Category Archives: Sleeping Bear Dunes

Big Sable Lighthouse – Aug 14-17

Big Sable Lighthouse is one of our country’s best kept lighthouses and a gem along the Lake Michigan shoreline.

HDR Pano Big Sable Lighthouse

HDR Pano Big Sable Lighthouse

This image was shot a few hours after sunrise. To preserve the highlights and shadows I merged three separate exposures to create HDR files. To create this panoramic, I merged 2 HDR images. The HDR and Panoramic files were created in Lightroom.

As a Michigan resident and photographer, I am grateful for the hard work put in by the members of Sable Points Lighthouse Keepers Association to restore and maintain Big Sable, Ludington North Breakwater, Little Sable, and White River Lighthouses. Visit their website www.splka.org and take the time to explore their organization and lighthouses on the east coast of Lake Michigan.

Hope you can join me this summer to photograph some of these wonderful lighthouses.

Lake Michigan Lighthouse Workshop Tour

Aug 14 – 17 2016
$495.00/ Limited to 8 Students

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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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Barns of Michigan

During the Lighthouse working along the West Coast of Michigan we spent some time photographing some of Michigan’s wonderful barns.

Northern Michigan Barn Processed with Topaz Software

Northern Michigan Barn Processed with Topaz Software

Barns are normally red and to have a white barn in perfect condition was fun to capture. This barn in the northern Lower Peninsula is one of the best I have ever seen and I will be visiting it with clients for every workshop I give in Northern Michigan.

Unprocessed barn image

Unprocessed barn image

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Sunset on the South Haven Lighthouse

The Lake Michigan Lighthouse workshop was fun and everyone went home with great images. I arrived home yesterday afternoon and started the wind down process from teaching and capturing images. After spending a week on location capturing images it is always difficult trying to select which images to start processing.

Sunset - South Haven Light House

Sunset – South Haven Light House

The South Haven lighthouse was scheduled for our last evening shoot and ended up being my favorite image. After a stormy day the clouds and light created the amazing conditions for me to capture this sunset image.

Unprocessed Sunset - South Haven Light House

Unprocessed Sunset – South Haven Light House

The unprocessed image

The unprocessed image of sunset at the South Haven Lighthouse is stunning but with a few adjustments in Lightroom and Topaz Clarity the image turns into a fine art image.

is stunning but with a few adjustments in Lightroom and Topaz Clarity the image turns into a fine art image.

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Ann Arbor Art Fair July 16-19

The Ann Arbor art fair which is my favorite show of the year starts on Wednesday July 16 – Saturday July 19, 10am-8pm. This year it looks like it’s going to be the best weather we have ever had for the show. The executive director of the Michigan Guild, Max Clayton, cringed when I brought up the W word when I stopped by the office yesterday but I have faith in weather.com and I expect great weather for the show. With the great weather I hope everyone hops in their cars to drive to Ann Arbor and enjoy the fair. While you are at the fair stop by my booth #198 on Main Street near Williams located in front of Real Seafood to say Hi!

Gilmore Car Museum

Gilmore Car Museum

This image was capture at the Gilmore Car Museum which is one of the locations for the Sleeping Bear Dunes – Lighthouse workshop August 10-13. I processed the image using Lightroom 5.5 and Topaz Simplify.

Gilmore Car Museum -processed in the Develop Module in Lightroom

Gilmore Car Museum -processed in the Develop Module in Lightroom

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Sleeping Bear Dunes and Lighthouse Photo Workshop August 10-13

Last weekend I displayed at a annual Fourth of July show in South Haven and I had a little time to capture a few images in the early mornings and at sunset.

During the Sleeping Bear Dunes – Lighthouse Workshop we are going to be in the South Haven area for an evening and our last morning shoot. We will spend our time capturing images of South Havens historic area and Light house.

Yelton Manor B&B

Yelton Manor B&B

Garden at Yelton Manor B & B

Garden at Yelton Manor B & B

South Haven Lighthouse Pier

South Haven Lighthouse Pier

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National Parks location workshop tours

The 4th of July is a great day to have fun with family and friends and plan trips to our great National Parks. My images below capture the beauty of Grand Canyon and remind me of the visual treasures the parks hold for us to photograph. I have scheduled two workshops this fall in our National Parks, hope you can join us.

The Great Smoky Mountains Workshop tour October 26-29 2014

Southwest Slot Canyon Workshop tour Nov. 8-14 2014.

Hope you can join me in one of our national parks!

Shadow Lands, South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Shadow Lands, South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Both Topaz and Nix software can work magic on your image. Today Ihave spent a little time today working on images of the Grand Canyon that are in my Panoramic Gallery. The Topaz software that I used to finish these images makes a huge improvement over the original processing in Photoshop CS3 used just a few years ago.

Tapestry of Light, South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Tapestry of Light, South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Raw image with a few adjustments

Raw image with a few adjustments

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