Turns Out I have a Blog!

     Well it turns out I'm pretty bad at keeping up with blogging. Based on the date of my last post it looks like I can handle an annual post here. If I filled you in on everything that I've done over the past year this would get rather lengthy and you'd eventually get bored and go back to playing your Pokémon Go. Needless to say I had a pretty fun year with and without the camera in my hand. I was able to take a couple trips to shoot some new locations and a lot of shooting locally. I'll share a little bit about the 2 trips today and try to keep up better going forward.

     Last July, about a week after my last post my wife and I went to Michigan's Upper Peninsula to see Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. If you haven't been there I highly recommend making a trip there yourself someday. I didn't even know about until about a month before we took the trip and I was shocked that there was a place so beautiful right in Michigan. The area has many hiking trails where you will find some amazing waterfalls and majestic views overlooking the water.

 Munising Falls, taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8

Munising Falls, taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8

 Miners Castle taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8

Miners Castle taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8

     They also offer boat cruises that will take you 32 miles round trip and you will see stunning colored cliffs, sea caves, and sandy beaches along the way. We took one of the late afternoon cruises and it did not disappoint. You can easily see all of the sights and you are able to move around the boat to take pictures from different vantage points. Below are a few of my favorites from the cruise.

 Indian Head taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8

Indian Head taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8

 Indian Drum taken with Olympus E-M1 and Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye

Indian Drum taken with Olympus E-M1 and Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye

 Taken with Olympus E-M1 and Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye

Taken with Olympus E-M1 and Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye

     The second trip we took was to sunny Arizona in February! It was my first time out west and it seemed like I was on a different planet. The mountains and views were spectacular! Not knowing the area very well I was lucky enough to hook up with my friend Alex McClure who is an amazing photographer based in Tempe. He took me all around the area and we spent an afternoon shooting everything from desert poppies to wild Mustangs.

 Desert Poppies taken with Olympus E-M1 M. Zuiko 8mm 1.8 Fisheye

Desert Poppies taken with Olympus E-M1 M. Zuiko 8mm 1.8 Fisheye

 Taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 40-150mm 2.8

Taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 40-150mm 2.8

     Another day my wife and I travelled to Sedona to see the Red Rocks. The drive from Tempe to Sedona was amazing. We drove up and through the mountains with unbelievable views throughout the trip. This shot was actually on the way back as the sun was setting. It turned out as my favorite from the trip.

 Mountain Drive taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8

Mountain Drive taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 12-40mm 2.8

 Cathedral Rock taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 40-150mm 2.8

Cathedral Rock taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 40-150mm 2.8

     Here are a couple more shots from Arizona that I really liked as well.

 Peak taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 8mm 1.8 Fisheye

Peak taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 8mm 1.8 Fisheye

 Salt River taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 8mm 1.8 Fisheye

Salt River taken with Olympus E-M1 and M. Zuiko 8mm 1.8 Fisheye

     Overall it was a great year highlighted by these 2 trips that I was fortunate enough to go on. I have a few more trips planned for 2016 and early 2017 that I'll be sure to post about in a more timely fashion. As always thank you for reading and sharing, stay tuned for more!