“Street” Portraits and Winter Diving from Black Rocks

Marquette, MI-Day 1 Before COVID-19 was an everyday topic, I made a trip to a picturesque town in Michigan's Upper Peninsula called Marquette, situated on the mighty Lake Superior. Occasionally, I need to travel outside of my all-too-familiar surroundings and immerse myself in another community. It could be close or far away but these trips…

Make the Most of Your Photo Time

You Never Know What You Might Capture It had been about three days of photographing in Michigan's spectacular Upper Peninsula during a recent expedition and the extended weekend of visuals was extremely fulfilling. As dream-filled as this sounds, and it is amazing, long days , little sleep and cold weather does take a minor toll.…

Self Assignments in January

Making Photos YOUR Way   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…

Downtown Traverse City at Night

Winter Night Street Photography The temperature is just under 20 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind isn't even stopping for a "hello" as it's 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 you're only time to photograph is…

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…

Mackinaw City, Michigan

A Tourist Crossroads in Michigan Situated at the tip of Michigan's lower peninsula, where the blue waters o fLake Michigan meet Lake Huron and where the Upper Peninsula lies north across the straights—accessed by the "Mighty Mac", a five-mile bridge connecting Michigan's upper and lower peninsula—is Mackinaw City. Mackinaw City, MICamera: Leica M6 History abounds…

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: 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…