Monthly Archives: December 2011

No Photoshop Required

I took so many amazing photos on the Monte Nagler photo workshop to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula this October, that it has been over whelming to choose what to post. We went to so many beautiful places, and some of the places became even more beautiful as the light changed. This was the most spectacular sun rise in Baraga, Michigan. I have many very different images of the very same place all within just the span of about an hour, and they are all so different and beautiful, its hard to choose just one. Here is my first post. No Photoshop required on such a beautiful sight. This is straight as I shot it that morning.

Kensington Metropark, Milford Michigan, December 2011

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Frosty Night

Here are a few more photos from the Friday evening that I spent in Kensington Metropark in Milford, Michigan photographing the lake. As the sun went down, the moon came out, illuminating the lake filled with swans. I was all alone to photograph the scene. Pure magic.

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A Kensington Evening December 9, 2011

Snow Tree. Kensington Metro Park, Milford, Michigan

The geese gather at sunset. Kensington Lake, Milford, MI

Night Shooting

After we left Noel Night last night we took a quick drive down Woodward toward Jefferson and since I was in the passenger seat, I got to take a few fun shots of the city at night. Here are my two favorite shots.

Noel Night

Last night was Noel Night in Detroit. My cousin Jeanne invited me to go with her and check the holiday festivities. I had not ever been to Noel Night before. Jeanne is involved with the Salvation Army Church which has a big part in hosting Noel Night, and to cap off the evening the band play Christmas carols as the crowd sings along. All of the museums, and many churches, businesses, and buildings at Wayne State in midtown Detroit are open late, and for free and hold special performances of music.

We stopped into the DIA to see the Detroit Revealed photography exhibit, what I have been anticipating seeing for a while,a nd was happy to finally see. Then we walked over to my favorite museum in Detroit, the Historical Museum. Out front we caught a hand bell choir performance.  Hand bell  music and Detroit will forever be linked in my life, the Catholic Church and school, St. Matthew’s, where I attended when I was living in Detroit, had a  choir, and I had aspired to become a part of it. We moved out of the city just before i made it to the grade where you could join the hand bell choir. I still love hand bell choirs. After we listened to the music we went inside the museum down to the basement and walked around in the “Old Streets of Detroit,” where I picked up a free Christmas print at the print shop that I plan to frame.

I very much enjoyed Noel Night. The people attending all seemed to be happy and appreciative and interested in what they were seeing. It made me have hope for the city, and reminded me just a bit of what it was like when I lived there as a child. I plan to go back, because I know that there is much more to see. Here are a few photos from Noel Night.

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Irish Roving

The other night, I was watching the Irish Rovers on PBS with my mom, and it reminded me of the trip that I took to Ireland in 2005. My trip was in the first week of October, and was based in Cork, Ireland, with little side trips to Cobh and Killarney. I was still shooting with my 35mm SLR Minolta Maxxum 5 then, and it served me pretty well on this trip. What I remember most about Ireland was the friendly people, the amazing “Trad” music in the pubs, and bicycling through the national park in Killarney. Also I remember this great vegetarian restaurant we ate at in Cork, yum! My trip to Ireland was just a few days, but I will always want to return, the people and land made a big impression on my heart as a place I felt very at home. So here a few of my photos from the trip.

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