Today’s photos are from Lower Herring Lake in Arcadia, MI. Depths ranged from 8-20’, with most of the “action” taking place around 12’ as there was a nice drop off with lots of vegetation and fish.
Friday, August 12, 2022
Wednesday, August 10, 2022
Tuesday, August 9, 2022
After a couple of days of rain, this is the first chance I’ve had to post any images from northern Michigan at Lower Herring Lake. These were taken this morning while snorkeling in front of our cottage to get a sense of the water clarity. It’s fun to be back in the water with a camera!
The settings for the following are a mixture of Auto and Manual settings, using a 20mm lens and dome port using ambient light and auto white balance. Depths ranged from 2-12 ft. Water temps were in the 70s all the way to the bottom!
Sunday, March 6, 2022
After working on underwater images over the past couple of weeks, I decided to dig further into other images from our trip, including many taken at a number of nature preserves we visited. I came across some good reference of alligators sunning at the edge of a pond in the Audubon Corkscrew Sanctuary in Naples FL. It is a unique environment with a boardwalk that spans four different ecosystems, providing an abundance of birds, plants, insects and in this case, reptiles. Due to development, areas such as this are becoming rare, so it is worth visiting and supporting if you are planning a trip to that area.
|Alligator Sunning, Watercolor, 5.5" x 8.5"|
Technique and Materials
Here are the materials I've been using for all the sketches I've posted over the past couple of weeks.
I am using a mix of Daniel Smith, Windsor Newton, Cottman, Aquarelle tube watercolors in a plastic folding palette. Colors are arranged by hue, which I've labelled in the tray but are as follows:
- Ivory Black, White, Payne's Gray, Davey's Gray
- Van Dyke Brown, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber
- Yellow Ochre, Cad Orange, Cad Yellow, Cad Yellow Light, Naples Yellow
- Windsor Violet, Rose Madder, Alizarin Crimson, Windsor Red, Scarlet Lake
- Hookers Green Dark, Windsor Green, Sap Green, Terre Verte, Serpentine Green (in one of the mixing areas)
- Indigo, Prussian Blue, Cerulean Blue, Ultramarine Blue
Monday, February 28, 2022
Over the past week, I've been sorting through the hundreds of photos taken on our trip, selecting images and topics that I'd like to explore further. As part of that process, I've been creating small pencil thumbnails and oil sketches, to develop some of the themes prior to completing larger versions.
Today's post includes a few of these explorations, all of which were inspired by real-life experiences.
|Master and Commander, Oil on panel, 6 x 12"|
|Threat from Above, Oil on panel, 6" x 12"|
|Smooth Trunk Fish, Oil panel, 9" x 10"|
Monday, February 21, 2022
The winds died down a bit on Friday, so we decided to jump in for a final photo session before leaving to return home the following day. The water was a balmy 81 degrees so no need for a wet suit. We took a variety of photos, to capture the feeling of the reef as well as the different types of fish we’ve come to know over the past two weeks.
We bid a fond farewell to the beautiful waters that surround this island and will remember our experiences here always.
|Can you find the trunk fish?|
Thursday, February 17, 2022
|Surging surf, watercolor |
|Sunrise, North Point beach|
|Clouds at sunrise, North Point beach|
|Moray eel, trapped in tide pool |
waiting for high tide
|Smith’s Barcadere, Grand Cayman|
|Blue tangs, Smith’s Barcadere|
|Scorpionfish, Smith’s Barcadere|
|Sargassum weed, washed ashore during a storm|