This evening, my daughter and I took a walk around the Grand Haven, Michigan south pier, home of Grand Haven’s most famous landmarks, the lighthouse and tower. While walking around the beach, I asked a handful of random people if they would be so kind as to pose for an impromptu photo. To my surprise, I had a 100% positive rate, so thank you all for participating. Of the handful I photographed, these are 3 of my favorites.
A huge “thank you” to everybody who participated and shared a few moments of their time. I hope you all had a great evening! For those interested in viewing my “photo-a-day” project, you can see it on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/dan.harvell . You may need to be logged in to Facebook to view the page.
Went on a shoot with Alexis, this afternoon. Among other shots, we did an “action girl” series, in which it appears as though Alexis is climbing a mountain, or at the very least, a rock pile. The rock pile option isn’t too far from the truth, actually. My favorite shot taken during the “action girl” portion of the shoot follows.
My Review of Power2000 4 AA Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) 2900 mAH Rechargeable Batteries with 4- Hour AA & AAA Quick Charger, 110/220 volt.
Power2000 4 AA Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH) 2900 mAH Rechargeable Batteries with 4- Hour AA & AAA Quick Charger, 110/220 volt.
They Scare Me
Pros: Easy to Install
Cons: Fire hazard, Slow Recharge
Best Uses: Photography, Digital Photography, Travel, Portrait Photography
Describe Yourself: Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?: No
Like many other reviewers, I received my Power2000 recharger as part of a package deal with a flash gun. When I received the batteries, they were completely depleted of charge. This can be typical, so that didn’t bother me. After inserting the included batteries into the charger, allowing them to charge for 7 hours, I decided to remove the charger from the power outlet, only to find that the red lights were still on (indicating that the batteries are still charging) and that the recharger AND the batteries were both extremely hot. Just below the threshold of being too hot to handle with bare hands. The batteries were still extremely hot 15 minutes after removing the charger from household power. This concerns me, deeply, as it seems that this could be a fire hazard. The batteries, though the recharging unit indicated that the batteries were not fully charged, seem to function, well. I can’t comment on how long the charge is held, as I have yet to use them to their full capacity. Overall, I would say that, if you use this item, proceed with extreme caution.
To continue from last entry’s extreme sports theme, allow me to introduce you to Mariah. She is a RipStik master and, aside from the occasional twisted ankle, glides over the road as if on a layer of air. Her ride, however, is not a hovercraft, but ABEC-5 bearings that make the RipStik wheels turn like a precision machine.
Using a single strobe, modified with a softbox, Mariah stands well illuminated with a dramatic, cloud-filled sky as her backdrop (along with the road on which she shreds).
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Last night (24 May 2012), I went to Grand Haven, Michigan’s North Pier to catch what I hoped would be a spectacular sunset. Shortly after arriving at the pier, I realized that the tops of thunderstorms that had fired across Wisconsin had obscured the western sky, the sunset with it.
Luckily, a group of adventure seekers more than made up for the lack of sunset.
These kiteboaders combine speed and athleticism in a manner that makes the sport appear almost effortless, even when catching air, propelling them 20-30 feet skyward.
Nate, one of the kiteboarders with whom I briefly spoke, explained just one of the many beautiful aspects of the sport. That is, after the investment required to obtain the equipment, from that point forward, kiteboarding is free fun. Just suit up, strap in, and go. No membership fees, no pay-to-play requirements. Once you have the equipment, you’re set. A beautiful thing, for sure.
To get started, I would encourage you to visit Nate and his associates at Mac Kite in Grand Haven, MI. They will get you set up and ready to enjoy Lake Michigan in a way you never imagined!
It was a beautiful day for outdoor photos, today. Though it is only 22 February 2012, it feels more like late March – very spring like! The location where this photo was taken is one of my favorites, when it comes to urban background photography. This area has a good blend of graffiti, drain pipes, and other discarded material that just gives the area a certain atmosphere. Being that this is close to the Grand River, the area where this photo was taken offers many different atmospheres all in one convenient location. No shortage of options!
In terms of portraiture, one lighting technique I enjoy employing is using natural sunlight as a hair light / fill light, while using a daylight-balanced strobe as the key light. I find that this method allows the model’s face to be properly exposed, while the sun gives her hair a warm, beautiful, golden glow. An example of this technique in action would be in this photo I took, yesterday.
When traveling along Michigan’s Interstate-196, heading East from Holland, you will see trees. Lots and lots of trees. About a mile or so outside of Grand Rapids, however, those trees open to reveal an amazing view of the City On the Grand. The first time I witnessed this breathtaking view of Grand Rapids, I knew that it had to be photographed. Luckily, the unseasonably warm and snowless weather we in Michigan have enjoyed, thus far, made catching this shot possible. So, here it is – Grand Rapids, Michigan’s skyline at dusk when the city lights and the sky are balanced… from my favorite perspective of the city. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do:
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There are two new prints available in the 7:10 Studio Photography Online Store. The first new print is a breathtaking photo of a stormy sunset at Grand Haven, Michigan’s South Pier, with a textured sky to add a new dimension to an already beautiful photograph. The second photo is a a more serene depiction of Grand Haven’s South Pier with an early Autumn sunset fading into a star-filled night sky. Both prints are available on your choice of Kodak Endura Professional Paper, mounted on Artboard, or Fine Art Canvas mounted on 1/8-inch Masonite. All prints arrive at your door ready to hang on your wall out of the package.
I had a chance to hit the beach during one of Michigan’s windy days. I could not believe the beauty and the violence of Lake Michigan. It was a great experience that, quite literally, took my breath away!!!