Saturday, February 26, 2011

An emotional night

Thursday marked the last women's basketball home game of the season at Crisler Arena and they certainly went out with a bang! With seconds on the clock and down by three points, senior Veronica Hicks took a nearly half-court shot at the basket
and beat the buzzer in dramatic fashion, sending the game into one of two overtime periods. In the end, Michigan loss to
Minnesota, 82-78 and it was nothing short of a thriller.

Head coach Kevin Borseth is clearly an emotion guy. Below are a few photos capturing the emotions he was feeling as the
game unraveled.

Here Borseth kneels at the feet of an official, holding his head in frustration after a call that didn't go his way. It's an unusual moment to say the least.
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The game also marked the last night for senior Veronica Hicks, who just happened to make a buzzer beater on her final
night in the arena.
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Photos in this post © 2011

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Saturday in Detroit - Eastern Market

Whenever I have a Saturday off, I instantly think of Eastern Market in Detroit. This past Saturday was no different!

Found some really beautiful light where this vendor was set up. Sometimes it pays to wake up early! ;)
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A surprise passenger!
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A couple of frames while waiting on the People Mover platform. 
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Photographing Shannon and Tony

Shannon, a well educated, traveled and independent gal met Tony, a talented musician and educator while they were working
at the Detroit Symphony Orchestra in 2007. The pair became engaged after Tony was inspired to craft lyrics and a tune. He performed his musical proposal for Shannon while they were on vacation and the rest is history!  Shannon recently moved to Chicago to begin her career as an attorney while Tony finishes up his obligations in Michigan. While they may be living in different states for now, it's clear they are meant to be together!

Shannon and Tony fell in love in Detroit and they have some major love for Detroit. So where else would we shoot their engagement photos? We hit up Belle Isle and made some of my favorite photos of the day.
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I'm not sure if Shannon could smile any bigger in this photo! (Big ups for being extra prepared with boots suitable for running through the snow in mid-February!)
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Love that Detroit skyline!
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Definitely one of my favorites from our shoot! I couldn't decide between color or black and white, so you get both!
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A trip down memory lane. Shannon and Tony shared their first date at Comerica Park!
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We hit up Greektown and were welcomed with some sweet light!
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We ended our afternoon with a stop at Hart Plaza and some photos in front of the sculpture "Transcending."
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Congratulations, friends! Much love, laughter and happiness!
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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lo-fi photography

I've been playing with the camera in my phone lately. Sure it's gimmicky. But I am finding it a fun way to experiment with photography. Currently, I use filter applications to modify the images including lo-mob and I'm also checking out Instagram.


Gnome Phoneblog


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American Apparel

And really, it's just another excuse to photograph Lue. Cause can you really take too many photos of your fuzzy friends? I
think  not. :)
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Friday, February 4, 2011

Sno-lotta fun!

It was dubbed snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snOMG! and my personal favorite, snOprah Winfrey. Call it what you'd like, it was forecast to be one heck of a storm. So when the editors at asked me to do a time lapse to show the amount of snow we were to receive, I knew I had to think out of the box.  My initial reaction was to measure the snow with a yard stick. After realizing how boring that idea was, I quickly settled on a garden gnome, cause, what's more appropriate than a garden gnome?

After some ingenious troubleshooting, my friend Katie Bronson and I got Gnomey all snug and secure in his temporary home. Here he is at 6p.m. just before the snow began to fall.
Gnome 01

And again, after the snowtsunami. Even though we didn't get the 15 inches we expected, Sir Gnome was still
buried up to his neck around 10 a.m.
Gnome 02

For the photo nerds out there, the time lapse was shot at 1 frame per minute every minute for 16 hours. Aperture priority at f/5, ISO 500. All light is ambient, with the help of a back porch light to camera right.

Watch the time lapse below!

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