Well it’s finally happening. The old farmhouse is starting to get knocked over. We are very excited to start rebuilding our new home and studio.
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog post about photo retouching and editing.
In my opinion, editing and retouching and half of the work/art that goes into any photograph.
The is the case with professional photos and even amateur photos shot with your phone.
We believe in this so strongly that ALL of the images that we provide to our clients are edited to some degree.
Last friday, we took our kids to the cider mill in Lapeer.
I shot a few pics with my iphone and just wanted to show the dramatic difference between an out-of-camera image and an edited image.
Here are just two before/after samples:
As many of you know, after the fire at our farm house 8 months ago, we’ve gone through a lot of changes both personally and professionally. We are in the process of rebuilding a new home/studio there. In the interim, our family of 5 is living with my in-laws who have been very gracious to host us. Their house is in Metamora.
Since I used to live/work from home, this is my first time commuting to work in over 7 years. We have a temporary studio location in Orion, MI near the Palace. It’s about a 30 minute drive to/from Metamora depending on traffic.
As much as I (and everyone else in the world) don’t like commuting to work, I had something unexpected happen.
The first 15 minutes of my drive to work in the morning is through farm country between Metamora and Oxford. Driving through the open fields as the sun rises has been oddly therapeutic and enjoyable as it’s an incredibly beautiful drive.
One of my favorite things to do is go on road trips and just drive the open road and appreciate the landscape. I haven’t been able to do that for a while so this commute is somewhat filling that void.
Last week we had a slower week at work and the weather was looking absolutely perfect. One of the benefits of home schooling and working for yourself is flexibility. So, we decided to take advantage of that. We packed the boys in the van, found a cheap hotel downtown on Hotwire and hit the road!
We surely had an abundance of beautiful weather!!
We checked in at the Howard Johnson downtown and were super impressed that they had on-location parking AND it was free which is crazy for a downtown location. Some of the hotels I checked into were $50 per night just for parking. I liked FREE better.
We started our trip at the Shedd Aquarium.
The boys definitely enjoyed it but to be honest, it wasn’t all that it was hyped up to be. The water show with the Beluga Whales was hugely disappointing as all they did is swim around and splash the water. They also have a dolphin show there which would have been much more entertaining but they don’t let you choose which show you go to. Instead they just assign you a time.
Either way, kids always love marine life so they had a great time looking at everything. As part of their homeschooling, they had to choose one thing that they wanted to learn about. Mayz chose the Japanese spider crab:
All the little marine life is so unique.
We had also signed up to see one of their 4D movies and right when we got in there and sat down, they had a fire drill so we had to leave the museum.
Next it was on to the field museum and the bros were really excited to see the dinosaurs!
The dinosaur exhibit was definitely impressive!!
Overall, the kids were more interested in playing with the interactive ipads than they were in looking at the actual historical stuff.
That evening we went to Navy Pier and had a nice ride on the ferris wheel overlooking the city.
The boys did a couple of the rides.
The next day we started out at Millennium park. I’m not sure the name of this exhibit, but the kids got a kick out of the moving faces.
No visit to Chicago is complete without a trip to “The Bean”
There’s just something about cityscapes that has always caught my eye. Even during the middle of the day, they have a unique beauty.
Our last, and by far the most favorite stop, was the Museum of Science and Industry.
Everywhere we looked, there was something cool to look at and LOTS of interactive exhibits for the kids to learn stuff.
We took full advantage of the museum and did an Omnimax show, an educational coal mine tour, and a German submarine tour.
We even enjoyed the fun house mirrors.
I think we were all most impressed with the German U-505 submarine. The only one ever captured in world war 2. It was impressive to say the least.
We did a tour of the inside and were amazed by all the things we saw. Like how the sleeping quarters and torpedo room were the same space.
Everywhere we went in the museum there was so many neat things to see and do. I would definitely recommend it and we will surely go back!
This afternoon we took the kids out to Willow Run airport to watch the Thunder Over Michigan air show.
As a child, my family would go to that and it was always a highlight of the summer.
Unfortunately we missed a few of the early aerobatic pilots but we still got to see a lot of awesome planes and helicopters.
This type of photography is something that I really enjoy and it’s nice to do a personal project once in a while.
We were glad that all the pilots landed safely today!
Here’s a few of my favorite pics from today: