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Marseilles, France – A Photographer’s Dream City!

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Are you going to France this travel season? Just a three hour train ride south of Paris is the City of Marseille. Get ready to experience beautiful scenery, history and Mediterranean cuisine! This Port City is a photographer’s dream. It is France’s second largest city so plan on spending at least a couple of days here.  Marseille averages 300 days of sunshine a year. Make sure you bring your walking shoes, there is hardly a flat street here. There are plenty of sidewalk cafes to quench your thirst and watch the people stroll by. The architecture is amazing and each side of the city seems to have a different style. Marseille is very different from Paris in look and feel, it is a city of different cultures and colors. From the street art in the Le Panier to the old sculptural doorways in the in the older parts of the city. …

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Walk Across Lake Michigan – Take the S.S. Badger on Your Next Trip!

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Yes, you can really walk across Lake Michigan! If you walk the upper deck of the S.S. Badger, in 6 laps you will have walked 1 mile! Keep it up for the entire trip and you will have walked the Great Lake! For most of us who live in middle lower Michigan, we have only a few choices to get to the west. We can either drive around Chicago, cross the Mackinaw Bridge and drive the length of the upper peninsula or take a voyage across Lake Michigan. On a recent trip to Minneapolis, I opted for the S.S. Badger! It was the most relaxed trip I have ever made to the other side of the lake. I had no idea how big this ship was going to be! What a sight it was when I pulled up to the loading area! From Grand Rapids, the drive to the dock …

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Travel Photography- It’s in The Details

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Travel Photography – It’s in the Details. Traveling to foreign cities can be overwhelming with the hustle and bustle of daily activities. There are people making their way to work and tourists staring up into the air at the architecture attempting to take it all in. It might be intimidating to just start pointing your camera at strangers. My advice is to break yourself in by paying attention to the details and small things around you. You will be amazed at how many more photos you will come home with and you will end up with a very unique collection from your trip. If you were to send five people to the same place and tell them to focus on the details, everyone would come back with a different set of images. Photographing the details will show your own unique perspective. These images were selected from a trip to Israel …

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Moonlight, a Mannequin and a Rowboat – A Photography Adventure

In Photography Tips, Skies and Coffee by porteengear

Lily (our shop mannequin) spends most of her days sitting elegantly in the studio. She was in need of an adventure! It was mid-July, during the full moon, the summer sun lit it up like a beacon in the sky. I was looking at another two weeks before the conditions were right to have that perfect black sky with the core of the Milky way in full glory across the southern horizon. Feeling anxious to get out and see the night stars, it dawned on me that maybe I should be thinking “outside the box” and go with the present situation, photography in the moon light! Already knowing that I had to get North, far enough away from the the city lights so that the light pollution was minimal on the horizon, it wasn’t long before I resourced a property with a pond. Hoping to get some great reflections working with the …

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Astrophotography, Coyotes and Ticks

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Photographing the night sky has always been a fascinating adventure for me which I rarely have time to do. Living near a city and running a business has kept me from pursuing this dream. When I look at the Milky Way, I see the big picture and it really hits me how small we all really are as we are standing on this rotating orb in the middle of this beautiful galaxy. My husband and I planned a trip to the Manistee National Forest in Northern Michigan to a cabin in the woods with no internet so we could unwind with our German Shepherd, Luther. I brought all of my camera gear to do some photography to keep busy. Knowing the area would be extremely dark and away from any major towns or cities, I prepped for some Astrophotography. We hiked during the day and made it a mission to …

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Summer Carnivals Are Great For Long Exposure Photography

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

It’s Carnival season around the United States and along with that come the smells of elephant ears and cotton candy! The days are long gone of wanting to ride on any of the whirly, tilting and fast contraptions that are out there for current thrill seekers. So, I opt for capturing the whirls and motion on camera instead. Carnivals are a great place to hone your long exposure skills. The colors and the lights, people moving and rides in constant motion are great subjects for some artistic photography. Items to bring along for long exposure photography are, a tripod, and a neutral density (ND) filter for daytime or twilight shots. Long exposures on bright skies or at twilight will blow out unless you can stop down your lens. Hoya is a great brand for ND filters that have great reviews and are reasonably priced. Midways can be full of people …

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4 Amazing Apps for Nighttime Photography!

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I have had a recent fascination with photographing the night sky. It all started with a trip to a cabin in the woods in northern Michigan this summer. After quickly becoming bored photographing green ferns and woodland scenery, I planned a night shoot of the Milky Way. I became hooked! After that, my poor husband was at the mercy of the weather and the timing of the Milky Way with late night drives out into the countryside to get away from the light pollution of the city. (yes, I am still scared of the dark!) It gives me a sense of security to have a tagalong or fellow photographer, especially out on the back country roads in the middle of the night. It did not take long to figure out which apps would help me with this venture and take a lot of the guess work out of the positioning and best time …

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Scottsdale, Arizona Invasion! Art, History and Culture.

In Photography Tips, Travel Photogaphy by porteengear

Day one of the Scottsdale Invasion in Scottsdale, AZ! Check-in at the retro and funky Saguaro hotel was a treat. Vintage leather furniture and beautiful artwork hangs all around the property. Dinner at The Distrito was a taste experience to die for! From the Duck Fundido to the Pecado a la Veracruz, they have a great menu for the food connoisseur. The ArtWalk in the Downtown Scottsdale was a great way to walk off the evenings dinner and drinks. The galleries are on a street adorned with lights and outdoor sculptures. And who could resist a wall of John Wayne movie posters! Disclaimer: This experience was provided free of charge for review purposes by Scottsdale CVB, but all opinions expressed are my own.