring

Street Photography in Cadillac Situated in the lower eastern section of northern Michigan's Wexford County, you'll find Cadillac. It's unofficial claims probably outnumber the official ones, but I'll fill you in with what I know. In 1975, the rock band KISS performed there for the high school's homecoming, which is memorialized on a giant stone…

Appreciating the Vertical Image

Seize the Vertical With 35mm film cameras, DSLRs, mirrorless...MOST cameras, it takes some extra maneuvers for the vertical frame. Horizontal photos are easy: You hold the camera, right hand at the right and left hand at the left. For verticals though, do you put right hand over the left? Or do you hold it the…

Voyaging: Boyne Falls, MI—Photography in Midday Sun

If you're like me, it's a commitment to venture out and make pictures. It's a commitment in time, money and resources. We do it because we love the craft and art of it...unless you have a different reason, which you could. For now though, I'm going to assume these reasons are why most individuals love…

Voyaging: Quiet Street Photography in Small Towns (in this case Cheboygan, MI)

My camera bag is loaded with rolls of 35mm film and my lodging for LeDuc's Creekside Motel in Cheboygan, MI is booked; let's do some street photography. Mackinaw City was my focus on this photo excursion and weekend of village voyaging, but to maximize my exploration, I decided to kick my boots off about a…

Voyaging: Mackinaw City, MI—Crossroads in the State Made with Hands

Look at the palm of your right hand; that's Michigan, the lower peninsula. Follow your middle finger to the tip and that's where Mackinaw City is. Now, look at the palm of your left hand, that's Michigan's upper peninsula. Connect the tip of your left hand pinky finger with the tip of your right-hand middle…