Lee’s Piano

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Lee Plaza is a beautiful art deco building in Detroit. Constructed in 1929, the 15 story hotel is on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Since the early 1990s, all of the artwork, wiring, fixtures and valuable material has been removed illegally by scavengers… except for this grand piano which was built into the ballroom and is too big to remove through any door.  4-19-09

New Day on Lake St. Clair

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For days, I had wanted to catch the ice blowing over from Canada to the Michigan shoreline. When I saw that the expected high temperature was 65 degrees, I knew that this was my last chance; I took the day off work, packed my photo gear and set my alarm for 4:00am.
The sheets of ice form on the lake’s surface after days of sub-freezing temperatures. Strong winds crack the ice and break it into car-sized floating pieces. Then the winds push the ice until it hits something to stop it… in this case, the Grosse Point Farms shoreline. Some of the ice floes in the foreground of this photograph were standing 15 feet up in the air. What you see is a mostly-frozen lake. As the sun’s first rays hit the ice and I clicked away, the ice started making deafening cracking noises and “glass shattering” noises. I spent almost six hours behind the lens that morning for the exact shot I wanted. March 13, 2007 

What’s In My Gear Bag

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My mom sparked my interest in photography at a young age. Probably because I never saw her without a camera in front of her face. Now the tables have turned as my favorite subjects are my two beautiful daughters.  I learned more about lighting and composition through college. I bought my first SLR camera in 1998 and my first DSLR in 2004.  But while a good camera and glass helps, it’s my true opinion that a great photo is 70% photographer skill and 30% luck. Being in the right place at the right time when all of the elements come together and the shutter makes that sweet noise at the perfect moment… THAT’S what makes a great picture.

I am often asked “what’s in your bag?”  So I thought I would share the gear I’m currently working with:

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II digital SLR camera
  • Canon 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom ens
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM zoom telephoto lens
  • Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM wide angle zoom
  • Canon 85mm fixed f/1.2L II USM portrait lens
  • Canon 40mm fixed f/2.8 STM (full-frame pancake) lens
  • Sigma 15mm f/2.8 fisheye lens
  • Canon 100mm f/2.8 USM 1:1 macro lens
  • Canon 2x EF Extender (Teleconverter)
  • Canon Speedlite 580EX strobe flash
  • Tripod, monopod, reflector discs, various filters (UV, ND, etc) and lots & lots of Sandisk CF memory cards!
  • Canon Powershot SD780 IS  (my point-and-shoot pocket camera)
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS3  (my rugged waterproof camera)
  • iPhone 6  (the camera I use the MOST!)

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