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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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Moon over Lilacs – There’s no place like home

My Midwest art fairs stared on Mother’s day weekend with the Birmingham show last weekend and we were fortunate to have wonderful weather. With the start of the show season I have been working on images from Italy and England most of the week and have had little time to enjoy the start of Michigan’s spring. This morning I went into the kitchen to put on a pot of tea, check out the bird feeders to see who was around and saw the setting moon as the rising sun was lighting the lilac bush in the front yard. The image made me decided that I needed to pull out my camera.

Moon Over Lilacs

Moon over Lilacs – There’s no place like home

As I was taking the image, I was a foot away from the hummingbird feeders and enjoyed the buzzing of a female just inches from my left ear, so I decided to process this image using Topaz Clarity software. In the Nature Collection there is a Hummingbird Wings II preset that I used to make this image pop.

Moon Over Lilacs with a few adjustments in camera raw

Moon Over Lilacs with a few adjustments in camera raw

“For happiness, how little suffices for happiness! The least thing precisely, the gentles thing, the lightest thing, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a wink, an eye glance—little makes up the best happiness. Be still.” – Nietzsche

Topaz Clarity software the Nature Collection there is a Hummingbird Wings II preset

Topaz Clarity software the Nature Collection there is a Hummingbird Wings II preset

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