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Growing up I had the Atlantic Ocean less than twenty miles away and the Long Island Sound a mile away and I’ve never been a beach person. However living so close to these beautiful waters the one thing that has always intrigued me are “Lighthouses”. There is something very romantic yet mysterious about a lighthouse and their keepers.
This past summer we had the opportunity to visit the Upper Peninsula of Michigan along Lake Superior. We found ourselves at Whitefish Point 73 miles northwest of Sault Ste. Marie, MI and the impressive Soo Locks. At Whitefish Point you have the Great Lakes Ship Wreck Museum and the extremely cool Whitefish Point Light Station.
At this point in our trip I was having a camera crisis of Biblical proportion. I had run out of film for one of my cameras and ordered more. The camera shop in New York City did not ship my order promptly and I never received the film. No biggie I thought to myself I have my digital camera so I’m all set. We get all the way to the Soo Locks and I’m just as excited as a kid on Christmas morning. Grabing my camera from the camera bag I turn it on, I compose my very first image of the largest lake freighter to sail the Great Lakes entering the locks. I depress the shutter release and the earth suddenly has come to a screeching halt. There it was in digital text, the dreaded Canon Error 33 message, my shutter had failed! East has now become west, up was now down and to say I was pissed is the understatement of the 21st century. Two cameras and none were functioning. If I had to submit to a blood pressure test at this point they would have admitted me. I resorted to using my cell phone and we eventually we went to lunch. After lunch I calmed down just a tiny bit but was still steaming. Getting ready to leave Sault Ste. Marie and thinking desperate times require desperate measures. As a last ditch effort I ran into one of the gift shops hoping the camera Gods would be merciful on me. Sure enough sitting on the counter of the gift shop was a Polaroid disposable camera. I Forked over the $8.00 feeling like I had just won a major award and literally ran out the door. We were now on our way to Whitefish Point. http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com
Stepping back to the summer of 2014 and we are at Acadia National Park in Maine. I think this had to be one of my favorite trips. The Atlantic was cold even in summer but such a fun time.
The way back machine has brought us to December 2010. I love this image of Max decorating our Christmas tree, his expression is priceless! Another great chrome in the family collection. Happy decorating!
Let’s go back to December 2012 when our family took part in the “It’s a Wonderful Run” 5K in Seneca Falls, NY. Bedford Falls the town in the classic Frank Capra film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is claimed to actually be modeled after Seneca Falls. Anyway this was such a super fun event!
After the race we went to dinner with friends and spent the night. Sunday on our way home we stopped in Skaneateles, NY for their annual “Dickens Christmas” event. The village of Skaneateles hosts this event for four weekends between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Again another really fun time.
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I made my first visit to the Windy City back in July. My wife and sons have already spent time here before so this was unchartered territory for me. We were staying with family in one of the suburbs of Chicago and rode the Metra into the city the several days we were there. We navigated the city by either walking or riding the subway which is affectionately knows as the “L”. Riding the “L” opened up a whole new perspective on photography for me. I instantly fell in love with the intricate infrastructure cramped between towering buildings, parking garages and everyday life below. The photographic possibilities are endless and all you need is time.
Prior to my arrival in Chicago I had done absolutely no research on this gem so I was totally in the dark as to the “Prime” locations in which to photograph. The day I made the most of my images started off bright and sunny with weather conditions crumbling like an old building as the day progressed. I believe I have created several images that convey mood, as most of these were grab shots. I particularly like the ones where I was shooting out the front window as we rode the “L”. I shot color slide film but really liked them even more converted to black & white.
The other day I had mentioned to my wife how we need to return so I can spend a good 3-4 days photographing the “L” now that I have done my research.
Here you’ll find a link to an image from Lake & Wells on the Chicago “L”. It was photographed from either a parking garage or rooftop. However it gives you the perspective of its complexity. I love it! https://flic.kr/p/rUyXih
What better way to start the holiday season than with a throwback of the Christmas Story house. While passing through Cleveland, OH during our summer vacation we took a few hours to stop and take the tour, it was awesome! The house is the original from the movie and restored perfectly. While inside you can handle an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle, witness the soft glow of electric sex gleaming in the window and experience the taste of Lifebuoy soap, you can basically touch everything. Heck they even provide you with pink bunny suits if you choose to look like a deranged Easter Bunny! I myself could not resist and transformed into a pink nightmare. Sadly Dwayne’s Photo ruined that roll of chromes during processing. The words Ohhhh fuuudge were repeatedly used! Only I didn’t say “Fudge.” I said THE word, the big one, the queen-mother of dirty words, the “F-dash-dash-dash” word!
If you are passing through Cleveland I highly recommend you stop and take the tour, I TRIPLE-dog-dare ya!
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As we watch the colors of Autumn slowly fade into the grays of Winter I find myself taking advantage of every opportunity to be out on the water. Undeterred by the mornings brisk temperatures I decided to launch on the Susquehanna river along Conklin Ave yesterday. Paddling my way west under cloudy skies towards the “Rock Bottom” Dam I lay witness to the remaining pops of color grasping our hillsides. On my way back the wind would let me know who was in charge and the sun randomly checked on me the closer I got to my destination.
Back in my car it was time for some coffee at my favorite place, LaVeggio Roasteria