Friday, December 27, 2013

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Fresh Winter snow on a historic Michigan Farm

We were treated to 8 inches of new snow in lower Michigan over the last two days. This farm is a couple of miles from us here in Montcalm county. Merry Christmas everyone!


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Monday, December 16, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Early Winter at Sable Falls Pictured Rocks National lakeshore

Love how peaceful the back-country places are in Winter.Never a worry about another photographer being there ahead of you! :)

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Monday, December 9, 2013

"Frozen Light" St. Joseph Northpier Lighthouse, St. Joseph, Michigan


Approaching Lake effect snow squalls darken the sky at St. Joseph Lighthouse. I had to crawl on my stomach to get around the edge of the inner Light , for a shot the ice encased outer. There was a rope tied to the structure which I tied around my waste, and untied once I reached the other side. It's about a four foot wide sloped section, 25 feet or so that you have to get across,it is extremely slippery.


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Camera - Nikon D700
Lens - Nikon 70-300mm
Exposure - 1/20sec
Aperture - f/22
Focal Length - 112mm
ISO Speed - 200
Quality - raw processed in capture NX2
Filter -

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Winter at Wagner Falls Munising, Michigan


It was a Winter wonderland in Upper Michigan. All you hear is the sounds of nature this time
of year.


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Friday, December 6, 2013

Winter Wonderland Upper Chapel Falls Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore


This was our first time hiking to this waterfall in wintertime. I was thinking the upper falls would be my favorite to photograph, and it was, it was gorgeous back there!

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Presque Isle River Fisherman


This spot on the Presque Isle river is known as the potholes or Kettles. The swirling river currents carved the interesting bowl shapes you see.

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Friday, November 8, 2013

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Autumn on the Sturgeon River, Michigan's Upper Peninsula


This was taken above Upper Canyon Falls.. A little side story, 30 years ago or so (wow I'm getting old).. I slipped and fell into this river and went over a waterfall .. When I climbed out of the pool below the falls coughing up water, I looked behind to see my wife and brother going over the falls.. They thought I intentionally did this and that it looked like fun.


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Beautiful Autumn day at Michigan's Laughing Whitefish Falls

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Quartzite Falls Upper Michigan


This waterfall is becoming my favorite one to see.. Love the unique shapes the river has cut into the rock.. When we were there this past Spring the water was really high and most of the cool features were not seen

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Beautiful Autumn day at Michigan's Laughing Whitefish Falls

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Leaves on the Stream" Slate River


Autumn evening on a remote section of the Slate River Northeast of L'Anse, Michigan

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Beautiful Autumn day at Michigan's Laughing Whitefish Falls

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Laughing Whitefish Falls Chatam, Michigan


This waterfall is a long slide dropping 100ft. I think this the highest waterfall in Michigan outside of maybe Bridal Veil Falls in PRNL. This was taken just after a rain and it was absolutely gorgeous! Pictures don't do it justice.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Northern Lights ( aurora borealis) over Grand Island in Michigan's Upper Peninsula


We Were getting ready for bed and had no idea the northern lights were going to be active when I saw a post on facebook saying they were out. I had just enough time to grab the camera (and my pants) to take about 6 shots before they dissipated. I think I'm hooked now!

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Foggy morning at Tahquamenon Falls


The sun is just starting to burn through the fog revealing what will be a beautiful blue sky Autumn day.


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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fayette Ghost Town

Fayette Ghost Town by Michigan Nut
Fayette Ghost Town, a photo by Michigan Nut on Flickr.

This was taken from the limestone bluff above the Historic Fayette Ghost Town.

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Moonlight on "Mighty Mac" Mackinac Bridge "


Taken from Straits State Park .
The moonlight shinning on the Straits of Mackinac was beautiful late Saturday night. This was a 20 second exposure.. The moon was just off to the left of the frame.

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Quartzite Falls Michigan's Upper Peninsula


A piece of pure Michigan wilderness on the Slate river in Baraga County.This area makes you look over your shoulder just in case a hungry Cougar is looking for some fresh photographer! Or his Wife!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Monday, June 3, 2013

Twelvemile Beach - Lake Superior


One of our favorite campgrounds in the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore.

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Thursday, May 16, 2013

Cherry Blossoms- Michigan's Old Mission Peninsula


I spent yesterday afternoon cruising around Old Mission Peninsula getting some shots of the cherry trees . I am impressed by how well cared for these orchards are

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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Big Sable Point Lighthouse Sunset


I hiked out to Big Sable night before last. Seemed great to feel some warm great lakes air..

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Autrain River Springs

Autrain River Springs by Michigan Nut
Autrain River Springs, a photo by Michigan Nut on Flickr.

I shot this photo during a steady rain. These are feeder springs along the banks of the Autrain River, Alger County, about 15 miles southwest of Munising .

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Empire Bluff Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore


This is a view of Lake Michigan taken from the Empire Bluffs trail. You can barely see it but there's an ice shanty on the inland lake you see in the upper right. That is South Bar Lake. When I zoom in too 100% in my editing program, I can see a guy fishing, and also can see a deer browsing midway into the scene.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Frozen in Time" Munising Falls, Pictured Rocks National Lakseshore


It was fascinating standing next to the waterfall. You can hear the water rushing down through the center of the ice column .

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Grand Island East Channel Lighthouse


Dangerously thin ice on Lake Superior near the Lighthouse. Strong currents flowing through the channel in Munising Bay prevent the ice from getting thick enough to safely walk on.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Photography Techniques: Using 4x6 ND Grads


I've had a lot of people ask me about ND filters and how I use them, so I thought I would share my technique for using the Singh-Ray 4x6" Graduated Neutral Density filters and reverse ND's. Some lenses, especially ultra-wide angles , will cause Vignetting Problems with some of the filter holders , (darkened corners in the image), or when stacking multiple screw on type filters / polarizers. There are some companies offering filter holders designed specifically for wide angle lenses if you like them. Personally I like the convenience of being able to quickly screw on a (Cokin Z-PRO Adapter Ring) and clip the filter on the front of the lens at any angle or position in just a few seconds with a (simple basic office clip) . Very effective, especially when that golden light is slipping away and don't want to miss your shot.

Buy some (adhesive-backed craft felt), and line the inside jaws of the clips. Then, line the outside face of the adapter ring with the felt. Just lay the ring on the felt and trace around it, cut it to fit. (see photo)

When your out shooting, just simply align your ND filter in the proper position while looking through the viewfinder and clamp it to the adapter ring with the clips.. Fast, effective, no damage to the filter. The adapter rings are threaded and come in the various thread sizes...

Thanks for viewing, thanks for sharing!

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Just March(ing) Along.. Point Betsie Lighthouse


Winter losing it's grip along the shores of Lake Michigan. I was looking through my archives and found this pictured from 2011 that I never uploaded.. anywhere.. weird!

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Friday, March 8, 2013

About Me

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Hi, My name is John McCormick I’m an avid Michigan / Great Lakes Landscape Photographer. I am a life long Michigan resident and have been into landscape photography for over 30 years. On my website Michigan Nut Photography I offer high quality Fine Art Prints for the home and office. Also available are canvas wraps, standouts, framed prints, mugs, glasses, magnets, and a variety of other gifts and merchandise all of which can be printed on with a photo of your choice in my galleries.