Capturing the Perfect Sunset

Sunset at Grand Haven Pier - Photo credit - Johnny Quirin

Sunset at Grand Haven Pier

Johnny Quirin, a contributing photographer for Michigan Travel Ideas, shares his experience trying to photograph the Grand Haven Pier at sunset.

“F8 and be there”— it’s a phrase used by photographers. Be at the right place, at the right time, with your camera in hand. F8 is a setting on the camera that refers to an aperture setting on the lens. But, it’s the “being there” that counts. I have been trying to capture a Grand Haven sunset since I moved to the area almost 10 years ago. The problem is that I live 10 miles inland, which makes the trek to the beach too long when inspiration strikes.

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14 Amazing Michigan Beach Photos

With over 3,200 miles of coastline and 11,000 inland lakes, you’re never far from the beach in Michigan. In fact, sandy shores are so ubiquitous in the state that a change of motto may be in order, “If you seek a pleasant beach, look about you.”

We’ve rounded up 14 photos of some very pleasant Michigan beaches. If you have beach photos of your own to share, post them on our Facebook and Twitter pages, we’d love to see them! Continue reading

10 Michigan Camping Photos We Love

Whether you’re in a cabin, tent, or RV, there are many ways to get your camp on in Pure Michigan. We reached deep into our Flickr archives to share with you some of our favorite camping images. Have one of your own to share? Post it on our Facebook page or send us a Tweet! Don’t forget to check out our camping infographic to learn more about camping in Michigan.

You can take a hiking trip and quickly set-up a tent at the end of the day.

Camping on Isle Royale - Flickr photo credit - Chris Arace

Camping on Isle Royale

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