Monthly Archives: October 2014

Fall colors in the Smoky Mountains

During the Smoky Mountain workshop the colors were amazing and it was hard leaving the smoky mountains with the colors in their peak. On Saturday I display at a the Christmas craft show at Divine Child in Dearborn Michigan. The last couple of years I have been in Italy teaching in November and it will be good seeing old friends at the show.

Fall colors along Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains

Fall colors along Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains

The unprocessed image has nice color but it does not quite have the punch that I enjoyed that morning.

Unprocessed Fall colors along Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains

Unprocessed Fall colors along Little River Road in the Smoky Mountains

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Sunrise in the UP of Michigan – Revisiting a Mirror Lake

My mornings on location can bring amazing results. Earlier in the week we visited this lake hoping to capture mirror reflections at sunrise but the winds had kicked up making the lake choppy and even though that morning was beautiful I had to revisit this lake to capture this soft fog and mirrored sunrise.

Often clients and friends ask why I revisit these beautiful places? My answer often brings a smile when I tell them that I revisit these beautiful locations to capture them under the right lighting and weather locations. When I revisit an area like Pictured Rocks I will always explore and scout out new locations to shoot but there are locations that I will go back to every time I am in an area.

Sunrise in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

Sunrise in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

The unprocessed image of this misty morning on this mirror lake is pretty sweet but processing this image with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity brings the feel and look closer to what we actually saw that morning.

Sunrise in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Raw image

Sunrise in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan Raw image

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Storm surges along Picture Rocks

 

The storms passing over Lake Superior created these wonderful waves crashing along the shoreline at Pictures Rocks.

Storm surges along pictured rocks

Storm surges along pictured rocks

Using the Lightroom 5.6 develop module and Topaz Clarity I was able to bring out the greens in the Lake Superior waves.

Raw Images of storm surges

Raw Images of storm surges

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Memorial Falls – Pictured Rocks

The Munising Pictured Rocks area is great area to explore waterfall falls. When exploring the water falls it is fun to climb around and explore all angles. When exploring Memorial falls it was fun climbing in behind the falls and shooting out to capture some of the yellows in the fall colors.

Memorial Falls - Pictured Rocks

Memorial Falls – Pictured Rocks

The image below where I am shooting into the fall is the typical image you see of Memorial falls. It is a nice image but does not have the character of the image above where I am shooting out of the falls.

Memorial Falls - Munising Michigan

Memorial Falls – Munising Michigan

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Pictured Rocks – Lake Superior

Last weekend I participated in my last outdoor art fair of the year and after having a day at home I headed to Munising and Pictured Rocks to capture a great sunset. It has been a long season and nothing  refreshes me like a great sunset.

Pictured Rocks Munising Michigan

Pictured Rocks Munising Michigan


Sparks Lane – Smoky Mountains

From the 26th through the 29th of October I will be back teaching in the Smoky Mountains one of our great national parks. The image of Sparks Lane was captured this april when the dogwoods were in full bloom and I am anxious to see it in its fall color.

Sparks Lane Simplify 4 Spring 2014

Sparks Lane Simplify 4 Spring 2014

Throughout the smoky Mountains there are historical landmarks of the families that lived and raised their families in this area which help us make a connection with our past and sometimes our present. Last weekend I spent a few minutes with friend who’s last name is Sparks and asked if they had any connection to the Smoky Mountains. It was not surprising to find out that their family had moved to southern Indiana from Tennessee.

In October when I am capturing images on Sparks lane in the Smokies it will be fun thinking of the Sparks family members who I have spent time with capturing images of the masked characters at Carnival in Venice and at the top of St Peters Coppola in Rome.

Sparks Lane CR2 raw image Spring 2014

Sparks Lane CR2 raw image Spring 2014

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