James Kirkpatrick


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Franks ETC

One of my best friends in Michigan was always an entrepreneur and often it revolved around food. On a recent visit to Michigan I had a chance to catch up with him. “The Hot Dog Guy” caters events with his vintage VW pickup & trailer. People love it for a lot of reasons. The hot dogs and sausages are as good as it gets, just like you remember from your childhood. Bill is always there and seems to know everybody. And, it’s just great fun.  Continue reading

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Red & Green

Walking through a shopping center in Rochester Hills I saw  this tree against a false front for a store remodel. The color contrast spoke to me.

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Welcome to Michigan

After 7 hours in 2 big aluminum tubes and a long drive we are back where we started to visit with family & friends. We had dinner near by our hotel and were greeted by the sunset above. My other first impression is that it’s soooo greeeeen. As a Californian used to “golden” hills, it’s hard to believe the abundance of green.

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Photo Restoration

As I learn more and more Photoshop & Lightroom techniques the work of restoring older photographs has become easier. This photo is of my dear wife and her family as they came to America on the SS Maasdam or Ryndam (we’re not sure which name is correct) out of Rotterdam. She’s the cutie in dark glasses. Bringing it back to B&W from the yellowed print was easy enough and bringing out more detail made it look almost new.

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Western Bluebirds

JCK_150411_0510Bluebirds have always been elusive for me. I catch sight of one and in a flash it’s gone. On a recent trip to Heather Farm Community Park I got a chance to get pretty close. A long lens helps. I was grateful. Oddly enough when I got home and set to work on my camping trailer, a Bluebird alit on the fence just outside the window. He kept flying into the window with a thump. When I looked outside I noticed that the windows are mirror coated so I surmise that he was attacking what he thought was an intruder. Later, I caught him on the handle of a wheelbarrow.

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Rush Creek reflection

Around the June lake loop lies Silver Lake and Rush Creek that feeds it. We were looking for reflections and this jumped out at us after 2 hours of tramping around. The color was close to being “peak” but not quite there. I was particularly happy with the way the sunbeams came out.

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Eastern Sierras trip

As a last hurrah before my knee surgery, my son and I camped for 4 days at June Lake in the eastern Sierras. Our object was fall color as the Eastern Sierra has the most of what passes for Fall Color in California. As I turned out, most of our favorite images were of other things. Continue reading