Sunset over Lake Michigan

We are heading off to Michigan tomorrow afternoon to enjoy the fourth of July weekend. I took this photo last summer but finally got around to working on it. I was standing on top of one of the dunes overlooking Lake Michigan while the sun set on a perfect summer day. I thought the beach grass would make an interesting element in the foreground while still minimizing the rather boring and cloudless sky. I added a hint of texture (Antique Paper) to the sky to give it a little bit of interest because in general I think skies without any texture tend to be rather ‘blah’ (technical term?).

Sunset over Lake Michigan

Sunset over Lake Michigan

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The Beach Path

“If you’re reading this…Congratulations, you’re alive.
If that’s not something to smile about, then I don’t know what is.”

– Chad Sugg, Monsters Under your Head

The Beach Path – Lake Michigan

Beach Path Sunset Lake Michigan

The path leading to the beach below it on the Michigan side of Lake Michigan where we spend many weekends in the summer. The two benches where people old and young remove their shoes before sprinting down to hop into the frigid cold waters (especially after this winter). The sunsetting slowly into the lake as the sky takes on all different shades of orange and pink. The dunes to the right and left creating a perfect place to lay the planks of a path…It is a such a contrast from the Chicago craziness we take in during the week or the Chicago beaches on the weekend so it is always nice to step away to our little slice of heaven.

If you can’t smile in these situations than what can you smile about? Life is pretty good sometimes.

Sand Dunes on the Lake Michigan Shore

At the end of another perfect day on the shores of Lake Michigan. I setup for the shot above the dune and wanted to try and get the tree swing into the picture somehow. I thought the sunsetting on the right hand side of the picture served as a nice balancing point and I set my aperture wide enough to get a snow flare but not too wide to cause chromatic aberration.

Sand Dunes on the Lake Michigan Shore

Lake Michigan Sand Dunes Sunset

My computer at home is dying and I spent most of what was a beautiful summer day in Chicago trying to repair it. Needless to say I couldn’t figure it out…so I’m in the market for a new laptop. I’ve been saying ‘I am going to buy one’ for two years now so with my desktop on the fritz it is about time to pull the trigger. Unfortunately, I’m now suffering from paralysis through analysis as I’m comparing/contrasting all the features (RAM, Dedicated Imaging RAM, Weight, Battery Life, etc…). The bitch of it is I’m going to do go through all this analysis and whatever I wind up buying will be obsolete six months from now.

Chi City

We went up to the Sears Tower last night to watch the sunset. In ten years since I’ve been in Chicago this is probably only my second time being up there – yet again it reminds me of why I need to get to more Chicago locations more frequently. My next stop – maybe in a couple weeks when I get back from next week in Philadelphia is the Hancock building where the view of the Chicago skyline is slightly more prominent. Still the view last night was very impressive.

Photo of the Day – View from the Top

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Opening Night

Not much to post tonight because it is NFL opening night which for me is one of the best days of the year.

Photo of the Day – Hurricane Sandy Sunset

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I haven’t been staying true to my word with taking Chicago pictures this summer. Too many trips out of the city and not enough energy when I’ve been back home. This was last year – about this time I think – when Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast and something with the weather pattern caused the waves to get funky in Lake Michigan. It was also one of the better sunsets of the year too as the sky turned orange and pink.

Sunsetting on Another Weekend Away

We spent the weekend hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park and of course I spent a decent amount of time taking pictures. While I am always sad to finish up a few days without work or anything else nagging for my attention I am ready to get back to it. Plus this week is Fantasy Football draft week. I’ve got drafts on Tuesday and Thursday night. This week will set up my mood for the next three months.

Photo of the Day – Beach Sunset

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I love sunrises and sunsets (you probably know that from all the pictures of them) and how the color changes seemingly second by second. This morning I caught sunrise at Emerald Lake and the sunrise was at 6:20. The sun came up struck the mountain and by 6:40 the color was gone. As I flipped through my photos though the color from minute to minute was vastly different and by 6:40 you wouldn’t even be able to tell the time of day because the harsh light hitting the mountain looked like a mid-day sun. It isn’t always easy to hop out of bed in the morning but seeing the beauty of nature makes missing a few hours of sleep well worth it.

Sunsetting over Sailboats

Just got done taking pictures in Banff. A longer day then expected and the sunrises early tomorrow so going to keep it short so I can catch five hours of sleep before the wake up call.

Photo of the Day – Summer Days

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In Michigan as the day ends. It couldn’t be more perfect.