DLWS Great Lakes The Scouting Continues

The DLWS staff arrives at each and every location early to scout and find the best locations to take our group. Yes, we were here two years ago but, there was no fall color so, with color everywhere, our options for great shoots changes and we carefully search out what we feel are the best shooting opportunities both for great photos and to help solve challenges. Here are a few places we stopped to check out and while they were great options, we had to eliminate them for one reason or another…

Barn Pano Flat

While a great spot to aim our lenses, there is absolutely no parking.


Another picturesque lighthouse but, again, not an option as there are limited opportunities to keep us shooting for several hours.

_1XL9208 B&W

When we arrived, the clouds were dramatic with an ominous sky looking like an approaching storm. By the time we hit the end of the pier, the storm had begun to dissipate and the skies turned sunny. By simply turning the photograph into B&W using NIK Color Efex Pro 3, I was able to communicate more of the drama I saw when we first arrived. One of the challenges we cover at DLWS is not only how to capture the image using the creatively correct exposure with the appropriate aperture shutter speed combo and lens selection to capture the image as we see it but, we also go back into the classroom and share our techniques in finishing our images to bring our vision to life.


Of course, those who know me know that I simply can’t pass up a good reflection and the blue sky and white clouds the reflections were killer!

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm, AF-S 70-300mm VR on Lexar Digital Media.