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Wonderous West Shore
Wonderous West Shore
My dad and I wait all year for the middle of October. It is our favorite time of year to make photographs in Michigan because the quality of the light is the best. We call it "magic light" when it is raining, but the sun is out. Looking over Lake Michigan, I could see a storm front making its way towards us, so I waited on the beach in Pentwater for over an hour for two minutes of "magic light".
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Incredible Ludington
Incredible Ludington
After running as fast as I could to get to the west side of the Ludington Waterfront Sculpture Park, I turned around and this is the view that greeted me Sunday evening. For a few moments, I was so focused on the double rainbow, I didn't see the reflection of the rainbow on the water at Harbor View Marina. When I did spot it I quickly made this image, thinking the rainbow would fade away any second. I and countless others were blessed to savor it for several more minutes.
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Thumbs Up
Thumbs Up
My grandpa, Bud Reed, always gave a thumbs up as his sign of approval. The last few years of his life, he could not hear very well. The thumbs up was often his way of letting you know he understood what you were trying to say.
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God\'s Light
God's Light
At least once more in my lifetime I would like the privilege of photographing a moment as power-packed as this one I witnessed in September 1997. I was as charged as the air about me as an enormous storm cloud fired lightning bolts faster than a giant Gattling gun and swept across Lake Michigan toward my vantage point on the Ludington shoreline. I believe recording this magnificent moment was God's will. We named it "God's Light."
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Big Waves on Lake Superior Cropped Vertical (4309)
Big Waves on Lake Superior Cropped Vertical (4309)
Big Waves on Lake Superior Cropped Vertical
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Big Waves on Lake Superior (4309)
Big Waves on Lake Superior (4309)
Big Waves on Lake Superior
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Gitche Gumee
Gitche Gumee
Gitche Gumee
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Michigan Lightning
Michigan Lightning
I was in awe of the giant bolts of lightning striking Lake Michigan as I stood on the beach at the end of Ludington Avenue during a fierce September electrical storm. One massive bolt after another came crashing down and I was lucky enough to capture one that split on both sides of the lighthouse. When I downloaded the photo the next day, my dad quickly noticed that the bolt looked like the lower peninsula of Michigan.
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Positive Energy
Positive Energy
One of the best lightning storms I have witnessed in my lifetime showed up on my wife Debbie's birthday, September 4, 2014. We were guests at my Aunt Carol Garneau's home on the Lake Michigan shoreline in Ludington harbor. While photographing bolt after bolt as cells of the storm rolled past me for more than an hour, this granddaddy of them all exploded over the Ludington lighthouse. I made the time-exposure image from an open window of Auntie Carol's second floor art room. I named it Positive Energy because she was always so positive and lit up the world with her presence.
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Storm Front
Storm Front
Batten down the hatches! Storm clouds tumbling mixer-style steamroll threateningly ashore along the Lake Michigan shoreline on a June afternoon. This scene and the "Hot Pink" scene are among the hundreds of spectacular big sky views I have witnessed from my home near the Lake Michigan shoreline south of Ludington. They reflect the similar amazing scenes that unfold frequently all along the shores of Lake Michigan.
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Amidst the Fury
Amidst the Fury
Amidst the Fury
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Turbulence in Paradise
Turbulence in Paradise
Turbulence in Paradise
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Gale Force - Panoramic
Wind contorts my face, waves roar and crash just short of the feet of my tripod, sun gleams and dances across the water, clouds paint the sky. I am in my glory. This is as good as it gets for a Lake Michigan photographer. These are the days I dream about and rarely experience. This is one of the best moments of life. My camera records it so I and others can experience it again and again.
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Electric Landscape - Panoramic
My dad and I have found that the best way to photograph lightning is using the longest exposure possible for the given situation. This photograph is a 30-second exposure at F8 and an ISO of 100. It was shot on a sturdy tripod that could withstand the 30 miles-per-hour winds. This fierce thunderstorm headed north very quickly and it took out power in Manistee, Michigan.
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Storm Chaser
Storm Chaser
I had been in the indoor swimming pool with my kids all afternoon at my dad and stepmom's new condo and not paying attention to the sky. Our employee, Aubry Healy, texted me a cell phone shot she had made up near Onekama of some pretty awesome clouds. I told the kids it was time to go upstairs and get changed. When we got upstairs and looked out over Lake Michigan, my jaw hit the ground and I went into full "storm chaser" mode. I knew I had missed my chances of getting a good shot in Ludington, but I calculated that if I drove down to Little Sable Point Lighthouse near Silver Lake, I might be able to get the shelf cloud over the lighthouse. After a long 30-minute drive, I was in position waiting for the storm and shelf cloud to arrive. Within 15 more minutes, the rolling clouds were upon me. I was on the bright side of the storm so the lighthouse was lit in magic light. I waited until the cloud was in just the right location in relation to the top of the lighthouse and clicked the shutter. My grin was from ear to ear as my heart was racing with excitement. My dad and I live to chase Lake Michigan storms!
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Bizarre Sky
Bizarre Sky
Bizarre Sky
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Birthday Bash
Birthday Bash
My grandpa, Bud Reed, would have turned 93 today. Earlier today we dedicated a sculpture in his honor in the new Veteran's Mall in Stearns Beach in downtown Ludington. I felt my grandpa's presence on the Lake Michigan shoreline as I was making this image. I love this photograph and believe it is one of the best I have ever captured.
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Epic Manistee Blast
Epic Manistee Blast
Epic Manistee Blast
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Fuel Injected
Fuel Injected
Yesterday my dad and I stood on the north shore of Grand Haven for almost six hours and photographed during the storm. The waves were running 15 feet with an occasional 18-footer. This was the largest wave we saw all day hit the lighthouse and it was well over 20 feet tall. The spray went over 100 feet in the air. I named the photo "Fuel Injected" because after shooting, on the drive back home to Ludington last night, my dad said that having all that wind in his face for so long made him feel alive and fuel injected.
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