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Holloway Dam

Monthly photography club for July met up at Holloway Dam this month. Neat area, but was surprised at the amount of litter. So sad. Was a hot day, but with a decent enough breeze to keep a moderate feeling temperature. The big attraction, were the ducks. The little ones were …

4th of July!

Here are some firework shots from the 4th of July. Just some small fireworks and nothing from any of the big shows. Had a nice night for the viewing of in-air explosions (with color!). ;)

For-Mar Photography Oct./Nov.

Here I go again, taking forever to update the site. Have been learning a bit of Linux lately (CentOS), since I plan to migrate the server after the new year. If I can learn enough of it in time, the server will be moved from a Windows Server environment to …

Annual Flint Zombie Walk 2016

Yesterday Flint City had its annual Zombie Walk ( http://www.flintzombiewalk.com/ ). Doors were open at 10:00am for those wishing to arrive early for some face/body painting. Activities started at 11:00am and went until the early afternoon. Throughout the day, there was singing, jokes, dancing, much of which had an undead …

For-Mar Photography Club – September

Actually have a bit of a story to tell with this time around.  It seems not all boots are created equal.  For-Mar photography club is a nature photography club.  Sometimes nature gets the upper-hand. The Saturday for this month it was kind of dreary outside.  A slight mist was in …

Lapeer Estate Sale

Recently, I did some photography for an Estate Sale in Lapeer. Photos, which would give an idea of items in the sale, were needed for uploading to a directory listing on a website. The session started in the garage. It was a hot day and the garage was hot. Never-the-less, …

Metamora Balloon Launch

Metamora had its Balloon launch at the end of August. Details for the events can be found on their website at http://www.metamorachamber.org/metamoracountrydays It was a very nice evening for the launch with low wind speeds. Everything, to my knowledge, went off fine, and everyone seemed to have a good time. …

Photography Club – August

So I attended For-Mar’s monthly nature photography club again, in August. The club is held every second Saturday of every month. Each month also has a contest amongst the photographers with a theme given. August’s theme was “Summer In Full Swing.” At least, I think that was the theme. It …

Vehicles – Four In A Row

These vehicles below are used commercially and needed to be photographed so they could be shown on a brochure.  Not having large powerful studio strobes at my disposal, I went with one of my most favorite lighting techniques to compose this shot… light-painting!  This session was started a little before …

Database Is Finished

So typically when there is a long period of time when I have not updated the website or posted to Facebook, it is because I am working on a big project.  This last project I worked on took a couple weeks to complete.  It was the creation of a Database. …

ProMaster LS-6 Stand and Boom Arm

ProMaster LS-6 Stand and Boom Arm Here is a video, on one very warm evening, with me showing the ProMaster LS-6 Stand and Boom Arm. While I would rather have a Manfrotto at very least, I did not feel like dishing out an extra $250. Since I have not used …

How To Use Your Cameras DOF Button

Photo above taken from Wikimedia commons @ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page Please note that for all example images, the lens used had a maximum aperture of f/4.8. The biggest aperture size of your lens may differ. All photos were shot with a 70-300mm telephoto lens at a 195mm focal length. The “camera view …

Photography Scammers

So being out there now, as a business, one of the things I deal with is the occasional scammer. There is one type of scam which specifically targets photographers and I have ran into it twice already. The first time it took a few days until it revealed itself as …

10mm Rokinon Lens Test

So, found that my 20mm was not cutting it. Decided to opt for the widest and sharpest non-fisheye lens I could find, which turned out to be this Rokinon 10mm lens. Effectively shooting at a 15mm equivalent, this is the wideness I have been missing. Was hoping to find something …

Cooks Farm Dairy – Snapshots

Family (my brother) has been in town for the past two weeks. Have not done too much photographing and instead did more hanging out and relaxing. One of the places visited was Cooks Farm Dairy in Ortonville, MI, where you are able to walk around a bit of the farm, …

Last Weekend Interior Shots

Last weekend I had the opportunity of taking some interior shots for a home which is going up on the market. It was my first time doing photography of this type and learned a good deal. It was a nice 90+ degree Fahrenheit day and even with a small breeze …

It’s A Slug – FYI

Below is a photo of a slug which was found under a log.  The other photos with the eyes did not quite have enough depth of field, sadly. Was in a wooded area at Flushing County Park at around 7:00pm pushing 6400 ISO, F/11 and a 1/100 sec. shutter speed and …

Toboggan Trail

Today was my search for another area, the Hogsback Area. After driving around for an hour, or perhaps longer, I did eventually find it, after stopping in to a Mobile Gas Station and asking. It was right around the corner from the Gas Station. That always makes you feel foolish. …

For-Mar Photography Club

Attended the Photography Club today. For-Mar holds this monthly but today was my first time going and it was fun. Had a speaker for the first hour, whom was Richard Wells ( Website – Facebook ) and then went out onto the trails. Everyone was really nice. I am told …

Bridge Found – Mission Accomplished

Yep, went back, found the bridge. Mission accomplished! It was kind of hidden away. More importantly was the discovery of the steps leading down to the bridge. Very nice stone steps and walls. Here, I offer up some photographs of the bridge and path. Just a few snapshots. Usually I …

Where Oh Where Is That Bridge?

Was out today, looking for a really cool rock pillar bridge, which crosses the Flint River. Even after being pointed in the direction of “bridges,” by a friendly gentleman, I did not come across it. Nor did I come across the walking path which I was looking for. Perhaps they …

Poor Folk Photography

My last HDR attempt didn’t turn out looking like a HDR photo. What is this you may ask? Well, HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and it is the process of producing a photograph where detail is shown in both the highlights and in the shadows, in your normal exposure. …

Canine Block Fair

These photos made it onto Facebook, but forgot to post any on the site here. The photos here are from the Canine Block Fair which was hosted at Magoo’s on Pierson Rd., Saturday, May 7th, between the hours of 11am – 4pm. The Humane Society had pets for adoption, there …

Genesee Parks Scouting

Always looking for new places to shoot. Yesterday, took a trip out to Genesee Parks (Stepping Stones, Bluebell Beach, etc.) Found out one thing… I really need a bike. The trail is large and connects multiple areas together. Met John from All Points TV (www.allpointstv.com) and everything was fairly quiet …

Lafayette Grande

Was in the Lafayette Grande a few weeks ago, and took this quick snapshot. A really old structure but fairly well-kept. A really large structure as well. The spiral staircase photographed here was the first floor. Loved the high ceilings in the building.