Category Archives: Fall Colors

Michigan Train Tracks in the Fall

Train tracks are great subject matter for photographers. In this Northern Michigan image the lines lead you through this great fall scene.

This line not only lead my eye through the image, but then my imagination takes over and leads me to more great shooting locations somewhere down the tracks.

In May I will be teaching a Photographic Workshop in Italy, we will be riding a train from Venice to Florence. Working with the group for a couple of days before heading into the Siena Province and then onto Rome; the fun will be when imagination takes over as we head down the tracks.

Train Tracks in the Autumn processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Train Tracks in the Autumn processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

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Northern Michigan’s Poplars processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Most photographers, I find are young at heart but need a little coaxing. I would like to think that I would go out and lay on the ground looking up at the sky through the trees on a beautiful fall day, but it only seems to happen when I am out capturing images. On nice days at home, when I am not preparing for an art fair, I am out mowing the lawn and gardening a little which is probably true for most of us. Luckily I am out shooting more than ever and the garden is a little more natural.

To capture this image, my camera mounted on the tripod, lying flat on my back, I composed the image of the treetops and the sky. Nature in all its glory! The raw image was nice and just needed to brighten the shadows and darkened the highlights in Lightroom. Then I used Topaz Clarity to enhance the color while popping the highlights and shadows.

Northern Michigan's Poplars processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

Northern Michigan’s Poplars processed with Lightroom and Topaz Clarity

This unprocessed image would work but has less detail. Topaz Clarity brought out the details in the leaves and clouds.

Northern Michigan's Poplars unprocessed

Northern Michigan’s Poplars unprocessed

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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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