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Voyaging: Vacationing on the Keweenaw Peninsula with an iPhone and Photo Tips for You

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula —the U.P.—is a wilderness playground that is as vast and varied as the rocks on its beaches. Every year, we make it a point to find a destination there and stay for a week with family. It’s a fun-filled time filled with games, rock hunting, swimming and relaxing. As a photographer, the …

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A National Cherry Festival 2022 Dispatch

In the middle of Michigan’s coveted and short summer season, in the state’s northwestern sector, is a city where the almighty cherry is celebrated officially for one week. The town is Traverse City and the event is the National Cherry Festival. Traverse City is my hometown so I’ve been to it a couple times. The …

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A Winter Photo Walk in Cadillac, Michigan

Ansel Adams had the majestic views of Yosemite Park. Henri Cartier-Bresson had the picturesque streets of Paris. Vivian Maier had the gritty and people-filled walkways of Chicago. If you’re like me though, places like that are not nearby. I learned long ago that there are amazing photographic opportunities right in your backyard if you’re willing …

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A Photo Walk in Sand Lake, Michigan

Early springtime in Michigan is a strange season, when everything takes on the color of a brownish gray hue. It’s torture for the vivid color seeker. Photographically though, drab colors allow other colors to pop. Also, there’s an authenticity to drab colors, even if vivid colors are absent. Many photographers try to capture the best …

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A Foggy Afternoon in Leland, Michigan

Fog is some of, maybe the, best light. They—or at least, someone—say that bad weather makes good photos. This is true. But, foggy weather makes the best photos. It’s subdued and moody. Colors pop and objects in the distance disappear in fog’s cloak of precipitation. Combine fog’s ability to enhance any photographic situation, with my …

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An Abandoned Motel: Sands Motel

Why are abandoned buildings so interesting? It’s because they have stories to tell. They’ve lived lives and been around. But, sometimes they can’t tell the complete story. It’s up to the imaginative viewer to decipher the clues. At one time—before the motel rooms were void of people and the wood was rotted—abandoned structures, like the …

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