Change Is Hard

…but change is certain.

Looking for the night sky


Most of the time photography is an offshoot of travel for me. We travel to see a different part of the world or to visit family and friends or to attend an event. Photography just happens along the way.

Inviting path.

This time it was different. This time the reason for the trip was photography. And more than that, it was to learn about night photography.

Hello Lake!

So you’d think I’d have some night photos to share with all of you. But I don’t. I have possibly one shot I’d share with you, and I’m not proud of that one either. Mostly I have a whole lot of crazy nothing in particular, error filled, photos.

But I’ll tell you what, I learned a ton.

Pulling me toward the lake.

The weather wasn’t conducive to being outside at night in November in northern Michigan. We had wind that only grew stronger as the evening approached. We had rain that turned into sleet and snow. Obviously we had no stars to focus on.

Stripes of color.

So there will be no star shots in this blog post. But I have every intention of going out some clear winter night and attempting it again. Preferably when there aren’t gale force winds or driving sleet.

November on the Lake.

I am also struggling with the loss of my familiar Photoshop editing program. When my laptop died I was lucky that husband was able to retrieve my documents and photos. But the Lightroom he reinstalled looks different than what I remember, and to be honest, I never used Lightroom because I found it too complicated. I used Photoshop all the time and that didn’t get reinstalled.

I wish I could lighten this up.

So I really really need to read my Lightroom book and figure stuff out. Because until then I can’t straighten horizons or fix the light, or paint out errors. You’ll have to live with the photos as they came out of the camera. Sometimes that’s good. Sometimes not so much.

Bye bye Lake! See you next time.

The images in this post were taken during the few hours I had free while I was up near Traverse City. Lake Michigan was it’s traditional turquoise, there were interesting clouds, and of course my favorite lighthouses.

Also one last barn.

I could’t resist stopping for this one.

I’m debating if I should show you the night images. It would be a study in what not to do. It might provide a bit of levity to your day.

I’ll think about it.

The sun sets on a wonderful weekend.

Author: dawnkinster

I'm a long time banker having worked in banks since the age of 17. I took a break when I turned 50 and went back to school. I graduated right when the economy took a turn for the worst and after a year of library work found myself unemployed. I was lucky that my previous bank employer wanted me back. So here I am again, a long time banker. Change is hard.

16 thoughts on “Looking for the night sky

  1. Hi Dawn
    Love your pictures! My fav is the one of the lighthouse and water crashing behind…it says you wish you could lighten it up.
    Sorry about your photoshop loss. There is a free software that does most of what photoshop can called GIMP
    This may solve your problem and be easier to use that lightroom.
    Happy Thanksgiving!


  2. Lovely photos. The one you want to lighten up—I would just contrast it a bit. It’s my favorite. I would love to see night images.


  3. Great photos! There is also Photoshop Elements, a baby photoshop, and a whole lot cheaper. My son loves Lightroom, so I got it a few years ago, but haven’t used it much. I always end up in PSE.


  4. I love these shots of the Lake, and learning they came out of your camera as is only makes them more interesting. What a shame about the Photoshop — I know how hard it is, getting used to one program then having to learn another.


  5. I love all your images especially the first and last. I feel like I was on this journey with you


  6. I struggle a lot with night photography, but I suppose if I keep trying, I’ll eventually learn how to get it right! 🙂


  7. I used to vacation near Travers City as a kid, on a small lake.


  8. I actually really like the photos, but yes, there is something different about them that I can’t quite put my finger on. 🙂

    I don’t blame you – that weather sounds awful to be standing out there and taking pics in. I would have been like, “oh hell no!”


  9. Your images are all beautiful, Dawn. I’d like to see your night shots, but understand if you don’t want to post them. I don’t usually jump at the chance to post my mistakes (although I have done it from time to time because sometimes that’s all I have to show for time spent somewhere).


  10. These are beautiful clicks, Dawn. All of them are special and beautifully composed!


  11. If you show the failed night shots, we can probably learn from them, too, but of course it’s up to you. I love that stripes of color photo in today’s post. And I too am suffering Photoshop withdrawal on my new laptop. I feel your pain! But Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂


  12. Now that I have my replacement tablet up and running and can access my blogging email again I’m getting caught up on some blog reading. (Though after a month I’ve had to skip most!) But for some reason I can no longer click the like button. Irritating.

    Anyway, it’s too bad the weather didn’t cooperate for night photography but you got some nice photos of the stormy lake. Such beautiful colors in the water and sand.


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