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…

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…

Fall Color with the 50mm Lens

Normal Isn't Boring When the temperatures start dropping and the plaid starts popping, it's a sure sign that it's fall in northern Michigan. Areas that are eye-catching with the green-leaved trees of summer, turn into Claude Monet's Autumn Effect as the maples and oaks put on their finale show before the raindrops freeze and fall.…

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: The Treaty Fish Co., Peshawbestown, Mich.

Ed and Cindi John The temperature was well below freezing and the wind was making sure it stayed that way. As my boots made the crunch...crunch...through snow and ice while trudging toward a fishing boat, a seagull delivered a side-eye glance to see if I'd be worth following; it judged correctly and flew away. Peshawbestown,…

Voyaging: Beaver Island, MI

A Beautiful Lake Michigan Island It was a calm summer day in the small northern Michigan town of Charlevoix, Mich. The smell of diesel fumes from idling engines floated in the air as Meg and I were waiting aboard the 1962-built, 95-foot-long Beaver Islander ferry, prior to heading for the small but mighty Beaver Island…