Day 281 – Meredith in the Forest

Meredith loves the forest, we shot this to emphasize the beautiful trees in their Autumn foliage.

Day 280 – Meredith in Autumn

What started out as a dreary, rainy, fall day, turned into a beautiful Autumn evening for Meredith’s Senior Photo Shoot in Midland County.

Day 227 – Ground Fog

This morning as I made my way out of the house, I was taken by the ground fog, especially looking back at the willow trees. The fog provided a nice soft filter effect on the willow trees with a beautiful blue sky filled with white puffy clouds. Foggy and clear at the same time, a natural contrast.

Day 218 – Kaylea’s Photo Shoot

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We had beautiful weather for Kaylea’s Senior photo shoot this evening. Here are a few of the shots that we took. We were on location at the Bridgeport Bridge, Bridgeport Historical Society, Gugel Bridge, and some studio shots. Kaylea was a great sport and Elisa was a very good lighting assistant. Together we made a great team. Thanks Kaylea and Elisa.

Day 197 – Hill Climb

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Day 2 of Bike Week, the event of the day was the Hill Climb. This was my first time attending a Hill Climb. I had my press pass and was free to roam wherever I chose to get the best vantage point. I met up with a couple of veteran photographers, who were kind enough to give me some tips. Boy, I’m really glad they did, because I had no idea what was about to happen. I figured the best place to start out was on top of the hill, a 250 ft tower of compacted dirt at the Bunting Sand and Gravel Company in West Branch, Michigan. By the time I reached the top, I felt every year I had experienced. I decided to accept a ride down the hill in a golf cart, when it was time. I spent 2 hours shooting these motorcycle hill climbers. It was another 90 degree day and I was soaking wet with sweat when the first climber took off. I was excited, I was close, I had a great view. I did get some nice shots, but the amount of dust well, let’s just say I was not prepared for that! My first thought was, “oh no, my camera is done!” I looked to the other photographers, and they were caked with dirt and dust, the same as me. This is the way it is, you get dirty, you go home and clean the camera. I must say it was a lot of fun being so close to the action. These riders are very courageous. The danger is high, as they are climbing at a very steep angle, and the dirt is loose, there are bumps along the way, if you get airborne, you will most likely take a spill. Then the fun begins, because the motorcycle tends to roll down hill, whether the rider is in the way or not. Some of these bikes are rigged with chains on their rear will for traction, watch out when that comes at you! This was a very exciting event. But I will say, the hill kicked my but. I had to go back to camp and take a nap. 🙂

Day 177 – Fence Line

I love split rail fences and the texture of the weathered wood. This is the fence line that runs along the West end of the Fortress golf course in Frankenmuth. I shot this at about 8:00pm, as the sun was sinking low in the West, creating a golden glow.

Day 149 – Morning Coffee

It was such a beautiful morning, I decided to take my coffee out on the deck to enjoy the cool, sunny, morning. As I settled into my chair, I noticed the Barn Swallow perched on the shepherd’s hook by the side of our deck. I quietly went into the house to grab my Nikon, and just as quietly and slowly, returned to capture a photo of the Barn Swallow, no more than 15 feet away. Well 2 shots and he was gone. They move so quickly, it’s tough to get a photo of them in flight. So, camera still in hand, I decided to get a couple more pictures of something less elusive, the Columbine flowers. Enjoy your Memorial Day holiday today. Thanks to all of our men and women, who have served to keep America free.

Day 104 – Half Moon

Have you ever had one of those nights where you just can’t sleep anymore? That was me last night. I either went to sleep too early or maybe it was the 2 cups of coffee before I went to sleep that did it. I hit the sack at about 9:30, which is early for me, I’m usually an 11:00 bed time person. I woke up at 2:00am and tossed and turned for about 2 hours. Finally I decided to stop trying to sleep anymore. I looked outside and saw this beautiful, half moon shining and decided to shoot a few photos. I read a great “How to” on the DPS website (Digital Photography School) yesterday. Arlon had a post on his technique for shooting the moon. So, I followed the instructions and what you see here is the result. Thanks for posting that great “How to” Arlon. Now if I can just get a few winks in before it’s time to wake up… 🙂

Day 74 Half Moon Morning

When I let the dogs out this morning the first thing that struck me was how nice it was outside, the sun was shining and it was that “golden hour”, when the morning sun turns everything it touches to a beautiful, warm, rich, golden glow. As I took in the beauty of the morning I saw it, a bright, half moon shining in the cloudless blue sky. I ran and got the Nikon and shot this photo. There are a couple of birds in the trees off in the distance. The furthest tree has a hawk, whle the closer tree has a robin. You can’t see the details enough, I wanted the whole scene with the half moon, blue sky, trees basking in the golden glow of the sun, and even the field is aglow. What a nice way to start the day!