Let’s Rally For The Motor City – Help Build and Revitalize Neighborhoods

July 11, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Recently I was approached by Lamaria Sapp concerning an image of mine taken at the abandoned Packard Plant.  We discussed what her interest was in the image and how she was trying to raise funds for the Greening of Detroit and Focus: Hope, two great organizations here in the Motor City.  She has started a site on Rally.org where visitors to the site can pledge to help these organizations.  I would encourage all who live, work and or play in the great city to check out her fund raising campaign and see what you can do to help.  There will be frequent updates and chances to continue communication with the cause so check it out frequently. 

Please visit these links:

Detroit: Reviving the Motor City

http://ral.ly/t/979874

Facebook Page

https://www.facebook.com/DetroitRevivingTheMotorCity


Decay of Eastown Theater a Photo Essay

June 27, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Recently I was approached by a Contributing Editor, Shenyah Webb, for Nailed, an online magazine.  She inquired about my images from the Eastown Theatre on VanDyke and Harper in Detroit, MI.  It is an abandoned theater that once was a jewel in the city and hosted some of the biggest rock bands in history during its time.  Shenyah wanted to do a photo essay with my images as the backdrop to tell a story for what has become of this great venue.  I gladly accepted the offer and you will find the article by clicking here and going to Nailed’s site.

DECAY OF EASTOWN THEATER BY MIKE BOENING

EDITOR SHENYAH WEBBPHOTOGRAPHYJUNE 25TH, 2013

Nailed Magazine is an arts and culture magazine that features candid writing, interviews, letters, photography, poetry, fiction, comics, and more. We are interested in passionate, raw, and challenging stories that are not typically told in online zines.

I am confident I will work with Nailed again and look forward to it as it's a first class e magazine and offers a different twist to reporting and feature stories.  You should check them out in the future.    

 


Think Tank Launches Mirrorless Camera Bag Collection

May 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

Having just stepped into the world of Mirrorless Cameras with my new Olympus OMD I am happy to see that Think Tank, my favorite bag manufacturer has launched a series of bags to compliment them.  Check these out....

Our friends at Think Tank Photo just announced their first camera bag collection for Mirrorless cameras, the Mirrorless Movers™.  The Mirrorless Movers come in four sizes that range in size from the Mirrorless Mover 5, which fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached, up to the Mirrorless Mover 30i, which fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses and an iPad.

As is their design philosophy, Think Tank placed a premium on quality.  The new bags utilize metal hardware instead of plastic buckles, and only high quality fabrics, YKK zippers and a new, magnetic closure.  In the words of their president and lead designer Doug Murdoch, “The Mirrorless Movers offer photographers quality in their camera bags worthy of their investment in these sophisticated, expensive camera systems.”

When you click on this special link you will receive free gear with all orders of $50 or more and free shipping on all orders if you order by May 31, 2013.

think tank bags, mirrorless

The four sizes are:

·         The Mirrorless Mover 5 fits one small size mirrorless body with a small telephoto or pancake lens attached. It is sized for the Canon EOS–M, Leica D–Lux, Nikon 1 series, Olympus E–PM2, E–PL5, EP–3, Panasonic GF3, Sony NEX–C3, or similar sized bodies.

·         The Mirrorless Mover 10 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus one to two lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.

·         The Mirrorless Mover 20 fits one medium size mirrorless body plus two to three lenses and additional accessories. It is sized for the Leica V–Lux, Olympus OM–D E–M5, Panasonic G3, GF5, GH2, Samsung NX5, NX11, NX210, Sony NEX–5, NEX–6, NEX–7, or similar sized/smaller bodies.

·         The Mirrorless Mover 30i fits one medium to large size mirrorless body plus two to four lenses, iPad, and additional accessories or a small–size DSLR and one to three small telephoto lenses or primes. It is sized for the Fuji X–Pro 1, Leica M8, Panasonic GH3 or similar sized/smaller bodies. Small DSLRs: Canon Rebel, Nikon D3200/D5200, Sony SLT–A55/A37 or similar sized bodies. 

 

 

Check them out by clicking here 


A Visit to the Fisher Building “Detroit’s Largest Art Object”

April 02, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

This past weekend I had the pleasure to attend a tour of a Detroit Gem, The Fisher Building.  The tour was provided for free by Pure Detroit which operates one of its retail stores out of the first floor of the glorious building.  The building is an amazing work of art as soon as you walk in and view the extremely decorated vaulted ceilings which capture the sun light in numerous ways making them look even larger and more opulent as you walk around looking up at them.  The tour was given by George Malloy who knew the Fisher inside and out.  He took the group of 20 or so for at least an hour going from the initial building stages all the way to the top on the 26th floor. 

 

Some great facts about that building were:

  • Opened September 1, 1928
  • It is 441 feet tall
  • Almost every floor is built with an array of amazing Mosaics, marbles, painted ceilings and brass and bronze are everywhere you look.
  • The Fisher brothers were an amazing group giving millions to countless charities.
  • Construction only took 15 months.

Check out some of the images I took here and look at all of them on my gallery page for the visit.

If you have a chance to take this tour I would highly recommend doing it.  Not only will you learn more about our great city but you will also have the chance to view it up close and take some pictures for those memories.


Capture Detroit - Make a Memory

March 07, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

Yesterday the Blog, “Visit Detroit – Experience in The D”, wrote an article about taking pictures in the D and the many great iconic images we have to do so.  I was happy that they featured my Spirit of Detroit Image I took last fall during the World Series while it was being played here in Detroit and thought I would share a few others to show they were right on the money when they said there is no shortage of great images in Detroit to bring that camera out and have some fun.  Whether it’s cold and snowing or hot and humid there is always something great going on in Detroit worth using your camera to capture a Memory.  Use an iPhone, point & shoot or DSLR it doesn’t matter as long as you capture the image to remember your experience in the D.

Here are a few of my images I captured over the last several months: (please browse photo assignments link for more)

The Spirit Of Detroit

The Renaisance Center - GM World HQ

Hart Plaza

Joe Louis Statue in Cobo Center Lobby

Greenfield Village at Night - Late December

 

These are only a few of the iconic images Detroit has to offer.  So the next time you are in the D bring that camera and share those pictures.  Visit Detroit has an easy way to do that too on their Twitter @visitdetroit by including the hashtag #DepictTheD.  Now stop reading and take a ride downtown and capture some images...

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