Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bring It



Monday, March 29, 2010

Bridge Abstract


The sun was setting last night as I was returning from a weekend assignment.  As I passed under this bridge, the warm, low light caught my eye as it illuminated the underside of the bridge.

I was tired.  In fact, I was dead meat. However, I learned a long time ago to NEVER pass up an opportunity, because I ALWAYS regret it.  Always.  I may not always get a memorable photograph, but who cares?  If I don't stop, I got nothin'.  So I sucked it up, hopped out and had some fun with it.  And I was glad I did.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Coke Habit


I have a feeling I've just attracted a new pool of readers with that title. Sorry to disappoint the newbies that may have just joined in, but this is Dan talking...and my habit is the soft drink version. That's about as radical as I get. Quite the bad a$$, eh?


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Welcome to Spring



One inch of snow today. Go figure. I guess I jinxed myself with my "Winter's Last Gasp" post. Winter is still gasping in Michigan.

Give it up, Old Man.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

The New Spirit of St. Louis


I just returned from an assignment -- a little one-night-stand in the heartland. I couldn't resist the temptation of seeing one of the great American monuments - The Gateway Arch, also known as the Gateway to the West. Seeing it in-person was stunning. It was designed by one of my all-time favorite Architect/Designers - Finnish/American Eero Saarinen. Unfortunately, Saarinen passed away four years before his masterpiece was completed.

The Gateway Arch is the tallest monument in The United States, standing 630 feet tall.


Monday, March 15, 2010

My Fair Lady



Saturday, March 13, 2010

Winter's Last Gasp


The ice and snow are gone now, but before they disappeared, I took one more run at Old Man Winter. This ice sculpture is actually about the size of a dime. The blue is reflected from the sky. And each tiny yellow/orange jewel is a reflection of the setting sun.


Wednesday, March 10, 2010




Sunday, March 7, 2010

Snow Shadow Self-Portrait

Icey-35 copy

There was a time when my camera would hibernate for the winter. Now I cannot get enough of it. I love the contrast, the shadows, the sparkle. Now that Old Man Winter is on his last legs, I find myself in a panic to see what I can see. Turns out that yesterday morning I saw myself.


Friday, March 5, 2010

Farmer Murphy


I knocked off work a little early today. I had a little gift to deliver.

I stopped by to see Farmer Murphy. A couple years ago, I asked him if I could photograph his barn. He graciously agreed. Now, some two years later, I'm finally doing what I should have done two years ago. I had a print framed for him and I hand delivered it today. To say he liked it would be an understatement. I think he had forgotten I ever set foot on his property, so today was a total surprise to him.

A good friend of mine is an author and design professor at a Big Ten university. He always impresses upon me that we should be aware of design in every thing we do. It makes our world a more beautiful place. I think he is so right. The scene above is a marvelous example of Farmer Murphy doing exactly that. Great job, Farmer Murphy. Thanks for your beautiful gift.

If you want to read a great (brief) story about his barn, check out my original post:

Previously posted as: Old Color


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Best Light of the Day


The best light of the day happens in the first and last hour of daylight.

As I headed for home tonight, my camera was ready to roll. It's rare that we have sun this time of year, so I knew I had a chance of seeing some great light. In addition, we have a lot of lake-effect weather in Michigan. The clouds can be amazing...and such was the case tonight. Great light, great clouds and a great old barn.


Monday, March 1, 2010

Patterns of Winter - Revisited - #7


Hey, what can I say? It's still winter around here. I'm ready for it to go away, but until it does, I'm gonna keep workin' it.

There was a time when my personal work slowed to a crawl during the winter. Now I couldn't turn it off even if I wanted to. And I don't want to. It's my momentum play. Big Mo...don't let it go.