June 30, 2006
BuildingsOfDetroit.com brings us this amazing set of photos of Detroit’s annual Freedom Festival Fireworks show, presented from the David Broderick Tower. View the whole set as a slideshow because they are some amazing photos (and fireworks)!
June 29, 2006
btezra lives in Pittsburgh, and it’s always a treat when he brings his camera to Michigan. The above photo is one of many by a group of photographers who took photos…
The skies made a huge difference this past Saturday, it’s hard to muck up an exposure when the sunshine is abundant and the skies are clear.
The Dequindre Cut is quite a sight to see in person, urban decay mixed in with the hope and promise of development and a place for the city to cherish and enjoy. Graffiti is everywhere; the vibrant colors enhance the experience while there. I hope to make it back sometime soon.
He says big=better
June 28, 2006
Tom McCall is a member of the 73+ year-old Twin City Camera Club (of St. Joseph & Benton Harbor). I met Tom over the weekend, and even though the St. Joe North Pier Light is disproportionally featured in our lighthouse photos (I promise to address this!), I think it’s a great shot to use introduce you to both Tom and the TCCC.
So, visit club, view their many galleries and learn more about them. You’ll see a link on the right bar to the TCCC – we’re also going to be linking to other clubs (Michigan only) and representatives may want to send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 27, 2006
Gibson, Inc., General Assembly Room, 1936. “One section of the general assembling room.” Photographed by Mamie L. Austin.
Visit the Gibson, Inc. Photo Gallery at the Kalamazoo Public Library for many more photos and a brief history of Gibson in Kalamazoo (includes suggested reading!).
In 1898, Orville Gibson was awarded the patent for an “Improved Mandolin,” using principles that could be applied also to “guitars, mandolas, and lutes.” The invention was that of a back, neck, and ribs structure carved from one piece of wood, with an arched soundboard and slightly hollowed neck … This archtop guitar design, influenced by violin construction, marked the beginning of a significant development in American guitar making.
Read more and see some photos at Guitar by Orville Gibson at the National Music Museum. Also check out History of Gibson from Gibson, Inc. and this page from FlyingVintage.com with information and pics of the Kalamazoo factory.
The Gibson section is just one of over 100 short stories and tours of historic photographs and information about the people, places, events and businesses of Kalamazoo in the Kalamazoo Public Library’s Clarence L. Miller Family Local History Room.
June 26, 2006
June 24, 2006
This picture wasn't exactly what I expected when I went looking for the most popular "michigan beach" picture on Flickr from the summer 2005.
Perhaps there's a message in there about respecting the power of the Great Lakes when enjoying them in the summer. It's always sad for me when I hear about someone who got caught in a riptide and drowned while enjoying swimming in the waves.
Water Safety & Rip Currents from Michigan Sea Grant has some great advice for how to avoid rip currents (which apparently grab 40,000 swimmers a year from US beaches and are deadlier than lightning or tornados). They also tell you how to handle yourself if you do get caught in one of these powerful currents: stay calm, don’t fight the current and swim parallel to the shoreline.
June 23, 2006
The Lake Michigan beach near (in?) Muskegon.
On a totally unrelated note, Exposure.Detroit has their Premier Opening TONIGHT (June 23, 2006) at Karras Bros. Tavern in Detroit. A number of photographers who have been featured on Michigan in Pictures are in the show and you can get all the details at the link above. Enjoy your weekend!
June 22, 2006
Sculpture in the Frederik Meijer Gardens Park by Kenneth Snelson "B-Tree II" in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Sarah also took a shot using her sunglasses as a filter.
You can see the many more sculptures in the gardens and get a ton more information at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park web site.
June 21, 2006
June 20, 2006
This is part of a great set of photos by Lauren, who says:
Pictures of Old Tiger Stadium, which will be demolished to make way for a business district in Corktown. I attended my first Tigers game here in July of 1993 at the age of 9 with my dad. I remember that it was the Tigers vs. the Kansas City Royals. Dad and I had Grandstand seats, and I remember the electric atmosphere and the bleacher creatures doing their thing over in the bleacher.