• Events,  Photography

    NAIAS 2015

    Thanks to some good fortune at work – I had the chance to attend NAIAS this year multiple days. One of which being the Industry Preview night! This might not sound like much, but to get in with my camera and not have throngs of general public crowding every shot was AMAZING. I work downtown, so I knocked off work a little early (yay for having a Team Leader who is both into cars and cameras and totally gets the significance of such an opportunity) hopped the People Mover and rode to COBO. In the lobby they had a few race cars and some artwork displays. This splatter-paint Ford logo…

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    Menorah Lighting 2014 – Campus Martius

    This is the 4th year that Menorah in the D has taken place – another one of those events that are hard to ignore when they’re going on just feet from your workplace. On Tuesday, December 16th, which is the first night of Chanukah, all were welcome to come down and celebrate the lighting ceremony. Snacks and hot cider were provided, as well as live entertainment, all organized by the Shul-Chabad Lubavitch in West Bloomfield. The menorah itself stands 26 feet tall, one of the largest such community menorahs in the country. It was designed and built by the artists (and brothers) Erik Nordin and Israel Nordin of Detroit Design…

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    Christmas Tree Lighting 2014 – Campus Martius

    Since I can see Campus Martius from my building, it’s kind of silly to not attend most of the events going on in the evenings here. One of the bigger crowd draws being the annual Christmas Tree lighting. On my way out, I passed through the main lobby where Santa has a little section set up to do photos and meets for kids (of all ages). In between children I grabbed a shot of him (though he sweetly called out I was welcome to come on up). There’s no charge, but photos are on your own. They don’t have anyone taking pictures (though someone will take one with your camera…

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    Roaming Night Photography in Detroit

    If you ask what the best way to get better at your craft is, no matter what the craft, you’ll hear ‘practice’. A photowalk is one of the best ways to do this as it often can take you out of your normal shooting area, introduce you to photographers with a variety of shooting skill levels and styles, and force you to think differently and quickly about what you’re capturing. There are a number of ways that a photowalk stands out above just walking around on your own and can make you a better photographer: You don’t want to get left behind so you can’t just sit around waiting for…

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    Detroit Improv Festival 2014

    The Detroit Improv Festival is produced by Detroit Improv Collective, a non-profit organization “dedicated to advancing the art of improvisational comedy in the metro Detroit area”. 2014 was the fourth year that the organization has produced the festival. In 2011 they were under the name Spontaneous Combustion Motor City Improv festival. The following year they changed to, and are now known as, the Detroit Improv Festival. This year the festival ran August 3rd-10th in various locations around Detroit and Ferndale. The Festival brought over 200 improvisers from across North America to metro Detroit for over 20 performances and 15 workshops over the 8 days of the festival. Proceeds from tickets…

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    Detroit Grand Prix 2014

    The race was on in Detroit again. The Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix returned to the Motor City and ran laps around the island from May 30-June 1, 2014. This year saw races for the Verizon IndyCar Series, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Pirelli World Challenge Series and the trucks of the SPEED Energy Stadium SUPER Truck Series. A bit of history: Belle Isle was home to the Detroit Grand Prix from 1992-2001, utilizing a temporary street circuit that was constructed specifically for the CART races. In 2007 and 2008, it once again hosted world-class racing with both the open-wheel cars of the IZOD IndyCar Series and the…

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    Walk to End Alzheimer’s

    The fight against Alzheimer’s disease is one that is close to me and my family. Just a few years ago my grandmother was diagnosed and unfortunately it wasn’t long after that before it took her from us as the person we knew. In body, she is as healthy as ever. She should be enjoying movie night with her girlfriends, holidays with family, the odd trip somewhere fun. Taking a walk and enjoying the day; the simplicity even of the sun on some flowers.

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    Detroit Grand Prix

    The Chevrolet Belle Isle Detroit Grand Prix (as it is officially called) was held May 31-June 2, 2013. It featured cars from the IZOD IndyCar Series, the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Series. The track is 2.3 miles long and is actually temporary. It takes months to set up the full track area including paddock, bleachers, vendor area, and more. Thanks to a random giveaway at work, Chris scored 2 tickets for Saturday along with parking, shuttle, and paddock access.

  • Events,  Food,  Photography

    XGames Bid for Detroit Party

    The theme for the night: Bring XGames to Detroit! As a finalist in the ESPN XGames search for a new city to host them for the next three years, Detroit stepped up and threw a massive bash to show ESPN just how this city can rock. With only three days notice we had a half pipe with BMX and skateboard demonstrations, food trucks serving up awesome menus, Mix Master Mike from the Beastie Boys spinning on a stage complete with light show and fog machine, and local graffiti artists showing their talent on large plywood boards.