Tuesday, November 23, 2010

frames we don't publish

Last week I shot a fire that broke out in an abandoned house a few blocks from the paper. No one was living in the house at the time it caught fire, and no one was injured. We had space for one photo so I chose the more conservative shot of firefighters doing their job.

I was thinking about this today and questioning my decision. The men in the vertical photo were clear they didn't want to be in the paper when they saw my camera, but by that time I'd already shot this frame. On the other hand, I see crowds of people gathering to watch fires or car accidents play out all the time and we, as members of the media, rarely acknowledge this reality. I still don't think this would have been the right photo to put front and center in the paper, but as a standalone on A5 (where the horizontal image ran) it might have been an appropriate slice of a situation we don't report very often. Just my two cents.

Thanks for looking.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Ride Along

A few days ago our cops reporter and I went on a ride along with animal control during one of their sweeps. They were looking for vicious dogs, unlicensed etc. It was a pretty eventful day. . . as evidenced by photos:

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I am so tight with these falcons

You may or may not recall, but I've shot these birds from the time they were just eggs in the side of a building. Anyway, I was on top of the county towers building today (it really is the tallest in the county) to shoot they sky for a weather feature. While I was snapping away, one of the falcons paid me a visit. Pretty sweet stuff.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

so apparently this is now a landscape blog. . .

But whatever, I totally am down with pretty pictures of nature.

Shot this one a bit after dawn this morning on Center Lake in Michigan Center. Last night was the first frost of the fall; it was fairly mild so by the time the sun rose most of it had melted. Just thought the scene was worth stopping for.

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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Grand Haven Seriousness

This weekend Marcus and I went to my dear, dear friends Jeana and Dylan's wedding in Grand Have. I promised myself I wasn't going to view the entire weekend through a lens, so I satisfied my itch to shoot by taking a walk to the beach shortly after we arrived on Friday. I'll post some personal shots from the weekend later, but for now here are a few seascapes. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

School Started

Okay, so it was a while ago, but I found these photos I shot last month of a local middle and high school combining. The assignment was to shoot seventh grade orientation as they checked out the high school and tried to find their place in it. I felt pretty good about this assignment after I shot it, so I thought I'd keep up with the posting and whatnot. Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Combat Operations are Over. . . ish

On Tuesday I shot another National Guard battery departure. I've been shooting these for probably six or seven years now, and they're always difficult.

I hope my photographs did some justice to the pride, sacrifice and love evident in these people during some of their final moments together.

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Thursday, September 9, 2010


I had a really good time shooting a cross country meet yesterday. Some nice light combined with a visually appealing course made from some images I feel pretty good about. Thanks for looking.

Thursday, August 19, 2010


I shot my first NASCAR race this past weekend. . . very interesting experience. I was pretty happy with my photos, though not quite pleased as punch. I've got some ideas for next season. . . see you in June.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Beach Day

This is one from a feature hunt today that didn't make the cut for edit. The boys spent most of their time horsing around, yelling, moving etc. In short, they were being boys and the quiet moment in the raft photo didn't really tell the story accurately. Still, I like calm in between the excitement.

The other two are fellow outtakes I was fond of.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

aaaaaannnddd. . . we're back

So sorry for the drought. Hopefully I'm going to get back into posting more often. To start off, here's a frame I shot after I got rained off a golf course.



Thursday, June 3, 2010

Birthday Weekend

Just a few pictures from my Memorial Day weekend. Marcus and I went to the Jackson Auto show for a bit on Friday. There are a few more pictures to be posted from this soon, but alas, I don't feel like toning them. Saturday Jeana, Dylan, Marcus and I went to Glenhaven for the day. Beautiful weather, icy death cold water. . . I still swam. Then it was back to Fenton and family for Sunday and Monday.

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Oh Bubble Gum

Yes it's probably a bit of overkill on the bubble gum photos, but yesterday was one those days where I feel like I can't choose between frames. So anyway, a local elementary school has instituted a program encouraging good behavior with monthly "reward days." April's reward day was bright and sunny, so the kids ended up playing games, including learning how to blow bubbles, outside.

Thanks for looking.