The Milky Way at Otter Creek

August 27, 2017

I was out with a good friend to shoot a Milky Way photo and we ended up at Otter Creek Beach where the creek empties into Platte Bay in Benzie County.  This is just south of Empire, Michigan and part of the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore looking to the south.  It was a clear… View Article

Dramatic Windy Sunset At Point Betsie Lighthouse

August 5, 2017

I had finished a family photo shoot last evening and was near Point Betsie Lighthouse, it was very windy and the sunset looked like a colorful and dramatic one. Kind of a no brainer, eh? This is a 6 frame panoramic stitch and I had to keep wiping the lens filter between shots because of… View Article

Empire Bluff Trail Sunset Leelanau County

July 23, 2017

The Empire Bluff Trail is just south of Empire, Michigan in Leelanau County. It’s a fairly short hike from the parking area but rewards you with a spectacular view of the Lake Michigan coastline. To the south is Platte Bay point jutting into the lake and to the north is Sleeping Bear Dunes and South… View Article

Steve is now offering one-on-one photography workshops

July 10, 2017

If you are in the Benzie County area and wish to learn more about your camera, taking photographs and post production editing then perhaps I can help you. I will spend a few hours or even a day with you and working in the field and/or in my studio. Email me at sotasteve@charter.net or call… View Article

Beautiful sunrise over Platte River marsh area

July 6, 2017

I was out for a sunrise shot and drove past the Platte River marsh area along Deadstream Rd in Benzie County. The sun had just peeked above the treeline and this was shot at a small aperture to give the starburst effect from the sun. Prints can be ordered here: SUN215 Platte River Marsh Sunrise

Hot July summer day view of Lake Michigan

February 27, 2017

Here’s a photo from last summer to warm us up from the throws of winter. It a beautiful and subtle view out to Lake Michigan that showcase the vibrant hue of the water and sky as they blend yet create a deep blue delineation from each other. This photo is available to purchase here BD369… View Article

Beautiful Sunrise Over Frozen Crystal Lake

February 17, 2017

Crystal lake finally froze this week in mid February of 2017. This morning I was greeted with an amazing display of color shifting in tones from vibrant orange to yellow and then fading as the sun breached the horizon. Here are both a vertical single frame shot and a panoramic composite. Notice the several ice… View Article

Northwood Awakening is now showing in Frankfort Michigan

June 7, 2016

Northwood Awakening is now showing at Betsie Bay Furniture in downtown Frankfort, Michigan. Ann & I have known owners Jeff & Janet Hessler for many years and we thought their fantastic furnishings store and gallery would be a great place for Northwood Awakening to show. They have a very long wall to accommodate the size… View Article

“Northwood Awakening” moves to The Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey

April 5, 2016

“Northwood Awakening” moves to The Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey Ann and Steve moved their PhotoFiber™ composition to Petoskey on Aprli 4th to exhibit at The Crooked Tree Arts Center at 461 East Mitchell Street in Petoskey Michigan. Here Ann & Bob are installing “Northwood Awakening” in one of the galleries in this truly… View Article

Ann & Steve Loveless’s PhotoFiber™ “Northwood Awakening” at the Dennos Museum

January 8, 2016

Ann & Steve Loveless’s ArtPrize® Winning PhotoFiber™ composition “Northwood Awakening” has been moved to, and is now showing at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City, Michigan. It is showing in conjunction with the Extreme Fibers: Textile Icons and the New Edge exhibit which runs until March 5th. Please visit http://www.dennosmuseum.org/ for hours and directions. If… View Article

Steve and Ann Loveless win First Place at ArtPrize 2015

October 24, 2015

I’m very proud to announce that my wife Ann and myself won the Grand Prize Public Vote Award at ArtPrize® in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 9th, 2015. Our entry was a combination of my photography with my wife’s amazing fine art textile quilt technique which merged together in a new process we call PhotoFiber™…. View Article

Ann Loveless & Anni Crouter Show

June 26, 2014

Ann Loveless and Anni Crouter who were the 1st and second plce winners at ArtPrize in Grand Rapids Michigan are opening a unique show June 29th at State Of The Art Framing & Gallery in Beulah, Michigan. Ann creates amazing textile lanscape constructions and Anni is a world class painter on animals working in both… View Article

Leland and Eban Ices Caves

March 18, 2014

There has been a huge buzz all over northwest Michigan for the past month over the formation of ice caves off of the west shore Leelanau county north of Leland.  They are are very similar to similar formations all along the Lake Michigan shoreline except these are certainly larger.  They form when sheet ice on… View Article

Lone Trees and Farm On Stormer Road in Leelanau County, Michigan

February 10, 2014

I had to go over to Stormer Road just across the Benzie county line in Leelanau county line to photograph these trees I’ve been keeping my eye on. We’d have a nice snow overnight with little wind so the snow settled very nicely over everything. I’d been noticing the trees out in a field alone… View Article

Fantastic ice on Lake Michigan in Benzie county and Leelanau county at Point Betsie Lighthouse and Sleeping Bear Dunes

February 5, 2014

The ice forming on the western shores of Lake Michigan here in Benzie and Leelanau counties has been quite spectacular this year. It extends offshore as far as I can see with no open water in view. I never feel confident how thick it is but at least off of Point Betsie I’m not uncomfortable… View Article

Point Betsie During A Snowfall

January 15, 2014

We’ve been having a great winter so far this year in Benzie County. Lots of snow and cold for some great ice. I went out to Point Betsie Lighthouse yesterday afternoon (January 14th) during a delightful snowfall that left us with about a foot of fresh snow overnight. I was shooting my Nikon D800 with… View Article

Ann Loveless wins ArtPrize 2013 with her Landscape Quilt titled “Sleeping Bear Dune Lakeshore”

Greetings Everyone First off accept my apologies for such a long break. The summer of 2013 was one of the best business summers for that gallery in memory. In addition to that my wife Ann won the Grand Rapids ArtPrize first place last October. ArtPrize is the world’s biggest open, public vote art competition with… View Article

Watervale Beach and Little Platte Lake Sunrise

July 9, 2013

Watervale is a lovely resort on the shore of Lower Herring Lake in Benzie County, Michigan. It has a number of charming cottages to rent and a wonderful restaurant with swimming and boating plus perfect sandy beach on Lake Michigan. I don’t get out there and shoot and often as I should. Watervale is a… View Article

Platte Bay from Sleeping Bear Lakeshore in Benzie County

May 28, 2013

I was recently told of this trail into another part of the Sleeping Bear National lakeshore park just south of Empire Michigan. I can’t believe I had never been to this overlook before. It is absolutely breathtaking. I wanted to attempt another coinciding full moonrise and sunset panorama composition and this was an ideal location…. View Article

Sunset, Startrails and sunrise shoot at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Leelanau County, Michigan

May 13, 2013

Last Weekend was a real triple play out at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. I hiked out to the point of the dunes just to the west of Glen Haven in Leelanau County, Michigan. My original intent was to set up for a startrail shoot for the night. Everything was working so far: no wind,… View Article

The Mouth of the Platte River And Platte Bay Sunrise on Lake Michigan

May 2, 2013

The mouth of the Platte River where it empties into Platte bay on Lake Michigan in Benzie County is a favorite place of mine for a sunrise. The sun usually rises right off the mouth of the river so you get a nice directional composition. At some times of the year there are a lot… View Article

Sunset on Crystal Lake Michigan and at the Frankfort Lighthouse

April 22, 2013

On April 19th, I had been on the road for the afternoon and evening but as I was approaching Beulah and Crystal Lake I could see how lovely the sunset was over the lake. The broken ice had been blow to the center of the lake earlier in the day but had blown back by… View Article

Ransom Lake Spring Skim Ice Photographs

I took my dogs for a walk around Ransom lake near Lake Ann Sunday morning and made a few shots around the lake of skim ice and reflections. I was surprised at how much snow was still on the ground compared to around Crystal lake. I was happy that there was some lovely skim ice… View Article

Point Betsie Lighthouse After Sunrise

March 28, 2013

These shots at Point Betsie Lighthouse was taken on Wednesday, March 20, 2013 just after ‘sunrise’.  It was a pretty stormy day and sometimes that’s when the voices tell me to go check out the lighthouse.  The first shot is on the south side looking north which is always the tough shot with a north… View Article

Welcome To My Photography Blog

March 18, 2013

This is a very new thing for me, blogging that is. I have to admit that I’ve not been one to date to spend time looking at photography blogs. I have been searching for photo blogs looking for some direction on how to conduct mine. Some seem narcissistic, some borderline pointless and some trying to… View Article

Steve’s Favorite Photography Gear

March 6, 2013

I enjoy talking to other photographers about gear and so here’s a list of gear that I currently use in my photography. Nikon D700 Nikon D300s MB D10 vertical grip Really Right Stuff BMBD10-LB: LPlate Nikon 14-24 f2.8 Nikon 24-70 f2.8 Nikon 70-200 f2.8 Nikon 28mm f2.8 Nikon 50mm f1.8 Nikon 60mm Micro f2.8 Nikon… View Article