Sunday, June 30, 2019
Although I have done virtually every type of photography there is, with a few exceptions, my main interest has always been nature photography. Landscapes, wildlife, that sort of thing. But when the opportunity arose for me to photograph the "abandoned" sections of the old insane asylum in Traverse City, MI, I figured a stretch outside my normal comfort zone was definitely in order.
It was an amazing experience, one which I hope to repeat at some point as every time I turned my head there was another shot waiting to be taken. This is one, a view looking down one of the steam tunnels which run between all the buildings, was particularly compelling.
I will undoubtedly be tossing more of these into the monthly blog entries as the year passes, so keep coming back or just sign up to be alerted whenever it updates by entering your email address at the bottom of the page. (I don't do email marketing, so you won't get any email except to let you know that a new photo has been posted.)
In the meantime, do something this summer that takes you out of your own comfort zone. You might be glad that you did!
Saturday, June 1, 2019
I've never been a huge fan of French Impressionism, but when you happen across a scene like this when the conditions are perfect you simply have to go with it. Sadly, there was no little red foot bridge.
Later this month one of my long-time accomplices and I will be photographing the old insane asylum in Traverse City, MI. It will be an interesting diversion from my usual nature work, and I am quite looking forward to it. Hopefully they will let us out when we are finished. :)
Sunday, May 5, 2019
Interestingly, the tree itself appears to be otherwise quite normal and healthy.
Monday, April 1, 2019
Been dealing with some painful back issues which have kept me from getting out and about as much as I'd like. So we are going back into the archives from April/May of 2011 for this shot of a woodcock chick. Also known as "timberdoodles", these are some pretty unique birds, both in appearance and behavior.
Friday, March 1, 2019
A bit of a two-fer with this shot. It caught my eye because of the lighting and ready-made composition, but it also made me laugh because with that pillar there even a motorcycle would have a hard time fitting into that space, let alone a compact car. The unusual lighting was caused by nearby white pines, whose long needles filter and diffuse sunlight beautifully.
I've never done a lot of urban or street photography, as I prefer being in rural and wilderness areas, so this is kind of a rare diversion for me.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
********Excerpt from my notes for the month**********
Here's a new feature idea for future products: Internal heating elements for your camera bodies. I have noticed that cameras don't like to work well at temperatures below -20F or so, nor do photographer's hands. Particularly photographers who are over "a certain age". Miniature internal heating strips could run off the regular camera battery, and keep the internals warm as well as the photographer's hands, enabling continued use in extreme low temperatures. Such a feature would be very welcome for the tens of thousands of photographers working in non-tropical zones, and would undoubtedly open an opportunity for you to make a pretty substantial amount of money! Don't worry, I am not going to ask you for a percentage for my idea. It is yours for the using, free and clear. However, as a dedicated Nikon shooter for the last 35+ years, making me a gift of one would certainly be appreciated. Preferably before next winter gets here.
Thanks as always,