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|Living in the beautiful Upper
Penninsula of Michigan, one of my favorite photographic subjects I have
access to is the incredible scenery. We are truly a 4 season area with
great summers, a very colorful fall and heavy but frequently beautiful
snowfalls in the winter months. If you love photography as I do and are
a hardy enough breed to handle the long cold winters, this is an ideal
place to live and capture many scenic splendors on film or with a
digital camera. This area is rural America at it's best where housing
costs are reasonable and the local communities all have that small town
feeling. With wilderness all around us, getting to the scenic beauty is
just a short ride out of town in any direction. Tourism is one of our
greatest draws to the area being that hiking, camping, hunting and
fishing are easily accessed. Winter is an especially popular time since
our county also has 3 major ski hills and numerous snowmobile trails
which brings in visitors from many surrounding states.
But enough about the tourism aspect and the great reasons to live here. This web site is about photography. I grew up doing still and motion picture photography from my early teens and although I shot countless rolls of film over the years as well as processing my own black and white photos in my basement darkroom, in recent years I have switched to primarily digital photography. This not only reduces my final costs, but allows me to do more in manipulation of my images. Contrary to popular belief, a vast majority of photography work out there is manipulated one way or the other. It doesn't matter is the original photo is done on film or with a digital camera. Lots of photo retouching is done in a darkroom to burn or dodge areas of an image or to correct for lighting, contrast or just doing cropping of a given scene. Many of the images we see in books and magazines are very often heavily retouched through airbrushing or other means to create the perfect photo. The only times that doing this is unacceptable is with journalism and evidence photography and even these images may be subject to minor adjustment to crop important areas or correct for lighting issues to improve the look of the image without tampering with the subject matter itself. So if doing either photojounalism or law enforcement photography, please remember it is unethical to tamper with this type of images. I have worked in both fields and these rules are ironclad. But when it comes to any other forms of photography, the sky is the limit when it comes to playing with an image.
Although I enjoy taking scenics just for the sake of the imagery I can share, I also spend much of my time taking photos which can be integrated into many of my 3D Artwork projects. This usually for the sake of creating backgrounds, but I also shoot images of various objects, or textures that can be mapped onto surfaces in a digital art scene. That is one of the primariy reasons I shoot mostly digital these days as my computer has now become my darkroom as I blend real life with computerized models into scenes that appear only in my imagination. I guess at this time, I have rambled on long enough. But in starting my scenic gallery pages, I have the following 2 images that are a perefect example of blending reality with fantasy in artwork. The original image was taken of the fall colors a few miles from my home. I then used parts of this image to create the 3D artwork beside it .
" The Pumpkin Family Outing "
Not my best shots - Deer are plentiful in the area and make great subject matter for photos, but frequently they are there for only seconds so getting perfect focus and exposure can be a bit tricky at times.
Some people think my sense of humor can be a bit odd at times. I guess that's why I sometimes look for the absurd in my photos and incorporate humor into some of my 3D art whenever I can. I guess this sign at this breakwater with the water conditions as they were just struck me as a bit funny...
This and the prior image was taken at Lake Superior in Winter. Superior is located only about 20 miles from my home and is a favorite spot of mine in Winter and Summer for scenics as well as getting shots for 3D Art backgrounds. Anyone for a dip in the pool?
Sometimes the simple things in life can be quite beautiful. Like a flowing creek in Winter or a single tree standing like a sentinel along the Lake Superior shoreline.
Although most people are obsessed with vivid rich colors - Even a gray overcast sky can suprise you with the stark black and white beauty of a winter scene. Remember that the majority of photo work of the great Ansel Adams was done in black and white and shades of gray. Don't be afraid to explore the beauty of black and white photography.